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09.29.2022 Glamour Shot

Gymnoclytia sp.  A Tachinid fly.  These parasitic flies lay their eggs most often on the larvae of another insect, very often caterpillars, which dooms the host.  The adults feed on nectar.

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09.20.2022 Two-fer Tuesday

This time both in one post. This Dogwood Sawfly larva-Macremphytus tarsatus was wandering about on the tarp while I was splitting firewood.  I was almost as excited as I was with the snake.  Different day though.  We do have a … Continue reading

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09.05.2022 More Aster Attraction

This Blackberry Looper-Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria caught my eye after the Cabbage White flew off. I haven’t photographed an adult yet but with any luck this larva will give me the opportunity.  When mature, it’s an emerald with white lines and quite … Continue reading

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09.03.2022 I’m knockin’ on your door again my darlin’ I’m knockin’ on your door please answer me

When we opened the door to let Bentley out last night this visitor seemed to want in. Leafhopper-Rugosana querci Those eyes are a lovely mark. These hoppers are found mostly in the eastern U.S. but a few midwest states host … Continue reading

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09.02.2022 Fighting Frustration

This Mason Wasp-Parancistrocerus sp (possibly) was going from flower to flower on this American Burnweed-Erechtites hieraciifolius trying for some pollen in our yard. Eventually these flowers do open a bit more but for now the going was difficult.  

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08.23.2022 Doppelganger

I haven’t had any luck photographing Monarchs this year.  Just a few that I saw visited the yard, I only saw three larvae, and none ever stopped where I could get a clear shot.  But yesterday while roaming one of … Continue reading

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08.22.2022 What gets me excited

Well, it obviously doesn’t take much but finding a new insect, especially an attractive one, does get me going. Feather-legged Fly-Trichopoda pennipes on boneset.   These are bee mimics and the “feathers” on the legs resemble the pollen baskets found on … Continue reading

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08.21.2022 Sunday Night Leaf Beetle

The dew all over this beetle is something we need in much larger amounts and tomorrow may be the day…we hope.  I know other parts of the country need rain even more than we do but I can tell you … Continue reading

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08.21.2022 Silent Sunday

American Copper- Lycaena phlaeas  

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08.20.2022 Syrphid Saturday

Don’t I wish that Syrphid Saturday could become an ongoing series. That would take some doing as, although there are over 900 Syrphid species in the U.S., as of yet I’ve only seen a handful in the yard and elsewhere. … Continue reading

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