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Found this Northern paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus) with the tiny beginnings of a nest in the corner of a trailhead map display. She was so chill, I thought she might be dead til I saw her antenna wiggle.

OMG, look at this adorable hummingbird clearwing (Hemaris thysbe)! How is this squee-worthy beastie not a Pokemon??? I had it in the fridge yesterday so I could get a few good photographs, including the ones above. Today it was finally sunny out so I let it go outside. It sat on my fingers for a long time and then suddenly took off up into the sky like a little fighter jet.

I cannot wait for these chubby little monsters to emerge from their cocoons this summer!


(Cecropia moth caterpillar, Hyalophora cecropia)

A sweet little azure butterfly (probably Lucia azure, Celastrina lucia, based on time of year and the host plants that were around) that plopped down right in front of me on the trail yesterday. Was even nice enough to stick around while I angled a few shots :-). You might want to google “Lucia azure” just so you can see the amazing blue of the upper side of the wings that gives these butterflies their name.

Common looper (Autographa precationis), Head On. :-)

Super-fluffy pink-legged tiger moth (Spilosoma latipennis). Or a tiny black-horned steer. You pick! :-)

Mmmm, tastes like blueberry!


(Gypsy moth caterpillar chewing on a leaf on my blueberry bush, July 2016)

“So close to 10,000 tumblr followers, I can taste it!”


(Golden Dung Fly, Scathophaga stercoraria)

As you probably expected, there's going to be a few more shots of this awesome luna moth for BOTD...


Best viewed large and on black.



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Finally remembered to post a fly for Friday Flyday! This is a Syrphid fly (Brachypalpus oarus) I found hovering around the leaf litter while on a walk this week. So much fuzz!


Thanks to Bob Biagi over at for the id.

My name’s Furry Face and I, I care what you think…


Oh April moths, so docile and chill :-)

I have this leafhopper narrowed down to either Idiocerus venosus or I. lachrymalis. Without scale, I'm stuck looking for morphological characteristics to separate the two - says that I. venosus lacks the light band on the wingtips but I can't tell for sure what that looks like...!

I love these Chinquapin Leaf-miner moths (Dyseriocrania griseocapitella). So tiny, so shiny, so punk rock :-).

A European snout beetle (Phyllobius oblongus) I found hiding on the underside of a leaf.

A very regal-looking Bicolored Woodgrain (Morrisonia evicta) posing for me last weekend.

Found this cool reddish caterpillar munching on one of the leaves of my peach tree. According to Caterpillar God Sam Jaffe, it’s genus Eupsilia.

A close up of Meester Stinky, the brown marmorated stink bug that tried to attack my jigsaw puzzle ;-)

A Subdued Quaker (Orthosia revicta) looking...subdued. From April 2016.

Super-adorable, derpy moth slurping up bait last night. Red-winged sallow, Xystopeplus rufago (thx to Teá Kesting-Handly for the id!).

Bottled our beer today and made these silly labels for our homebrew.




Found these wee bug nymphs while they were still snug in their eggs, on the underside of a milkweed leaf. They hatched just a day later and within 24 hours after I took this shot they had dispersed into the weeds (or been eaten!).


These are nymphs of something in the Coreidae family (leaf-footed bugs), perhaps helmeted squash bug (Euthochtha galeator), but it's really hard to tell at this stage.


From June 2013.

Dragonfly at niiiiight

You know how I feel!


(Sorry, that’s what I sing every time I see a dragonfly at the moth light)

A lovely American Angle Shades (Euplexia benesimilis) I found on the side of my house the other night. Looks like it’s wearing a mink coat.

Apparently I lied yesterday :-).


Per db's request/challenge, whole luna moth with a side of sheet, hold the finger ;-).


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Close up of one of the Northern Walkingsticks (Diapheromera femorata) I found on the side of my house last September.

This little brown lacewing (Micromus sp., I believe) is ready for liftoff!

Butterfly Week continues at BotD...


I love these little clearwing butterflies. The clear parts of their wings look like dirty windows though - I'd love to get in there with some Windex and a little paper towel *wipe wipe wipe* ;-).



(Blinded Sphinx - Paonias excaecata)

An adorable little Eastern Pine Elfin (Callophrys niphon) showed up at the lights last night, a first for the yard list!

Today is Arachtober 12th


This male goldenrod crab spider (Misumena vatia) has captured quite the prize. I love that the markings around his eyes mimic the disk flowers (yellow center) of the daisy!

The Scribblers are out, it must be spring! I never get sick of that gorgeous, licheny green.

Copying over some recovered archives and came across this lovely Noctuid from 2012. Turned out to be Leucania inermis, the unarmed wainscot. Thanks to Paul John for the id.

Aphids on a Phragmites leaf. Recrop of a photo from June 2005 - thought I would submit it in this longer format for "the blink of an eye" contest.


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Update 3/2008: Currently in rotation as part of WBUR's Listener Photo Project.

In case yesterday's photo...wasn't close enough ;-).

Ok, this photo of Large Milkweed Bug nymphs (Oncopeltus fasciatus) on a milkweed pod in my yard is creeping Mr. BotD out, but I think it's cool. I like to see all the different sizes (instars) clustered together. What say all of you?

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A very cool, armored, weird-looking, pitted, awesome shield bug that I found crawling around in the scrub. I believe this is a shieldbacked pine seed bug, Tetyra bipunctata, possibly a new record for Massachusetts, if anyone is keeping records of shield bugs in Massachusetts :-).

A Reddish Speckled Dart (Cerastis tenebrifera) that showed up at the light last night. So nice to be back to fresh BotDs!

A very hairy crab spider hanging out at the moth sheet. This is my first attempt at focus-stacking (just two images) so be nice ;-).


Thanks to zxgirl for identifying this as Mecaphesa asperata!

A macro of a reddish-brown stag beetle (Lucanus capreolus) that landed on my sheet. I love the way the mouthparts form a set of concentric ellipses.

Rounding out Mothvember is this adorable Virginia tiger moth (Spilosoma virginica) I found sitting on the front stoop last June. *pat pat* SO CUTE!

Male blue dasher perched on a day lily pod at Willow Pond, Mount Auburn Cemetery.

A lovely orange-patched smoky moth (Pyromorpha dimidiata) on a birch sapling in my backyard. I originally started looking for the id of the moth under the lichen moths but found no exact match -'s info page notes this as a similar species.

A wasp mantidfly (Climaciella brunnea) from the yard back in June.

I've decided that this fabulous pink-legged tiger moth (Spilosoma latipennis) is the Cruella de Vil of moths :-).

A close up of one of the Cecropia moths (Hyalophora cecropia) that emerged the other day. I now have eight of them!!!!

butterfly looks off

into the distance, sees what?

flower to sip at?

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