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grasshoppers, crickets and locusts Order Orthoptera

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wingedwolfpsion

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July 31, 2011

Description

This large grasshopper was photographed sitting on the stem of a sunflower.

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Date

July 31, 2011

Description

This plant has vigorously overtaken my lilac bush, and is sending fast-growing shoots up all over the yard. It is definitely a climbing, vining plant, and had been called bindweed by other folks in the area. Clearly, it is not bindweed. Today, I found it overrun by milkweed tussock moth caterpillars, which strongly suggests it is, in fact, some sort of dogbane. Any ideas?

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Date

July 31, 2011

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A Double Mystery.

The caterpillar certainly looks like a milkweed tussock moth. I first noticed them on my little potted milkweed plant, and wondered where they had come from, since they were already large. Nearby, I located a large number of them feeding on a vine that has overtaken my lilac bush, so I returned the wayward caterpillars to the vine. Now, tussock moth caterpillars supposedly feed only on milkweeds and dogbane. I'll make a separate observation for the vine!

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Narrow-winged Damselflies Family Coenagrionidae

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wingedwolfpsion

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July 26, 2011

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Papilio glaucus

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wingedwolfpsion

Date

July 26, 2011

Description

Bindweed blooming.

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giant swallowtail Papilio cresphontes

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wingedwolfpsion

Date

July 26, 2011

Description

Bindweed blooming on top of a lilac bush appears to be a butterfly mecca.

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silver-spotted skipper Epargyreus clarus

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wingedwolfpsion

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July 25, 2011

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monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus

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wingedwolfpsion

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July 25, 2011

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Genus Entylia Genus Entylia

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wingedwolfpsion

Date

July 21, 2011

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Very tiny leafhopper. Looks fascinatingly like a particle of plant debris.

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Eastern Tailed-Blue Cupido comyntas

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wingedwolfpsion

Date

July 21, 2011

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wingedwolfpsion

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July 21, 2011

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grasshoppers, crickets and locusts Order Orthoptera

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wingedwolfpsion

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July 21, 2011

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robber flies (Family Asilidae) Family Asilidae

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wingedwolfpsion

Date

July 21, 2011

Description

Creepy fly. (lol)
Large, the size of a paper wasp.

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Flies Order Diptera

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wingedwolfpsion

Date

July 21, 2011

Description

Fly
1/4 to 1/2 inch long.

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Wandering Glider Pantala flavescens

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wingedwolfpsion

Date

July 21, 2011

Description

Every once in a while, the camera cooperates beautifully.

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Damselflies Suborder Zygoptera

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wingedwolfpsion

Date

July 21, 2011

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wingedwolfpsion

Date

July 21, 2011

Description

Held its wings spread similar to a dragonfly (but is clearly a damselfly).

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beetles Order Coleoptera

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wingedwolfpsion

Date

July 21, 2011

Description

Active. 1 to 1.5 inches long.

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Black and Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

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wingedwolfpsion

Date

July 21, 2011

Description

This gorgeous argiope built its web in our basement doorway. I think we'll just let it stay, as we don't often use that door anyhow.

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Blister Beetles Family Meloidae

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wingedwolfpsion

Date

July 19, 2011

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Date

July 13, 2011

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Genus Ganoderma Genus Ganoderma

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wingedwolfpsion

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July 13, 2011

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gastropods Class Gastropoda

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wingedwolfpsion

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July 13, 2011

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Genus Trametes Genus Trametes

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wingedwolfpsion

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July 13, 2011

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large milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) Oncopeltus fasciatus

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wingedwolfpsion

Date

July 13, 2011

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Probably nymphs of the milkweed bug.

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Tree Crickets Subfamily Oecanthinae

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wingedwolfpsion

Date

July 13, 2011

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Jumping Spiders (Family Salticidae) Family Salticidae

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wingedwolfpsion

Date

July 13, 2011

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Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) Erythemis simplicicollis

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wingedwolfpsion

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July 13, 2011

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Eastern Forktail Ischnura verticalis

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wingedwolfpsion

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July 13, 2011

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July 13, 2011
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