What's New?

With additional time inside due to the stay-at-home orders for COVID-19 and a lot of rain, I've made another pass through my photo library and added a bunch more photos, particularly of fungi. I've also separated out the slime molds, but kept them on the Fungi page since they are often grouped with the fungi despite the fact that they are amoebas. I've also gotten a few decent photos from my Christmas present, a camera trap.


Trichopoda sp. probably lanipes (Willard's Woods, 8/21/2021 1pm)

(Lower Vine Brook, 5/27/12 10am) Bigger than the average skipper.

Sphinx kalmiae (Laurel sphinx) (Lower Vine Brook, 8/21/2021 2pm)



Nicrophorus tomentosus (Lower Vine Brook, 7/11/2021 1pm)

female Paraphidippus aurantius (Emerald Jumper) (Willard's Woods, 7/24/2021 1pm)

male Sphaerophoria contigua (Tufted Globetail) (Lower Vine Brook, 7/10/2021 3pm)

(Lower Vine Brook, 7/10/2021 3pm)

(Lower Vine Brook, 7/5/2021 3pm)

(Lower Vine Brook, 7/5/2021 3pm)

Dromogomphus spinosus (Black-shoudered spinyleg) (Lower Vine Brook, 6/29/2021 6pm)

(Lower Vine Brook, 6/26/2021 1pm)


male Meleagris gallopavo (Wild Turkeys) (Lower Vine Brook, 5/20/2021 5pm) These two males were fighting for about 10 minutes. I didn't have my camera for the kicking and jumping portion of the fight.

(Lower Vine Brook, 3/25/2021 3pm) An insect, but what kind?


Catocala vidua (Widow underwing) (Lower Vine Brook, 8/28/2020 11am) Sadly, I couldn't get a shot of the black underwing.

(Lower Vine Brook, 9/3/2020 4pm)

(Lower Vine Brook, 8/1/2020 3pm)

Dolichonyx oryzivorus? (Bobolink) (Lower Vine Brook, 8/16/2020 2pm) It looks a lot like a Nelson's sparrow, but Lexington would be an unusual spot for a sighting in the middle of August. It also seemed bigger than 5" rather than smaller, but I didn't get a great look.


(Lower Vine Brook, 7/19/2020 11am) It is about 1/2" in diameter and was in a hydrangea bush. Maybe a wasp nest?

Desmometopa sp. (Lower Vine Brook, 7/19/2020 12pm) Many of the photos show the flies "bubbling".

Strangalia luteicornis (Willard's Woods, 7/19/2020 12pm) I fixed an incorrect identification of this species to S. famelica.

(Lower Vine Brook, 7/19/2020 1pm) Unfortunately only one of the photos was even half-decent, so it is a little hard to tell which type of bee this is.

(Willard's Woods, 7/19/2020 12pm) I am not 100% certain now that these are the same 2 flies.

(Lower Vine Brook, 7/19/2020 4pm)

(Lower Vine Brook, 7/19/2020 5pm)



male Archilochus colubris (Ruby-Throated Hummingbird) (Lower Vine Brook, 7/10/2020 4pm) Not quite perfect focus, but not too bad through my sunroom window and a bunch of intervening plants.

freshly emerged adult caterpillar pupa newly hatched from pupa Hellinsia sp. maybe H. homodactylus or Emmelina monodactyla (Lower Vine Brook, 6/24/2020 2pm, caterpillar 6/7/2020 4pm, pupa and empty pupa with adult 6/26/2020 5pm) The caterpillars eat Joe-Pye Weed. Some of the moths had the black spots on the abdomen and some did not. Also, some of the caterpillars didn't have the yellow spot, but it is possible that the yellow spot only occurs in the last instar. It is also possible that I had a mixture of multiple species that fed together.

male Onthophagus orpheus (Lower Vine Brook, 6/24/2020 2pm) This poor guy was heavily parasitized by mites.

(Lower Vine Brook, 6/22/2020 2pm)

Sericomyia lata (White-spotted pond fly) (Lower Vine Brook, 6/14/2020 3pm)

Strangalepta abbreviata (Lower Vine Brook, 6/13/2020 3pm)

Charidotella purpurata (Lower Vine Brook, 6/13/2020 3pm)

Calophasia lunula (Toadflax brocade) (Lower Vine Brook, 6/26/2020 5pm) A European import to control butter-and-eggs (Linaria vulgaris). It was on a grass stem, not butter-and-eggs, and I couldn't find any butter-and-eggs in the immediate vicinity, although I know there is some in the meadow.

10200 Cucullia asteroides (Asteroid moth) (Lower Vine Brook, 6/12/2020 4pm)

queen Bombus fervidus (Yellow bumblebee) (Lower Vine Brook, 5/16/2020 3pm) Based on size & date, I think this was a queen.

(Lower Vine Brook, 5/16/2020 3pm)

Calligrapha sp. (Lower Vine Brook, 5/16/2020 3pm) Better shots of a Calligrapha species.

(Lower Vine Brook, 5/17/2020 2pm) A nymph of some true bug.

Carabus nemoralis (European ground beetle) (Lower Vine Brook, 5/3/2009 11am) Another import.

Sericomyia militaris (Narrow-banded pond fly) (Lower Vine Brook, 6/3/2020 1pm)

Temnostoma sp. either balyras, trifasciatum, barberi, obscurum (Lower Vine Brook, 6/3/2020 1pm)

male female Rhionaeschna mutata (Spatterdock Darner) (Lower Vine Brook, 6/4/2020 5pm (1), 2nd male & female 6/8/2020 1pm)

male female Epitheca cynosura (Common Baskettail) (Lower Vine Brook, 5/31/2020 1pm, 6/2/2020 2pm)

Dorocordulia libera? (Racket-tailed Emerald) (Lower Vine Brook, 5/31/2020 1pm) I've been back to the same spot every day for a week, but haven't been able to find it again. On the plus side, within 20' I was able to find 2 more new-to-me dragonflies and 2 new-to-me flower flies.

Delphinia picta (Picture-winged fly) (Lower Vine Brook, 6/10/2020 1pm)


Scathophaga stercoraria (Golden dung fly) (Lower Vine Brook, 4/25/2020 3pm) On fresh compost.

Canis latrans (Coyote) (Lower Vine Brook, 4/22/2020 11pm)

Urocyon cinereoargenteus (Gray Fox) (Lower Vine Brook, 4/22/2020 4am) This could be a red fox. Based on the fact that I can see a raccoon's black and white striped tail in infrared, I am guessing I'd see the white tip of a red fox's tail.

Procyon lotorProcyon lotor (Raccoon) (Lower Vine Brook, 2/22/2020 2:42am, 5/2/2020

Andrena dunningi? (Dunning's miner bee) (Lower Vine Brook, 5/2/2020 2pm) I have lots of pictures, but all are frustratingly bad.

Nomada sp. (Lower Vine Brook, 5/3/2020 2pm)

Nomada sp. (Lower Vine Brook, 5/2/2020 3pm)

(Lower Vine Brook, 5/2/2020 3pm)

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