Although I get to travel quite a bit throughout Ohio looking for and photographing rare plants and animals, I relish the time I get in my own backyard to explore and photograph. Perhaps my favorite backyard subject is this species of leaf hopper, which I believe is Acanalonia conica. The cone shaped head is diagnostic. Its specific epithet, "conica", is a great moniker for sure.
But back to the far ends of our great State. Yesterday, the Ohio Heritage Naturalists visited the Picnic Point area of Shawnee State Forest, way day in Southern Ohio just one giant leap from Kentucky. In fact, from Picnic Point, which overlooks the mighty Ohio River, Kentucky doesn't look all that far away, or that much different from Ohio. The rest of that story, including a few reptilian ecounters, will be up soon.