Pigeon Tremex Horntail

Looking a bit like a caped and masked superhero this Pigeon Tremex (horn tailed Wasp) was found resting on an Autumn afternoon. Although they look like they could do some damage these wasps are reported to be not naturally aggressive and only sting when provoked just like any good superhero.

For a detailed description I found the link below to do a great job describing them:

http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2012/09/wasp-wednesday-pigeon-tremex-horntail.html

Fur Coats

Tow different alpine moths each wearing fur coats forage up high in the mountains of central Colorado.

Photographed in early September.

Just an hour after posting this I came across a news story describing the decline of insects by 75% in Germany. I am sure this is happening globally to varying decrees. This sixth extinction caused by our human species will have consequences and is affecting life big and small. A link to the study is provided below:

 

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185809

 

 

Like air

This little dragonfly seemed as small and ethereal as the air in which they flew. I am not sure the exact species of Dragonfly but this one was one of the smallest I have seen this year. Perhaps a juvenile?

They were hovering about then occasionally landing on the fall grasses out in a field where we take a walk. This one had what looked to be eggs attached to their body. Do Dragonflies or Damselflies do that?

Barely as long as a few grains on the grass.

Aphids Beware

A few weeks ago one of the plants in our garden seemed to become infested with aphids of all sizes and shapes seemingly overnight. Also hidden within the plant and well camouflaged was a wonderful Aphid eating spider.

Once their prey was sighted the spider quickly moved in and made quick work of an medium sized green Aphid.

Given the number of Aphids present this guy will have quite a feast.

We also noticed numerous lady bugs and damselflies feasting away on the smaller aphids as well. Natural pest control at work.

Scars of summer

As summer comes to a close a Lorquins Admirals wings tell the tale of a summer passed.

It’s safe to say those scared and faed wings have served them well. Flying strong with colors bright to find a mate and produce a new generation of butterflies we can look upon with wonder when summer returns again.