An orange-legged furrow bee (Halictus rubicundus) wiping some pollen off its face in Carl Schurz Park. These are a type of sweat bee, and the same species can be either solitary or eusocial. Not sure which this one is, but it was covered in pollen and having a blast in some sunflowers.
Two shots of a bee from the genus Hylaeus. This little guy is clearly related to the better known masked bees, but has a little color just over its mandibles and some extra yellow markings near the wings and on the abdomen.
A skipper (family Hesperiidae), sipping nectar on a sunflower in Carl Schurz Park. I wasn't bright enough to write down which kind it is.
A flat tailed leafcutter bee (Megachile mendica) on ornamental milkweed in Carl Schurz Park.
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An Octopus spider (genus of Crab Spider). Unfortunately, trying to find more information about 'octopus' and 'spider' in the same search just results in a bunch of Spider Man and Doctor Octopus results.
A fly of the family Agromyzidae (leaf-miner flies). Their larva eat the middle of leaves leaving those discolored tracks. North Woods of Central park from early August.
Another shot of a gnat ogre (Holcocephala fusca), a type of small robber fly. Like other robber flies, these specialize in eating other insects. Central Park in late July.
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A gnat ogre (Holcocephala fusca), a type of small robber fly. Like other robber flies, these specialize in eating other insects. Central Park in late July.
An Diprion Similis, a type of sawfly in its larval stage. Sawflies are closely related to wasps, bees and ants. This particular one is from Europe and is invasive in North America.
This is the most metal insect I've seen this year. A larvae (maybe a lacewing or related) of some sort wearing a bunch of its victims (aphids) as a hat. In the North Woods of Central Park in early July.
An adult Japanese Leafhopper. These are invasive, can be destructive to certain plants are a known vector for a parasitic disease that can affect vineyards. E.g. not a friendly bug.
A member of the genus Chironomus. These are a genus of nonbiting midges. This one is a female. The males would have feathery antennae.
A member of the genus Mordella (not to be confused with the Italian sausage and lunch meat maker Mortadella). They're a member of the tumbling beetle family and if you scare them they basically drop off the plant that they're on to escape.
Remember, this is a beetle, not a sausage. :-)
I frequently see this weevil. I think it's a peach root weevil, which is from Japan. North Woods of Central Park in late June.
This is a peacock fly. This one is raising it's wings, like a peacock does it's tail. Personally, I like that the spots and coloration continue on both the wings and body of the insect.
An unidentified jumping spider which is curious about the camera. Pretty much all the jumping spiders appear to be curious and will investigate new objects. Very often shortly after this sort of pose, they will jump on the end of the lens. Central Park mid June.
This is a Campyloneura Virgula. It hunts aphids and other small bugs. An interesting fact about them is that except in Sicily and North Africa, there are basically no males, so they reproduce via parthenogenesis. Central Park mid June.
This is a member of the family 'Olethreutine Leafroller Moths'. When they're caterpillars they will use their silk to roll up leaves for shelter. Mid June, Central Park.
This is a meadow spittlebug. It is widely distributed, but invasive in North America and spreads Pierce's disease which can destroy some crops like grapes and olives.
This is a carpet beetle. As adults they are pollinators, however the larva will eat pretty much any and all natural fibers, including carpets and wool fabrics.
Some crane flies mating. I'm not sure of the exact type of crane fly, I think these may make a living eating mosquitos as some of their nicknames include 'Mosquito Hawk' and 'Skeeter-eater'.