Notice the small parasitic wasp already surveying the butterfly eggs. The young caterpillars will be parasitized by the wasp eggs that she will oviposit.
Halysidota tessellarisWhich end is which? Its head is at the bottom.
Harvester caterpillar with aphids on green ash leaf
The Harvester chrysalis has an uncanny resemblance to a dog's or monkey's head.
Feniseca tarquiniusThis Harvester is nectaring on the aphids' honeydew.
This caterpillar was discovered on its host plant, Bluestar (Amsonia sp.)
Hemaris thysbe This sphinx moth caterpillar was one of several that was feeding on Walter's Vibrunum (Viburnum obovatum).
Palmetto Tortoise Beetle larvae cover themselves with frass. (Frass is a polite term for insect feces). it reminds me of a bird's nest. Who would ever think there would be beauty in the frass of a beetle or any insect for that matter?
Look for the glistening Palmetto Tortoise Beetles on the undersides of Palmetto leaves.
Achalarus lyciadesHoary is an ancient word for white (usually associated with old age), hence this skipper's name which refers to the white edge on its hind wing.
We stopped alongside the roadside where a patch of Flat-topped Goldenrod (Euthamia sp.)was blooming. The flowers were covered by dozens of moths and micromoths.
IchneumonidaeThis wasp is getting water.
This ladybug beetle is clinging to the inside of a yellow pitcherplant trumpet (Sarracenia flava). We tried to get her to move toward the opening, but were unsuccessful.