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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