Wednesday, November 30, 2016
|A gray fox pup peeks out from under a barn door, an improvised den entrance.|
The fox family packed down a dirt runway under the barn door - just like the entrance to an earthen underground den. From reading Random Truth's accounts of San Joaquin kit foxes, I knew many family interactions would occur at the den entrance. We set up wildlife cameras in front of the barn and over the summer we accumulated thousands of photos and videos of the fox pups. First a head would peek out from underneath the big red door, then a small body and fuzzy tail. Soon another pup would wriggle out and playtime would begin. Lots of running, biting, clumsy tackles, and tail pulling.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
A Johnson jumping spider enjoys the late afternoon sun shining on its mushroom cap doorstep
as it crunches on a earwig.
Male jumping spiders dance and sing to get the attraction of a female jumping spider. If she likes the performance, they mate. If she doesn't like it, she might eat him.