Christine Young

Christine Young

Nature enthusiast with an M.S. in Medical Entomology, specializing in mosquitoes and ticks.
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    1. Comment on babies on the ride -3 12 hrs ago
      AWESOME!!
    2. Comment on Metellina segmentata 12 hrs ago
      Beautiful!
    3. Wow! Awesome find!
    4. Such a stunning bird!
    5. Comment on Palomena prasina with berry-belly(?) 12 hrs ago
      So fascinating! The belly really is so pink. The intensity of a creature's color is often influenced by diet, so maybe the berries did have an impact, in this instance.
    6. Comment on Cannibal Northern Leopard Frog 12 hrs ago
      Whoa! I had no idea leopard frogs did this! I wonder if its name is Hannibal?
    7. Comment on Mastophora phrynosoma on lilac 13 hrs ago
      Today's Facebook post:

      Bolas spiders are so fascinating! Rather than making a web to capture prey, they produce a single line of strong silk with a sticky ball at the end, which they fling at their prey. When the sticky ball makes contact with prey, the spider pulls it back in—much like a yo-yo. Hunting with a sticky yo-yo is pretty cool. But, it gets better. Adult, female bolas spiders only catch male moths. Why?! Well, the spiders have the amazing ability to produce a chemical cocktail that mimics the sex pheromones of a female moth. Innocent, sex-starved, male moths are attracted to the pheromones and come close enough for the spider to strike by flinging her sticky yo-yo at him. Each species of bolas spider can blend chemical compounds to successfully mimic the pheromones of MULTIPLE species of moths! In addition to being masters of chemical deception, bolas spiders are also visually cryptic. During the day, they hide in plain sight from predators by mimicking bird poop. If disturbed, they emit a stinky smell to further deter the potential predator. {Mastophora phrynosoma spotted in Pennsylvania, USA by JungleDragon user, FrannySopranny} #JungleDragon
    8. He looks grumpy - probably because of the twig stuck to his face.
    9. Oh! Awesomely dramatic shot!
    10. Does it have something stuck to its face?