Author Archives: Steve Gingold

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.

08.11.2022 Fear not! But respect them as well.

When someone mentions wasps, many of us shudder at the thought of being stung by one.  But, yellowjackets and bald-faced hornets aside, many have no interest in us and are more fearful of us than we of them. All I … Continue reading

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08.10.2022 Our friend the Robber Fly

They seem to be mean little guys.  They eat other insects including flies.  But, aside from being part of the balance Nature supports, they also keep pests under control. Robber Fly-Efferia aestuans male with Striped Deer Fly-Chrysops vittatus. The image … Continue reading

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08.10.2022 Another new one for the year

I love having titles like this.  Diversity rules! I noticed this little fly from afar as I was visiting the larger of two Boneset plants in our small woods. It was so small and skinny I wasn’t sure from that … Continue reading

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08.09.2022 HIde and Seek

Grasshoppers, for the most part, try to hide from you when you’re attempting to make a photograph. Much of the time they just launch themselves somewhere else but, if you are lucky, they sidle around the grass stalk. I focused … Continue reading

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08.08.2022 The night time is the right time

For making more wasps apparently.  Actually this was evening so not quite dark yet. Thread-waisted Wasps-Ammophila sp.  These two were flying all over the boneset patch in tandem. Here you get a good look at just how “thread-waisted” these wasps … Continue reading

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08.08.2022 Macro Monday-Butterfly Fun

Well, limited fun.  Just the two.  I am seeing a few more visit the yard but most are on their way to an important meeting so don’t stop for more than a second in any one place. I’ve seen a … Continue reading

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08.07.2022 Dewy Damsel

Yesterday morning’s visit that found the gentians also offered a nice colorful damselfly. Eastern Forktail- Ischnura verticalis -female I was surprised that she could fly around, I watched her fly until she landed on the grass stalk, and not lose those … Continue reading

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08.07.2022 Silent Sunday

Closed or Meadow Bottle Gentian-Gentiana clausa

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08.06.2020 Who’s been eating my buttonbush?

Promethea Silkmoths is who. After shooting the Swamp Spreadwing at Gauco Pond I went to Branch Bridge Road hoping for dragons or damsels.  But all I got was this chance to photograph Promethea Silkworm moth larvae-Callosamia promethea. This first was … Continue reading

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08.06.2022 More or Lestes

I posted a Swamp Spreadwing a few weeks ago or so.  I try to share different subjects, with the exception of bullfrogs, but like how this one came out so adding it to my WordPress media library. Swamp Spreadwing-Lestes vigilax-male.  … Continue reading

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