Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

If it has a penis, it’s not a spider.

Green Heron Green Heron

Green Heron and a frog.

Green Heron and a frog.

The heron only had the the frog by the end of a leg and brought it to the dock for safer eating. If it dropped the frog the heron wouldn't lose it in the water.

The heron only had the the frog by the end of a leg and brought it to the dock for safer eating. If it dropped the frog the heron wouldn’t lose it in the water.

A meaty frog meal.

A meaty frog meal.

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

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Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

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Green Darner

Green Darner

This guy has a penis and spiders don't. He also doesn't have a segmented head or produce silk like spiders. It's an insect, but not a spider.

This guy has a penis and spiders don’t. He also doesn’t have a segmented head or produce silk like spiders. It’s not a spider.

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11 responses

  1. I won’t ask how you can tell it had a penis! Love your photos, you NEVR cease to amaze me

    July 7, 2013 at 11:43 am

  2. I hardly know what to say except I am glad I’m not a spider and you have compelling titles to your posts. Very nice pictures as usual.

    July 7, 2013 at 11:50 am

  3. Couple of added thoughts – img_9018 has a phallic look about it and how does one find a penis on img_9052 which appears to be a Daddy Long-Legs

    July 7, 2013 at 11:58 am

  4. Nice work! The Green Heron in flight with the frog and the pair of Fritillaries are impressive. You and I have been seeing/photographing similar subjects of late – you’ve motivated me to get going on another post!

    July 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  5. The things I learn on your blog!!!! :-)

    July 7, 2013 at 10:34 pm

  6. You sure know how to write a headline!

    July 8, 2013 at 12:31 am

  7. Now you’re just showing off! Fabulous photo after fabulous photo. Also, as a mom you may or may not appreciate this, but the title of this post brought this to my mind:

    July 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm

  8. Opiliones (Daddy longlegs/harvestmen) are indeed not spiders, but neither are they insects. Too many legs. They are arachnids (as are spiders, mites, and ticks). All spiders are arachnids, but not all arachnids are spiders.

    July 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    • Whatever these guys are, Daddy Long legs are cool; however, spiders, mites, and ticks – I can do without, lol!

      July 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm

  9. Your mushroom photos reminded me of an article I happened to read tonight: http://discovermagazine.com/2013/julyaug/13-mushrooms-clean-up-oil-spills-nuclear-meltdowns-and-human-health#.Ud-NmUGsh8E Perhaps you would find it interesting.

    July 12, 2013 at 1:03 am

  10. brettdownsconspiracy

    I love your photos. Thanks for catching these moments and hidden treasures and sharing them with us.

    August 25, 2013 at 8:47 am

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