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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-25-2019, 01:03 PM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
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Black Saddlebags dragonfly

Black Saddlebags dragonfly by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-23-2019, 11:19 AM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
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Talking of wasps, this one was photographed a few days ago, nectaring on a sedum flower.

_IMG2309 by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-28-2019, 10:56 AM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
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Butterflies in a mint patch

Giant Swallowtail (at least 4" across)

Giant Swallowtail by Steve, on Flickr

Giant Swallowtail by Steve, on Flickr

Monarch

Monarch by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-21-2019, 07:37 AM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
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Anglewings are hard but I'm pretty sure this one is a Question Mark (named after the little marking on the underside of the wing).

_IMG1884 by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-18-2019, 09:08 AM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
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Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-05-2019, 11:57 AM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
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Ants on a peony bud, Ricoh GRIII on Macro setting (handheld, cropped)

R0000764 by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-04-2018, 12:42 PM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 699
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Spectacular dragonfly erikro.
I know - more Monarchs - but they just keep coming!

Monarch on Thistle by Steve, on Flickr

Monarch on Asters by Steve, on Flickr

And a Cabbage White, just for a change.

Cabbage White by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-15-2018, 01:58 PM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
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Views: 35,112
The Monarchs seem to be doing quite well this year.

IMGP4680 by Steve, on Flickr

IMGP4686 by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-28-2018, 12:28 PM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 699
Views: 35,112
Thank you Charlie - it's always nice to have some insects to turn to when the birding falls off!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-27-2018, 08:13 AM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 699
Views: 35,112
All around a single patch of flowers yesterday.

Red Admiral - underside


IMGP4322 by Steve, on Flickr

Red Admiral - upper side

IMGP4367 by Steve, on Flickr

Ailanthus Webworm (moth)

IMGP4360 by Steve, on Flickr

Least Skipper (Ontario's smallest butterfly - about the size of my little finger nail)

IMGP4343 by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-21-2018, 02:30 PM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 699
Views: 35,112
Thank you - but I'm not seeing so many spiders to photograph this year!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-21-2018, 01:53 PM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
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Views: 35,112
I've just gone through all the wasps in my big insect book and have concluded.... I think it's a wasp. Or maybe a hornet. Couldn't find anything with those particular antennae. Sharpness of the front part isn't the best but I thought some of you might enjoy the challenge.

IMGP4165 by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-01-2018, 01:54 PM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
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Views: 35,112
Tiger Moth (cross-posted)

IMGP3766W by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-29-2018, 11:34 AM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
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Twelve-spotted Skimmer. I posted a shot of this same species from the same beaver meadow this time last year. It certainly has a luminous look to it in good light.

IMGP3730W by Steve, on Flickr

IMGP3733W by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-21-2018, 12:59 PM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 699
Views: 35,112
From a visit to a beaver meadow near Algonquin Park, Ontario

One of the Meadowhawks

IMGP3316W by Steve, on Flickr

Have to spend some more time figuring this one out

IMGP3331W by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/134704249@N02/]

IMGP3327W by Steve, on Flickr

Ebony Jewelwings

IMGP3345W by Steve, on Flickr

Thought this was an Eastern Comma but the white spots don't look right
Edit: now that I have my butterfly book it turns out it's a Compton's Tortoiseshell

IMGP3319W by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-24-2018, 11:35 AM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 699
Views: 35,112
Some males and a female Ebony Jewelwing.

IMGP2793 by Steve, on Flickr

IMGP2814 by Steve, on Flickr

IMGP2805 by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-21-2018, 10:42 AM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
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Views: 35,112
European Skippers, according to my butterfly book. There were thousands of them, swirling up from the mud puddles as we approached.

IMGP2756 by Steve, on Flickr

IMGP2833 by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-15-2018, 02:17 PM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 699
Views: 35,112
I'm in the first thread clique, but others are not so discriminating.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-15-2018, 01:51 PM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 699
Views: 35,112
Your thread came first Noel - November 2010 vs. August 2011. I would be happy to see them merged.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-14-2018, 01:23 PM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 699
Views: 35,112
I'm pretty sure this dragonfly is a female Boreal Whiteface, which is very much a northern insect.- for example it doesn't occur in Algonquin Park in Ontario. Photo taken in Rainy River - very close to where the above bluet pics were taken.

EDIT - I'm told by someone who knows much more about this that it's likely a juvenile dot-tailed whiteface - not quite such a northerner. I should stick to birds - and even then I trip up from time to time.

IMGP2344 by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-14-2018, 06:59 AM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 699
Views: 35,112
A bluet breeding event (there were dozens of them)


IMGP2330 by Steve, on Flickr

IMGP2337 by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-02-2018, 09:11 AM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 699
Views: 35,112
Black Swallowtail found "hilltopping" on a small mound in a very flat park yesterday

IMGP2251 by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-24-2017, 01:21 PM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 699
Views: 35,112
Florida butterflies

Queen

IMGP2779 by Steve, on Flickr

Gulf Fritillary

IMGP1959 by Steve, on Flickr

Gulf Fritillary (underside)

IMGP1967 by Steve, on Flickr

Common Buckeye

IMGP1417 by Steve, on Flickr

White Peacock

IMGP2804 by Steve, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-31-2017, 09:15 AM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 699
Views: 35,112
Individual nature reserves that comprise "islands" disconnected from other natural features in the landscape aren't necessarily very protective of biodiversity over the long term (I'm not as sure about biomass). They need critical mass, connectivity with other features, and preferably both so that populations aren't isolated. That's one of the reasons why corridors like hedgerows and vegetated river valleys are important.The protection of biodiversity in southern Ontario is now focused on connected natural heritage systems rather than individual features.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-30-2017, 01:10 PM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 699
Views: 35,112
Not to mention birds. At the lake in central Ontario we have been visiting for 25+ years aerial insectivores like Eastern Kingbirds, Olive-sided Flycatchers and various swallows used to be common, but not anymore. At the same time Eastern Phoebes still seem to be doing doing OK. There may be more than one reason, such as habitat loss on wintering grounds, but I get the sense there are fewer insects around than there used to be.
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