“Look Who Showed Up”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
There has been warmer weather, spring flowers blooming, and now, a sure sign winter is over, little creatures showing up. I noticed this cute little tree frog sitting in an amaryllis’s foliage the other day. We do not see these little guys in the winter. In fact, I almost missed seeing him because he blended in so well with the green foliage.
Tree frogs are native to the southeastern U.S. and spend most of their life clinging to plants (and sometimes windows) using pads at the end of their toes. Last summer saw an increase in their population around here, and I am glad to see that they evidently survived the winter.
Another sign that showed winter must be over is the appearance of the baby daddy long legs or harvestmen. These insects do not survive the winter, so when the babies show up, it is a good sign that winter’s grip is over since the eggs won’t hatch until spring. They are not spiders but are in the Archnida class. They molt approximately every ten days and look very different at each stage.
It certainly can be interesting when Mother Nature wakes up her little creatures as spring approaches.