More Clouds   Leave a comment

Hot weather leading to unstable atmosphere leading to spectacular clouds!

 

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Posted 2019-09-06 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Borderland State Park   Leave a comment

Not sure at all about wasps, they are so tough!

 

It is so bizarre: pretty much every single time I pass this dead tree trunk I find Atanycolus wasps (Braconidae).

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Dolichurus, with a roach?  Maybe D. bicolor.  If it is indeed Dolichurus — it’s the second report in BugGuide in the US, first report in iNaturalist anywhere in the world.  Possible alternatives are Ampulex canaliculate, and something in Podiini.

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This was suggested as Podium luctuosum on the solitary wasps Facebook group.  That would make it the first Massachusetts record for this species.

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Ichneumonidae:

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There was a bunch of wasps flocking.  I think they were yellowjackets, Vespula flavopilosa; and I think there was a prey in the middle of flock, maybe a grasshopper.

 

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Nematocera?  Fungus gnat?

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A Flatid planthopper, Anormenis chloris:

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This spider was in a Linyphiid nest.  I think it’s a kleptoparasite spider in Theridiidae, perhaps Neospintharus.

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Tachinidae or Sarcophagidae:

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Another:

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I don’t know what this film is.  I know there are some bees that actually make their own natural cellophane (Colletes), but I don’t know if this is what’s happening here.

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There was a robber fly that was ovipositing, I think.  She was incredibly patient about me barging in and taking photos.

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Here’s a photo without a flash:

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A lovely meadowhawk, not sure which kind:

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Handsome Trig.  Again, a reminder, that’s really its name.  Also known as Phyllopalpus pulchellus, or red headed bush cricket.

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This cricket is Melanoplus, perhaps fasciatus:

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Gorgeous sweat bee I think (could it be Chrysididae, cuckoo wasp)?

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Philodromidae, perhaps Philodromus:

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Posted 2019-09-03 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Mammatus   Leave a comment

Summer thunderstorms give sunset mammatus clouds.

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Posted 2019-08-19 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Wales   Leave a comment

I kept my camera in check most of this vacation.  Here are a few snaps I did take from Brecon Beacons National Park.

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Posted 2019-08-19 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Stony Brook Mass Audubon   Leave a comment

In summer, I often end up taking only insect photos.  I took a walk at Stony Brook Mass Audubon to correct this imbalance and take some landscapes, but many insects crept in nonetheless.

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Scirtidae.  Scirtes orbiculatus, or something very close to it:

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A sawfly in Tenthredinidae:

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Sunset and swifts:

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Posted 2019-08-03 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Borderland State Park, again.   Leave a comment

Beautiful interplay of light and leaf.  I’m trying to get the crop right, so here are a few options.

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This Linyphiid (Neriene radiata, I think) caught a crane fly:

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Some more Atanycolus, I think:

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I believe that this is a tumbling flower beetle, Mordellistena trifasciata.

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Another Mordellidae member, not sure which:

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Hypsosinga, I think, but could be something like Steatoda instead?

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Probably an Oriental beetle, Anomala orientalis.

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This is an Evaniidae wasp.  If you think I was capable of identifying it by myself, you really don’t have any idea of my level of expertise!  It was waggling its abdomen up and down the whole time.  I don’t understand the behavior, but here’s what Wikipedia says:

“Evaniidae have the metasoma attached very high above the hind coxae on the propodeum, and the metasoma itself is quite small, with a long, one-segmented, tube-like petiole, and compressed laterally over most of its length (segments 2-8). The ovipositor is short and thin. When active, these wasps jerk the metasoma up and down constantly, as referenced in their common names.

And here’s an explanation I was given: ‘Basically the abdomen is flat attached basically on the top of the back end of the thorax through a thin waist and looks like a little flag that they move up and down thus “ensign wasps”.

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I think this Tenebrionid (darkling) beetle is a Haplandrus fulvipes.  Xylopinus is another possibility.

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Dolichopodidae, perhaps Condylostylus:

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Battaristis nigratomella, in Gelichiidae.

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Lovely Mutillid wasp female (aka velvet ant).  Pseudomethoca cf simillima.

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Posted 2019-07-28 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Borderland State Park   Leave a comment

Lycosidae, Schizocosa.

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Tumbling beetle, Mordellidae.  Mordella marginata?

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Long legged fly, Dolichopodidae.  Maybe Condostylus.

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Tiphiinae?

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Earwig, Dermaptera:

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Muscidae?  Sarcophagidae?  I may never know.

EDIT: “Well, wing veins rule out Oestroidea, including Sarcophagidae. So I’d start with Muscoidea.  https://bugguide.net/node/view/1122748/bgimage “

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Thomisidae, Misumena vatia.

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Four toothed mason wasp (Eumeninae, Monobia cf. quadridens) with gorgeous, gorgeous blue wings:

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Eastern Pondhawk:

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An uncanny resemblance to Homer Simpson:

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Laphria robber fly (Asilidae):

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Posted 2019-07-09 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized