June 26th Program

Little Wonders Program: A New Way to See Some Common Critters 

by Photographer & Naturalist Sharon Mammoser

A damselfly "frozen" with dew.

A damselfly “frozen” with dew.

Have you ever been in a field on a dewy morning and noticed the hundreds of thousands of tiny water drops clinging to everything? When the sun shines just right, they look like diamonds sparkling magically, especially when they are hanging from thin strands of silk. Do you know much about the spiders who create this “art”? Have you seen the wings of dragonflies, beetles or butterflies decorated with these miniature beads of dew, “frozen” in the moment in time until the warmth of the sun allows them to fly again? Maybe in your own yard you have come across 6 or 8 legged creatures that you brushed away or ignored, never really looking closely or thinking much about them.

fflies2-0351Did you know that at any time, it is estimated that there are some 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects alive? And that most of them are NOT considered pests? Insects, spiders, and other invertebrates are part of our ecosystems and are essential to life as we know it.

Join us for an informal evening with old and new friends as we look more closely at some of the small creatures with whom we share our yards. With stories, beautiful photography and lots of interesting discussion, this program is sure to be memorable– and informative. You just may acquire a new appreciation for those animals so many fear or dislike.

This FREE Program is at The Compleat Naturalist in Biltmore Village on Friday, June 26th from 6:30 -8:30. Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Address is 2 Brook Street, Asheville NC  28803
(828) 274-5430.

Check out some of the pictures we’ll be looking at in the program. Click on any of them to make larger and then use the arrows to look at more images. Have fun! I hope to see you there!

Watched by a praying mantisPredator and prey meetDinner has arrived.Big Eyes mean wonderful sense of sightButterflies puddlingA beautiful beetleA mayfly with dewy wings Have you ever seen this spider? A common garden spiderAn iridescent damselflyThis ladybug is lunch for this assassin bug.A monarch emerges 12-spotted skimmer dragonflySpider meets --and eats--a flyA walking stick insectCheck out the long proboscis. A lovely butterfly A honeybee collecting pollenA miracle of natureFly with dewCheck out the fake eye spot!A dragonfly at restIt's not a hummingbird! It's an insect!Beetles are the most plentiful animals on EarthA millipedeWhat colorsCan you guess why it's called a lynx spider?What is it?A female with a lonnnggg ovipositer. Lovely!A fly in a flowerThere are so many insects!Know what butterfly this is?Snails are cool too!A tiger beetle runs FAST!A purple damselfly

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