After a summer’s evening trip to the Serpentine Prairie tonight, and a trip to Mt. Diablo last Sunday, my son and I came back with dozens of new creatures for our terrariums.
A beetle from the Serpentine Prairie. This species is often found inside flowers.
This katydid is a nymph, with its wings still not fully grown.
A tiny katydid nymph has been living in a nasturtium flower for several weeks now.
An assassin bug from Mt. Diablo. The vivid red colors warn DON’T TOUCH!
The underside of our assassin bug.
The assassin bug peeks through the grass in one of our terrariums. It stalks other insects, moving slowly, and then grabs them with its powerful front legs, which are covered with hairs that help capture prey.
An orb weaver that spins its web in the grass on the Serpentine Prairie.