Category Archives: Insects

09.01.2020 Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Harry was a fly

If you were expecting a bear, sorry to disappoint.  But if you thought it was a fly, well a fly I can do. Another Tachinid Fly actually. Last night to end the month I went out in the yard and … Continue reading

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08.28.2020-2 Bedtime Spider

Bentley always goes out just before we go to bed.  Tonight I noticed another web below where the Spotted Neoscona had been last week.  This spider was much smaller and at first in the dark and with it being so … Continue reading

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08.26.2020-2 Last Night’s Moths

For me, finding one moth at night is pretty good.  I don’t try to attract them and just photograph whatever comes in on its own. One summer I did put up a sheet and lights and baited some trees which … Continue reading

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08.27.2020-They’re really not that bad

When folks think of stink bugs they don’t do so with enthusiasm.  But they are actually beneficial to gardeners.  Anchor Stink Bugs- Stiretrus anchorago are predatory, feeding on the larvae of many beetles and lepidoptera that are considered pests themselves. One reason … Continue reading

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08.24.2020 Macro Monday-Spidah and Grasshoppah

The 180 came back last week and this weekend was my first time out with it.  Saturday was a big disappointment.  Pretty much every image was not very good as a result of everything coated with so much dew that … Continue reading

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08.19.2020 Fiery Dragon

How an insect is named is often interesting.  I’ve had this moth, a Mint-loving Pyrausta-Pyrausta acrionalis, visit the boneset for years.  As I was putting this post together I wondered about the name and found that Pyrausta is a mythological … Continue reading

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08.18.2020 American Idia

Not a spelling error, the American Idia-Idia americalis is a woodland litter moth. I almost didn’t see this one as it blended so well with the black birch bark. I used some curves adjusting to make it stand out a … Continue reading

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08.15.2020 Bee fly

This morning I went to a co-workers home and cut up a large maple branch that had fallen a week ago during a strong wind.  So I figured I’d just wander around the yard with the 40D and flash before … Continue reading

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08.11.2020 Katydid say I could make this portrait

Maybe a different or possibly the same Fork-tailed Bush Katydid-Scudderia furcata I previously posted. Just hanging out on one of our milkweed leaves waiting for dark and the concert to begin. Handheld with the 40D plus twin flash.

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08.08.2020 Glinda the good mosquito

Not exactly a good witch but not a bad mosquito either.  Elephant mosquitoes-Toxorhynchites rutilus don’t pursue blood meals but sip flower nectar such as that of this Boneset Thoroughwort-Eupatorium perfoliatum. Although it looks to be in danger, the Leather Bug aka … Continue reading

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