Insects


It’s been two blooms since the milkweed received this plume moth.

Still uncertain about the species, I’ll venture narrowing it down to

Himmelman’s (Geina tenuidactylus) or Buck’s (Geina Bucksi) Plume Moth.

Based on illustrations in the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern

North America (Beadle & Leckie, 2012)–and a hunch, I guess–my bet’s on Buck’s.

 

 

 

 

 

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Surprising relief —                                  each moth rising                                     before the mower.

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A caterpillar, it is said, likes the Virginia creeper inching along our woodland edge.
An adult will fly to flowers plentiful in neighboring gardens.
We met once in May 2015.
Have our paths not crossed since then?

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Commonly named for eating Asclepias incarnata (not  pictured),

a Swamp milkweed leaf beetle (Labidomera clivicollis)

makes do in our patch of Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).

 

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Blue dasher                        (Pachydiplax longipennis)                        preparing to eat.

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curious and wary                    exchanged                    on the footpath …

Carolina mantis (Stagmomantis carolina),  I presume?

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Wondering about the sun and butterflies like
Peck’s skipper (Polites peckius), pictured here summers ago.

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Some time before setting here, spotted white on hydrangea, this red-headed
inchworm moth (macaria bisignata) was a green caterpillar somewhere feeding on pine.

 

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Just where we expected — the red milkweed beetle.                            (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus)

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daylight          reminder          of our date tonight

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