Archive for September 2017

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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I like this color combination:

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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