Posts Tagged 'insects'
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!
Tags: beetles, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park, insects, invertebrates
Two of the gardeners at Brooklyn Bridge Park showed me the evidence of Viburnum Leaf Beetle that they were hunting down. The pits in the twig are egg cavities, dug into the tree by the mature beetle. The tiny larvae can just be seen.
The destructive invasive beetle is rampant through most city parks, but is so far kept at bay in BBP, which has multiple species of viburnum growing. Here’s what the damage looks like when it runs wild.