Plenty of interesting plants and animals live life near the fast lane.
Assassin bugs are best observed at a distance. The tiny predators can deliver a painful bite!
With all those flowers, roadsides are aflutter with butterflies. Pack a net and see how many you can catch.
Carry a trash bag in your car so you can put roadside litter in its proper place.
Most critters would get a terrible tummy ache — or die — if they ate rotten meat. But not turkey vultures. Acid in a vulture’s stomach is so strong that it kills nearly all germs. By eating roadkill, vultures — nature’s cleanup crew — keep germs from spreading.
If you’ve lost your sense of direction, find a compass plant. The large lower leaves on these sunflowerlike plants usually grow with their edges pointing north and south.
Weedy areas alongside roads harbor a variety of rodents and reptiles. Birds of prey perch nearby, hoping to nab an easy meal.
Baby spittlebugs suck sap from plants and turn it into spitlike foam. The bugs snuggle inside the slobber to stay safe from predators and the heat of the sun. Although the foam looks like saliva, it’s not. It actually comes from a spittlebug’s other end.
Zipping along a rural highway can feel like driving through a rainbow. Wildflowers of every color bloom beside the road from spring through fall. How many of these fancy plants can you spot?
Woodchucks often dig burrows under roadside fence rows. When they’re scared or surprised, these chubby squirrels give aloud, shrill whistle to warn family members of danger.
Angie Daly Morfeld
Nichole LeClair Terrill