Hallelujah: I managed to ID a caterpillar. Hostplant was boxelder (Acer negundo), length 17 mm. This, although photographed in spring, turns out to be a Fall Cankerworm (dark form, less common). They are a cool-season species that feeds in spring, pupates/estivates over the summer, and emerges as an adult in fall/winter to reproduce. We just had adults flying here in mid-December.
This is genus spartina, but do not know if pectinata or cynosuroides.
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.
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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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.
Mercury vapor lamp near a pond towards dusk.
28 mm across
26 mm long
A predatory fungus gnat. Check out those antennae!
15 mm long. Almost no white marks on this one, just a few scales, but pretty sure that's what it is.
Pretty soon this fly isn't going to have a leg left to stand on. It also has a passenger, which I believe is a pseudoscorpion -- an entire order that I never even heard of. I at first assumed the hitchhiker was just phoretic. However, is it possible that the pseudoscorpion (or its friends, if the fly started off with >1) has been severing legs? Seems like an improbable coincidence: I have seldom, if ever, seen a cranefly missing even a single limb. And if so: accidentally, or otherwise?