Thread-waisted wasp

Another insect on a Black-eyed Susan:

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Although they are a wasp, I think this species feeds on flowers and doesn’t sting, unlike many of its stinging, predaceous cousin wasps.

American Copper

A common (but beautiful) butterfly on Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)_MG_1339-2-copper:

Hawkweed

A closeup of a common wildflower, dandelion-like, but on a tall stem:

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Spiderwort filaments

Spiderwort (Tradescantia) is a common purple or pink garden flower with contrasting yellow stamens. For this image, I used high magnification to show just the feathery filaments floating in a big raindrop on the petal surface:

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I’ve read that each filament bead is a single cell. This was at 4x or 5x magnification, composited (stacked) for more detail.

Dandelion sunset

The sun was shining through the trees as it went down – here’s how it looked though the center of a dandelion puff:

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Salvia drops

Tiny drops on a tiny bright red flower, at high magnification:

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Scentless plant bug

Every year, when the daisies start to bloom, I see these bugs feeding on the flower pollen:

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I finally found out the name of this bug recently. Why “scentless”? I guess because they aren’t a stink bug, a cousin insect to this group (Rhopalinae).

 

Underneath

The common name of this insect is lacewing or goldeneye:

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They are the adult form of an antlion – the larva live in sandy soil, and built pits to catch ants. They are in Neuroptera, the order of bugs with lacy (network-like) wings.

Columbine

A rocky hill not far from where I live has hundreds of columbines flowering:

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They seem to thrive in poor soil – in some spots (not this one) they grow in what looks like gravel.

Eastern forktail

Dragonflies started flying a few weeks ago, now there are damselflies about:

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Damselflies are fun to watch up close. They snatch smaller insects out of the air and return to their perch, rather like a cat pouncing.

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