NH Photography: Fall Insects from Northeast Ohio

Just pictures today.  My daughter needs to get 25 pictures of invertebrates for her 11th grade biology class project and they can’t be from the internet.  We have gone on several walks together in local parks looking for anything without a vertebra.  I am currently teaching Flora and Taxonomy and I have taken my students on multiple trips to collect flowers and trees for identification and I have brought my camera along keeping an eye out for insects. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from these outings.

Ants on fruiting plant

Ants on a Virginia stickseed plant. These tiny little burrs are the things that stick to your pants when you walk through a weedy patch in the fall. I especially liked the spider silk in this picture.  The brown one is  a mature fruit (the seed is contained in the capsule which is technically a fruit).

Yellow and black common garden spider.  The large one is the female and the small spider is the male.  The male is rarely seen so I was happy to get this shot and the wrapped up grasshopper was another bonus.

Yellow and black common garden spider. The large one is the female and the small spider is the male.  Some extreme sexual dimorphism in these spiders.  The male is rarely seen so I was happy to get this shot and the wrapped up grasshopper was another bonus.

Black and white crane fly (about 1 1/2 inches long)

Black and white crane fly (about 1 1/2 inches long)

Some of the family at the Springfield Bog Metro Park in Summit County OH.

Some of the family at the Springfield Bog Metro Park in Summit County OH.

Immature milkweed bugs

Immature milkweed bugs

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A viceroy butterfly (not a monarch butterfly)

A viceroy butterfly (not a monarch butterfly)

Bee on Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Bee on Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower, a type of sunflower). Yes, this is the plant that the herbal extract Echinacea is taken from.

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Large cranefly (6 inches)

Large cranefly (6 inches)

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Hickory tussock moth caterpillar on my youngest daughters nose. I took this picture last year but it is one of my favorites.

Hickory tussock moth caterpillar on my youngest daughters nose. I took this picture last year but it is one of my favorites.

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