Oct 252014
 

As I made my way along the new wooden horse fence bordering Piney Woods Church Road this afternoon, who did I see by an old friend from months earlier, the Rough Stink Bug (Brochymena quadripustulata).  I didn’t recognize him (her?) at first; the edges of his abdomen had largely lost their brilliant red fringing from earlier in the season, but I could still discern those telltale red bumps on his back (the pustulata part of his name).  He lingered long enough for an extended photo session, the fruit of which was the portrait below.

 

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Oct 242014
 

I encountered this mellow grasshopper while strolling along the new wooden horse fence on Piney Woods Church Road earlier today.  He (who certainly might be a she instead) may be another Differential Grasshopper like the one I photographed a couple of weeks back, but I am not certain.  He was not at all camera-shy, as you may note.

 

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Oct 242014
 

As autumn proceeds, insect life gets more scarce along Piney Woods Church Road.  Lately, I have been craving an encounter with some sort of creature making its rounds along the road.  This afternoon, I encountered two:  a wasp and a grasshopper (the latter the topic of another post).

I found this bright yellow wasp buzzing along near the ground, moving into and out of the leaf litter. It rested for a moment on a a leaf, but took off quickly when I pointed the camera its way.  I waited again for it to make landfall, only for the same thing to happen again.  On maybe the fourth try, she perched on a Hoary Mountainmint leaf and stayed put, occupied with grooming her antennae.  I took quite a few photographs, most of which ended up a bit blurry.  This one did not.  According to the BugGuide experts, she is most likely the Ichneumon wasp, Neotheronia septentrionalis.

 

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Oct 222014
 

On a sunny, blue-sky Wednesday afternoon, I returned to one of my favorite subjects along Piney Woods Church Road — strands of horsehair in a barbed wire fence.  Here, they catch the light (and breeze) to become flowing, cosmic forms.

 

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Oct 202014
 

Until this project, I had never really noticed, much less appreciated, the brilliant red of the sassafras leaves in autumn, accentuated by the way many of the leaves remain green while others abruptly turn.

 

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