Category Archives: Insects

07.03.2022 Fooled me once…

When I visited one of our daisy fleabanes I saw this fly with its iridescent wings and thought it was a hoverfly.  But once I got the shot and looked closer I saw that it wasn’t.  BugGuide told me that … Continue reading

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07.02.2022 A Firefly’s Quiet Moment

I haven’t the slightest idea which Firefly we are looking at.  Only the shadow knows. This was certainly not a planned image but when opportunity alights in the dark woods take a shot. I’d like it a bit more without … Continue reading

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07.01.2022 Panorpa!!!

To some this is a face that only a Panorpa mother could love but somehow I find them attractive. Scorpionfly-Panorpa sp. A species ID without a look a the wings is difficult and this guy flew off after two shutter … Continue reading

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06.28.2022 Moths as art

I’ve been mentioning how beautiful moths are and this post compares three moths.  One is spectacular and the other two attractive in their own right. Porcelain Gray-Protoboarmia porcelaria.  These have been fairly common in the yard over the years. Variable … Continue reading

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06.25.2022 The new to me list continues

There are more than 11,000 moth species in the United States so it is no surprise that I find new ones even here in the yard.  There certainly are plenty of repeats but this year I’ve seen several newbies. Speckled … Continue reading

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06.22.2022 Wordless Wednesday-Four-spotted Speranza

Macaria coortaria

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06.17.2022 A third entry anyone?

Every once in a while I get carried away with multiple posts.  And this one is in bad taste too. If you are ever at an outdoor cafe and asked “What’ll you have?” as this guy flies by don’t say … Continue reading

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06.16.2022 Two Ponds, Two Firsts…well four really

On Monday I shot the damselfly, which was a first of that species for me.  But just before that I made an image of a Large Cranberry-Vaccinium macrocarpon flower for the first time. I had seen some of the berries … Continue reading

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06.15.2022 Things are heating up

While places to our south have had dragonflies flying about, and probably to a lesser extent here also, it is now getting warm enough here to see them regularly and a first time for me to make some photographs.  This … Continue reading

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06.13.2022 Macro Monday-A happy encounter

I went to Gauco Pond in Petersham, MA this morning looking for whatever flowers I might find.  I did find one that I hadn’t seen before but am showing you what I happened upon on the way back to the … Continue reading

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