Category Archives: Insect Behavior

09.02.2021 Three on Thursday

For my last yard shoot of August I visited our large clump of New England American Aster- Symphyotrichum novae-angliae and was happy to have a few subjects to photograph. The first was this tiny bee. Small Carpenter Bee- Ceratina sp, possibly a … Continue reading

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08.29.2021 Silent Sunday

Cabbage White-Pieris rapae

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08.28.2021 Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee

No catchy title today.  Just a shot of this sweet sweat bee on guess what…Boneset, of course. Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee-Agapostemon splendens.  These are actually more green than here.  The flash reflects and creates a golden impression, same as with … Continue reading

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08.25.2021 The buzz here is about beauty

I actually have not heard these buzz at all. Those who know me are aware that a mosquito almost killed me and I hate them. Well, that changed when I met this one. They only eat nectar and the youths … Continue reading

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08.25.2021 I can’t help it if I’m crabby

I am a crab spider after all. White-banded Crab Spider- Misumenoides formosipes I got to spend several minutes with this attractive Arachnid. Up close and personal. We played tag for a while as it kept slipping behind various blooms thinking I was … Continue reading

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08.24.2021 Two-fer Tuesday

Two-fer Tuesday means two of something…actually I first heard it on the radio when they would play two tunes by the same artist/group. And there likely will be two posts today.  In this case it’s two “bugs”. Northern Flatid Planthopper-Flatormenis … Continue reading

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08.19.2021 If you’re going to San Francisco

You’d better wear some flowers. Synchlora aerata-Wavy-lined Emerald moth larva. These actually don’t go to California but are found over most of eastern and central U.S. Here in the northeast they are the only species to cover themselves with small … Continue reading

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08.16.2021 Neoscona Nuptials

Don’t throw any rice. I know that these are spotted orbweavers-Neoscona sp-but which species I am not sure as I could not get an angle to see their abdomens without destroying the web. At first I thought they were fighting … Continue reading

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08.11.2021 Another Stinky

I take their word for it as I have never smelled one of these either.  I guess I would if I handled one but I don’t make a habit of handling insects. Anchor Stink Bug-Stiretrus anchorago Annual visitor to my … Continue reading

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08.10.2021 Tuesday Twosome PG-13

I came upon these two doing their best to assure that there will be more Cabbage White butterflies-Pieris rapae  next year. I guess eye contact isn’t that big a deal in the insect world.

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