Category Archives: Western Massachusetts

08.06.2020 Who’s been eating my buttonbush?

Promethea Silkmoths is who. After shooting the Swamp Spreadwing at Gauco Pond I went to Branch Bridge Road hoping for dragons or damsels.  But all I got was this chance to photograph Promethea Silkworm moth larvae-Callosamia promethea. This first was … Continue reading

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08.06.2022 More or Lestes

I posted a Swamp Spreadwing a few weeks ago or so.  I try to share different subjects, with the exception of bullfrogs, but like how this one came out so adding it to my WordPress media library. Swamp Spreadwing-Lestes vigilax-male.  … Continue reading

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08.05.2022 Happy Frog Friday

Prior to finding the Green Herons this past Monday, I came across several bullfrogs enjoying Poor Farm Swamp’s quiet morning.  This little guy was the first.  Others to follow on future FFs….or sooner. My first attempt of the morning.  I … Continue reading

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08.04.2022 If You Like Hover Flies

It’s almost 100° in the shade this afternoon but I try to get out in the yard every day and insects are quite active in the hot sun.  I saw a lot of cool wasps and when I wandered into … Continue reading

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08.04.2022 Turtle Thursday

Eastern Painted Turtle-Chrysemys picta, female. Females have shorter front nails.  A male’s are noticeably longer. While shooting at Moosehorn Pond this past Sunday, I had hoped to photograph a turtle.  No luck and it was getting late so I packed … Continue reading

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08.03.2022 Wasp Wednesday

Two Ichneumonid wasps from the yard. Great Golden Digger Wasp-Sphex ichneumoneus.  The digger moniker comes from their habit of nesting in the ground and laying an egg in each cell then leaving an orthopteran (grasshopper, locust, katydid, etc) in there for … Continue reading

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08.02.2022 Complaining does sometimes get you somewhere

So I have complained about not seeing many butterflies this year.  I do believe their numbers are down just as is the case with most insects worldwide. But as often happens, once I open my big mouth something shows up.  … Continue reading

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08.01.2022 My morning with Butorides virescens

AKA Green Heron. I decided to walk the rail trail this morning looking for frogs.  It was overcast which would be good at cutting down the glare that is sometimes unavoidable on a sunny day with a wet frog. Even … Continue reading

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08.01.2022 Macro Monday

If you are familiar with Boneset then you will recognize how small this moth is.  It’s wingspan is about 1/3″ +/-. Skullcap Skeletonizer- Prochoreutis inflatella. This moth is host specific to Mad Dog Skullcap-Scutellaria lateriflora which apparently resides somewhere nearby but I … Continue reading

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07.31.2022 Hooray for Holcocephala

I’ve been hoping for robber flies all summer and finally saw one yesterday.  It’s quite a looker with those big goo goo googly eyes. I was pretty happy with that shot but shifted around the Showy Tick-trefoil plant and got … Continue reading

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