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I walked over to look at the big Golden Silk Orb-weaver this morning, and I was surprised to see two large spiders in the web!

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It took me a moment to realize that the “spider” on the lower left was actually the spider’s old exoskeleton, which it had outgrown and cast off. The exoskeleton was dangling in the web from a strand of silk.

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The spider in her new exoskeleton. I wish I could have seen all this happening!

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A red-headed baby brown anole on the fence.

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This dragonfly had the most beautiful pinkish purple coloring.

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Anole in the Palm Tree on Sunday

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There is one big male brown anole who seems to be in charge of the territory around the palm trees. Whenever I see him he quickly climbs up to about my eye level, perches there on the palm tree, and watches me carefully.

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He has some green coloring in his eyes–the green is showing just a little here.

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He will often bob his head and display his dewlap–showing me who’s boss out there on the palm tree.

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And sometimes he just strikes a pose for the camera.

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Mostly Dragonflies on Saturday

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The Green Darner dragonfly from yesterday was still flying around the backyard today. It didn’t seem to mind the camera and repeatedly came over and landed in front of me.

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Nice dragonfly shadows.

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And another dragonfly face looking at me.

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In the front yard there was another dragonfly. I haven’t yet figured out what kind of dragonfly it is, but it was a coppery orange color.

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When the sun hit it just right there were coppery sparkles on the wings.

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Leaf-footed bug on a tomato plant.

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A little snail on the wall. The snail’s shell looks almost as if it’s engraved with designs.

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Just one anole today–the female brown anole who hides in the work glove, peeking out through the wristband.

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A Few for Friday

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A Green Darner dragonfly was flying around the backyard this afternoon, occasionally landing on the ground for a moment.

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I love dragonfly faces.

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On the palm tree the big brown anole caught a palmetto bug, and seemed pretty proud of himself for doing it.

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He finished the entire large bug in a matter of minutes.

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Swallow-tailed Kite and More on Thursday

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I saw my favorite bird today, the Swallow-tailed Kite, and I managed to get a few photos before it soared away. The Swallow-tailed Kite is a large, beautiful black and white bird with a forked tail and a wingspan of about 4 feet. It is a predator that catches small birds and animals with its talons and often feeds while in flight. This first photo was an instant reaction when I saw the kite, before I thought to adjust settings, so it was over-exposed. In post-processing I was able to get the bird to look the way it should, but the sky’s still white.

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The kite as it soared away a minute later.

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Gloriosa lily plant. The lilies aren’t blooming right now but the plants are still growing, with curly tendrils on the ends of the leaves.

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Frog in the mailbox again today. This is a chubby little one.

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A bumblebee on one of the tomato plants.

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And the Golden Silk Orb-weaver, who was having a quiet day today.

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Wednesday Assortment

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There was a wasp in the flowers on the oregano plant.

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And a little later a Long-tailed Skipper came along.

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I fished this green June Bug out of the pool this afternoon.

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The Golden Silk Orb-weaver spider had set aside the fly it had caught a few minutes earlier to deal with some new prey. The fly is dangling nearby while the spider works on its new prey. This is the same thing I saw the spider do the other day.

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I saw a few birds today. This Mourning Dove was up on a wire in front of the house.

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A Cardinal in a tree.

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I was surprised to see a Robin make an appearance today. Last year we did have a Robin that stayed in the yard instead of migrating with the rest of the flock that came through–maybe this is the same bird.

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Robin in a tree.

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The top of the palm tree, the tips of palm fronds surrounded by palm flowers.

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Anole silhouette on the palm tree.

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Storm coming through this afternoon.

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Dragonflies on Tuesday

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When I looked out the front window this morning I saw a dragonfly sitting on a wire out front.

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And this afternoon I came across another dragonfly in the backyard, perched on a branch.

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The dragonfly’s eyes were beautifully colored.

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There was a dragonfly on the side of the house too. At first I thought it might be the dragonfly above in a different spot, but this one seems to have a more solid yellow upper body.

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Another insect from today–a Tiger Bee Fly. It looks like some combination of bee, fly, and/or moth, about an inch and a half in diameter.

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This female brown anole was sitting in the grass.

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One shot for today of the Golden Silk Orb-weaver, who wasn’t doing anything especially interesting.

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