This Ailanthus Webworm Moth was making its way among wildflowers when I saw it in early September.
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The Eastern Carpenter Bee is easily confused with the American Bumble Bee. While the bumble bee is covered covered in fuzzy hair, the carpenter bee is missing the fuzz from its abdomen.
At first I thought the beetle on this thin-leaved sunflower was a soldier beetle but something didn’t look quite right. Looking more closely I’ve identified it as a Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle. According to insectidentification.org, the Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle is highly beneficial in their predation of aphids. As a bonus, their quest for insect prey turns them into efficient pollinators.
It’s been a very busy summer and I haven’t spent as much time with my camera as I would have liked so I’m pulling out some photos from last year that I never got around to publishing.
This Black Eyed Susan was growing in a forest meadow alongside wild daisies. It looked sort of like the odd man out, surrounded by white flowers. I took a few photos of the lone blooming Black Eyed Susan surrounded by Daisies but I preferred this more closely cropped image of the flower.
I nearly stepped on this caterpillar while hiking in early January. Legend has it the area between the black stripes on the woolly bugger or woolly bear caterpillar indicates how mild or harsh the winter will be. The larger the area between the black stripes the milder the winter is supposed to be. Since the rear black stripe can’t even been seen in this photo the caterpillar prediction is for a pretty mild winter.
A crow watches the field below from a barren tree in the Big Meadow area of Shenandoah National Park.
About a week ago I visited the Big Meadow section of Shenandoah National Park, specifically looking for deer. As I walked through the meadow I noticed this White-Tailed Deer watching me. I was able to get much closer, the deer in the park are quite used to people, but I like this image of the meadow with the deer resting in it.
This black bear slowly wandered through a meadow while we watched it from a safe distance. I wish the lighting had been better but that’s one of the challenges of wildlife photography.