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Tree Frogs and Allies Family Hylidae

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colinpurrington

Date

June 19, 2018 04:51 PM EDT

Description

I'm assuming this is a little grass frog (Pseudacris ocularis) because of dark line passing through eye. And it was little. Maybe 5/8". Never seen a frog that small.

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Cuckoo Wasps Family Chrysididae

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colinpurrington

Date

June 18, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

Description

Observed at my hotel for solitary bees and wasps. Thanks for any help. I realize now that to get an ID I should have captured it. Didn't realize they were such a pain.

Pic three reminds me of Puss in Boots in Shrek 2.

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colinpurrington

Date

June 18, 2018 08:00 AM EDT

Description

Thanks for any help on this. Maybe 2 mm long. Has Collembola eyes but general appearance of a barklouse but the antennae seem wrong. Or is it just a small moth?

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Potter Wasps Subfamily Eumeninae

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colinpurrington

Date

June 17, 2018 02:01 PM EDT

Description

Wasp returning to the bee and wasp hotel with a caterpillar.

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colinpurrington

Date

June 16, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

Description

I think this is Trypoxylon. Similar to similar wasp that was approximately 30' away and ID'd by @susanna_h. Link to other observation is https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/13489327.

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colinpurrington

Date

June 16, 2018 03:34 PM EDT

Description

Trypoxylon sp., I think. Seems to look identical to a wasp that is elsewhere in my yard (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/13489327) and ID'd by @susanna_h as Trypoxylon.

A bad photograph of this or different individual is at https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/13495389. Both pics taken at a bee/wasp hotel I built. There are four individuals (two couples) of this species that have moved in.

T. collinum?

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colinpurrington

Date

June 16, 2018 03:25 PM EDT

Description

Sapyga centrata, I think. Sapyga louisi would be my second guess. Thanks for any help.

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colinpurrington

Date

June 16, 2018 11:09 AM EDT

Description

Leucospis affinis, I think. Checking out a mason bee hotel. I still can't believe chalcids get this big.

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colinpurrington

Date

June 15, 2018 06:08 PM EDT

Description

Two wasps that seemed very friendly and cooperative. Taken up residence in my deck umbrella so I get to watch them during dinner. Good entertainment.

AI suggested Ammophila procera but I'm not sure how to assess. Certainly has a red band on thin part of abdomen but I think my wasps are too small (maybe 15 mm?)

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Potter Wasps Subfamily Eumeninae

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colinpurrington

Date

June 15, 2018 12:03 PM EDT

Description

Some sort of potter wasp.

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Potter Wasps Subfamily Eumeninae

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colinpurrington

Date

June 15, 2018 07:40 AM EDT

Description

I just can't seem to get a photograph of it outside its hole. Driving me nuts.

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Western Lynx Spider Oxyopes scalaris

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colinpurrington

Date

June 14, 2018 03:30 PM EDT

Description

I think this is a Western lynx spider (Oxyopes scalaris). Happy to be corrected. It was at my mason bee hotel briefly. But that's not a great place to hang out if some spider-provisioning wasps are around. No sign of it today. In related news, spider under the eaves is also gone.

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colinpurrington

Date

June 15, 2018 12:42 PM EDT

Description

These two Chelostoma philadelphi were having some sort of dispute at my mason bee hotel. Not quite sure what the issue was. They are females because the underside of their abdomens have white hairs (scopa).

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colinpurrington

Date

June 13, 2018 05:48 PM EDT

Description

Monodontomerus is a guess. Thanks in advance for correction. Was lurking around my mason bee house.

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colinpurrington

Date

June 11, 2018 11:53 AM EDT

Description

Chelostoma philadelphi next to her hole at the bee hotel I made. The hotel has perhaps 5 of these currently, all in holes that are 1/8" in diameter. Very busy during the day collecting and packing pollen but at night they rest in their holes with head near their brood, abdomen almost sticking out.

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colinpurrington

Date

June 12, 2018 01:21 PM EDT

Description

Genus is a guess. Perhaps 6 mm in length. Pyropyga decipiens?

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Common Wood Fly Blera badia

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colinpurrington

Date

June 12, 2018 01:35 PM EDT

Description

Pipiza? Assuming it's a syrphid but not positive. Held its wings in a wasp threat position. Sadly, flew away after a single shot. Callicera?

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Delicate Cycnia Moth Cycnia tenera

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colinpurrington

Date

June 10, 2018 01:15 PM EDT

Description

The ID of delicate Cycnia moth was supplied by AI. It sure matches but I'd of course love an expert's eye. There was dogbane nearby. At John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

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Greenbottle Flies Genus Lucilia

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colinpurrington

Date

June 8, 2018 02:00 PM EDT

Description

I'm assuming this is some sort of greenbottle fly. It was inside the walls of the bee house I made, but I'm thinking it was just hanging out. I've never heard of Lucilia parasitizing nests of solitary bees or wasps. Happy to be corrected.

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Golden-backed Snipe Fly Chrysopilus thoracicus

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colinpurrington

Date

May 30, 2018 08:52 AM EDT

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Typical Crane Flies Superfamily Tipuloidea

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colinpurrington

Date

June 5, 2018 01:24 PM EDT

Description

Crane fly hanging out in attic of my bee hotel. Almost certainly not interested in taking a room but I have to add to Bee and Wasp Hotels project just because. Body length approximately 1 1/4 inches.

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Potter Wasps Subfamily Eumeninae

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colinpurrington

Date

June 5, 2018 01:21 PM EDT

Description

Potter/mason wasp, I'm assuming. Wood dust from hole obscures thoracic markings, unfortunately, so not sure whether ID is possible. It explored several holes so not sure whether she's decided to stay at hotel.

Euodynerus foraminatus? Looks like it, but I gather there are several other species that look similar (e.g., as described in http://cjai.biologicalsurvey.ca/bmc_05/28e_foraminatus.html). Per Kevin O'Neill book they suspend an egg over the paralyzed caterpillars in a cell. Adults are nectar feeders and sometimes nectar robbers. Females also eat caterpillars.

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colinpurrington

Date

May 31, 2018 01:49 PM EDT

Description

Otitinae is a guess. Dozens near my compost pile.

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colinpurrington

Date

May 30, 2018 05:33 PM EDT

Description

Small wasp near a Chelostoma philadelphi. The hole diameter is 1/8", so wasp is maybe 1.5 mm long. This is the second time I've seen the wasp near the holes. Could be same individual but not sure. Parasitoid of mason bees?

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colinpurrington

Date

June 15, 2015 12:25 PM EDT

Description

Wasp lurking around on mason bee house. I'm assuming it's a parasitoid of either mason bees or potter wasps.

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Potter Wasps Subfamily Eumeninae

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colinpurrington

Date

June 17, 2015 03:18 PM EDT

Description

AI suggested Eumenes but I think the waist isn't thin enough. Would appreciate any leads.

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colinpurrington

Date

June 17, 2015 03:19 PM EDT

Description

I'm guessing this is a potter wasp. Perhaps Ancistrocerus?

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Asian Rock Pool Mosquito Ochlerotatus japonicus

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colinpurrington

Date

September 5, 2016 02:13 PM EDT

Description

Engorged female East Asian rock pool mosquito (Ochlerotatus japonicus japonicus), I think. Introduced to New Jersey in 1998 from Japan/Korea. Transmits West Nile virus in the United States. Capable of transmitting dengue, chikungunya, and several other viral diseases. Formerly known as Aedes japonicus japonicus, a name that is still preferred by almost everyone, apparently. The new name reflects a more evolutionary way of classifying the species.

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Asian Tiger Mosquito Aedes albopictus

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colinpurrington

Date

September 5, 2016 12:11 PM EDT

Description

Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus).

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White-Footed Woods Mosquito Psorophora ferox

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colinpurrington

Date

September 20, 2015 11:49 AM EDT

Description

A female white-footed woods mosquito (Psorophora ferox), I think. Females are described as ferocious, persistent, and painful biters. Eggs can survive over a year of desiccation, which is amazing. But makes sense because they specialize by developing in temporary pools that might only flood occasionally. This was taken in Pennsylvania but in more tropical climates they can carry botfly (Demotobia hominis).

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