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The Predator and the Scavenger

I found a robber fly, possibly Laphria thoracica flavicollis (as identified on Bugguide) today while I was chasing butterflies.  It had captured a small colorful bug as its prey. The activity had already attracted a scavenger.  Note the much smaller fly taking advantage … Continue reading

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A Year in Review

The end of 2014 has turned out to be pretty busy for me–not so much time left for my photography.  But I did have some time this morning to review the photos I took, and I came up with some … Continue reading

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The Spider and the Fly

A lynx spider is consuming its prey, which is some kind of fly. I took the photo at a little bit of an angle in order to get all of the spider in the photo.  It was mostly vertical with … Continue reading

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Dancing Fly

A tiny fly dances at the edge of a peony leaf–an obvious visual display. I have seen this species of fly before–it is a black scavenger fly, possibly in the genus Sepsis. From the condition of its abdomen I think … Continue reading

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Another Tiny Bee

I spent some time yesterday photographing very small insects on dandelions.  This small bee was identified as Osmia sp., in the subgenus Melanosmia.  The I.D. was made rather quickly by John S. Ascher on bugguide.  

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Resolutions

This time of year people put together New Year’s resolutions.  Some make a formal list, some don’t.  Some people make many resolutions, and some don’t make any. I have some typical resolutions—I want to lose weight, I want the family … Continue reading

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A Neat-Looking Moth

This is one of the “crambine snout moths”, of which there are about 850 species in North America.  If I spent enough time looking at pictures I could probably come up with what it is. I photographed it on and … Continue reading

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Bugs on Blue

I photographed a number of insects on spiderwort the other day.  I photographed them at a fairly high magnification.  I loved the blue/purple background. This is some kind of geometer (inchworm) caterpillar. An immature froghopper. And a beetle–probably some kind … Continue reading

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Caught in the Spit

This moth seems to have been trapped in the sticky bubbles released by a spittlebug, although it is possible it was killed and eaten by something else.  Spittlebugs drink the sap of plants, and are not considered to be predators. … Continue reading

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Something in the Air

Many of us live in cities, surrounded by closely cropped grass, cement, and asphalt.  I am fortunate enough to live a little ways away from the city. If you live in a good habitat for them, there might be small … Continue reading

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