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Borderland State Park   Leave a comment

Ain’t no love like outlaw love!  Two robber flies (Asilidae) making baby robber flies.  Perhaps Efferia estuans (EDIT: better identification given was Neoitamus flavofemoratus.  Notice the bicolored legs.)?  I’ve nicknamed them Bonnie and Clyde.

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Dun skipper female.

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Terrible photo, but I think it’s a velvet ant, so I’m enthusiastic:

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Slaty skimmer

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No surprise: shooting dragonflies aflight is hard.

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Lacewing larva:

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Posted 2018-07-29 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Insect and spider photos collected, 2015-17   Leave a comment

I got my act together and collected some of my favorite insect and spider photos from 2015 onwards into one page: https://alittlewild.blog/best-insect-photos/insects-and-spiders-2015-17/ .

Posted 2018-07-28 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Favorites   Leave a comment

This blog has grown, and isn’t that easy to go through any more.  So I’ve collected my personal favorites into one place (well, several places, but the principle is the same).  They’re linked from here.  Hope you enjoy them!

To be clear, these are mostly “landscape” photos, except that “landscape” incorporates “macro”, too — but there is a minimum of insects and spiders in these photos, by choice.  I’ll try to collect those separately.

Posted 2018-07-23 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

King Phillip’s   Leave a comment

Female stag beetle:

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A rather unusually colored assassin bug, Zelus luridus, was suggested.  I’m not sure how to distinguish this from the lupine bugs, such as https://bugguide.net/node/view/2721/bgimage — presumably, it’s the shape of the head, and the mouthparts?

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Bufo americanus, American toad.

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These moths were everywhere.  Angle moth was suggested.

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Stiletto fly?  I’m a little stumped.  (EDIT: suggested that snipe fly was more likely).

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Tiny beetle.  Mordellidae, tumbling flower beetle.

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Cixiid planthopper, I think.  As a starting point for identification, you can look at Cixius?

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Pisaurina mira, Fishing spider:

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Closeup of Queen Anne’s Lace:

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Some new ways of looking at Queen Anne’s Lace:

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Posted 2018-07-22 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Moose Hill   Leave a comment

A very short walk, so just a few quick snaps.  The Vernal Pool loop, and the highlight was certainly the frogs who were exuberantly crying out for love at every vernal pool on the trail.

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Woodlouse, Armadillidium vulgare:

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Posted 2018-04-01 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Jumping spider   2 comments

What I love about insects and spiders, they’re happy to visit you at your home.  This gorgeous lady came by today, even though it’s snowy outside.  Platycryptus undatus is the name, by the way.

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Posted 2018-03-24 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Borderland State Park   Leave a comment

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Which crop works best?  I can’t quite resolve it.

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Posted 2018-03-17 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized