Where the sidewalker ends

Ghost stepper

Ghost stepper

Skittering sideways across a beach at Sandy Hook, this little crab — a juvenile Atlantic ghost crab (Ocypode quadrata), I think — was noticeable primarily by its movement. When standing still, its almost transparent yet sand-mottled body rendered it practically invisible.

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False fog cloud field

Wet blanket

Wet blanket

Dewy detail

Dewy detail

Fresh morning droplets settled on wispy field grasses like a ground-level cloud covering parts of a meadow.

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Stripy leaf-stripper

Holding on by a milky thread

Holding on by a milky thread

Very near the end of the particular leaf it was enjoying, this Monarch caterpillar somehow managed to hold on to what little stalk was left to reach the last few mouthfuls of milkweed.

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Welcome to the orange club

Sumac sitter

Sumac sitter

Perched atop a branch of Winged sumac, this Common wood-nymph (Cercyonis pegala) may have been just soaking up the late summer sun and letting its orange-clubbed antennae enjoy the soft breeze.

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Giuseppe Verdigris-eyed monster

Pressing the panicled button

Pressing the panicled button

Backlit by goldenrod, Panicledleaf ticktrefoil (Desmodium paniculatum) stood out despite being so slender. Like alien heads with glowing jade eyes, the tiny flowers oddly resembled a purple version of Crow T. Robot (MST3K) holding pea-shaped opera glasses.

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Minewalk

Glisten here

Glisten here

Covered in a shiny, corrugated plastic-like shell, this Locust leafminer beetle (Odontota dorsalis) meandered up and down its preferred host slowly excavating nutrients.

Unfortunately for this and other locust trees in the park, this miner was only one of many.

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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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