Posts Tagged 'invertebrates'


SympetrumInsects 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.Sympetrum


cricketInstars 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!


Danaus plexippusThe 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 plexippusDanaus 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.


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.


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