Category Archives: Closeup Photography

07.28.2021 Wordless Wednesday-Upside Down Brickyard

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07.28.2021 A favorite visitor-Eastern Calligrapher

Do you have a favorite fly?  How about a favorite Hoverfly? This is mine.  These are tiny pollinators that do indeed hover.  They can fly backwards, maybe other flies do also, and their wings often iridesce. There is just a … Continue reading

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07/27/2021-Common Wood-nymph

This was a fun pursuit. I visited an area in town called Brickyard.  It’s a fairly large meadow which is broken up in a few spots by trees and a small river.  As I walked a path around the meadow … Continue reading

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07/21/2021 Wordless Wednesday-Summer Azure

Summer Azure-Celastrina neglecta

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07.20.2021 Banded Longhorn Beetle

I am not sure what it is about Longhorn Beetles but I do enjoy them and hope you do too. And, as an added bonus, this Gooseneck flower head has a double front and center.

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07.19.21 Macro Monday…another little piece of Nature

Cabbage White- Pieris rapae on a garden geranium.  These are quite active and just when you think you are homed in on one it flies.  Fortunately this one was hungry.

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07.19.2021 Collecting little pieces of Nature here and there

While checking out the milkweed for monarch caterpillars (still none to be seen) I noticed this little grasshopper sitting on a nodding bloom of Fringed Yellow Loosestrife-Lysimachia ciliata. The Two-striped Grasshopper nymph-Melanoplus bivittatus did not weigh much and the flower … Continue reading

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07.18.2021 Bright Shiny Objects

Yesterday’s weevil may not have been cute and attractive but I think we can describe today’s subjects that way. Dogbane Leaf Beetles- Chrysochus auratus are promiscuous beetles mating constantly during their lifespan. I saw several paired up like this, although … Continue reading

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07.17.2021 Nature is not always cute

After yesterday’s frog sweetness this is quite a change. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder and there is a beauty to even the homeliest of creatures. You maybe see things differently.  🙂 Milkweed Stem Weevil-Rhyssomatus palmacollis I … Continue reading

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07.15.2021 Thread-waisted Thursday

This will not likely be a weekly or monthly title.  Maybe annually although I do see this wasp family often enough. We’ll see. Maybe some of you would rather this is a one off.  🙂 I was chasing hover flies … Continue reading

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