Water Strider

There is a small path that runs from the main trail down to a small creek, where the runoff pond empties through a culvert to the main Holland River.  This water strider – a true bug – was minding its …

Bug on a Leaf

The bumblebees are covering the blue asters.  I saw lady bugs or some similar type of beetle on nearby plants in the afternoon sun.  They appear to be eating the edges of the leaves of this plant.

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Resting Grasshopper

This grasshopper was on the asphalt one hot day as I walked home.  Unfortunately, the cyclists whizzing along the path often crush the living things that venture onto it.  I’ve seen squashed frogs, caterpillars, and snails.  The red tibia of …

Beetles and Goldenrod

The small black beetles that appear with goldenrod amaze me.  Their sheer numbers and yet near invisibility on this bountiful plant are one of the things I’ve been so surprised about in the past year.  It’s a good example of …

End of an Era

The cicadas have not been too loud here but it looks like those who are around are coming to an end.  This one is the second I’ve found flat out on the pavement.  I made the mistake of tapping the …

Milkweed Beetles

The milkweed flowers have disappeared and the pods are growing.  We’ve had smaller thin red beetles on lots of flowers, particularly the Queen Anne’s Lace (wild carrot).  These are quite different though and were mating on the milkweed.  They appear …

Emerald Dragonfly

There were a half dozen emerald green dragonflies buzzing around today, in various parts of the river area.  The sun made them shimmer, as though they were made of polished metal or glass.  I’m always amazed how long they’ll stay …

Beetles

The beetles are back.  I saw two small black dots out of the corner of my eye and they were beetles crawling on a plant.  I think it’s milkweed, which has started to pop up ready for the fall.

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Damsels and Dragons

I am not certain what this is.  The damsel fly and dragon fly are similar insects and the nuances of the wings escape me.  If I were to guess, I’d say a dragon fly because of the broadening at the …