Archive for May 2019

Borderland State Park wow   3 comments

I’ve always thought King Phillip’s Rock was the best insect hunting grounds around, but I’ve officially changed my mind.  Borderland State Park, the trail that starts on Mansfield St. that connects to the Northwest Trail.  Just the first few yards, I could spend all day on.  There’s shade and there’s sun; there’s dead wood, leaf litter, shrubs and soil.

Linyphiids are always found there.  Here’s a mating pair of Neriene radiata.  Notice that the palps of the male are enlarged, because they’re transferring sperm to the female.  (The jokes write themselves.)


Things got interesting: another male arrived, and the two started sparring for mating rights.







And here’s another mating pair, with a better view of the enlarged pedipalps for the male.



Here’s a Naphrys pulex.  I desperately tried to get photos of it in midair, but was mostly unsuccessful (see below for more about that).






The jumping spider in mid-air is my white whale of photos; I’ve taken more than 1000 photos.  And this is the best I land up with?



Cerambycidae: Cyrtophorus verrucosa (tribe Anaglyptini).



Ichneumonidae, Xoridinae:


It seems that there’s a healthy population of velvet ants here, I’ve seen multiple in the same spot.  This seems to be Pseudomethoca cf simillima.


I was ready to file this away as a firefly such as Pyropyga.  But it’s actually a Cantharid firefly mimic, Rhaxonycha carolina.



A sawfly, perhaps Pergidae:



Another sawfly, perhaps Tenthredinidae:



Dictyniidae, probably Emblyna:




Nice dramatic view of a Leucauge venusta:



Elateridae, probably Cardiophorus gagates:



Pompilidae, Anoplius:



Snipe fly, Rhagio mystaceus:



I have no idea about this fly, but it’s definitely cute:



Weevil, Curculinidae, Piazorhinus scutellaris:



Probably a gall wasp of some kind:



Don’t know who this moth is:


Stonefly, will try to pin it down further to genus/species:



This Buffalo treehopper, Ceresa was playing peekaboo a lot:





Angle moth?  Need to look into it further:



Dictyniidae, Emblyna sublata:



Pelegrina proterva:



Syrphidae, Toxomerus marginatus:



Every time.  Every single time I see a scorpionfly I get so excited I forget how to use a camera.  Anyway.  This is the best I got.



Nomada bees, and a flying photo!  Nomada are cuckoo bees, and they look for other bee’s nests to lay their eggs in, kleptoparasitism.



Six spotted Tiger Beetle: Cicindella sexguttata.



Posted 2019-05-28 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

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