If you’re looking forward to deer season, here’s something that might start you dreaming of whitetailed bucks. Take a hike in the woods and look for rubs on small trees. Male white-tailed deer rub velvet off antlers this time of year. Take the family and make a scavenger hunt out of it!
You may see freshwater jellyfish gently swimming in warm, still waters of ponds and lakes. In Missouri, people usually only see these creatures from July through September, when the surface of the water reaches about 80 degrees F. Missouri’s jellyfish are about the size of a quarter and pose no threat to people. They use their tentacles to snare tiny aquatic animals called zooplankton.
Mother wolf spiders attach their pea-sized egg sacs to the bottom rear of their abdomens and carry on with normal life, including hunting for food. She later carries the babies on her back until they are able to be on their own.
Northern cottonmouths, also known as water moccasins, give birth in August. There are usually six or seven in a litter. In Missouri, this is not a widespread species. It only occurs in the southeast corner and in scattered populations in the Ozarks. To learn more about snakes you are encountering, check out A Guide to Missouri’s Snakes at short.mdc.mo.gov/ZhD. To request a free copy by mail, email firstname.lastname@example.org. mdc.mo.gov 29
Beginning in August, Missouri welcomes visitors from the north. Whereas it’s too early for Santa and his reindeer, these visitors are just as familiar to waterfowl enthusiasts. Blue-winged teal return to the Show-Me State just in time for September’s teal season. Teal are fast flyers, darting unpredictably over water, making them fun to watch and hunt.
Here’s what’s going on in the natural world.
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