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Florida Fern Moth Callopistria floridensis

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anita363

Date

July 29, 2018 11:42 PM EDT

Description

17 mm long. Very few moths for the night, but this one made up for it. Gorgeous, and a new subfamily for me.

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Reticulated Fruitworm Moth Cenopis reticulatana

Observer

anita363

Date

July 28, 2018 11:33 PM EDT

Description

tentative ID. 12 mm long.

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Japanese Maple Acer palmatum

Observer

anita363

Date

July 29, 2018 01:05 PM EDT

Description

Autoepiphyte: a Japanese Maple seedling growing in the crotch of the parent tree

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Bride Underwing Catocala neogama

Observer

anita363

Date

July 28, 2018 11:28 PM EDT

Description

8798 The Bride Underwing, Catocala neogamama. At a full-spectrum mercury vapor 'bug light' in the backyard.

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Transverse Flower Fly Eristalis transversa

Observer

anita363

Date

July 15, 2018 05:03 PM EDT

Description

Eristalis transversa, on Oxeye Sunflower in the garden

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Eastern Cicada Killer Sphecius speciosus

Observer

anita363

Date

July 21, 2018 10:28 AM EDT

Description

There's a female under there somewhere. The nearest male's pseudostinger is visible in this shot.

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Spined Oak Borer Beetle Elaphidion mucronatum

Observer

anita363

Date

July 26, 2018 09:54 PM EDT

Description

17 mm. Found at a porch light. Chilled to shoot, which is probably why it looks a little drunk.

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Ruby Bolete Xerocomus rubellus

Observer

anita363

Date

July 28, 2018 04:04 PM EDT

Description

Tentative ID. 3 cm across. In my backyard, within range of a young oak.

www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/resources/mushrooms/description... www.mushroomexpert.com/xerocomellus_rubellus.html

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Peck's Skipper Polites peckius

Observer

anita363

Date

August 14, 2005 10:58 AM EDT

Description

Wings <2cm long -- a very small grass skipper. Nectaring on Phacelia (butterly park planting).

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anita363

Date

July 3, 2018 11:45 PM EDT

Description

10.3 mm, not including ovipositor.

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Plum Curculio Conotrachelus nenuphar

Observer

anita363

Date

July 3, 2018 11:14 PM EDT

Description

5.5 mm. Don't know of any stone fruits nearby, but there is an apple tree (one of the host sp.) a couple of blocks away.

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Oriental Beetle Exomala orientalis

Observer

anita363

Date

July 3, 2018 11:21 PM EDT

Description

Given the difference in size, I suspect it is a female pushing around the smaller male. Lasted a little under a minute. Any insights in to the behavior? I did have a pair mating 15 min before, but these are not they (definitely not the same male, don't think it's the same female). Asiatic Beetle (Exomala orientalis).

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Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis

Observer

anita363

Date

July 4, 2018 12:33 PM EDT

Description

We made a small detour to check out NJ's celebrity Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, which hung around a vernal pool in a farm field for a week or two. I think we caught them on their last day there. They were seen a few miles away on the 6th, back here on the 7th, & not since. There always seemed to be 1 standing guard while the others were feeding.

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anita363

Date

July 3, 2018 09:37 PM EDT

Description

Species ID tentative. 3.5 mm. MVL, suburban yard.

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anita363

Date

June 30, 2018 03:37 PM EDT

Description

5 mm

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Chinese Mantis Tenodera sinensis

Observer

anita363

Date

June 30, 2018 02:40 PM EDT

Description

Tenodera sinensis nymph.

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Three-spined Grass Bug Stenodema trispinosum

Observer

anita363

Date

July 3, 2018 09:38 PM EDT

Description

6.5 mm

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anita363

Date

June 30, 2018 02:35 PM EDT

Description

ID help needed. Male Ceratina? Flowers are 4 mm across, so bee is 6.

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Fowler's Toad Anaxyrus fowleri

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anita363

Date

July 4, 2018 12:35 PM EDT

Description

Sedgy vernal pool margin, just crawling with these little guys.

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Macrame Moth Phaecasiophora confixana

Observer

anita363

Date

June 15, 2018 03:23 PM EDT

Description

10.7 mm. Daytime deciduous woodland understory, central NJ. Looks familiar, but can't find it.

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Pincushion Moss Leucobryum albidum

Observer

anita363

Date

June 15, 2018 04:32 PM EDT

Description

Open pine barrens understory

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Roundleaf Greenbrier Smilax rotundifolia

Observer

anita363

Date

June 15, 2018 09:48 AM EDT

Description

Understory, 2nd-growth deciduous forest. Also seen growing in open pine barrens understory, where it was one of the few plants able to survive. ID courtesy of iNat's machine vision.

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anita363

Date

May 24, 2018 10:44 PM EDT

Description

Tentative ID; vs 3334 – Catastega aceriella. 9.9 mm. Sorry, not a great shot. At MVL, suburban yard. There is a shagbark hickory on the next block, 100 m away. Don't know of any alder (G. watchungana); suppose there might be some in the greenbelt along the river, 500 m. Have a straight dorsal shot, if that'd help.

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Phantom Crane Fly Bittacomorpha clavipes

Observer

anita363

Date

June 15, 2018 10:53 AM EDT

Description

Bittacomorpha clavipes - Phantom Crane Fly, 15 mm body length. Flew into my car. New family for me.

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anita363

Date

September 14, 2017 09:30 PM EDT

Description

Tiny (2.7 mm) bark beetle; native to Asia; established in the Northeast. A first for NJ on BugGuide.

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American Cornmint Mentha canadensis

Observer

anita363

Date

July 30, 2005 06:37 PM EDT

Description

I'm pretty sure this is Wild Mint, although my book says "lilac, rarely white." Leaves smell strongly of mint when rubbed, taste pepperminty. Growing in a pondside hedgerow in a park. Comments/corrections?

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Common Jewelweed Impatiens capensis

Observer

anita363

Date

July 5, 2005 06:38 PM EDT

Description

A rainy day made for poor conditions for photographing these flowers -- the reflections from the wet surface were deadly. (Here's a better shot of the flower.) However, it made for excellent conditions for showing the jewel-like beads of water that give this genus one of its common names -- jewelweed. It's also called touch-me-not because the ripe seed pods explode when touched.

Jewelweed is used as a treatment for poison ivy, and also as an insect repellent. Apparently the leaves have some sort of oil that repels water, repels insects, and mixes well with the poison ivy's own oil so it does a good job of lifting it off the skin. But the plant may have additional medicinal properties -- Impatiens textori extract has been shown to reduce allergic skin reactions: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&d...

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Pale Jewelweed Impatiens pallida

Observer

anita363

Date

August 1, 2005 03:39 PM EDT

Description

This is a much tougher ID than I originally realized. Based on a very interesting discussion here I do currently think it's I. pallida, because of the stubby shape & the short spur at the back. The spur is supposed to be perpendicular to the flower in pallida, but I think in this case it's not only because it's hitting the leaf.

Side view here, showing the shape of the flower & the curly little spur at the back end.

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