20150620 King Phillip’s Cave   2 comments

Cast the photo black and white, crank up the contrast, and pray for atmosphere:

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Love Odonates! Especially love to get them flying, which is tough.

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It was a big day for beetles, too:

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Ground beetle? Tiger beetle? This seems an awkward angle:

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This is genus Calosoma, ground beetles (Carabidae). Looking at this shell with and without flash was interesting — see where the color comes from?

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What a gorgeous scarab beetle (June bug, Phyllophaga nebulosa?).

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I turned over a rock, and saw a sowbug killer spider (Dysderidae); in fact, I’ve pretty much only seen these spiders when I look under rocks. Also some interesting unidentified ants.

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And finally, plenty of very mysterious insect signs:

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Note that in this next photo, the twigs were only on top and did not pass through the leaf. Perhaps from the bagworm, Psychidae.

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A very shiny egg sac for somebody:

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This is the cocoon of a parasitic wasp. There is a shrivelled caterpillar somewhere in this mess that has been eaten away by the wasp larvae.

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Posted 2015-06-22 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

2 responses to “20150620 King Phillip’s Cave

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  1. Loved this selection of invertebrates. Great pics! The parasitic wasp cocoon has helped me to identify something I saw recently. Thanks! 🙂

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