Insects are becoming fewer and far between now that autumn is upon us. One of the last dragonfly species to be seen are the Sympetrum Meadowhawks, red-bodied and small.There were a few active at midday on Friday at the NYBG.
Posts Tagged 'invertebrates'
Tags: Brooklyn, insects, invertebrates, Sunset Park
Instars are the stages between successive molts of some arthropod species. The word is from the Latin and means likeness or form. Because arthropods are covered in a hard shell, the exoskeleton, they must shed this to grow larger. Ecdysis is the scientific term for this shedding. That cigar-chomping wag H.L. Mencken coined the term ecdysiast for striptease artiste, specifically Gypsy Rose Lee. Anyway, this seems to be an instar of a cricket. It was on the pillow. Talk about those come-hither eyes!
Tags: butterflies, Fort Tilden, insects, invertebrates
The air above Fort Tilden’s narrow reach was full of Tree Swallows and, to a lesser extent, Monarch Butterflies. The Monarchs were being pushed hard towards the east in the breeze. We saw about a dozen of them. One was quite high, noticed as we watched a Peregrine on patrol way up there.Danaus plexippus. Some were still eating. This is a good reminder that, this late in the year, there’s are no milkweeds in bloom around here. But the goldenrods are ripe, tiny little suns of nectar and pollen.
Tags: Brooklyn, dragonflies, insects, invertebrates
Tags: Bush Terminal, butterflies, Green-Wood, insects, invertebrates
Tags: beetles, Brooklyn, Green-Wood, insects, invertebrates