Consider the Lilys

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
If God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, oh ye of little faith? Luke 12:27,28

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Amphibian Eggs

I have been watching some eggs in the woods back of my house for about 2 weeks now.
These are the first eggs I found.
They were in a ditch with bulrushes and other long grasses growing alongside. There were about 4 or 5 other egg masses in the same ditch.  I also found another large puddle with more eggs that looked like this.

About a week later I came back, they had changed and there were more eggs.
They are not visibly different this week either. However, I spotted some different eggs in the big puddle.
These eggs are large like the above eggs, but they are starting out with black centers instead of light brown.

Last weekend I found some eggs in a second puddle.
When I went back Monday, there were tons more and many of them were already hatching.
I also spotted a little frog in this puddle.
Of course there are always predators around, whether they are after the mosquitoes or tiny tadpoles, is a good question.
This guy is probably too small to dine on tadpoles so I figure he is just after bugs
This is a six spotted fishing spider. It may very well be after some tiny tadpoles. It is big and will probably will get bigger. They dive under water to catch tadpoles and small fish, or dart across the water to catch insects such as water striders.