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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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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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The old flower trick

Performing their end of summer magic, Goldenrod flowers (perhaps Gray goldenrod, Solidago nemoralis) are transforming bright yellow petals into fluffy white flyaways.

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Come a copper

I think this is an American copper butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas), who’s joined in the goldenrod buffet line by two other insect diners (perhaps a flying ant and some sort of bee?). While its bright orange coloring is eye-catching, its less … Continue reading

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Striking gold

Couldn’t help but think of Carl Sagan’s “billions and billions of stars” when taking a closer look at this goldenrod (Solidago), which was growing not far from the cattails. Its yellow rays blazed even brighter against the backdrop of a … Continue reading

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