Last week, I went to take some photos in Riverside Park. Unfortunately, I forgot my equipment which would allow me to take extreme close-ups, so I went back a couple of days ago. Normally, for the sake of download speeds, I put up optimized photos, frequently in smaller sizes. Since some of the bug pictures are fun to see at a larger scale, I’ve decided to put up larger versions of a few of them. For that reason, I’m putting most of them “below the fold.” Here’s a flower teaser.
I have several photos of this individual. I would like to identify it, but my internet connection is frustratingly slow today. (Okay, I’m going to go with Bombus impatiens, the Common Eastern Bumble Bee.)
The butterfly in the picture is an American Lady. Again, I have several photos of this individual. I thought the bee behind the butterfly was amusing. There are three photos. In the first, the bee is on the same flower stalk as the butterfly, a little bit below. In the third, the bee is above the butterfly. Here the bee is in transit. Ah, my connection seems to be working again. The American Lady is Vanessa virginiensis.
I just liked the way the light was hitting this flower.
The following three pictures are all of the same individual. It’s a Common Sootywing, Pholisora catullus. Usually, photos of the bugs in flight are too blurry to be interesting. This time, however, it is just clear enough to be fun. Digital photography has really enabled me to take photos of wild animals in a way that would have been prohibitively expensive in the era of film.
This lovely lady is obviously a honey bee. She drew my attention because she was so pale. Bees being a domesticated animal come in different breeds, like dogs. The most common breed in the U.S. is the Italian bee. Still, I couldn’t help noticing how pale she was. The photo doesn’t convey it. I found several other very blond girls nearby.
On a related note, a feral colony has taken up residence in a tree in my sister’s neighbor’s yard in what used to be the red bellied woodpecker’s nest. The woodpecker family still seems to be around, so I guess they must have relocated.
Here is some milkweed seeds ready to take flight. I specifically went to look at the patch of milkweed and was disturbed to see it was infested with an insect the name of which I’ve forgotten. It creeped me out, so I didn’t take any photos.
Finally, here is another type of bee. There were several of them about. Small, little gray things with blue-eyes. I’ve taken a look, but as of yet have been unable to identify it. Unfortunately, this was the only clear picture I got.