Over the weekend, I lost count of the number of species of butterflies I saw, most of them for the first time this year. This included a Monarch (predictably scouting out Milkweeds), so that’s a good start. American Ladies (Vanessa virginiensis), like the one above in Green-Wood, and Red Admirals were all over.There were at least two swallowtail species as well. This is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), seen in Prospect Park. Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) at Marine Park.
Posts Tagged 'insects'
Tags: Brooklyn, butterflies, insects, invertebrates
Tags: Green-Wood, insects, invertebrates
Tags: beetles, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park, insects, ladybugs
My first ladybug of the year was spotted on the weekend. It was, no surprise, a Multicolored Asian, Harmonia axyridis, which you should expect to see just about everywhere. I also saw very small lady beetle I’m not yet sure of the identification of. But on Monday, I saw half a dozen Two-spotted, Adalia bicunctata, which made me very happy. (See the essay I wrote about these for Humans & Nature.) This is the classic form.
Tags: Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park, flowers, insects, Prospect Park
Which reminds me: I will be doing a Blooms and Bugs walk in Brooklyn Bridge Park on May 11th for NYC Wildflower Week.
I’ll also be doing a sunrise Listening Tour for them on May 9th.
Tags: Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park, flowers, insects
Tags: Brooklyn, Green-Wood, insects, invertebrates, wasps
All that remains of that Bald-faced Hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) nest on the memorial I photographed in September. While examining the amazing paper the wasps make to cover their comb, I found something elsenesting between the layers. Oops, sorry about that!