March of the Spiky Soldiers

Spike a pose

Spike a pose

They might be mites

They might be mites

Tiny yet intimidating with its prickle-point armor, this Assassin bug nymph (genus Sinea) was strutting his stuff up and down leaves and stems.

The orange blobs around his middle may be some type of mites.

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Transparency in hoverment

clearwing moth 1

See-through out

Following along a meadow path, this Hummingbird clearwing moth flitted from flower to pale purple flower — ironweed, I think — taking a sip or two from each one as it went.

(Earlier post about two such moths.)

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Swallowtailgating

Loading zone

Loading zone

As in previous years, several pairs of Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) have been nesting under the eaves of some of the park maintenance buildings. This brood looked just about ready to fledge but still wanted to be fed.

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Dogbane Afternoon

dogbane beetle 2

One dog’s bane is
another beetle’s boon

Whether friendly or fighting, these Dogbane beetles (Chrysochus auratus) brightened their host plant like two festive, shiny baubles.

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The Secret of Nymph

On the stinky brink

On the stinky brink

Looking something like a squishy flying saucer, this Green stink bug nymph (perhaps Chinavia halaris) held a precarious-looking but steady position as half its body seemed to float in space at the edge of a leaf.

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Sentry park

Mullein it over

Mullein it over

This lone stalk of Moth mullein (Verbascum blattaria) was poised like a purple-faced scarecrow standing guard over a field in Tatum Park.

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Great crested eyecatcher

Crest in show

Crest in show

Just here for the summer to breed and hang out, the Great crested flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) makes quite an impression due to its relatively large size and sun-colored underside.

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