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Mammatus   Leave a comment

Summer thunderstorms give sunset mammatus clouds.




Posted 2019-08-19 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Wales   Leave a comment

I kept my camera in check most of this vacation.  Here are a few snaps I did take from Brecon Beacons National Park.






Posted 2019-08-19 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Stony Brook Mass Audubon   Leave a comment

In summer, I often end up taking only insect photos.  I took a walk at Stony Brook Mass Audubon to correct this imbalance and take some landscapes, but many insects crept in nonetheless.






Scirtidae.  Scirtes orbiculatus, or something very close to it:














A sawfly in Tenthredinidae:


Sunset and swifts:








Posted 2019-08-03 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Borderland State Park, again.   Leave a comment

Beautiful interplay of light and leaf.  I’m trying to get the crop right, so here are a few options.












This Linyphiid (Neriene radiata, I think) caught a crane fly:


Some more Atanycolus, I think:




I believe that this is a tumbling flower beetle, Mordellistena trifasciata.


Another Mordellidae member, not sure which:




Hypsosinga, in Araneidae, most likely.




Probably an Oriental beetle, Anomala orientalis.


This is an Evaniidae wasp.  If you think I was capable of identifying it by myself, you really don’t have any idea of my level of expertise!  It was waggling its abdomen up and down the whole time.  I don’t understand the behavior, but here’s what Wikipedia says:

“Evaniidae have the metasoma attached very high above the hind coxae on the propodeum, and the metasoma itself is quite small, with a long, one-segmented, tube-like petiole, and compressed laterally over most of its length (segments 2-8). The ovipositor is short and thin. When active, these wasps jerk the metasoma up and down constantly, as referenced in their common names.

And here’s an explanation I was given: ‘Basically the abdomen is flat attached basically on the top of the back end of the thorax through a thin waist and looks like a little flag that they move up and down thus “ensign wasps”.




I think this Tenebrionid (darkling) beetle is a Haplandrus fulvipes.  Xylopinus is another possibility.


Dolichopodidae, perhaps Condylostylus:




Battaristis nigratomella, in Gelichiidae.


Lovely Mutillid wasp female (aka velvet ant).  Pseudomethoca cf simillima.




Posted 2019-07-28 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Borderland State Park   Leave a comment

Lycosidae, Schizocosa.



Tumbling beetle, Mordellidae.  Mordella marginata?



Long legged fly, Dolichopodidae.  Maybe Condostylus.





Earwig, Dermaptera:


Muscidae?  Sarcophagidae?  I may never know.

EDIT: “Well, wing veins rule out Oestroidea, including Sarcophagidae. So I’d start with Muscoidea. “


Thomisidae, Misumena vatia.





Four toothed mason wasp (Eumeninae, Monobia cf. quadridens) with gorgeous, gorgeous blue wings:




Eastern Pondhawk:


An uncanny resemblance to Homer Simpson:


Laphria robber fly (Asilidae):


Posted 2019-07-09 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Spiny oak-slug moth   Leave a comment


Spiny oak-slug moth

Euclea delphinii, in Limacodidae (slug caterpillar moths)

Posted 2019-06-27 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Borderland State Park, Northeast trail   Leave a comment

The Northeast trail never disappoints!

To lead off, this big chonk of a snapping turtle was sitting in the path.  It had the aura of a dinosaur, especially when it extended its hind legs.  As it dove in the water, watch it wave goodbye!









I believe these are Atanycolus, in Braconidae.






This is another Cantharidae firefly mimic.  Podabrus cf basillaris?



This is an oak leaf rolling beetle, Synolabus bipustulatus.



This Lycosid is in Schizocosa:



I saw between 20 and 25 different six-spotted tiger beetles (Cicindella sexguttata) in one morning.  That’s stunning for me.  I didn’t get THE photo, but did get some decent ones.





I love photos of insects in flight.  This is a Condystylus in Dolichopodidae, and it was taking off, not landing.



Phidippus, I think.



Cute little grasshopper!



This spider is Bassaniana, in Thomisidae.



I love Green Lacewings.  This one is in Chrysoperla.





Female of the common whitetail, Plathemis lydia.



This is Anyphaena genus, in Anyphaenidae.   The best fit is A. pectorosa, which has no bugguide reports anywhere in New England.  However, identifying to species by photo in Anyphaena is not reliable at all.



This beautiful robber fly (Asilidae) is in Laphria, sericia complex.



These beetles are in Chrysomelidae, perhaps Diachus auratus.



Gorgeous damselfly!  Best ID is Enallagma geminatum.



Strangalepta abbreviata:



Araniella displicata:



Female corporal dragonfly (Ladona genus):



Won’t be long before I come back this way.

Posted 2019-06-16 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized