Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) photo = Mustard,Garlic_MAC_©DaveSpier_D029532iN -- More information in my blog at http://northeastnaturalist.blogspot.com/2013/04/invasion.html
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) photo = Loosestrife,Purple_MAC_©DaveSpier_D061206iN
Unfortunately, the Montezuma Wetlands are noted (among other things) for extensive stands of this invasive species, large enough to show up on aerial photos.
Gypsy Moth egg mass on tree bark, near Camp Allegany, Allegany State Park, NY, during Allegany Nature Pilgrimage; photo ref. = Moth,Gypsy(egg-mass)_ANP_©DaveSpier_D081183e2+DS (original resolution)
Found this guy in our garden, sadly not 3 paces from a beautiful, large ash tree beside our house. There is a magnificent monarch ash tree on the other side of our place. Not a good discovery.
I think this is 1 animal. Venwu225 suggests that it's a larva feeding (or trying to feed) on a pupa, but the other possibility is that it's a pupa with the empty larval skin still attached, which is supposed to be common. This is 2 different angles -- the left panel shows the larva well, & the right shows the base of the pupa, which is attached to the leaf.
This ladybug seemed like it might be doing some sort of display behavior. It kept spreading its wings several times, then refolding them.