Urbana State Park, NY   Leave a comment

Seriously, an insane place to go a-bugging. The first 100 yards of the trail off Bean Station Road had to have been the most insect diversity-rich stretch I’ve ever come across.


Katydid. Amblycorypha oblongifolia, presumably. (Not from that trail, obviously, but the house at Keuka Lake).


Perhaps mason wasp.

Ceratina, I think (aka carpenter bee), but I don’t know how to rule out Osmia (or other mason bees).

BugGuide says for Ceratina (https://bugguide.net/node/view/15027): “The clublike abdomen narrows to an abrupt point(3)”, which I’m not really seeing here.

Facebook: “Given the time of year, Ceratina seems more likely. Also, Osmia doesn’t collect pollen on its legs.”

The number of antennal segments seems to point to Ichneumonoidae (Ichneumonidae or Braconidae), but I can’t find a fit for the yellow dot (scutellum?). FB: Ichneumonini, and yellow scutellums are common!

Tenthredinid sawfly.

Pemphrodonidae, perhaps Stigmus.

Again with the Ceratina/Osmia.

Bee, Hylaeus.

So many mites? Ancistrocerus, I think.

Halictidae, maybe Augochlora pura?

Ichneumonidae, Pimplinae. “Probably Scambus.”

Gasteruptiidae! What a gorgeous specimen. Most of the wasps similar to this seem to be classified as Gasteruption. G. assectator.

Perhaps Ichneumonidae, sub-family Cryptinae? Cryptus cf albitarsus seems very similar.

BugGuide (https://bugguide.net/node/view/349546): “Males are most readily diagnosed and are noted for their prominent white hind tarsi and red abdomens. Females have entirely black bodies and legs apart from a red abdomen and typically with wings subhyaline to weakly infuscate. Though there are several species with similarly colored females, this is the most prevalent across its range.”

The white hind tarsi and red abdomens certainly fit.

Ancistrocerus, I think.


Moths, man, moths. So tough to ID. I looked through Tom Murray’s August moth page (https://pbase.com/tmurray74/moths_august_2015), but nothing ran in and hit me in the face.

There seemed to be a lot of Lymantria dispar (aka spongy moth) signs, which is definitely not a happy fact.

I initially thought these were sawfly larvae, but they seem to have not more than four prolegs, plus the anal clasper. So I’m not sure.


Spittlebug (Cercopodidae), seems to me to be genus Aphrophora. Maybe four-spotted spittlebug, Aphrophora quadrinotata, but doesn’t seem a perfect fit.

Maybe Plant bug (Miridae), maybe even Lygus lineolaris.

Such a gorgeous creature, I’m very annoyed I couldn’t get a shot in better focus. Also, annoyingly for such a distinctive bug, I’m not at all sure which kind of hopper it is.

FB: “Clastoptera proteus”

Graphocephala leafhopper

Another spittlebug, but looks like a different one from the four-spotted. Maybe Aphorophora alni, European alder spittlebug?

Not sure. FB: “Phytocoris tibialis”


This looks Trirhabda (and I won’t try to specify the species), in Galerucinae (“Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles”), in Chrysomelidae. FB: the species is T. canadensis.

Carabidae. Some similar beetles were classified as Amphasia sericea, but who knows.


What’s going on here, in the second photo? Anyway, best guess is Sciomyzidae, please do not rely on my imaginary expertise in identifying Diptera. Compare with Tetanocera, for example. I /think/ that the antennae are robust enough for Sciomyzidae.

Toxomerus politus


FB: Bombyllidae (to my surprise!) –> Phthiriinae

I dunno.

Tephritidae (fruit flies), Eutreta cf noveboracensis. So beautiful!

Another view, gorgeous eyes.

FB: Machimus cf sadyates

Tachinid flies are supposed to have an enlarged post-scutellum, I’m not sure if this qualifies. Clausicella, in particular, seems a good fit (https://bugguide.net/node/view/1136491). BugGuide says:

“Leskiini with long proboscis, head nearly rectangular with long antennae originating at top of eye (similar to Atherigona), second aristomere longer than wide, third thick through most of its length. Only two humeral bristles. The common species have black abdomen with whitish bands, usually narrow, and vein M meeting R4+5 at wing margin. Superficially similar to Siphonini.”

Someone is welcome to translate that into English, but I shared this photo specifically because it does have wing venation. If you ask for any other angles/focus, I’d be happy to share!

FB: Laphria, canis complex


There are many orders I am poor at. One of the is Odonates. This one seems to be shrugging their second legs at me, telling me to up my game already.

A bluet? Azure bluet suggested, Enallagma aspersum


Identified for me as a juvenile Tigrosa helluo.

No bugs!

Desaturated the color on this one but not all the way to black and white, how did I do?

Posted 2022-08-14 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

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