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Snow midge with yellow halteres

Here’s a snow midge I found a few days ago at Hildacy Farm Preserve. I’m not positive about the species, but perhaps Diamesa nivoriunda. I only saw one, but related members of the genus are reported to swarm during the … Continue reading

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Small winter stonefly

I was out looking for the elusive snow fly yesterday but found this, instead: an eastern stonefly (Allocapnia recta), a member of the Capniidae (small winter stoneflies). At least that’s what I think it is. Larvae are active during the … Continue reading

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Nursery web spiders (lots of them)

Here are some photographs of a nursery web spider (Pisaurina mira) along with approximately 75 newly hatched spiderlings. She guards the hatchlings until they are older. The adult was a thing of beauty, especially when viewed large so you can … Continue reading

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Cute and ferocious jumping spider

Found this spider patrolling a few leaves at Hildacy Farm Preserve in Media, PA. I’m fairly sure it’s Paraphidippus aurantius. I can totally see why some people keep salticids as pets.

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Hummingbird and snowberry clearwing moths

Here are some photographs of the hummingbird clearwing moth (Hemaris thysbe) and the snowberry clearwing moth (H. diffinis). Day-active, colorful moths are rare enough, but these take it to the next level in their uncanny mimicry of hummingbirds and bumblebees, … Continue reading

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