|Photo by Ned Harris 10/12/2013|
Dragonfly in the web of life. This may be the the 'web' of the Fall Web Worm. The tiny black dots you see scattered about are 'frass' (German: noun, remains of stuff eaten by an animal); that is to say: non-human animal poop. The Fall Web Worm is the larval stage of the - you guessed it - Fall Web Worm Moth.
|Photo by Ned Harris 9/18/2013|
Ned's photo above shows the caterpillars (larvae). They spin this big web enclosure, eat and poop for a few weeks, then leave the web to pupate on the ground among the leaf litter.
How cool is that?