a leaf-footed bug                          each leg let fall                          portending leaves to come

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on the hydrangea –

a common buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia).

 

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     busy                                             bumblebee                                            blue lobelia

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Fairly settled, most the morning, a faint-spotted palthis moth (Palthis asopialis).

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Paper wasps scour milkweed leaf tops, hungry for aphid “honeydew” frass
(noted in this 2017 post) dropped from leaf bottoms above.

Clockwise from top left:
Guinea wasp (Polistes exclamans),  Northern paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus), Metricus paper wasp (Polistes metricus), European paper wasp (Polistes dominula).

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Fall webworms make a nursery of the mulberry tree, devouring leaves under silken cover.
How many will survive fall and winter, pupating on the ground below,
to emerge as moths (Hyphantria cunea) in spring?

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The rhythm of their lights still freshly impressing the mind, I thought
I’d discovered a late season firefly. But its sudden spring from sight left
a more telling impression: Disonycha glabrata, the pigweed flea beetle.

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