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Moose Hill Marsh and Vernal Pool Trail   Leave a comment

Took out the Laowa 24mm probe lens to look underwater. It’s been rainy for many days now, so the marshy area was filled with water (it’s often dried out).

I mostly looked in a little bit of the marsh that was cordoned off from the rest. That area turned out to have by far the most ostracods and copepods. Taking photos of them was pretty difficult, but out of several hundred photos, I got a few decent shots.

It was surprising there was so much activity at this time of year (New Year’s Day!). Even the caddisfly larvae were everywhere. And it was even more surprising that so many of them were with eggs; what would they have done if it were freezing at this time, or if there were no rain?

All identities are my best guess, I’m still learning as I go!

Copepod female, I think:

And another:

And another! You begin to get the idea. Fecundity rampant.

A better view of the male in the previous photo. I couldn’t tell if they were actually interacting, but they stayed together for a several seconds.

Copepod male, I think:

In focus, while swimming. Believe me, this was not an easy photo to take:

This is another copepod. Those sphere that look like eggs are actually fatty globules stored inside the body. The orange color comes from carotenoids.

I think this is another copecod, but again, I’m still trying to pick this up:

A caddisfly larvae in its casing. You can see the legs, but the main body is out of focus:

This photo was taken in the pool on the vernal pool trail. I have no idea what I’m looking at. It was a mass attached to a leaf, on the surface.

Now for some photos that do not involve exoskeletons:

Rain droplets are sometimes better when out of focus. The shiny bright light gets lost in the photo if the droplet is in focus (because the dynamic range of the camera is less than that of the eye), but can be seen better by spreading it out.

In this case, they didn’t need that help:

I took a series of photos of this wonderful set of droplets on a leaf in the marsh. No way I could have reached them without using the Laowa lens. The light was striking it just right.

Is this a slime mold? EDIT: no, looks like one, but more likely to be the fungus Ceriporia spissa.

Posted 2022-01-01 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Stony Brook, Norfolk   Leave a comment

Winter Hooded Mergansers

Lake Massapoag:

Posted 2021-11-29 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Devil’s Brook, Trowel Pond   Leave a comment

Devil’s Brook

After some heavy rains from a Nor’easter, the brook in spate.

A little experimental again. Time exposure, panned the camera.

Trowel Pond

Posted 2021-10-31 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Devil’s Brook   2 comments

Waves. Rocks. Brightly colored leaves.

An experimental photo. I took a long exposure of the stream, and panned the camera along the length of the stream. Anything not changing comes out as a pure streak, while the bubbles and other features that changed over the length of the exposure stand out.

Posted 2021-10-16 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Wells, Maine   2 comments

Long weekend in Southeastern Maine! First time exploring the area.

Rachel Carson National Refuge

Goose Rocks Beach, Cape Porpoise

Wells Jetty

This was tough…wasn’t easy to take photographs I was happy with. Ended up with a lot of longer exposure photos of the waves, the birds, and the waves and birds together. Not sure how good they will look to other people!

Trying to capture the movement of the birds as they swayed up and down the beach with the waves:

A flock of birds in motion:

Bonus Tiger Beetle

This lovely Cicindela sexguttata, Six-spotted Tiger Beetle, was waiting to welcome us home when we got back. Definitely has sustained quite a bit of damage, but lovely nonetheless.

Posted 2021-10-11 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Canoe River and Borderland State Park   Leave a comment

Late afternoon, in the late afternoon of the year. Some insects, and a stunning show of light.

“Noctuid moth, Heliothis or relative”

“Anagrapha falcifera”

Fall late afternoon backlighting! Love the light.

Tachinidae, Trichopoda.

Tachinid fly, I think.

Halictus, I believe.

I’m not sure how I got the light in this photo to come out like this!

Alydidae.

Now the Borderland State Park part of the trip.

Such a stunning portrait of a robber fly:

Probably Platygastridae.

Time for the next generation of Leucauge venusta:

Perhaps Diapriidae, according to the lack of venation on the wings.

Psychidid (aka drain fly):

Some insect signs:

Posted 2021-10-02 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Borderland State Park   2 comments

Sunset

Posted 2021-09-27 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Keuka Lake, 20210811 and 20210813   Leave a comment

Ephemeroptera

Hymenoptera

Platygastridae? Eupelmidae? Pteromalidae? That’s three guesses at the family level, and I’m still probably wrong.

A sawfly, not sure which one.

Perhaps Pimplinae/Pimpla, female?

Love this carpenter bee, Ceratina.

Perhaps Megachile leafcutter bee?

Pamphiliidae sawfly?

Coleoptera

Entiminae. Not sure which.

Hemiptera

Ceresa palmeri

Coleoptera

Dermestid?

Phasmidae

Exciting find!

Diptera

Maybe: Flies (Diptera) » Orthorrhapha » Stratiomyomorpha » Soldier flies (Stratiomyidae) » Sarginae » Ptecticus » Ptecticus trivittatus

Spiders

Erigoninae?

Neoscona crucifera?

Mecaphesa?

Posted 2021-08-19 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Keuka Lake 20210809   Leave a comment

Agelenopsis in Agelenidae:

A bagworm cocoon, Psychidae.

Pill bug, Armadillidium vulgare.

Crickets = Gryllidae. Is this one Nemobius sylvestris?

Pisaurina mira

Poecilus chalcites in Carabidae

Androchirus erythropus in Tenebrionidae? Not great. Capnochroa fuliginosa? Not perfect.

Strongylium tenuicolle or S. terminatum look best.

Xylopinus or Haplandres, Alobates pensylvanicus, less so.

Probably Maladera castanea

Euparthenos nobilis

Looks similar, but not identical, to Agonopterix robiniella, Four-Dotted Agonopterix (a grass miner moth). Less similar to Acleris forskaleana, Hairnet Acleris.

Archaeognatha, probably Trigoniophthalmus alternatus (aka bristletail).

Beautiful Cerambycidae. Eburia, not so common: Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles (Polyphaga) » Series Cucujiformia » Long-horned and Leaf Beetles (Chrysomeloidea) » Long-horned Beetles (Cerambycidae) » Cerambycinae » Eburiini » Eburia

Hahncappsia: Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths (Pyraloidea) » Crambid Snout Moths (Crambidae) » Pyraustinae » Hahncappsia

Lampyridae.

A caddisfly

Desmia sp.

Similar, but not the same as the Maple Trumpet Skeletonizer, Catastega aceriella.

Green lacewing, Chrysopidae. Not sure which one.

I think Reticulated Fruitworm, Cenopis reticulatana.

Common barklouse, Psocus leidyi. Looks like an android.

Posted 2021-08-19 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Keuka Lake 20210807   2 comments

Two weeks at Keuka Lake in upstate New York! Pretty much all the photos were taken on the property of the house we stayed in, itself. Some woods, some leafy plants, some flowers.

Hemiptera

Beautiful Reduviidae nymph, probably Zelus luridus, and prey.

Woolly aphid, Eriosomatinae, perhaps Eriosoma?

Acanthocephala:

Reduviidae, Phymata pennsylvanicus. And the beetle is Typocerus velutinus.

This has to be the world’s laziest ambush bug, and the world’s most oblivious beetle. They stood there in this proximity for at least ten minutes.

Coleoptera

Is it in Carabidae? I don’t see a match.

Is it a Curculionid? The size of the spots on the pronotum don’t seem to match. The antenna is unusual for Curculionidae, but seems to match that best. Cryptorhynchinae? Entiminae?

Maybe something like Otiorhynchus sulcatus? That actually looks perfect, I’m happy with that ID.

Sumitrosis inaequalis

Chrysomelidae, Galerucinae, Trirhabda. Not sure what species.

Cleridae, Enoclerus nigripes.

Diptera

Syrphidae, Toxomerus geminatus.

Calliphoridae? Wing venation details would be useful, note the straight-ish vein. Maybe Lucilia sp.? I really know so little about Diptera.

I think “Acalyptratae” » Lauxanioidea » Lauxaniidae » Homoneura. But I can’t rule out Rhagoletis basiola in Tephritidae.

Trichopoda, feather legged flies,

Calyptratae » Oestroidea » Parasitic Flies (Tachinidae) » Phasiinae » Gymnosomatini » Feather-legged Flies (Trichopoda) » Subgenus Galactomyia (Trichopoda Subgenus Galactomyia) » Trichopoda pennipes

Dolichopodidae. Condylostylus is the most usual genus to classify them into.

I’m hesitant to even guess Anthyomyiidae, because it’s such a long shot and a I’m not really basing it on anything concrete.

Love these Condylostylus, assuming that’s the correct Dolichopodidae.

Not a clue.

Dolichopodidae.

Hymenoptera

Ichneumonidae? There are some Pimplinae that look a bit like this.

Encyrtidae, but maybe Eupelmidae instead?

Polistes fuscatus, in Vespidae.

Trypoxylon. Distinguished from Pemphredoninae by the little notch protruding into the eye at the middle level.

Vespidae. Polistes dominula.

Pompilidae? Priocnemis? Auplopos? Both Priocnemis and Auplopus have been suggested by people who know more than I do.

Further Pimplinae?

Halictidae. Augochlora pura?

Halictidae. Looks like Halictus.

Carpenter bee, Ceratina? I would guess subgenus Zadontomerus.

Augochlora pura.

Perhaps Apoidea –> Crabronidae, such as Crabronina –> Ectemnius or Crabro? Alternatively, Crabronidae –> Philanthus (beewolf)? I think Ectemnius or Crabro or something similar are the best match.

Distinguishing Crabro from similar genera (Crossecerus, Ectemnius, and Lestica)(3):
Recurrent vein ending before distal third of submarginal cell
Ocelli forming a low triangle
Lacking orbital foveae (sharp groove along inner eye margin)
Males front tibiae distinctly expanded

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Distinguishing Ectemnius from similar genera (Crabro, Crossecerus, and Lestica)(3):
Recurrent vein ending in distal third of submarginal cell
Ocelli forming a low triangle
Lacking orbital foveae (sharp groove along inner eye margin)
Upper frons evenly punctate

Identified as Cerceris in Solitary Wasps Forum, Facebook

Cerceris in Crabronidae.

Spiders

Platycryptus undatus, tan jumping spider, Salticidae.

Theridiidae spider, what’s the prey? A robber fly, I believe.

Pisaurina mira

Thomisidae, crab spider. I think Misumenoides formosipes (Whitebanded Crab Spider)

No Exoskeletons

Posted 2021-08-19 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized