Category Archives: Insects

09.18.2021 An Unexpected Reward

Last night Mary Beth was going to take Bentley out for his before bed business but I offered to do it.  As a reward I spotted a shape on the screen to our back window.  One never knows what will … Continue reading

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09.17.2021 A nice surprise at my window.

Usually right before bed I put on the outdoor lights and see what they attract for photography.  When I looked around the corner I thought I had an interesting moth on the window screen but when I got a closer … Continue reading

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09.11.2021 Spidurday

Not until I processed this did I realize just how hairy this species’ cephalothorax is. Sac Spider- Elaver excepta   I like the pattern on the abdomen which seems like a landing pattern although who wants to land on a spider’s back? … Continue reading

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09.07.2021 A regular visitor.

This is one moth that I see annually in the yard. I am not sure what the attraction is as their food is grains and corn which is not in our yard but they show up at the back door … Continue reading

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09.06.2021 Monday Macro

I’ve got a virtual show coming up shared with another local photographer at our town library’s website.  Our theme is Mount Pollux, a favorite local spot for sunrise, sunset, and just plain hanging out.  I woke this morning to a … Continue reading

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09.05.2021 Lovely Mimic

One should be careful what you swat.  I bet your first impulse is that this is a scary wasp or hornet and a threat.  That was mine too. But it is a Hoverfly mimicking a hornet. Eastern Hornet Fly-Spilomyia longicornis. I … Continue reading

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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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09.01.2021 Wednesday Weevil

I think many of us associate weevils with cotton boll depredation (that species has been mostly eradicated) but they are not limited to just that one crop.  I posted one earlier that eats milkweed and now this one that eats … Continue reading

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08.30.2021 A pleasant chase

While at MacLeod Field yesterday morning, I spotted this flash of orange and having seen several Pearl Crescents thought it to be one.  But upon a closer look I was mistaken. Silver-bordered Fritillary-Boloria selene When I first spotted this individual … Continue reading

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08.29.2021 Sunday Night with the Hopper

Lots of insects at the wet meadow this morning.  This hopper was my first encounter. Red-legged Grasshopper-Melanoplus femurrubrum I continue to be impressed with this 180+2.o combo.  These are pretty common and can be large enough in numbers to be … Continue reading

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