Category Archives: Insects

07.30.2022 A special find for Blog Post #2300

Fourteen years ago I found one of the most beautiful caterpillars I’ve ever seen in our yard dining on some goldenrod leaves.  That happened again yesterday morning after a brief shower. Brown-hooded Owlet-Cucullia convexipennis.  I hope this one survives.  The … Continue reading

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07.30.2022 Suspension LIft Bug

High water is nothing to worry about for this guy. Stilt Bug-Neoneides muticus on Boneset. I made almost the exact same image a few years ago also on this same flower.  7D Mark II, 100 macro, Canon MT-26EX twin flash. … Continue reading

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07.26.2022 Nature’s Artistry

Of course, art is in the eye of the beholder and is only meaningful as such to humans.  Everything else is about mating and survival for the insect. Leafhopper- possibly Prescottia lobata.  Another new species for the yard and me.  … Continue reading

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07.22.2022 Funny, I didn’t smell anything

Green Burgundy Stink Bug-Banasa dimidiata Another new to me species in the yard.  This, I think, is the fifth or sixth stink bug species  we’ve had visit us.  This one seems to want some blueberries.  They like most trees and shrubs … Continue reading

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07.18.2022 Sweet Bee

I’ve admired the metallic sweat bees a few of you have posed recently.  I wish that was what I am sharing today, but alas the only sweat bees in the yard recently have been these Furrow Bees. Sweat Bee-Furrow Bee-Halictus … Continue reading

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07.14.2022 Pondhawk!

I shot this image back on July 3rd at Gauco Pond.  It was a good day and I found several nice odonata. Eastern Pondhawk-Erythemis simplicicollis –  Dragonflies are fantastic fliers and among the most successful predators in the world.  One reason … Continue reading

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07.12.2022 Botanical Omnivore

This Lygus bug apparently will eat most anything.  I’ve seen it’s larva on most of our flowering plants and according to BugGuide is hits most crops as well as garden plants. It’s the most common of plant bugs here in … Continue reading

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07.06.2022 Arched Hooktip

Some things just seem to name themselves.  While in the backyard with Bentley yesterday afternoon, I noticed this moth on some ferns and, although I never saw one before I have heard of them, automatically thought it was a hooktip.  … Continue reading

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07.06.2022 Swamp Spreadwing Damselfly

Each time I find a new odonata lately it seems to be one of a large number from a new mass eclosing.  There were dozens of these all along the roadside at Moosehorn Pond last Friday morning. Swamp Spreadwing-Lestes vigilax … Continue reading

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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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