Hunting Flowers and Bugs

Spent a day at the park with my kids and the dog. I was brushing up on my taxonomy, so I took a lot of photos! All of these were taken in Early August, near Franklin, OH

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Helianthus tuberosus (Jerusalem Artichoke) in the wooded verge.
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Ratibida pinnata (Prarie Coneflower) wooded verge.
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Ruellia carolinensis (Carolina Wild Petunia) on the wooded verge.
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Queen Anne’s Lace and Wild Lettuce
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Phyla lanceolata (Fogfruit) on the edge of the pond in marshy ground.
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Lactuca floridana (Woodland Lettuce) in wooded area.
A Low-flying Amber-wing (Perithemis tenera) perched on a bladderwort (Utricularia macrorhiza) bloom in the pond.
A Low-flying Amber-wing (Perithemis tenera) perched on a bladderwort (Utricularia macrorhiza) bloom in the pond.
Asclepias incarnata (Marsh Milkweed) with a Milkweed Beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus)  on it
Asclepias incarnata (Marsh Milkweed) with a Milkweed Beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus) on it

 

Bug of the Day: Field Cricket

Actually, baby crickets, called nymphs. I’m not going to try to make a full identification, these are of the family Gryllinae and that’s as far as I go, not being an entomologist. Once they are fully grown they will be the deep black I’m most familiar with, and I’ll enjoy their music right up until one invades the house and I can’t find it all night.

Anyone else remember reading A Cricket in Times Square?

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Shot with the 50 mm prime lens and a 21 mm lens extension. This nymph is roughly 1 cm long.

 

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You can see the combs on his hind leg that will be used to ‘fiddle’ later in life. And his antenna easily triple his body length of >1 cm.

 

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I think this is my favorite angle. I was all but lying in the lawn to capture it. Such big eyes!

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The Winter Solstice, the day where the earth leans furthest from the sun and the day is shortest. Soon the dance ’round the sun will bring us nearer and the light will be longer again.