lies: Sometimes when I’m birdwatching Important Update:I didn’t want to bother this butterfly at…

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

lies:

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Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

Important Update:

I didn’t want to bother this butterfly at the time, and shoving my phone at it to snap the photo was already potentially bothersome, so I left it alone without waiting to get a look at the upper surface of its wings. But it has come to my attention (thanks to a helpful user on bugguide) that this was probably a Silvery Blue, which means this is what I would have seen had I waited:

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Image by Wikipedia user D. Gordon E. Robertson.

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Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

Monday, May 6th, 2019
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Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

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bugkeeping:Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

bugkeeping:

Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus

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bugkeeping:Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

bugkeeping:

Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus

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A Sweet Story

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

nanonaturalist:

Once upon a time (November 2017), I came upon a large hive covered in lovely stripey friends, and I took a photo. Unfortunately, I was still new to my camera, and I didn’t realize until I uploaded the photos that my focus depth was off. Oh no!

I uploaded my photos to iNaturalist, identified the friends as honeybees, and went on my way. Except, I was told that this was not a honeybee nest, and the bees had likely made this hive a temporary home while searching for a new one. 

Unsatisfied, I returned the next day, determined to get better photos of the nest. I got them

They weren’t bees temporarily taking up residence in an abandoned paper wasp nest. They were Mexican Honey Wasps, who make a big, elaborate paper nests. And also, honey. Yes, wasps that eat honey. Oh yeah, and they also eat pest insects that damage food crops, and it’s believed that these wasps were responsible for pollinating avocados before honeybees were introduced from Europe.

But anyway, I’m digressing. 

I don’t see these wasps very often. Besides on that nest, I haven’t really seen them elsewhere.

Until earlier this week. Guess who visited my garden?

I have an Elderberry bush baby growing (it’s not even a year old yet). And it would appear that Elderberry plants have nectaries–those little knobby things where the leaves attach to the stem by my fingers are the nectaries. Think of nectaries as little plant nipples that let insects drink nectar direct from the tap. Ants and wasps can’t get enough of them. While I was taking these pictures, I had two other wasp species wandering through this bush for the nectaries!

But that wasp up there?

Going to town on the nectaries here?

Mexican Honey Wasp

I’m going to be so excited if their nest ends up being in my yard! They’d be smart to put one in there! So many bugs for them to eat! So much delicious nectar! 

I love my yard. I’m at 989 species right now. So close to 1,000. 

March 17, 2019

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Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

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nanonaturalist: This handsome man stole my heart! Tarantula…

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

nanonaturalist:

This handsome man stole my heart! 

Tarantula Hawk wasp, seen at Lake Travis outside Austin, TX

August 4 / Posted October 2, 2018

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brooklynbridgebirds:Ruby-crowned KingletBrooklyn Bridge Park,…

Monday, December 10th, 2018

brooklynbridgebirds:

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1

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damianward:Chalkhill Blue

Friday, November 30th, 2018

damianward:

Chalkhill Blue

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Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

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Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) and Honey Bee (Apis…

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) and Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

Gobernador Canyon Road, 2018-10-26

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debunkshy: QueenPedernales Falls SP, TX20 May 2018

Friday, October 19th, 2018

debunkshy:

Queen
Pedernales Falls SP, TX
20 May 2018

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nanonaturalist: Inktober: Day 3Day 3 Prompt: Aquatic. Model is this Mayfly nymph from Bastrop…

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

nanonaturalist:

Inktober: Day 3

Day 3 Prompt: Aquatic.

Model is this Mayfly nymph from Bastrop County, TX last spring [iNat link]

From @six-legs-and-more’s list

October 4, 2018 (liar!)

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dendroica:Summer Azure, Celastrina neglecta (by me)

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

dendroica:

Summer Azure, Celastrina neglecta (by me)

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90377: Azuré by Marc Andreu

Monday, September 10th, 2018

90377:

Azuré by Marc Andreu

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perpetuallytransient: Rabbitbrush Leaf Beetle (Trirhabda…

Friday, September 7th, 2018

perpetuallytransient:

Rabbitbrush Leaf Beetle (Trirhabda nitidicollis)

These look very similar to the Coyote Brush Leaf Beetles (Trirhabda flavolimbata) that I see a lot around here. 

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90377: Bend under the weight by Marc Andreu

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

90377:

Bend under the weight by Marc Andreu

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emerald-of-the-eight:A lovely green hairstreak butterfly…

Monday, July 9th, 2018

emerald-of-the-eight:

A lovely green hairstreak butterfly [Callophrys rubi] found in Castle Point Borough, England, by photographer

Paul Scott. Fun fact: the genus Callophrys is Greek for “beautiful eyebrows”.

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emerald-of-the-eight:White peacock butterfly specimens [Anartia…

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

emerald-of-the-eight:

White peacock butterfly specimens [Anartia jatrophae] photographed on the Anhinga Trail of Everglades National Park, Florida, by

Dave Mangham.

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dendroica: Island marble butterfly (via USFWS – Pacific…

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

dendroica:

Island marble butterfly (via USFWS – Pacific Region)

Photo credit: Karen Reagan/USFWS

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