Tag Archives: Amherst

09.07.2021 A regular visitor.

This is one moth that I see annually in the yard. I am not sure what the attraction is as their food is grains and corn which is not in our yard but they show up at the back door … Continue reading

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09.06.2021 Monday Macro

I’ve got a virtual show coming up shared with another local photographer at our town library’s website.  Our theme is Mount Pollux, a favorite local spot for sunrise, sunset, and just plain hanging out.  I woke this morning to a … Continue reading

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09.05.2021 Lovely Mimic

One should be careful what you swat.  I bet your first impulse is that this is a scary wasp or hornet and a threat.  That was mine too. But it is a Hoverfly mimicking a hornet. Eastern Hornet Fly-Spilomyia longicornis. I … Continue reading

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09.04.2021 Saturday Surprise

At least once a weekend I visit Brickyard Conservation Area to wander along the edge of the meadow looking for insects or abstracts. It was a bit chilly last night so I hoped to find some dewy subjects this morning.  … Continue reading

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09.03.2021 Frog Friday Frog Fun

When I visited MacLeod Field on this past Sunday I had insects on the mind and as you saw had an enjoyable time chasing the Silver-bordered Fritillary. But prior to that I was chasing a small moth when I saw … Continue reading

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09.01.2021 Wednesday Weevil

I think many of us associate weevils with cotton boll depredation (that species has been mostly eradicated) but they are not limited to just that one crop.  I posted one earlier that eats milkweed and now this one that eats … 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 Sunday Night with the Hopper

Lots of insects at the wet meadow this morning.  This hopper was my first encounter. Red-legged Grasshopper-Melanoplus femurrubrum I continue to be impressed with this 180+2.o combo.  These are pretty common and can be large enough in numbers to be … Continue reading

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08.29.2021 Silent Sunday

Cabbage White-Pieris rapae

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08.28.2021 Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee

No catchy title today.  Just a shot of this sweet sweat bee on guess what…Boneset, of course. Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee-Agapostemon splendens.  These are actually more green than here.  The flash reflects and creates a golden impression, same as with … Continue reading

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