Ants farm aphids on a senna stem

Ant Farm

Ants farming aphids for honeydew on a wild senna stem, Senna hebecarpa. The ants appear to be red-banded carpenter ant, Camponotus chromaiodes, based on a quick internet search. An even quicker search suggests the aphids may be black bean aphid, Aphis fabae. Taken with 60mm AF f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor. Related articles Best Cheap Nikon Macro Lens: 60mm f/2.8D AF […]

Autumn Meadowhawk

Red Face at f/32

Taken with a Micro-Nikkor 60mm on a Nikon D90. Autumn meadowhawk dragonflies are the last dragonflies to leave the local ponds in the fall. They stick around, as long as the weather holds, into November. November this year was particularly favorable. There were still half a dozen of these actively breeding on November 17; that is […]

Saddleback Caterpillar with Thumb

Saddleback Caterpillar: Look, No Touch!

Beautiful but deadly! Well, not deadly, but extremely uncomfortable. This saddleback caterpillar, Acharya stimuli,  is bristling with stinging hairs. Potent enough to cause nausea in addition to straightforward pain. Thumb for scale. I followed this specimen over several days as it worked on blackberry leaves. I was excited to find this; I have been looking for one for […]

Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches herald spring. At last, the ephemeral wildflowers are with us again after a very, very long winter! Taken with a Nikon D90 and a Micro-nikkor 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. Related articles Dutchman’s breeches Some spring wildflowers ~ Dutchman’s Breeches

Cloud Lightning

Lightning, Take One

This may not impress you, but for me it is a first. It is the first time I have captured a lightning bolt in a photograph. It was on a handheld iPod touch 5th generation, the  camera I happened to have with me when this thunderstorm went by. The best strategy was to fire in […]

tattered butterfly clings to fingertips

Last Sip

I discovered this tiger swallowtail butterfly struggling in the tall grass. He was pretty tattered. I boosted him up to an ironweed bloom for a meal. He immediately began drinking nectar from the flowers, pictured below. Hopefully my random act of kindness will buy him a little more time to a very brief life. Pardon […]