20170528 King Phillip’s Rock   Leave a comment

For some reasons, this has always been the best place in Sharon for finding insects.  Today was no exception.

Crane fly, Tipulidae:

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Snipe fly, Rhagionidae, Rhagio mystaceous

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Crab spider, Thomisidae:

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Perhaps Soldier beetle (Podabrus or Rhagonycha).  Perhaps a leaf beetle.

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Brown marmorated stink bug?

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Detail of the characteristic hairs on the fourth leg of Leucauge venusta (orchard spider).

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Probably a rove beetle.

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Alderfly, perhaps genus Sialis.

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Linyphiidae?

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Jumping spider:

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I have no idea what this is.  Maybe a checkered beetle, Cleridae.

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No idea, really.

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Weevil:

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Assassin bug, Reduviidae.  Zelus luridus was suggested.DSC03758.JPG

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Treehopper:

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Suggested was a dance fly (Empididae), genus Rhamphomyia.

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Suggested as Muscoidea, Anthomyiidae.

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Sugested as Sepsidae, Black scavenger fly.

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A beautiful pair of vultures.  Here’s the interesting part:  I saw a vulture here, in pretty much the same exact location to the meter, about five years ago, and then saw a bobcat.  I thought it might have been following the bobcat to share in the kill.

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Posted 2017-05-28 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20170527 Backyard   Leave a comment

I only had fifteen minutes to spare, so what better way than to drop into the backyard and look around?  DSC03606.JPG

 

Posted 2017-05-27 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20170429 Moose Hill   Leave a comment

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Identified for me as a cuckoo bee, Nomada:

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I believe this is a spring azure butterfly (Celastrina ladon).  Beautiful color when the wings are open, but I couldn’t quite catch that.

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Posted 2017-04-30 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20170401 Devil’s Rock   1 comment

This was an April Fool’s Day in several different ways.  The weather resolutely refused to acknowledge the spring season: pouring rain and then lots of snow.  Perfect weather for a walk in the woods!

Once I got to Devil’s Rock, I decided to try for a particular type of photograph — I really really wanted a photograph of a drop of water falling off a branch.  The drops  of water, on the other hand, were not particularly cooperative.   They either dropped before I was ready, or refused to drop, or timed the drop so that it didn’t come out right.  The one time everything else worked, of course, I had moved my camera out of the focus zone, so I got a beautifully composed shot of a bunch of blurs in flight.  At first I was annoyed, then enraged, and finally filled with grudging admiration for the perverseness of nature.

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Posted 2017-04-01 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20170318 Moose Hill   Leave a comment

Let’s grab some winter before it disappears!

 

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Posted 2017-03-18 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20170220 Devil’s Rock   Leave a comment

A very mild winter so far, so not a lot of snowy photographs!  I needed to catch some crystals before they vanished.

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Posted 2017-02-22 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20170213 Borderland State Park   Leave a comment

Lots of snow recently.  I took my son and his friends sledding, and took some photos of the nearby snow when I had a quick chance.

 

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Posted 2017-02-13 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized