King Phillip’s Cave   Leave a comment

Trashline orb weaver, Cyclosa conica.

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Unidentified flying flies.

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Leucauge venusta baby.

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A change of seasons to spring: maple blossom on leaf litter.

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Eustala sp.

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Scolytini, “Typical bark beetle”

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Posted 2019-04-14 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Borderland   Leave a comment

In the lake, near the outlet, there was a little whirlpool.  I took a small time exposure, facing into the sun a bit, so the reflection of the sun went on a reel.

 

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Not a good photo, but a spring stonefly, Nemouridae?

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Posted 2019-04-13 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

King Phillip’s Cave   Leave a comment

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Even the experts were unclear as to what this fly is.

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Muscidae, maybe Muscina, according to the experts.  Why is it not Calliphoridae? “Shallow bend to median (M) vein. It is more acute in nearly all Calliphoridae. Also general gestalt. I can’t really think of a calliphorid that has this exact color pattern.

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Enoclerus nigripes:

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Perhaps Linyphiidae, Eregoninae, Erigone?  Verdict is that Eregoninae is correct, but genus requires more details (genitals).

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Glischrochilus cf. fasciatus (Nitidulidae — Sap feeding beetles).  This species is also called the Picnic beetle, or more amusingly, the Beer beetle, because they love beer and other fermentation.

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Nitidulidae, near Carpophilus.

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Andrena.  “Male Andrena sp. (note the “furrows” on the inside margin of the eyes. Would be flat if not convex in Colletes).

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Wood gnat.  Anisopodidae, Sylvicola cf alternatus.  Maybe S. fenestralis instead?

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Spherical head, and time of year, apparently suggest Scathophagidae as a possibility.

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Posted 2019-03-30 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Moose Hill Mass Audubon Pond   Leave a comment

Tried to get some Dytiscid beetle photos. Instead I got this!

EDIT: Identified as a Fairy shrimp (Eubranchipus sp ).

Also got one awful Dytiscid beetle photo, and one semi-decent Dytiscid beetle larva photo.

This ain’t my last attempt to get a decent Dytiscid shot.

EDIT: Could be Haliplidae or Hydrophilidae instead of Dystiscidae, I guess.

 

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Dytiscid beetle

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Dytiscid beetle larva

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Mosquito larva with bonus Collembola in the upper right.

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Posted 2019-03-17 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Icicles dripping   Leave a comment

Some interesting patterns in the icicles outside our window: the small things in life matter.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 2019-03-17 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

20150514 Devil’s Rock Redux   Leave a comment

Going through some old photos, thought there was something in this photo that could be cropped and salvaged into a snap worth sharing.

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Posted 2019-03-12 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Moose Hill Mass Audubon   2 comments

A foggy day.  I wanted to get to the lookout point to photograph the fog effects, but unfortunately didn’t time it right — I didn’t want the gates to get locked with my car still inside.  So I ended up with more water droplet images than I planned.

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Posted 2019-02-24 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized