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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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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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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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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.

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