Saturday, September 15, 2007

Life Among the Eupatorium

The Eupatorium in our garden is in full bloom and the insects are loving it. Here are some pics from a single 1/2 hour photoshoot (there were others too - some fast, small buggers that I just wasn't able to get). I'm working on the IDs of the less obvious ones...

...update: All bugs identified. And I take no credit for most of them - the fine folks over at are the real experts. Thanks.

Megacyllene robiniae - Locust Borer
(thanks, BugGuide!)

Melanoplus sp. - Spur-throated Grasshopper
(thanks again, BugGuide!)

Danaus plexippus - Monarch Butterfly

Agapostemon sp. - Metallic Green Bee

Ancistrocerus antilope - Potter Wasp

Ancistrocerus campestris - Potter Wasp
I was sure that this was the same species as the one above,
but Richard V. over at has set me right

Polistes dominula - European Paper Wasp
An introduced species, first recorded in the U.S. in Boston, 1978.
Expanding range in the U.S. and possibly replacing native species

Lucilia sp. - Green bottle blow fly

Bombus sp. - Bumblebee

Bombus sp. - Bumblebee

Apis mellifera - Honeybee

Apis mellifera - Honeybee

Apis mellifera - Honeybee


Kevin Zelnio said...

Great shots Jim! That grasshopper shot is so clear. You almost look like you know what you are doing.

Jim Lemire said...

KZ - thanks. I like to think I know what I'm doing sometimes