Moose Hill   Leave a comment

A nice autumn fall day.  There’s no way should anyone be indoors.  I went on the Ridge trail at Moose Hill Mass Audubon in time for sunset.

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It got late and as I was going back, the yellow autumn leaves were pretty much glowing in the dark.

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Posted 2017-10-22 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Block Island   Leave a comment

 

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There was a large flock of swallows gyrating.  I tried to take some time exposures. Still working on it, but these are reasonably interesting.

 

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Posted 2017-10-09 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Stony Brook Mass Audubon (20170909)   Leave a comment

One of our favorite walks.  The boardwalk is now open, too.

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The Handsome Trigs were everywhere!  Seriously, though, that’s their official name.  This one seems to be eating some prey?  As katydids, I assumed that they would eat plants.  Perhaps a larva? [Edit — I learned that most Orthoptera are in fact opportunistic eaters of other insects or carrion, so this is certainly food.  And armed with this knowledge, I can never look at locust swarms in the same way ever again.]

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My first geometrid moth caterpillar ever!  These are known for their spectacular camouflage.  I would never have realized that this wasn’t a twig, except that it mistook the wooden railing for the branch of a tree, and so stood out:

 

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In case you’re still not convinced, here’s a closeup of the head:

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Posted 2017-09-09 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20170902 King Phillip’s Cave   Leave a comment

A beautiful spreadwing damselfly.  This photo was taken on a stretch of the King Phillip’s Cave path that I call Damsel Alley; it’s never without its damselflies.

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A shock of color.

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It was late in the day, so I took the opportunity to get some backlit photos of this flower:

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Pelecinid wasps are always a thrill:

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There’s nothing very extraordinary about this photo.   I just like something about the balance of it.

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I haven’t posted in a while, so I’m going to add a mishmash of miscellaneous photos to this.  Playing with the new telephoto (remind me, please, to crop this one better).

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Reverse photo of an ambush bug (Phymatidae) on our window:

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This photo of the crane fly reminds me of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man drawing.

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Wasp on our flowers:

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Dolichopodidae (long-legged fly)

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Borderland State Park:

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Posted 2017-09-04 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20170709 King Phillip’s Rock   3 comments

Taking the new macro lens for a walk.  A lot of flies and moths, and not that much by way of identification.  A wonderful walk nevertheless!

This was suggested as more likely to be a cluster fly than a Sarcophagid.  I’ll look into this in more detail; I’m not familiar with cluster flies.

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The stiletto fly, Thereva frontalis, I think.  What is it doing with its abdomen, ovipositing perhaps?

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A long-legged fly (Dolichopodidae), gorgeous as always, and a closeup.  Something like Medetera?

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This Salticid is probably Naphrys pulex:

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I believe these are march flies (Bibionidae), perhaps something like Penthetria sp.  But I don’t know how to distinguish this from the dark-winged fungus gnat, Sciaridae (Epidapus or Sciara genus).  Or, for that matter, Axymyiidae.

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Perhaps a Prionyx searching for a grasshopper or a cricket to parasitize?  On further thought (look at the orange legs!) something in Sphex, like S ichneumoneus looks better to me.  In any case, it was found on a path in the woods, not necesssarily great grasshopper or cricket area.

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Probably a tachinid fly.  A suggestion give to me was this.

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Best guess: Toxomerus geminatus.

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In Corinnidae, this is Castianeira longipalpa (a male).  This site helpfully adds that “Castianeira” means “endowed with a pre-eminent husband.”  These are considered ant-mimic spiders, but it doesn’t seem that close a mimic to me.

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My ignorance of Lepidoptera is profound.  This one is close to Olethreutes fasciatana.

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And this beauty is something close to Olethreutes astrolagana.  First July sighting in Massachusetts that was recorded in bugguide.

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Crane flies mating, and a closeup of the eyes.  My best guess for the genus is Tipula, maybe paludosa?

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Probably a sepsid fly:

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Maybe Perithemis tenera (Eastern Amberwing).

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Posted 2017-07-09 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20170702 Backyard   2 comments

After many years of interest in insect photography, I finally went ahead and bought a macro lens.  I got about fifteen minutes today to go into the backyard and see how it worked.  Initial impressions are very positive!  Even though about half way through the session I realized I had my Raynox filter on, reducing the depth of focus.

“Valets do it, surfer babes do it,

Even summertime Syrphidae do it.”

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From Tom Murray’s book, I would guess Toxomerus marginatus, based on the abdominal pattern.  I don’t know if you’re allowed to guess species based on that, though.

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An assassin bug nymph.  Perhaps Zelus luridus?

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Perhaps a katydid nymph (identified for me as genus Scudderia):

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Posted 2017-07-02 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Some miscellaneous wildlife   1 comment

Here is a Platycryptus undatus on my house window.

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Aglossa caprealis, the stored grain moth.

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A groundhog in our backyard.  My son felt they were cool, not pests!

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Posted 2017-06-24 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized