5 Lined Skink at Quiet Waters Park

I got up a bit late this morning, and decided to try Truxtun Park and Quiet Waters because they’re close to home.
I actually did well at both places, but quit a little early because of the heat. A dog walker at Truxtun let her large dog off the leash, and he did that growling approach that’s indeterminate. She got a little pissed when I mentioned the leash laws.

Swallowtail

I want more butterfly variety than Swallowtails

Dragonfly 105

Insect 407

 

 

Insect 409

Beetle 31

 

 

Insect 412

Beetle 32

Moth 51

Insect 413

Beetle 33

 

Beetle 35

 

Beetle 37

Broad Headed Sharpshooter 5

Insect 414

Insect 415

Dragonfly 104

Wasp 31

Broad Headed Sharpshooter 6

Skinks are not always so photogenic

Skinks are not always so photogenic

Skink 6

Skink 7

Skink 8

Skink 9

Flower 48

And a couple of flowers.

And a couple of flowers.

Bugs and More at Sands Road Park and Wooton’s Landing.

I gave Governor Bridge a break today, and went to Sands Road at dawn. I started well, but petered out shortly after Graeme arrived, despite extensive searching.
We then went to Wooton, which is just a mile away, and did much better.

This flower bud caught my eye.

This flower bud caught my eye.

There are many frogs in the grass, but they are hard to photograph, as they hop away quickly.

There are many frogs in the grass, but they are hard to photograph, as they hop away quickly.

Beetle 18

Beetle 19

Moth 49

Caterpillar 73

Moth 50

Insect 398

Dragonfly 103

Insect 396

Insect 397

Flower 42

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

This Praying Mantis was trying to enjoy his meal, and was annoyed at our photography efforts.

Moth 48

Dragonfly 101

Wasp 28

Wasp 27

Assassin Bug Nymph 3

Insect 389

Grasshopper 41

Insect 390

Beetle 16

Beetle 15

Beetle 14

Grasshopper 40

Insect 387

Insect 388

Dragonfly 99

Insect 394

Damsel Fly 18

Insect 395

Dragonfly 102

Insect 393

Beetle 17

Ailanthus Webworm Moth 4

Insect 392

Insect 391

Caterpillar 72

Cicada 100

Today's bugs

Today’s bugs

Luna Moth at Governor Bridge Natural Area

I met Graeme again at Governor Bridge, and we hit the bugs hard. He’s been a big help in improving my skills.
We walked quite a distance, along the fields and around the lake. We did quite well, including my first Luna Moth.

We found this tortoise  as we were leaving.

We found this tortoise as we were leaving.

Spider 102

Spider 103

Dragonfly 98

Dragonfly 97

Dragonfly 96

Beetle 13

Insect 386

Beetle 12

Dragonfly 95

Insect 385

Dragonfly 94

Beetle 11

Dragonfly 93

Moth 47

Butterfly 27

Butterfly 26

Moth 46

Insect 384

Insect 383

Insect 382

Moth 45

Insect 381

Insect 380

Ladybug 24

Scorpionfly 3

Ant 13

Insect 379

Insect 378

Damsel Fly 17

Grasshopper 39

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Luna Moth 2

Luna Moth 3

It's unusual to see a Luna Moth in the daytime, and this one was probably injured.

It’s unusual to see a Luna Moth in the daytime, and this one was probably injured.

Bug Hunting at Governor Bridge Natural Area

I met Graeme this morning at Governor Bridge, and we spent several hours looking for bugs. He’s really good at spotting them.
I experimented with the zoom lens and tried to improve my lighting technique, which still needs some work.

 

Flower 38

Another look at these cherries.

Another look at these cherries.

Snail 8

Spider 101

Ant 12

Dragonfly 90

Dragonfly 91

Dragonfly 92

Dragonfly 93Halloween Pennant

Insect 367

Insect 368

Insect 369

Moth 42

Locust Borer 8

Insect 370

Ant 11

Scorpionfly 2

Damsel Fly 16

Dragonfly 89

Insect 371

Insect 372

Moth 43

Insect 373

Insect 374

Insect 375

Insect 376

Caterpillar 71

Insect 377

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Purseweb Spider

From Md Biodiversity: ” Hugh, this is one of your best finds – an endangered spider called Redlegged Purseweb Spider! http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php…

Orchard Oriole at Governor Bridge Natural Area

Another near perfect weather day, and I was back at Governor Bridge shortly after dawn.
It was a bit dark yet, so I spent some time capturing bugs and flowers saturated with dew.
I spent two hours looking for birds, which were plentiful, but not in the mood to pose.
I finished up with an intensive bug hunt, and did well enough.

 

Fruit 3

Just fooling with some colorful plants.

Just fooling with some colorful plants.

 

And a couple of flowers.

And a couple of flowers.

Insect 361

Insect 362

Insect 363

Insect 364

Insect 365

Insect 353

Insect 354

Japanese Beetle 105

Insect 355

Zebra Swallowtail 11

Caterpillar 70

Insect 356

Insect 357

Butterfly 25

Ant 10

Bee 30

Dragonfly 86

Dragonfly 87

Dragonfly 88

Insect 358

Insect 359

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

 

Orchard Oriole

This Orchard Oriole popped up right in front of me.

A Buggy Day in Annapolis Town

It was another gray, damp, threatening day, so I decided to try the local parks until the rain started.
I’m a beginner at the bug business, but I know there’s more activity and variety as the Summer progresses, and today verified that. I started in Truxtun Park, where I found some new (To me) insects, then went to Quiet Waters, which is much larger with more varied habitat.
A good day, all in all.

 

 

Glassy Winged Sharpshooter

Insect 352

Butterfly 24

Grasshopper 38

Grasshopper 37

Insect 351

Insect 342

Insect 349

Insect 343

Insect 345

Insect 346

Insect 347

Insect 348

Insect 328

Insect 329

Japanese Beetle 103

Insect 330

Insect 331

Insect 332

Insect 335

Insect 336

Beetle 10

Skipper 6

Skipper 7

Insect 337

Insect 338 Chrysomelidae beetle

Insect 339

Candystripe Leafhopper 100

Japanese Beetle 104

Insect 340

Insect 341

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Clavate Tortoise Beetle

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.