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07.28.2021 A favorite visitor-Eastern Calligrapher

Do you have a favorite fly?  How about a favorite Hoverfly? This is mine.  These are tiny pollinators that do indeed hover.  They can fly backwards, maybe other flies do also, and their wings often iridesce. There is just a … Continue reading

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07.26.2021 Macro Monarch Monday

We’ve had lots of Monarch visitors in the yard flying around depositing eggs and there have been several larvae nibbling on the milkweeds. This was my first opportunity to capture one while nectaring. We seem to be having a good … Continue reading

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07.20.2021 Banded Longhorn Beetle

I am not sure what it is about Longhorn Beetles but I do enjoy them and hope you do too. And, as an added bonus, this Gooseneck flower head has a double front and center.

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07.19.2021 Collecting little pieces of Nature here and there

While checking out the milkweed for monarch caterpillars (still none to be seen) I noticed this little grasshopper sitting on a nodding bloom of Fringed Yellow Loosestrife-Lysimachia ciliata. The Two-striped Grasshopper nymph-Melanoplus bivittatus did not weigh much and the flower … Continue reading

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07.18.2021 Bright Shiny Objects

Yesterday’s weevil may not have been cute and attractive but I think we can describe today’s subjects that way. Dogbane Leaf Beetles- Chrysochus auratus are promiscuous beetles mating constantly during their lifespan. I saw several paired up like this, although … Continue reading

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07.17.2021 Nature is not always cute

After yesterday’s frog sweetness this is quite a change. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder and there is a beauty to even the homeliest of creatures. You maybe see things differently.  🙂 Milkweed Stem Weevil-Rhyssomatus palmacollis I … Continue reading

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07.12.2021 Macro Monday

This Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle- Labidomera clivicollis, is not very inconspicuous with that bright red (sometimes orange) strong coloration and its distinct black markings on the elytra.  But that red most often in nature cries out “do not eat me … Continue reading

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07.09.2021-2 Beewolf not Beowulf

Although some bees might consider this a monster of Grendel proportions, it is not quite as hideous.  Beewolf larvae eat bee larvae but the adults just sup on nectar which is most likely why we are witnessing this shot. Hump-backed … Continue reading

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07.08.2021 Say hello to my little friend.

I’ve been chasing these little long-legged flies-Condylostylus patibulatus for a few days.  They seem to sense autofocus and just as it gets sharp in the viewfinder…gone! I got a bunch of out of focus blurs until this one decided to … Continue reading

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07.07.2021 Wasp on a hot blue tarp

With apologies to Mr. T. Williams. While splitting our firewood the other day I noticed this Dark Paper Wasp-Polistes fuscatus on the tarp covering what is already stacked. I guess the cool morning had it in a slight torpor as … Continue reading

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