Posts Tagged 'invertebrates'

Butterfly Dependence

A short walk on the High Line yesterday morning:Vanessa atalantaThere were several Red Admirals (Vanessa atalanta); this one was all over the Purple Coneflower (Echinacea).Papilio glaucusTiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus). Danaus plexippusNot as close to the camera: my first Monarch of the year. On Blazing Star (Liatris spicata).

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.

Transition

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

Paper

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!

VLB in BBP

Pyrrhalta viburniTwo 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.

Still Hanging On

In early November, I found four adult Two-spotted Ladybeetles (Adalia bipunctata). Adalia bipunctataAnd without looking very hard. I just stood under the tree and looked up.Adalia bipunctata

After barely a summer

BombusDeath among the asters.Bombus


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