Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Argiope Trifasciata Spider—Doggone Buggone at 2018 Start

Tch! On the last day of 2017, I took pix and video of the argiope trifasciata spider. (For background, read "Argiope Trifasciata Spider--Final Bug Spotting of 2017".) The next morning, I went to the web; she was nowhere to be found. Over the next few days, we’d peered into the plant—no sign of the spider, nor indicators of web disturbances, nor egg sac. I’m guessing that the spider did not undergo a "normal" life cycle. Read the entire article and comment there, please.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Argiope Trifasciata Spider--Final Bug Spotting of 2017

The spider that I spotted in the morning of December 31, 2017 is in the same spider family and genus as argiope aurantia spider, which I wrote about in "Argiope Aurantia Spider--Part 1, Friday 13th Visitor" and "Argiope Aurantia Spider--Part 2, Post-Friday 13th Observations". The pixstrip images show the palm plant that this article’s spider was in, a peer into the plant, and larger views of the spider and inside of the plant. Read the entire article and comment there, please.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Yucca End-of-2017 Miscellany


This article caps off this year of my yucca writings as follows:
  1. Yucca's Two Same-Year Stalk Bloom Cycles (contrasting a soft-leaf yucca's two stalks that bloomed within months of each other—one in July, and one in the fall)
  2. Yuccas as Succulents
  3. Relationship Among Yuccas, Agaves, and Asparagus
Read the entire article and comment there, please.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Soft-Leaf Yucca's Second Stalk (Recurvifolia)


This yucca originally sprouted a stalk that I took daily pictures of for 22 days ("22-Day Cycle of Soft-Leaf Yucca (Recurvifolia)", YouTube video). This article is about its second stalk. The blooming and decline cycle lasted about half as long as the first stalk's. Read the entire article and comment there, please.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

22-Day Cycle of Soft-Leaf Yucca (Recurvifolia)



I took daily pictures of a neighborhood yucca that, coincidentally, totaled 22, same as "22-Day Cycle of Twist-LeafYucca (Ripicolla)". The soft-leaf yucca has bell-shaped blooms and soft, flat leaves. Read the entire article and comment there, please.

Friday, November 24, 2017

22-Day Cycle of Twist-Leaf Yucca (Ripicolla)



This yucca was the first one I'd been able to take daily pictures for its entire 22-day cycle, April 28 through May 19. All previous twist-leaf yuccas (ripicolla) didn't survive. Deer chewed off stalks and blooms within four days of bloom beginnings. Read the entire article and comment there, please.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Argiope Aurantia Spider--Part 2, Post-Friday 13th Observations

My previous article "Argiope Aurantia Spider--Part 1, Friday 13th Visitor" is an introduction to a spider that we spotted in our photinias around 4 PM on Friday 13th. It had alien-face features on its back, with its large orb web and zigzag design. Took pix at varying angles for capturing features and web.

The next day around the same time, the scenery changed. The orb web was gone, seemingly replaced by a bridge-like structure between two taller plants. The spider was nowhere in sight. Read the entire article and comment there, please.