Category Archives: Insects & Spiders & Stuff

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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Creepy floor show

Apparently intent on inspecting the sandy woodland floor, this Yellowjacket crawled along slowly and didn’t seem interested in stinging passersby for the moment.

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The Short Blond Caterpillar with One Black Stripe

Perhaps looking for a suitable spot to transform, this heavily filamented Fall webworm caterpillar (Hyphantria cunea) was making its way across what must’ve seemed a vast expanse of paved pathway.

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Gold Digger of 2017

Rather than drilling into its namesake plant, this Locust borer (Megacyllene robiniae) was digging for goldenrod. Looked like beetle cousin to the yellowjacket.

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Prickly royal intrigue

As a Monarch butterfly was sipping nectar from the thready head of a Field thistle (Cirsium discolor), some type of mantis lay in wait among the thorny leaves. Luckily for the Monarch, it decided to fly off before it became … Continue reading

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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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