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3 hours ago, chipperatl said:

Roundneck Sexton Beetle with a horrible mite infestation.

After photographing the same thing a few years ago, my research indicated that the mites and the beetle have a symbiotic relationship. The mites keep the beetle clean in exchange for transportation. Definitely a creepy sighting seeing a bug with bugs on it.

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3 hours ago, lonestranger said:

After photographing the same thing a few years ago, my research indicated that the mites and the beetle have a symbiotic relationship. The mites keep the beetle clean in exchange for transportation. Definitely a creepy sighting seeing a bug with bugs on it.

I managed to go back out and catch it when it came back.  Put in fridge hoping I'd maybe get them to fall off.  It then clicked, animals are weird, so I checked and found the same thing.  He didn't seem happy about it, but at least it wasn't a harmful relationship.  

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Common Looper's don't normally hold their wings like this.  It was vibrating them to warm up.  

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Stacked photo of the "pretty" mosquito

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Lifer - Robinson's Acleris Moth

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Downy Yellowjacket

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Mothing has been really good lately.  21 lifers this week, along with a handful ID'ed from photos I never went through.  

Small Brocade - a little south of normal range

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3 image stack of lifer Julia's Dicymolomia Moth

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Lifer - Buff-tipped Eucosma Moth

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I will never not snap a pic of a Chickweed Geometer Moth

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4 hours ago, Kevin said:

I should have taken up moths instead of birds.

I've seen more moths in my yard, than the highest yard count on eBird.😄  Plus for the most part they are much easier to see and photograph.  Although not always easier to ID.

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19 minutes ago, xpoetmarcr said:

We were out shooting and saw this guy on one of the canopy legs.  I believe this is a Robber fly munching on some unlucky catch of the day.

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Very cool.  I don't think I've seen a white Robber Fly before.  

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7 hours ago, xpoetmarcr said:

We were out shooting and saw this guy on one of the canopy legs.  I believe this is a Robber fly munching on some unlucky catch of the day.

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I like Robber Flies! Probably in part because my first one was this one. But, I also like that they do not bite me and eat other bugs. Sadly, they eat one of favorites bug families Tiger Beetles. One also pictured below.

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2 hours ago, Kevin said:

I do' have that much time.🙁

Incandescent light bulb in porch light.  Walk outside.  Snap pics.  Upload to iNaturalist.  😉  

I get it though.  It replaces birding time somewhat during the summer when not much is happening around here.  Doesn't help that all the shorebird spots are junk this year.  I'm probably not going to get back into biridng heavy until September.  

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I missed the jump.  I figured if I switched to video, and put my flash to constant light, I'd miss it anyway.  I was torn the whole time of wanting to cause the moth to move, or watching it happen.  Same spider was pigging out on something else minutes prior.  

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