Posts Tagged ‘identify’

Tawny Emperor

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton,clyton)


A large hackberry tree grows in the backyard, close to the house and where I can easily see it from the computer.

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Tawny emperors lay their eggs in hackberry trees. Hackberry butterflies do too. I’ve only seen one hackberry butterfly so far this year.


  I wonder how long it will be before I see another butterfly?

No Name Dragonfly

For some reason, I find dragonflies that I’m unable to identify.

I still enjoy them immensely.


This one liked the exposed perch of the copper trellis.

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The wing veins look so delicate and intricate … and downright fascinating.

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The dragonfly and damselfly numbers are low this summer. At least I can see a few daily, not like the butterflies … I haven’t seen one in the last few weeks.


It would fly out to capture tiny flying insects.

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This angle shows all the details of its body except the dark tips of its wings.

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This picture shows a lot of details of its anatomy. Interesting. I couldn’t find out what the parts are that I see in its head.



Just Identified

I took these pictures on July 8 and

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didn’t blog them because I couldn’t identify the insect.

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Then, this morning, I happened upon a website that I immediately bookmarked.

It has insect identifications by state.

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Banded longhorn beetles are often seen eating flower pollen.

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 Females lay their eggs on dead or dying trees. The larva hatch and then bore into the wood, where they live for 1-3 years. After pupating, the adults chew their way out of the tree and and seek mates to continue the cycle.

Another New Lichen

This lichen grew on a dead tree, near a trail, along a lake.

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I was able to identify it with my Lichens of the North Woods book.

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It’s a Smooth Axil-bristle Lichen (Myelochroa galbina).

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The size of the fruiting bodies varied considerably. It looks as if the cups opened, and a thin “sheet” of spores flaked off.

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It was quite a variable lichen.

Common Split Gill

 The weather has finally moderated and I actually worked in the backyard this afternoon.


This odd mushroom easily caught my attention and was easy to identify:

Common  Split Gill

Schizophyllum Commune


It has no stalk, the cap measures 9 to 30mm wide, and it  grows on decaying wood. Apparently it’s whitish-gray when it’s dry and a brownish gray when moist.


Its range includes Maine, south to Tennessee and west to north Dakota.

I don’t remember seeing one before, and will definitely keep an eye out for this small delicate mushroom from now on.

Know For Sure

What I know for sure ….


it’s a small dragonfly

with a red abdomen,

powder blue head and underside thorax, and clear wings.

It patiently posed for a seven pictures.

(It’s small size made it almost impossible for the camera to focus.)

And, as of now, I haven’t been able to identify it online or in books.

Name or not, I still enjoyed the encounter.

The picture was taken on September 9.



Turned out two blogs I follow both blogged this dragonfly — a blue-face meadowhawk (Sympetrum ambiguum). The dragonfly wasn’t in one dragonfly book I have. The positioning of a pair of them in my other dragonfly book didn’t look enough like it for me to make the connection.

So, now I feel much better — I have a name for it!

Carolina Locust

Finally! I watched these “grasshoppers” all summer. They’d fly, looking like butterflies, with their black wings with pale yellow border.

Then they’d land way off yonder and disappear into their surroundings. I usually notice grasshoppers, but know the names of only a few. Turned out this was a Carolina locust. They’re  1 3/8 to 2 inches long and are found throughout the U.S.

 I was out one afternoon recently and one of the cats was trying to catch them. One would take off flying (quite rapidly I might add), and the cat jumped upward too. It didn’t work. It was a funny sight to watch.


Later I found this grasshopper.

I wasn’t able to identify it, but that didn’t affect my enjoying the encounter.