Three different pictures from the last few days…

Green lacewing eggs

This odd spiral is the pattern of eggs laid by the green lacewing. The whole thing is only 1.5″ across. If you look closely, you’ll see that each egg is positioned at the end of a stalk. Lacewings feed on insect pests, so this was a nice find.

Near the same light, we encountered an ash sphinx moth. Its wingspan was about 4″. Alas – it was nearing the end of its life.

At the beginning of this week, we were beginning to feel the effects of drought. Our region was abnormally dry (according to the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln) – not nearly as bad as the rest of the country, but worsening rapidly.

Then we got three straight days with measurable rainfall, and the water flow in Jacob’s Creek is close to normal again.

The Falls by Metzler cabin