Category Archives: Western Massachusetts

07.02.2022 “I’m available”

Cabbage White butterflies-Pieris rapae are mostly in constant motion. But they do alight on flowers at times and as I was checking out our milkweed in the front yard I noticed this female land on one of our geraniums. As … 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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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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06.27.2022 Macro Monday-When life gives you lemons…lens flare version

Yesterday morning I headed to Brickyard Conservation Area here in Amherst.  When I go there it is pretty much all about macro so just toss my 5D Mark IV in the bag with the 180 and doubler mounted.  As a … Continue reading

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06.26.2022 South Amherst at Dawn

I was headed to North Quabbin yesterday for the sunrise that I posted earlier this morning.  But this was why I got there after it had crested the distant hills. I have shot this location before.  The silos belong to … Continue reading

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06.26.2022 Silent Sunday-North Quabbin

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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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06.23.2022 Daisy Fleabane

This has been a great year for Daisy or Annual Fleabane-Erigeron annuus and especially here in the yard.  Everywhere locally really.  It attracts a fair number of insects besides those wonderful hover flies. We had rain most of the day … Continue reading

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