Posts Tagged 'insects'

Butterflies Galore

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. Vanessa virginiensisAmerican Ladies (Vanessa virginiensis), like the one above in Green-Wood, and Red Admirals were all over.Papilio glaucusThere were at least two swallowtail species as well. This is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), seen in Prospect Park. Epargyreus clarusSilver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) at Marine Park.


IMG_1877This larval critter was snapping and bucking in the water. IMG_1887Because it clearly had places to go. Or something to become.IMG_1892

Two-Spotted Sightings

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.) Adalia bipunctataThis is the classic form.

Adalia bipunctataThis is the black form. Yes, that’s a human neck it’s on.

Blooms, Bugs, Walks

quinceOrnamental quince with pollinator butt.

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.

And while we’re on the topic of walks, it’s the Jane’s Walk weekend (NYC and globally). Tomorrow I march across Prospect into Green-Wood in honor of James S.T. Stranahan. Come join the fun.


Sanguinaria canadensisSanguinaria canadensis


DipteraI found this dead fly inside the convoluted head of an organically-raised cauliflower from Salinas, CA, with its brain-like flowerets. Brassica! Diptera! The first day of spring!


Dolichovespula maculataAll that remains of that Bald-faced Hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) nest on the memorial I photographed in September. Dolichovespula maculataWhile examining the amazing paper the wasps make to cover their comb, I found something elsenesting between the layers. Oops, sorry about that!


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