King Phillip’s Cave   Leave a comment

For some reason, all the orb weavers we seem to get are Cyclosa conica, Leucauge venusta, and the occasional Uloborus glomosus.  Very few of the Araneus or Argiope that other people seem to swim in.  Cyclosa conica here:





The Uloborus glomosus I was talking about:


A little abstract design:






Eratoneura sp.?  Dikrella cf. cruentata?




I really don’t know who this is.  Best guess Dictynidae.  Maybe Emblyna sublata?



This particular pattern of Salticids is found in a lot of different genuses, and drives me crazy trying to identify it.  Maybe Eris?





Leucauge venusta:


Moss backlit by setting sun:



Anyphaena cf. fraterna, maybe A. pectorosa?  Neither has many sightings in New England, and A. pectorosa would be a first.


A gorgeous red color to the buds:





First warm day in a while!


Posted 2019-05-18 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

King Phillip’s Cave   Leave a comment

Trashline orb weaver, Cyclosa conica.


Unidentified flying flies.



Leucauge venusta baby.


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






Eustala sp.



Scolytini, “Typical bark beetle”












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.









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


Posted 2019-04-13 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

King Phillip’s Cave   Leave a comment








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


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.


Enoclerus nigripes:


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


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.


Nitidulidae, near Carpophilus.


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


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


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


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.



Dytiscid beetle


Dytiscid beetle larva


Mosquito larva with bonus Collembola in the upper right.


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.




Posted 2019-03-12 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized