Archive for June 2021

Canoe River power line cut; Greeley pond   Leave a comment

Wow, ended up with so many photos. Will be working on identifying them over the next many days, if you’re interested in the actual IDs please come back and check soon!


Bombus: bumble bee

Sweat bee, Halictidae. Halictus ligatus?

Looks to me like Ceratina, Carpenter bees. For Massachusetts in June, all I see in BugGuide are subgenus Zadontomerus.


I haven’t been able to convince myself of any of the possible choices for this one. Maybe, just maybe, Lasioglossum? I’m not too sanguine about that.

Hylaeus modestus? In Colletidae.

Eumeninae (potter and mason wasps). Parancistrocerus cf perennis? Euodynerus cf hidalgo? My guess is the first.

Halictidae. I think Augochlorella cf aurata. But who am I kidding, I have no idea how to rule out Augochlora.

What the hell is going on here??? The first two photos show a fairly normal hymenopteran, but the third…!

It’s giving me sawfly vibes, but I really can’t say for sure.

What is going on here??

Ceraphronidae? Cynipidae (such as oak gall wasp)? The size and shape of the head and eyes are a little unusual, to me.

The eyes and head say Chalcididae to me. Look forward to finding out what it actually is. The hind legs look nothing like what I’ve seen in other Chalcid wasp photos, though. Will it actually turn out to be a Crabronid???

Maybe Chrysididae? Such as Holopyga or Hedychrum?


Grasshopper nymph. Takes a wiser man than me to figure out what kind it is from a photo at this age.


Small milkweed bug, Lygaeus kalmii, in Lygaeidae.


Pachygronthidae –> Seed bug, Phlegyas abbreviatus

I’m not even sure if it’s a planthopper or a leafhopper. Derbid planthopper, Cedusa cf maculata (compare Leafhopper, Agallia quadripunctata?



Agrilus ruficollis, red-necked cane borer, Buprestidae. Don’t see a Norfolk county, Massachusetts report of this, but they’re not rare.

Cryptorhopalum triste in Dermestidae, were all over the place on the flowers.

Bad angle. Carabidae? Something like Stenolophus cf ochropezus? Agonum albicrus looks better. Amphasia seems to have rufous legs/antennae. Apristus looks similar-ish. I should stop now.

Elateridae. I do not dare go any further.

Cantharidae –> Rhagonycha?

Mordellidae, tumbling beetles. Looks like Mordella marginata.


Excited to catch them flying!

Syrphid fly, looks like Sphaerophoria


Cesonia bilineata in Gnaphosidae


Beautiful mite! Similar mites in BugGuide were not classified any finer than “mites and ticks” in Acari.

Thomisidae. Xysticus? Xysticus vs Bassaniana is tough.

Asagena americana in Theridiidae.

Opiliones, aka Harvestman. Leiobunum vittatum, I think.

No arthropods!

Posted 2021-06-19 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Wasp and Jumping Spider   Leave a comment

I haven’t been able to go out for a while. But I work from home near the porch, giving the insects the opportunity to drop by and distract me.

This wasp, I think, is Vespula vidua (the widow yellowjacket). That means there’s a yellowjacket nest near by. I’m fine with that — they are genuinely fascinating.

Then there’s this girl. I’ve seen her regularly when I step out onto the porch. She’s a Platycryptus undatus and I’ve named her Grizzlee. Not sure why the white balance got so red, by the way.

Posted 2021-06-04 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized