Tag Archives: wasp

Supranivean insects and spiders

Winter is usually a depressing down time for those who enjoy taking photographs of insects and spiders, but a fresh snowfall can reveal all sorts of critters still crawling around, albeit slowly or not at all. Below are 11 of … Continue reading

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Apple oak gall

Apple oak gall (Amphibolips confluenta or Amphibolips quercusinanis), backlit to show leaf-like venation. Second photograph is a cross section showing where the wasp larva develops. I’d love to know what the spotting does, if anything. Cynipid wasps love oaks for some … Continue reading

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Raspberry crown borer

I LOVE┬áthis clearwing moth. The raspberry crown borer (Pennisetia marginata) is a Batesian mimic of (I think)┬áVespula maculifrons and V. pensylvanica, our native yellow jackets. If you’re mildly impressed by the resemblance, you should see them in flight or walking … Continue reading

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