Y'all! This is the coolest beetle I've ever seen! We rescued it out of the pond. It's a rainbow scarab, Phanaeus vindex, and is a dung beetle! How cool does it look? As my daughters said, now I know why the Egyptians put scarabs on all their jewelry!
Although spiders can give us the creepy crawlies, they are quite fascinating. Especially this white crab spider "misumena vatia." Misumena means "object of hate" or "being hated" in Greek, and vatia means "bow legged." This spider does not spin a web to catch prey. Rather, it spreads its strong front legs open wide and catches and eats its prey immediately. They are not picky eaters, and eat whatever comes their way; in fact, some are even known to eat flower pollen. Something really cool is that it can change color to match the flower it is resting on over the course of a few days. Even though it's name means hate, please be conscious of other beings and their role in an ecosystem. #spreadlovenothate