Category Archives: Insects & Spiders & Stuff

The Tiny Humpback of Noted Game

Playing the camouflage card by looking much like a leaf itself — savoy cabbage comes to mind — this tiny Planthopper (possibly Acanalonia conica) found ample room for roaming on the comparatively larger platform provided by a Japanese knotwood bush.

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Velvet blue

Tiny Eastern tailed-blue butterflies wafted around the meadow like pieces of cobalt confetti.

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Making a differential

A multi-use path was probably not the best place for this grasshopper to stop for a rest, but since it was gone a little later, it must’ve made it back to the relative safety of a nearby meadow. Might be … Continue reading

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Golden Ploy

Enjoying the flowering goldenrod along with any number of other insects, this fly looked like a couple of other diners, including yellow jacket and locust borer beetle. Hover fly, Eastern hornet fly, wasp-mimic flower fly — whatever common name it … Continue reading

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How Green Was My Katydid

Master of disguise — or at least of leafy mimicry — this palish green Katydid (I think) was hard to spot in passing, even though it took up a good portion of the real estate offered by a large Japanese … Continue reading

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Wheel of becoming

Seems to be the season for damselfly get togethers. This pair of Familiar bluets (Enallagma civile) wasn’t the only couple around Franklin Lake making an effort to continue their species.

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See sawfly

A small sawfly (perhaps in the Tenthredininae family) marched all over the much larger leaves of a milkweed plant, here exploring the area near the pink-purple midrib of the leaf.

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