Tangled Bank

From the closing paragraph of Darwin’s Origin of Species:

It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.

My own “tangled bank” is the little strip of land between Gus Ryder Pool and the lake. I find it endlessly fascinating to check on during lakeshore walks. It’s amazing what you can see when you look closely. Here’s what was going on when I visited it Sunday evening.

Note: where possible I’m using their Latin names, as common names are often wildly inconsistent. There were a few mystery creatures — do you know what they are?

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One thought on “Tangled Bank”

  1. Excellent photos. I let the milkweed grow in my yard because it attracts the monarchs. Don’t know any of the critters you photographed. I once found a spider like this in my yard in the fall and never saw it again.

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