Frost   2 comments

Frost on our front lawn. I lay down and caught it backlit by the morning sun.

I think that if I’d seen it a little earlier in the morning, it would have looked better.

Posted 2020-11-29 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Northwest Trail, Borderland State Park   Leave a comment

First, another visitor to the house. I think it’s Steatoda borealis, rather than Steatoda grossa, but am not certain.

Posted 2020-11-21 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Condensation   Leave a comment

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Inside the house   Leave a comment


Lygus lineolaris:

Posted 2020-11-04 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Looking back at 2020 in insects   2 comments

Made a collection of some of the insect photos I took in 2020 over here:

Posted 2020-11-02 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Devil’s Brook   Leave a comment

Autumn, a deluge of drops of color.

A few different views of this brook.

Posted 2020-10-24 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

New Hampshire   4 comments

New Ipswich; Eliza Adams Gorge walk; some ponds and reservoirs on Rt 101; Pratt Pond.

Posted 2020-10-12 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Moose Hill Farm   Leave a comment

For some reason, my first visit to the trails of Moose Hill Farms, run by The Trustees of the Reservations. Battery ran out of juice, so just a few photos, which is just as well, enjoyed the walk very much!


Posted 2020-10-04 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Canoe River and Borderland   Leave a comment

Two parts: first, in the Canoe River area in Foxboro, from Willow St. along the electricity lines. Next, Borderland State Park at the Northwest Trail.

Not a great day for too many insects. At the Canoe River area, the breeze was too much to get many photographs in focus; at Borderland, there were fewer insects than I’ve seen for a while. Maybe the season is dwindling.

As recompense, we’re getting more colors and better light. The early and late autumn — before and after peak colors — are underestimated for their beauty.

These photos (a bee, Sphecodes, I’m told) could have been so much better! I realized after I took them that my camera was still at f/2.8. Trying to capture a fidgety bee at f/2.8 is like drinking your tea with chopsticks.

They’re kleptoparasites: they can feed themselves, but get other bees (including other Halictids) to feed their babies.

My guess is that we caught her in the act of invading another bee’s burrow to lay her eggs! Very cool.

Nice to catch it taking off:

A jagged ambush bug, Phymata cf pennsylvanica

I can never say no to Halictidae photographs:

An ant alate. “Crematogaster cerasi or less likely C. lineolata”.

Can you spot the jumping spider?

I’m using new apparatus for macro photographs. This grasshopper allowed me to make full use of the zoom. Melanoplus punctulatus.

And this is with the lens fully zoomed in, no crop!



Posted 2020-09-26 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

Moth in the house   Leave a comment

I think it’s a Copper Underwing, Amphipyra pyramadoides, but my moth intelligence is very low.

Posted 2020-09-17 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized