Archive for June 2016

20160614 Mayfly   Leave a comment

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We had a welcome visitor on our door.  I love mayflies — please read this blog post.  This one was tired enough to let me take a lot of photographs.  Take a look at this photo, and let me know if you notice anything missing:

 

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Did you notice that there are no mouthparts?  Many species of mayflies do not eat in the adult stage, and so don’t need mouthparts.  They have one order of business: reproducing.  That’s why their (adult) lifespans are proverbially short — the order is called Ephemeroptera for a reason.

Good luck, buddy!

Posted 2016-06-14 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20160612 King Phillip’s Rock   Leave a comment

I hadn’t been to King Phillip’s Rock in a long time.  It’s the best place I’ve found for insects, for whatever reason.

Here’s a gorgeous wasp:

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I love scorpionflies for their alien appearance:

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I think this is a bee-like tachinid fly:

 

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A beautiful Derbid planthopper:

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I like the light in this photo:

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Caterpillar:

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Theridiidae?

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There was a stag beetle I was trying to photograph, but it escaped.  As it escaped, it led to a congregation of dozens (maybe hundreds) of click beetles (Elateridae).  I think this was mating behavior, don’t know what else it could be.

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This is either a robber fly (Laphria) or a golden-backed snipe fly, with its Elateridae prey.

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There was a major infestation of moth caterpillars, perhaps gypsy moths.

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Nothing improves my mood like a walk in the woods.

Posted 2016-06-12 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized