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11.23.2020 Macro Monday-Aster Futures

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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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09.21.2020 Milkweed Fluff

A sure sign that Autumn has arrived. After yesterday’s sunrise endeavor I drove by the fire ponds in Wendell. I noticed this milkweed plant separated from all the other growth at the side of the road and the shaded water … Continue reading

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09.14.2020 Macro Monday

I went to visit the fringed gentians this morning.  Unfortunately, sunshine is required for them to open and I only had a few early hours to be out.  I did find one composition with a bud and that will show … 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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09.02.2020 Wordless Water-lily Wednesday

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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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08.23.2020-2 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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08.09.2020-2 A slight change in plans

My trip to Moosehorn Pond was intentional and my plans there also although I was thinking of dragonflies which were not terribly abundant.  The change is that I was going to do this as a “Silent Sunday” post but decided … Continue reading

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07.29.2020-2 No pig in a poke this

Another yard shot, these are green berries, not yet ripened, of American Pokeweed-Phytolacca americana. We have quite a few of these plants and, as they are native, we don’t discourage their numbers in the yard.  There are other plants that … Continue reading

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