Tag Archives: Insect Behavior

08.23.2020-2 Great Golden Digger Wasp

I photographed these in the yard a few times on our milkweed flowers.  Now I am finding them on Virgin’s Bower-Clematis virginiana growing among our elderberries behind the wood pile. They are beauties among wasps and relatively harmless…to humans…but do … Continue reading

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08.03.2020 Monday Macro- A couple of bug buds on a pod

A pair of mating Milkweed Bugs-Lygaeus kalmii in an unusual position on a milkweed pod. Usually they mate rear to rear. The one on the left does seem rather fond of its partner. Evidence of the twin flash can be … Continue reading

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06.23.2020 Old Formica Ant had a farm, ee i ee i o

Another “found” subject while looking for the orchids at the Lawrence Swamp wet meadow…which thanks to our drought isn’t terribly wet right now. Several plants had many of these scenes happening in the early morning. Aphids and ants have a … Continue reading

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02.12.2020-1 Aspen Leaf Miner

The other day I mentioned that the Ice Abstract I posted reminded me of a leaf miner’s trail. These are very small larvae, mostly moths but also flies, wasps, and others, that spend their developmental time within leaves feeding on … Continue reading

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09.11.2019 Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillars

There are not many insects that thrive dining on milkweed.  Its sap is a bitter (I guess) latex that is poisonous to most, but a hardy few not only gobble the leaves up but use the poisons as a defense … Continue reading

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01.24.2014 Wool Sower

Steve Schwartzman brought up the subject of galls in his recent blog post of an Oak Gall.  Most often they are just a plain lump or roundish growth found on a leaf or stem.  Many species of plants are gall … Continue reading

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