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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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07.05.2021 Macro Monday

Small Milkweed Bug-Lygaeus kalmi. These colorful bugs feed on milkweed seeds and flower nectar, but can also be predacious eating honey bees and monarch caterpillars and others. as well as scavenging.

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06.28.2021 A darling of a darkling

Guess I reached a bit for a cute title.  Most gardeners wouldn’t consider this beetle a darling but a pest.  They chew the bases of vegetable plants and do cause some damage. That I saw this one at all was … Continue reading

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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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09.07.2020-2 Monday Macro-Up Close and Personal with a Red-legged Grasshopper

I posted something similar a bit ago of this same species but like this shot enough to share another. I had to employ the same strategy to get this shot, encouraging it to move around fully exposed to the camera. … Continue reading

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09.05.2020 Short-winged Meadow Katydid

These may be short-winged but that certainly does not describe their antennae. Conocephalus brevipennis  I received the diffusers for the twin flash and they seem to reduce the specular highlights a fair amount. This has been a good year for insect … Continue reading

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09.02.2020-2 Short-tailed Ichneumonid Wasp

Almost every night for the past week or two I’ve photographed a new to me insect. Of course I do see some species repeatedly but it is nice to see something different most nights or mornings. The is a real … Continue reading

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09.01.2020 Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Harry was a fly

If you were expecting a bear, sorry to disappoint.  But if you thought it was a fly, well a fly I can do. Another Tachinid Fly actually. Last night to end the month I went out in the yard and … Continue reading

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08.26.2020-2 Last Night’s Moths

For me, finding one moth at night is pretty good.  I don’t try to attract them and just photograph whatever comes in on its own. One summer I did put up a sheet and lights and baited some trees which … Continue reading

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08.26.2020 Wasp Wednesday

We had a brief downpour yesterday which, although short-lived, gave us a bit of relief from the heat and some much needed moisture. While there was still just a light drizzle coming down I went out looking for insects and … Continue reading

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