unveiled suddenly under leaves scurries
a subgothic dart moth (Feltia subgothica)

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Blending life into our bend of steps where autumn falls —
a large maple spanworm moth (Prochoerodes lineola).

 

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basking on your porch cement

a sunny young goldfinch

met the cool near summer’s end

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Barely visible Myzocallis asclepiadis aphids in various life-stages

cling to the bottoms of milkweed leaves that I glean to clean

and feed to the season’s last monarch caterpillars.

All summer these underleaf-feeding aphids have been dropping what ecologist Anurag Agrawal calls “honeydew” excrement for ants and maybe others to eat on the leaftops below (a process just beyond the discretion & ability of this camera — so we’ll take his word for it).

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How often, so easily, might we overlook you, leaf-like little planthopper.

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Northern flatid planthoppers are common here on the stems of plants they might eat.

But I could not resist the dramatic image of one on the ground it will someday feed.

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Every power of concentration must meet in vision to make out
a tiny gnat ogre (in the family of robber flies) watching for even tinier prey
at a narrow tip of milkweed.

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