Category Archives: Flora

09.12.2022 Milkweed Mania Macro Monday

Visited East Leverett Meadow (interesting that they require you to lease a dog when visiting ūüôā ) this morning shortly after our rain let up with raindrops in mind. The floss tends to stick together when wet but there were … Continue reading

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09.06.2022 Autumn Orchid

Nodding Ladies’ Tresses-Spiranthes cernua Technically it is still summer, but there is a bit of Autumn in the air, a few leaves are changing color, not many but a few, and late season flowers are in bloom, like goldenrod and … Continue reading

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09.05.2022 More Aster Attraction

This Blackberry Looper-Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria caught my eye after the Cabbage White flew off. I haven’t photographed an adult yet but with any luck this larva will give me the opportunity.¬† When mature, it’s an emerald with white lines and quite … Continue reading

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09.02.2022 Fighting Frustration

This Mason Wasp-Parancistrocerus sp (possibly) was going from flower to flower on this American Burnweed-Erechtites hieraciifolius trying for some pollen in our yard. Eventually these flowers do open a bit more but for now the going was difficult.  

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08.23.2022 Two-fer Tuesday

I hadn’t planned on doing a two-fer post but decided to share a wildflower.¬† I have been stressing insects rather than flowers this summer so thought I should post one.¬† Maybe more to come. These aptly named Meadow Beauties are … Continue reading

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08.20.2022 Syrphid Saturday

Don’t I wish that Syrphid Saturday could become an ongoing series. That would take some doing as, although there are over 900 Syrphid species in the U.S., as of yet I’ve only seen a handful in the yard and elsewhere. … 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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06.23.2022 Daisy Fleabane

This has been a great year for Daisy or Annual Fleabane-Erigeron annuus and especially here in the yard.¬† Everywhere locally really.¬† It attracts a fair number of insects besides those wonderful hover flies. We had rain most of the day … Continue reading

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06.20.2022 Silky Dogwood

A bit different in appearance from the dogwoods we are most familiar with, this shrub produces blue berries, not blueberries, that birds are quite happy to consume. Silky Dogwood-Cornus amomum aka Swida amomum. I photographed these in the same field … Continue reading

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