Posts Tagged 'insects'


bombusThe cold snap combined with the rain took the bees by storm. They were clustered to various late summer blossoms Friday and Saturday, stunned if not lost. But yesterday, the air warmed, and by afternoon the sun was out. The goldenrods at Fort Tilden were alight with a few of these hardy little beasts. Note the pollen smeared everywhere. The pollination year comes to an end, but the last of this year’s bumblebees soldier on.

The Way of All Flesh

IMG_4143The other day I wondered what our Common Ravens are eating. They are greatly attracted to carrion; but how much carrion is found in New York City? This young Raccoon was gone the next day: presumably staff cleaned it away. The natural process of decomposition had already begun. Scavenger wasps and flies that lay their eggs on carrion were at work. IMG_4145Granted, this may gross some people out; but without these insects, without all the other carrion-phages, the bacteria, insects, birds, mammals, we would be neck-high in corpses.


Tramea lacerataThe remains of a Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata), narrowly missed on the sidewalk.

O You’ve Got Green Eyes

Colias philodiceClouded Sulphur (Colias philodice).

Buggy Days

Oncopeltus fasciatusThe Large Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) on, unsurprisingly, milkweed.Popillia japonicaJapanese Beetles (Popillia japonica) making more Japanese Beetles in a bed of roses.IMG_3955Bald-faced Hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) drinking dew. Dolichovespula maculataThose mighty-wood-chewing jaws!


XylocopaA Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa genus. A redhead.

Two Butterflies

Thorybes pyladesNorthern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades).Phyciodes tharosPearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos); this one was particularly attached to this pebble.


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