Today’s photos come from reader Bruce Budris; I’ve indented his notes and IDs:
I’ve attached a number of photos; as before, these are all taken in upstate New York. Below is a brief description for each.A pale green assassin bug nymph (Zelus luridus) lays claim to a ripe tomato from our garden.
At the time it was the closest thing we had to a yellow flower, so this yellow crab spider (Misumena vatia) tries to make do on an orangy mexican sunflower.
An eastern black swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio polyxenes) chowing down a dill plant in our herb garden. I was hoping to capture the pupation stage but we never did find where any of the half dozen or so caterpillars slunk off to.
You know it’s getting late in the season when members of the wasp family start turning to flowers for sustenance, including this Bald-faced hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) covered in autumnal goldenrod.
Ants are known to “farm” aphids for honeydew. Here we have a carpenter ant (Camponotus spp.) herding its flock of aphids on a stalk of wheat.
An Eastern common bumblebee (Bombus impatiens) is still at it even though we are approaching late October.
Lastly, a bonus mammal. A photo by my son of one of our resident Eastern chipmunks (Tamias striatus) coming by to see if we have any of those delicious nuts we frequently dole out. This one’s name is Longtail.