Was just going out of the gate to the park when I saw this amazing wasp on a euphorbia.
It's a Priocnemis monachus, a kind of spider wasp. That blue and black colouring is so striking!
I don't think I've ever seen one before, and had to run back inside for my camera, hoping I'd be able to get back in time for a good shot before it moved on.
A couple of interesting beetles from this week's photography sessions: Gondwanocrypticus platensis (dorsal and front views) and an unidentified member of Throscidae (dorsal and front views). Both were collected from my backyard this summer. #entomology #insects #InsectPhotography #Photography #beetles #Coleoptera
Very few insects left this time of year around these parts but I've seen several clouded sulphurs like this one I came across across last Thursday (one of two that day).
A baby Praying Mantis that rode around the garden on my arm the other day. Managed to get a couple of shots of it after it jumped off.
I think it's an immature New Zealand Praying Mantis (Orthodera novaezealandiae) as it was so small (2cm long) and the colouration doesn't look like the adults.
I hope it enjoyed the photo shoot as much as I did...
A Gulf Fritillary #butterfly (Dione vanillae) enjoying our front garden zinnias yesterday - the last day of warm temperatures for a while, a cold front came in around sunset and we’ve dropped 40 degs F since then, woke up to cloudy, rainy weather with temps in the mid-40s (~7 C). Feels more like proper Halloween-ish weather so I don’t mind, especially after the blazing hot summer we had here.
A couple more pics from September's biodiversity cataloging expedition. Sierra Alacrán, Sonora, Mexico.
These are all very digitally zoomed and cropped, which explains the pixelation. The second shot, of the damselfly's head is extreeeemly zoomed in. It was shot with a 100mm macro lens, but I was still pretty far away.
I'm doing a quick edit on all these photos from the trip before sending them off to the trip organizer who will get them to the various experts who will identify them before uploading them to the database. They'll become part of the scientific record for this area.
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The Serra Dancer (Argia sordida) is a damselfly belonging to the family Coenagrionidae ("pond damselflies") with its distribution restricted to the Atlantic Forest in southeastern Brazil. Here is a female laying eggs accompanied by her male, photographed at Três Picos near Rio De Janeiro in southeastern Brazil.
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Heteragrion muryense, a beautiful damselfly species with restricted distribution to the Atlantic Forest in southeastern Brazil. Photographed at Três Picos near Rio de Janeiro in January 2018, by yours truly.
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It was a beautiful fall day today. A yellow rumped warbler dropped by and the nuthatches are with us year round. There were lots of these small snouted moths in the grass today. And it's time for milkweed pods. #birds #birding #birdsofmastodon #birdphotography #moth #insectphotography #milkweed #naturephotography #hoosiermast
Things are slowing down in my garden now that the night temperatures have dropped but my pink zinnias are still going strong. Seeing quite a few visits from painted ladies (Vanessa cardui) as the numbers of flowers in the area diminish.
The European paper wasps seem to favor the bridge supports of a small foot bridge that crosses Clear Creek and overlooks the Iowa River. I found a nest in the same location last year. I'm not clear if these are workers and queen or, given the time of year, if these are newly emerged wasps. They were all very sluggish but it was a bit chilly.
The year is coming to an end and the flowers are fading. The bumbles sleep overnight in my slowly deteriorating zinnias and seek out the remaining pollen and nectar while it lasts.
An orange sulfur butterfly (Colias eurytheme seems likely) gathering nectar from some clover at the #WaterWorksPrairiePark in Iowa City, Iowa.
This looks to be a native black-shouldered drone fly (Eristalis dimidiata suggests the ID app) atop a native evening primrose along the #IowaRiverTrail. Black-shouldered are a species of hoverfly and in addition to the bee-like colors/patterns this species is roughly the size of a bee or a small bumblebee.
Our asters are in season and this skipper butterfly (sachen skipper or Atalopedes campestris seems likely) is enjoying that as much as I am.
This appears to be a white-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata) hanging out next to one of my sweet peppers. They are often referred to as hummingbird moths due to their size (wingspan 2-3") and their ability to hover while feeding.
Personally, I couldn't help but think of Mothra when I saw this one.
The cosmos & the zinnias really brought in the bumblebees this year which is what I was hoping for w/ the expansion of my garden & an increase in plants & flowers. I've run across quite a few sleeping in my flowers in the early morning🐝 🛏️ 🌼.
This one was just up to its regular 9-5.
A side benefit of taking photos at a macro scale is not noticing that your cream rose has been photo-bombed until you go to edit your photos of what you thought would be your first clean shot of of an unblemished rose 🤷♂️. Whatchagonnado?
This beautiful wasp looks to be an eastern cicada killer wasp aka cicada hawk #wasp (Sphecius speciosus seems likely). I've not encountered one prior to this yr. As the name implies, they provision their nests w/ cicadas. This one is at least 2 inches long & seems to be quite territorial though it doesn't bother me other than checking me out each time I'm near.
Keeled Skimmer #Dragonflies, seen on this date two years ago at #Studland Heath. The male has a pale blue abdomen with a thin black line (or keel) running down the middle. The female (second picture) has lovely greenish-yellow and brown hues, with a more obvious black keel. This is a species with a scattered distribution, with a preference for wet heathlands.
I have fun taking macro photos of #bumblebees especially on purple coneflowers which they seem to enjoy & frequently visit. They're so large & cooperative that it's not too hard to make them "appear" the size of a school bus. My ID app suggests that this is a brown-belted bumblebee (Bombus griseocollis) which is a North American native.