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Canton Mass Audubon   Leave a comment

How is it that I’ve never come here before??



In the photo below, I think the apparent concentric rings occur because pine needles that are tangent to the circle formed by the sun and their midpoint, will reflect light to the camera from all along their length, while others will not.

It’s the same reason we sometimes see light streaks on windshields at night (in this case, because of striations caused by windshield wipers, and headlights from a car coming in the opposite direction).

More elegantly, it’s also why we sometimes see sun-pillars over the setting sun.  In that case, it’s because snowflakes in the atmosphere often orient themselves horizontally.














Posted 2018-10-14 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

King Phillip’s Rock   Leave a comment

Unseasonably warm weather (80F/ 26C).  I thought there’d be lots of insect action, but there really wasn’t.  No matter, it was a beautiful day for a walk.




A reflection in the water:




On a mushroom.  Perhaps a fungus gnat?  I think Mycetophila seems a good place to start in searching for the right ID.




Dead leaf in spider web; live leaf; backlit by the sun:








Posted 2018-10-10 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Borderland State Park   Leave a comment

Early October in Borderland State Park means Halictidae all over the place!  Not sure which species or genus these are (Auguchlora, Agapostemon, Auguchlorella?).

In this first photo, the protruding part is the bee’s glossa, similar to the tongue.



This utterly fascinating caterpillar seems to be an ant or beetle mimic on its front end!  The Caterpillar identification group suggested something like Dichomeris (e.g. as a good place to start.  And here is a Dichomeris caterpillar with a similar webbed leaf:




When dragonflies mate, the male tries to hold onto the female as long as possible, in order to reduce the chances another male will mate with her.











Tetragnathid spiders, Tetragnatha sp. perhaps.






Posted 2018-10-07 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Orbweaver and wasp   Leave a comment

A few miscellaneous denizens from our neighborhood. An Araneidae orbweaver.  Identifying them is a pain in the butt for me, they all look the same and have a large degree of variability.  But this might be in the genus Eustala.


Alternative view, showing more of the abdomen:


A tiny little wasp crawling on top of my computer, just a few millimeters long.


Posted 2018-10-06 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Borderland State Park   Leave a comment



Baby Leucauge venusta



I think this is Bembidion quadrimaculatum — a ground beetle, except it seemed to be hanging out in the flowers.  But could it be Lebia fuscata instead?  Sure, what the heck.



On a dead mushroom.  Perhaps Drosophila.






What the hell is in its mouth?


Basilica orb-weaver, with its web (Mecynogea lemniscata)







Posted 2018-09-15 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Around (and in) the house   Leave a comment

Some miscellaneous insects found around the house, and rather more insects than are strictly desirable found inside it.

First, the copper underwing, Amphipyra pyramidoides.  If this photo seems a little strange, it’s because it was sitting on a mirror.


Next, a dermestid beetle larva.


Finally, a planthopper I found when taking out the recycling, sitting on the bin.  Best guess: Acanaloniidae, genus Acanalonia, maybe Acanalonia conica?





Posted 2018-09-11 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

King Phillip’s Cave   Leave a comment

Well, this first one is actually from Devil’s Rock, but I didn’t want to make a new post just for one photo:











Tipulidae: perhaps a Limoniid crane fly?






A Limoniid crane fly?  (EDIT: identified as Limonia annulata.)






Mangora maculata in Araneidae.  This has only one photo from Massachusetts in, and none in iNaturalist.





Leafhopper,  Jikradia olitoria.  A female, males are more uniformly green.







Uloborus glomosus, I have a soft spot for these spiders:


Posted 2018-09-09 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized