Sat, 09/17/2016
chunky blue-black beetle on twig, chunky blue-black beetle with hand for scale

I climbed Mt. Monadnock with the kids today. More about that another time, but it was nice and we had a good time. On the way back on Birchtoft trail, I saw this rather imposing beetle wandering slowly along the ground trail-side. Picked it up to get a better look, and noticed it ooze a drop of yellow liquid out a leg joint (shown in the second picture), which I had the good sense not to touch (it apparently contains a blistering agent). It's an oil beetle, but it's not quite clear to me which species - maybe (Meloe impressus)? Jaffrey NH, 09/17/2016.

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Sat, 09/10/2016
Brownish frog on window pane, lit by flashlight

I think this would be the first wild tree frog I've seen North of Florida. I think it must be a gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor). On Monty's kitchen window, in Jaffrey, NH, 2016/09/10.

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Sun, 08/28/2016
beetle, half-hidden under dead deer mouse, partly covered wtih debris, beetle, alone on sandy ground

Out hiking in Carey park in Jaffrey, I came upon several of these brightly colored beetles at a mouse carcass. They were quite busy, often running out from under the mouse and taking little loops around and back to it - the carcass moved quite a lot when they went under, and I think the twigs on top had been recently placed there by the beetles.

I think they are Tomentose Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus tomentosus). Jaffrey, NH, 2016/08/28.

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Sat, 08/27/2016
White spider on white aster flowers, black background

I bought a UV flashlight with the hope of using it to find caterpillars. It's roughly 395nm, and makes it really easy to find bird poop and tennis balls. Found a few caterpillars too, as well as a number of spiders, including this one. She's nicely camouflashed on the aster in visible light, but stands out sharply in UV.

I think it's a female goldenrod crab spider (Misumena vatia) but not sure I have a good enough view to be completely sure. Jaffrey, NH, 2016/08/27.

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Tue, 08/23/2016

I'm sure I've posted one of these before, but here is a Lunate Zale (Zale lunata), at the porch light at Monty's house. Jaffrey, NH, 2016/08/20.
 

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Mon, 08/22/2016

This little moth is one I've sighted on each of the last three weekends - not in huge abundance, but consistant. I think it is sharp-angled carpet (Euphyia intermediata), but there's several close species, and I'm not certain. Jaffrey NH, 2016/08/13.

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Sun, 08/21/2016
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Parthenice Tiger Moth (Grammia parthenice), Jaffrey, NH, 2016/08/20.

I found this sitting a few inches off the ground next to the front door of Monty's house. Incidentally, the other similar tiger moths I've found at Pine Haven were also sitting right at the bottom of the bathroom wall.

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Mon, 08/15/2016

For today's moth picture, I'm digging back to our trip to Pine Haven a little while back (it was attracted to lights and is photographed on a bit of egg carton from my collecting bucket). This one seems to be Zimmerman Pine Moth (Dioryctria zimmermani). Wentworth, NH, 2016/08/07.

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Fri, 08/12/2016
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We saw quite a number of these moths (many of them quite worn-looking), and I didn't realise until I got home that there seems to be quite a lot of variation between them. I think they are all Larch Tolype (Tolype laricis), but I'm not quite sure. It's slightly surprising how some of them have kind of a bee mimic thing going on. 2016/08/06,07, Wentworth NH.

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Wed, 08/10/2016
small moth, photographed on egg carton

This Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth (Ponometia candefacta) was on the paper egg cartons that I keep in my moth collecting bucket (attracted to lights). Wentworth, NH, 2016/08/07.

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