Category Archives: Insect Behavior

09.22.2022 Wood Splitter’s Delight

Well maybe not all wood splitters but this one was happy to find these and get a nice shot of the two peacefully, I think, coexisting under the bark of some of my firewood that I was prepping for the … Continue reading

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09.14.2022 Web Wednesday-Marbled Orbweaver

Just as large and hairy as the Spotted Orbweaver I posted a while back but a lot more beautiful. Marbled Orbweaver-Araneus marmoreus.  I don’t know if this is true for all this species but unlike the Spotted and other orbweavers … Continue reading

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09.08.2022 A handsome greenie

I’ve mentioned previously about the larvae that collect debris as a disguise or camouflage known as bagworms. They are members of the Synchlora genus also known as Emeralds. Wavy-lined Emerald-Synchlora aerata.  When young  and not so fastidious as the adults … 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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09.03.2022 I’m knockin’ on your door again my darlin’ I’m knockin’ on your door please answer me

When we opened the door to let Bentley out last night this visitor seemed to want in. Leafhopper-Rugosana querci Those eyes are a lovely mark. These hoppers are found mostly in the eastern U.S. but a few midwest states host … 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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08.29.2022 Finally!

While walking around the yard yesterday afternoon with the 7D setup I came across a Monarch caterpillar apparently resting after a meal of milkweed leaf. As I made a few images I felt something breeze by and it was an … Continue reading

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08.26.2022- Green Eyes

I found the eyes of this Northern Paper Wasp-Polistes fuscatus to be very attractive especially with the lightly colored face. Just look at them. I can tell you from personal experience, so far, that they are not at all aggressive.  … 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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08.08.2022 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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