We have some bird pictures from reader Karen Bartelt. She didn’t ID the bird but I suspect it’s a ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris); readers please verify.
We feed hummingbirds all spring and summer. This little guy had a habit of landing on a milkweed near the house, so I shot some photos. When I looked at them, I was shocked – they looked like the bird had a laser pointer pointed on his chest. Actually, this is a very immature male getting the first red feather on his ruby throat.
And a lovely picture of a spider and the moment her offspring hatch, provided by reader Diana MacPherson of Ontario. If you know the identification of this spider, put it below.
I noticed this spider outside my bathroom window a week or so ago. She was eating a pest: a Japanese Beetle. Then I noticed her with eggs & today & saw the hatchlings coming out of the eggs so I got my camera with its macro lens & took this picture. I think she may be a Branch Tip Spider but I’m not sure which one, so I can’t really apply a Latin binomial to this one; and I may be totally wrong about the identification altogether.