08.17.2019 Return to Potash Brook

On a trip through Hawley, MA to it’s namesake bog, I noticed this brook cutting through the woods alongside East Hawley Road. The brook eventually contributes to the water in the bog where there are orchids, pitcher plants and many other wetland plants. This scene grabbed my attention and I recently reprocessed it adding a few touches and cropped with a new eye for featuring what really attracted me.

A bonus was this cool leaf  beetle (Calligrapha suturella) hanging out along the roadside, possibly enjoying the view as much as I did.  I never did ID those galls. There are at least 50 species of these beetles with a wide variety of elytra patterns that distinguish them.

Well, I went a bit far afield into the beetle but the scene is what I really wanted to be sure.  I hope you enjoyed both.  🙂

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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16 Responses to 08.17.2019 Return to Potash Brook

  1. I like the calligraphy on the elytra. The red one shown in your link is pretty nifty, too.

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  2. I did enjoy both. The first puts the “I” in idyllic. The second puts the “B” in beetle.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    It’s taken me a while, but I finally realized that ‘Hawley’ seems familiar because one of my favorite historic cemeteries in my area is the Hawley Cemetery. It’s down the coast, in Matagorda County and closely associated with another town I’ve wanted to write about. Once the weather cools a bit, I think I’ll head down there.

    There are more bayous than brooks around my Hawley, though. The thing that attracted me in this photo of the brook was the varying heights of the plants: flat lilies in front, taller growth in the middle, and finally the sedges, reeds, or whatever standing tall in the back. It’s really a pleasing effect.

    I’m glad to see that beetle, too. I found a similarly-shaped pair on beauty berry in east Texas. I suspect now they were leaf beetles of some sort. We’ll see what BugGuide has to say.

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    • Beetles are funny. So many species with different names. Many many leaf beetles. Their taxonomy especially. And then there are these. This is a flower longhorn beetle. When I first photographed it I called it a longhorn flower beetle. There are both so it is easy to confuse them. Where would us lay entomologists be without BugGuide?

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      • shoreacres says:

        I know I shared this article with Steve S., but I’m not sure you’ve seen it. Believe me — I felt a whole lot better about taxonomy once I’d read it. It’s funny as can be. (Well, at least to my quirky sense of humor.)

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      • I think I read that or similar but am not sure.Seemed familiar. I like the description of Gray’s eulogy as a “hatchet job”. The poor guy was just terribly disorganized. Gray’s Botany is one of my many botany books sitting on my shelf gathering dust.Nothing by Rafinesque, sadly. Thanks for the link.

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  4. bluebrightly says:

    For sure, I enjoyed both! Love the patterns on the beetle, and the pond is idyllic, with its reflections and pond lily leaves.

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  5. Mike Powell says:

    That last photo is simply stunning–I love it.

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