Not a great shot, but only the 2nd time I've seen this large and showy species, & the 1st time I've gotten pics.
8.0 mm. ID'ed on BugGuide; I'm clueless. Found indoors.
A very dark example
Anybody know what's behind this? The leaves are losing their chlorophyll, turning white & sometimes purple. Have seen this occasionally in this species, but no idea why. Growing in the backyard, June, open shade.
Going back thru some old photos from this summer, I discovered one that turned out to be a not only a decent shot but also a new species for me.
A small weedy thing growing around the neighborhood. It's introduced -- probably recently, as it's not in Newcomb's.
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.
There was a flight of these here in mid-December. I plucked this one out of the air & took it home to photograph.
IDed via a Google search on "orange fly green eyes". 14 mm body length.
4.7 mm, not counting ovipositor.
Body 7.1 mm, not counting ovipositor. ID confirmed by Ross Hill.
14 mm. Thought this was an ichneumonid, but the abdomen shape just didn't look right -- rounded & with that extra constriction you see in stinging wasps. It turns out to be a lookalike in the Vespoidea.
5.5 mm. ID confirmed by Ross Hill.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet playing peekaboo in our cutleaf maple.
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.