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colinpurrington

Date

August 14, 2018 01:14 PM EDT

Description

Lepidocyrtus cyaneus? They were all over these Cyathus striatus.

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Ailanthus Webworm Moth Atteva aurea

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colinpurrington

Date

August 9, 2018 01:58 PM EDT

Description

Ailanths webworm moth (Atteva aurea).

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colinpurrington

Date

August 9, 2018 02:19 PM EDT

Description

Dodder gall weevil though I'm not sure which species of Smicronyx. Several members of the genus use dodder as host and distribution maps on BugGuide are spotty, so I can't easily exclude some. On Cuscuta gronovii ... which was on goldenrod. At Longwood Gardens meadow.

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Scaldweed Cuscuta gronovii

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colinpurrington

Date

August 9, 2018 02:19 PM EDT

Description

I think this is swamp dodder (Cuscuta gronovii). Blunt petals, 5 stamens, 2 pistils. Slightly rounded sepals that come up about halfway. Globose fruit. Thanks in advance for correction if I'm wrong.

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colinpurrington

Date

August 9, 2018 02:01 PM EDT

Description

Nest plug of a grass-carrying wasp (Isodontia sp.).

Pic #2 shows the impressive nest structures, complete with door locks. This is at Longwood Gardens so of course they're impressive. I'm very curious why so many of the tubes are vacant. Perhaps the closest mud source is still too far away? I stayed for a bit hoping to find wasps (e.g., Trypoxylon) but there was no activity at all. Odd.

Pic #3 shows the sign at base of structures: "Our mason bees are now dormant, and will remain in their hive [sic] until next spring. Please do not disturb them, as they are very vulnerable at this stage."

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colinpurrington

Date

August 9, 2018 02:09 PM EDT

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colinpurrington

Date

August 9, 2018 01:26 PM EDT

Description

Olibrus, I think. Sadly, if I zoom in not a single beetle in focus (plant was moving a bit), so not sure an ID to species is possible.
Olibrus semistriatus?

Feeding on goldenrod pollen.

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North American Toads Genus Anaxyrus

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colinpurrington

Date

August 2, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

Description

There's a black spot with 4 bumps ... is that sufficient to warrant a Fowler's toad ID? Or is it just an American toad? Or neither because it doesn't have a distinct dorsal line. Sorry I don't have more pics.

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Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus

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colinpurrington

Date

August 9, 2018 12:13 PM EDT

Description

Gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), I think. I took a few pics but I like this one because the fake head is at the center of the flower where you'd expect the head to be. Longwood Gardens.

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colinpurrington

Date

August 6, 2018 03:10 PM EDT

Description

Male Trypoxylon collinum in hole. They always look grumpy and angry. Its mate was a few inches below: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/15314448.

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colinpurrington

Date

August 6, 2018 03:13 PM EDT

Description

Trypoxylon collinum showing off red mandibles. At my bee/wasp hotel.

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colinpurrington

Date

August 6, 2018 12:38 PM EDT

Description

This makes me sad to post, but here's a Trypoxylon collinum caught in a web at my bee and wasp hotel. I clear spider webs from the structure all the time but sometimes not often enough.

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Planthopper Parasite Moth Fulgoraecia exigua

Observer

colinpurrington

Date

August 9, 2018 11:58 AM EDT

Description

Caterpillar of the planthopper parasite moth (Fulgoraecia exigua) found on a tree at Longwood Gardens. Wolf in sheep's clothing.

Below are pics of the pupa and a male adult from previous years.

“Fulgoraecia


“Fulgoraecia

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End Band Net-winged Beetle Calopteron terminale

Observer

colinpurrington

Date

August 24, 2016 08:59 AM EDT

Description

Calopteron terminale because (1) transverse depression on elytra, (2) uniformity of ridge heights, and (3) blue tinge. I'm not sure how useful blue tinge characteristic is (from BugGuide page on species). In case useful for anyone else learning about this genus I took a stab at some visual ID tips (on pic #2):

Calopteron terminale

Other two members of the genus in the United States and Canada are Calopteron reticulatum and Calopteron discrepans. Please also see the very similar Caenia dimidiata.

There are many more species (100+?) in Mexico, Central America, and South America but these species are not yet logged into iNaturalist.

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End Band Net-winged Beetle Calopteron terminale

Observer

colinpurrington

Date

July 29, 2018 02:50 PM EDT

Description

I think this is an end band net-wing (Calopteron terminale). Pic #2 shows the depression across elytra in between the bands (or at that location when only terminal band present) that I think is diagnostic for this species. Has bluish tinge. Middle (transverse) band tapers toward edges (which usually rules out C. discrepans). Was initially considering C. reticulatum but second antennal segment wasn't rusty.

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Monarch Danaus plexippus

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colinpurrington

Date

August 2, 2018 11:03 AM EDT

Description

Monarch with mouth full of milkweed. Stroud Preserve.

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Promethea Silkmoth Callosamia promethea

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colinpurrington

Date

August 2, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

Description

Callosamia. Am assuming Callosamia promethea but hesitant because I'm not sure what sweetbay looks like. I foolishly forget to take a better pic of the shrub. Sort of looks like a sassafras.

It's silking up a leaf prior to pupation.

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Pure Green Augochlora Augochlora pura

Observer

colinpurrington

Date

August 2, 2018 11:49 AM EDT

Description

I'd love help with ID, as usual, but if anyone has thoughts on the pollen strings at lower right, please let me know. It's Zea mays but I don't really understand why falling pollen would do that. Are they physical structures within the anther or are the lines optical effects of light hitting pollen? Or some strange electrical effect?

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Wheel Bug Arilus cristatus

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colinpurrington

Date

August 2, 2018 11:37 AM EDT

Description

I'm thinking this might be wheel bug (Arilus cristatus) nymph.

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colinpurrington

Date

August 2, 2018 09:18 AM EDT

Description

Eremnophila aureonotata, I think, via browsing pics of thread-waisted wasps on BugGuide. Only member of genus. Nectaring on Clethra, which it seems to love (it's there often). Common wasp in eastern US.

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Mites and Ticks Subclass Acari

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colinpurrington

Date

July 29, 2018 03:29 PM EDT

Description

Found this mite cruising around some slime molds yesterday.

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colinpurrington

Date

July 29, 2018 02:37 PM EDT

Description

Rainieria antennaepes, I think. Based on browsing BugGuide Taeniapterinae. Per BugGuide, this species occurs in PA. Images on BugGuide: https://bugguide.net/node/view/59435/bgimage.

It was eating the mushroom. There are two entries (at least) on BugGuide of the same: https://bugguide.net/node/view/548805/bgpage, https://bugguide.net/node/view/676137.

This article on mycophagous flies lists the species ... https://www.jstor.org/stable/3565260?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents.

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Ailanthus Webworm Moth Atteva aurea

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colinpurrington

Date

July 27, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

Description

Ailanthus webworm on Ailanthus (I know, big surprise). Tree was also covered with adult Ailanthus webworm moths.

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Chinese Mantis Tenodera sinensis

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colinpurrington

Date

July 27, 2018 01:07 PM EDT

Description

View doesn't permit ID based on yellow dot on neck, but I think the shape of head suggests Chinese mantis. But happy to be corrected.

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Evergreen Bagworm Moth Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis

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colinpurrington

Date

July 27, 2018 01:09 PM EDT

Description

I know the case isn't constructed of evergreen, but ragweed was nearby and that's an alternate host for moth. Thanks for any ID help. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

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Ailanthus Webworm Moth Atteva aurea

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colinpurrington

Date

July 27, 2018 12:43 PM EDT

Description

Assuming this is a female because it's in a calling position. At John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

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Dung-loving Bird's-Nest Cyathus stercoreus

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colinpurrington

Date

July 24, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

Description

I've admired these for decades but never realized how many different genera there are. And species ... so thanks for ID help if I've botched this. Found on mulch near parking lot at Stoneleigh Garden in Villanova, PA.

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Gilled Mushrooms Order Agaricales

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colinpurrington

Date

July 24, 2018 12:48 PM EDT

Description

Younger version of the mushrooms in previous observation? Please see https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/14760152 if you can help me with IDs.

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Gilled Mushrooms Order Agaricales

Observer

colinpurrington

Date

July 24, 2018 12:45 PM EDT

Description

Growing in mulch after a week of rain. Some smaller mushroooms were also nearby, though not sure whether related: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/14760385. Stoneleigh garden, Villanova.

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colinpurrington

Date

July 24, 2018 12:25 PM EDT

Description

This wasp was ovipositing into a Berkeley's polypore that had a dozen or so Diaperis maculata on the surface. Assuming the beetle larvae within were targets. There were small flies on the mushroom, too.

mushroom pic: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/14729939

beetle pic: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/14743515

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