Devil’s Rock   Leave a comment












Who knew fern leaves decayed so beautifully?





Chironomidae midge


Cyclosa conica





Posted 2019-10-13 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Moose Hill   Leave a comment

The days are getting shorter.  The trees are raging against the dying of the light.





























Posted 2019-10-12 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

More Clouds   Leave a comment

Hot weather leading to unstable atmosphere leading to spectacular clouds!









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).


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.



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









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.



Nematocera?  Fungus gnat?


A Flatid planthopper, Anormenis chloris:



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



Tachinidae or Sarcophagidae:






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.



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


Here’s a photo without a flash:


A lovely meadowhawk, not sure which kind:



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



This cricket is Melanoplus, perhaps fasciatus:



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




Philodromidae, perhaps Philodromus:


Posted 2019-09-03 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Mammatus   Leave a comment

Summer thunderstorms give sunset mammatus clouds.




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.






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.






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














A sawfly in Tenthredinidae:


Sunset and swifts:








Posted 2019-08-03 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized