Stalking dragons and damsels

There are certain bucket list photographs for me…photos that I have always wanted to take myself.  I have always wanted to capture the silhouette of a frog sitting on the other side of a leaf, for example, or star trails at night, or fireflies in the evening.  I have checked off a couple of these […]

WIPs and bee IDs

WIP stands for “wing interference pattern” and it refers to the shiny patterns of light refracted from the wings of insects (for example, little parasitoid wasps).  These patterns are ubiquitous and there is some excitement in the notion that they might eventually be usable for identification purposes. If so, there could be huge benefits.  For […]

Take a hike! (with me?): Indian Lookout, Spruce Creek

Well, I did a bit of an unusual hike yesterday…it involved quite a lot of bushwhacking and crashing through the underbrush and weird last-second twists to avoid getting smacked in the face with poison ivy.  And lots of actually getting smacked in the face with spider webs built by these Spined Micrathena (Micrathena gracilis): So […]

The Farm, by Joyce Sutphen

Boy, are my legs tired from all this biking!  I’m sore in weird places, but!  I love the farm.  We froze 44 quarts of corn yesterday. The Farm My father’s farm is an apple blossomer. He keeps his hills in dandelion carpet and weaves a lane of lilacs between the rose and the jack-in-the-pulpits. His […]

Wasp-mimicking fly

I’ve talked quite a bit about bee–mimicking flies, but flies are also known to mimic wasps.  Here’s an example of a fly that I think does a particularly good job of it…mimicking the constricted waist that is supposedly one of the diagnostic characters of Hymenoptera (wasp-waist).