Monthly Archives: August 2016

Minewalk

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. … Continue reading

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March of the Spiky Soldiers

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

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

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

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

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