Archive for April 2020

King Phillip’s Cave.   Leave a comment

First insect safari of the season.  My main hunting ground, the Northwest Trail of Borderland State Park, was deluged with people — cars parked on the roads for hundreds of yards.  With Corona virus acting up, I went to King Phillip’s Cave instead.

First, a few abstract reflections on the stream.




Perhaps a fly puparium, such as Tipulidae:


Elateridae.  Some kind of hairy click beetle?  Sylvanelater cylindriformis  was suggested as most likely, but I don’t know how to rule out Gambrinus (aka Limonius) griseus.

EDIT: Sylvanelater cylindriformis does indeed seem correct.  Differentiated by the flares on the hind angles of the pronotum in the photo below.



Intentionally overexposed.  Does it work?



As always, young Leucauge venustas were everywhere.  One of the first spiders of the spring, one of the last spiders of the fall.


Perhaps Ellychnia corrusca, winter firefly.  They were everywhere.





This seems to be Nomada (nomad bees).  Bugguide: “ruficornis species group, Typical Nomad Bees”  maybe?




Andrena cf frigida


Halictidae? Best guess Lasioglossum coeruleum.

Spring azure (Celastrina ladon)


Best guess, Tetrix subulata? (EDIT: “Black-sided Pygmy Grasshopper for this one (Tettigidea lateralis)“)_DSC8690g.JPG



Cyclosa conica.  Another reliable early spring spider.


Posted 2020-04-25 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Devil’s Brook   Leave a comment

Cold, rainy day.  Spent time lying on the ground to get this.


Posted 2020-04-03 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized