Category Archives: Insects

Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa).  I think this is a juvenile male, but I am no dragonfly expert.

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Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe) on Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)

Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe) on Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata).     I really like both the moth and the plant.    Pickerelweed is a water plant that grows on the edges of my frog ponds.   The moth has several common … Continue reading

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Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Phyciodes tharos) on Lance-leaved Coriopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Phyciodes tharos) on Lance-leaved Coriopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

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(another) Male Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Male Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis).  They are plentiful around the frog ponds this year.

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Male Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Male Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis).  A skimmer dragonfly.  This guy was perched among the lotus in one of my frog ponds.  

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Scary Pond Spider

While I probably do not have a full-blown phobia of spiders, they have always sort of given me the heebies.   I was scanning the lily pads for small frogs when I saw this guy.   I did not see … Continue reading

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Golden Fritillaries on Butterfly Weed June 12, 2016

I think these are Golden Fritillary Butterflies, but I have very limited skills in butterfly identification.   I am certain this is Butterfly Weed,   (Asclepias tuberosa) which is in the milkweed family.  It is appropriately named.   The butterflies … Continue reading

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