Plants of New Jersey. Flora of Rutgers Campus. Weed by the CDL building.
Weed growing out of a planter. Spontaneous plant, not cultivated.
20.5 mm. Found in a wood chip pile. Sorry, not very good shots -- didn't have my flash diffuser.
13 mm long.
At 1.5 mm, my smallest bug posting yet. IDed on BugGuide (as usual with beetles, I spent way too much time looking for it, then finally gave up & left if for the experts).
By some miracle I managed to ID this rove beetle: looks like a match for Platydracus cinnamopterus, rufous morph. 12.7 mm. Found in a mulch pile. Held its tail up in the air at 90 degrees when disturbed. Sorry, not a great shot.
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Dustywing: family Coniopterygidae, order Neuroptera; related to the lacewings. This tiny little thing (2.3 mm) landed on me at the bug light. I was totally clueless on this one. Finally, a BugGuide search on "tiny winged" turned up a single match.
Think these are banded killifish, Fundulus diaphanus. ~10 cm long. Shoaling in a shallow creekbed just off the Raritan Estuary. Very skittish -- the slightest move on the bank above & they went dashing off in all directions.
Was very proud that I managed to ID this one myself. Usually I have to go crawling to the experts on BugGuide for help with beetles.
Much darker than average for this species (exposure is pretty true in this shot), but pretty sure that's what it is. 6.8 mm long.
Only 4.0 mm long. NJ record on BugGuide.
7.4 mm. NJ record on BugGuide.
Mottled pink noctuid caterpillar with black spiracles & white tubercules, sparsely hairy. Found on wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius), though not directly observed eating it. Mixed 2nd-growth deciduous canopy above; can post a couple of shots for tree ID if relevant. The Balabans think probably Heliothinae.
Mercury vapor lamp near a pond towards dusk.
28 mm across
26 mm long
A predatory fungus gnat. Check out those antennae!