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(Cross-posted to Instagram)
A visual chronicle of suburban NJ
As far as I can tell, this brown/black butterfly with yellow spots (or “bands,” or “stripes”) is a Giant swallowtail butterfly.
…I didn’t realize until I started processing the photo that it’s missing a significant chunk of its left wing tail. Guess that’s why it stayed still and posed for my camera for so long.
This little orange butterfly is (as far as I can tell) a Pearl Crescent! It’s very similar to Silvery Checkerspot butterflies, except those silvery checkerspots have ring-spots on their hind wings, not polka-dot-spots.
…Truth be told, at the time, I was just happy to photograph a bug that stayed put long enough for me to take its picture.
Just what you needed to see on a Monday: copulating Japanese beetles. You ask— well, actually, nobody asked— but I deliver for you, all the same.
Japanese beetles are very pretty bugs, but they’re an invasive species and have a reputation for being awfully destructive to American plants.
The dragonflies are out!
When I read a book about evolution a couple months ago, I learned that dragonflies are in a (disputed) evolutionary group called Paleoptera— “primitive wing.” Most insects can fold their wings back over their abdomens (making them Neoptera, “new wing”), but NOT DRAGONFLIES. Unfoldable dragonfly wings are the kind of wings that bugs had back when bugs first evolved wings.
I saw a bunch of red admiral butterflies! I think they were mating. Mostly they were zipping around way faster than my camera could catch them, but occasionally they’d rest on the ground near me for a minute or two.
(By “I saw a bunch” I mean “I saw more than one.” I’m not sure whether I saw two or twenty.)
Until I Googled “coneflower” just now, I didn’t know that coneflowers = echinacea. But you probably did.
In case you, like me, DIDN’T know… echinacea (commonly pronounced “ek-in-AY-shuh”) is supposed to naturally boost your immune system. Studies still seem to be conflicting as to whether or not it actually does much good, but since the main side effects seem only be problematic if you’re allergic, ya might as well try it (as long as you have an epi-pen nearby).