Monthly Archives: July 2013

Insect intimacy

A bit of shameless bug voyeurism to see these tiger bee flies (Xenox tigrinus) sharing an intimate moment on the side of an electric pole in a marshy area of the park. Their prettily mottled black wing markings are worth … Continue reading

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A flowery floating life

A sunny yellow water-lily (perhaps Nuphar lutea) in Spring Lake, its fat flat leaves fanning out like welcoming landing pads for water-drawn insects.

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Day of the Lepus (almost)

Found this little fellow having a mixed green salad at Divine Park in Spring Lake. Although not the same genus as Lepus, it’s still in the family (Leporidae). I assume it’s an Eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus).

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Walk Like a Chelonian

This may be one of the snapping turtles we’ve seen basking in the swampy pond, but on this day, he or she was across the pathway from there — moving from a nearby creek to the butterfly bush garden. Lying … Continue reading

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Soft saffron swoosh

The blurry wing detail of a Clouded sulphur (Colias philodice) butterfly in flight makes a pretty pastel abstract of chalky orange-yellow strokes, dotted with pale pink splotches.

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Don’t Fear the Reaper

An arachnid but not a spider, this leggy creeper is a harvestman (Leiobunum) happily hanging out by a small clump of yarrow (Achillea millefolium) with its plump, grey-white pincushion centers and fringe-frondy leaves. Although their form and touchy-tentative gait can … Continue reading

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Electric jade juice

Looking quite debonair in his black velvet-winged tuxedo, this male Ebony Jewelwing damselfly (Calopteryx maculata) is just waiting for his turn with the ladies, his body glowing with liquid emeralds.

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