Category Archives: Insects & Spiders & Stuff

Insects and Peppermints

Like a fuzzy mint confection, this Wool sower gall was a sweet treat for the eyes. Created by the Wool sower wasp (Callirhytis seminator) — or by its grubs — it’s apparently not dangerous to its host (a White oak, … Continue reading

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Buckeye candy

Beautifully colored and patterned, this Common buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) brightened the brown-gray field floor nicely.

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The Upright Stuff

Last month, several red dragonflies were flying around the Little Silver Nature Trail, sometimes resting on the boardwalk that cuts along and across a creek. This one — perhaps an Autumn meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum) — preferred to perch vertically on … Continue reading

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Buckeye witness

A flashy little flier, this Common buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) took a few minutes to rest atop a meadow leaf and bask in the early afternoon light.

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Scudderia missile

As it fluttered by, this Bush katydid (genus Scudderia) looked like a whitish bit of fluff floating through the air. After it landed, though, its remarkably leaf-like appearance became clear.

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Stripy leaf-stripper

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

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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