The Arthropods have stripes today, including a spider in a web in the little mesquites, with zebra legs. Rain could be felt a-building, maybe not today but the sky all around and the odd light on the land announced it, and I check the rain gauge to empty it of dead flies. There are no flies, but instead in the bottom are two dead little bees, and two that still live. One is frantic, angry, half of it metallic Mallard green with the other, rear half black and white zebra-striped: that most perfectly named Metallic Green Sweat Bee. The two dead ones lie curled up below, their bodies instead are ultramarine though equally metallic, equally beautiful.
It’s still pleasantly warm enough that frogs are jumping into The Stockpond at my approach, the cold that will come at the trailing edge of the expected storm will put an end to their very long party and these are the last I’ll see and hear. No dragonflies buzz along over the frog-rippled water today.