Category Archives: Amherst

09.18.2020 One of the visitors to our Canada Goldenrod

Bronzed Cutworm Moth-Nephelodes minians I guess I am a fan of these, at least in our yard, as their larvae eat grasses so save me some mowing…well, I am sure not much mowing really. But for those who grow grain crops  … Continue reading

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09.18.2020 You know what day it is!

Came across this guy while walking along the Railtrail next to Poor Farm Swamp. We are due for an early, hopefully light, frost this weekend which portends the end of frog season.  Still a little time left but it’s in … Continue reading

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09.17.2020 Garage Moth

Moths seem to like doing an overnight on our garage walls.  Not a lot, but every once in a while I find one or two.  This Juniper Twig Geometer-Patalene olyzonaria was fortunately at eye level.  I have had to put up … Continue reading

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09.12.2020-2 Spidurday

Well, Gary has his Webnsday and I won’t probably keep this going as faithfully as he has but I have become a bit more interested in Arachnids. Shamrock Orbweaver- Araneus trifolium. So this dreamboat decided to inhabit our bee balm, maybe to … Continue reading

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09.11.2020 Flashback Frog Friday

One day while working in one of our small gardens in front of the house I looked up and saw this Gray Tree Frog-Hyla versicolor sitting on one of the branches of our Weigela shrub over my head. It seemed totally … Continue reading

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09.10.2020 Colorful Foliage Ground Beetle

One of the many visitors to our Boneset-Eupatorium perfoliatum, I just saw this beetle once but will surely recognize it if I ever see it again. Pretty hard to forget…the beetle, I am perfectly capable of forgetting the name. Green-winged … Continue reading

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09.08.2020 A very common yard spider

Nursery Web spiders- Pisaurina mira have been very numerous this year.  I’ve been finding them on our house every night and usually several.  Some are out in the open and others hiding inside the siding trim around the windows and doors. Sunday … Continue reading

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09.05.2020 Short-winged Meadow Katydid

These may be short-winged but that certainly does not describe their antennae. Conocephalus brevipennis  I received the diffusers for the twin flash and they seem to reduce the specular highlights a fair amount. This has been a good year for insect … Continue reading

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09.01.2020 Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Harry was a fly

If you were expecting a bear, sorry to disappoint.  But if you thought it was a fly, well a fly I can do. Another Tachinid Fly actually. Last night to end the month I went out in the yard and … Continue reading

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08.30.2020-2 “Ooh somebody, ooh somebody. Can anybody find me somebody to hug?”

With apologies to Freddie. In between showers I found this lonely White-banded Crab Spider-Misumenoides formosipes longingly waiting for somebody, anybody to hug. Unfortunately for this fly, the spider wanted more than a hug. Lonely No longer lonely…or hungry Crab spiders … Continue reading

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