Tag Archives: Eupatorium perfoliatum

09.24.2020 Spider Wasp

As the name implies, these capture spiders and leave them for their larvae to feed upon. The adults as you can see from these images feed upon flower nectar, in this case Boneset once again. Blue-black Spider Wasp– Anoplius sp. … Continue reading

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09.12.2020 Saturday last Saturday

Although my understanding of when Sundew would be flowering was faulty, I did get a chance to photograph a flower when I went to Gauco Pond last weekend (The same day I shot the red-legged grasshopper I posted earlier this … Continue reading

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09.10.2020 Colorful Foliage Ground Beetle

One of the many visitors to our Boneset-Eupatorium perfoliatum, I just saw this beetle once but will surely recognize it if I ever see it again. Pretty hard to forget…the beetle, I am perfectly capable of forgetting the name. Green-winged … 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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08.19.2020 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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08.08.2020 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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