Crab spider on a Ten Petal Wind flower

Crab spider on a Ten Petal Wind flower petal sitting in ambush! Crab spiders have 8 eyes and can see in all directions to spot and capture their prey. In the second image can you see 4 of the eyes? I am sure those 4 eyes were watching my camera lens (hovering about an inch away!) and thinking its world was about to end. Well, the spider survived my visit and I hope found a meal or two. Most crab spiders are "ambush hunters" and often sit in flowers waiting for an unwary victim to appear. Notice that the front two legs are held open in a ready position to quickly grab prey. Every day should have some kind of adventure and discovery and this little crab spider provided mine for the day and week! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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Kirby Elm Trees along the Boardwalk

Kirby Elm Trees along the Boardwalk: These are not leaves floating in the puddles from the recent rains. Maybe you saw yesterday’s post about Kirby Elms Before and After, which showed the flowers and then the mature fruit called a samara, which is a winged seed. The wings help give the samara some lift as strong winds blow it off the tree and at least a few feet away from the parent Elm. I think it working great with the strong storms we are having this week! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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Kirby Elm Trees Before and After

Kirby Elm Trees Before and After: This is a followup to an earlier post about the Elms starting to flower a few weeks ago. Top image is from mid February and shows the male and female flower parts in all their glory. Fast forward to mid March and the flowers have been pollinated. Male Elm flowers release their pollen into the wind to drift and land on the female parts of a different flower on the same tree (but hopefully a different tree!) for fertilization. The lower image shows the immature Elm fruits, each containing a single seed. Elm fruits are called samaras, which means “winged seed.” #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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Kirby Wildflowers: Windflower or Carolina Anenome

Kirby Wildflowers: Windflower or Carolina Anenome. Native to the U.S. The small “stalks” at the base of the middle part of the flower are stamens, which are the male flower parts that make and disperse pollen. The receptacle or middle part houses many individual female flower parts, each of which will produce a single seed. Notice how the petals are white within towards the center and lavender outwards. I included a grasshopper’s view from the ground. Windflowers are starting to bloom along the dam road. #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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THIS JUST IN!!

THIS JUST IN!! The April 25th clean up at Kirby Lake (and all parks) has been cancelled!
We will work hard to get a new date set when the threat has past.
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