Category Archives: Lepidoptera

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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09.16.2021 Something found in the dark

Often just before bed I go out with my 40D, 100mm macro, and twin flash to see what might be found. Also a flashlight because the camera will not focus on a subject in the dark. Makes it easier to … Continue reading

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09.14.2021 Another happy chase

A Facebook friend mentioned a spot where she saw a couple of dozen Monarchs on some New England Aster this past Saturday.  I decided to see if they repeated the visit yesterday morning and did find a couple.  Those shots … Continue reading

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09.07.2021 Two fer Tuesday…Zombie Moth

In this case two posts of the same subject.  The one this morning was taken on the outside of our back door.  As with the Bald-faced Hornet a while back, this was from the inside and an unusual look at … 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 Silent Sunday

Cabbage White-Pieris rapae

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08.19.2021 If you’re going to San Francisco

You’d better wear some flowers. Synchlora aerata-Wavy-lined Emerald moth larva. These actually don’t go to California but are found over most of eastern and central U.S. Here in the northeast they are the only species to cover themselves with small … Continue reading

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08.14.2021 The Return of the Blue Tarp

I have no idea what the attraction is, but I keep finding interesting insects on this tarp over my woodpile. No complaints.  Life made easy. Green Cloverworm Moth- Hypena scabra  These are highly variable and this is darker than most … Continue reading

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08.12.2021 A handsome moth

I’ve been going to bed most nights between 8 and 8:30 so with it being summer and the sun setting around that same time I have not been able to photograph many night flying moths. I don’t set up a … Continue reading

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08.10.2021 Tuesday Twosome PG-13

I came upon these two doing their best to assure that there will be more Cabbage White butterflies-Pieris rapae  next year. I guess eye contact isn’t that big a deal in the insect world.

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