Category Archives: insect

July 2017 iNaturalist Vermont Photo-Observation of the Month — Vermont Center for Ecostudies


Has a Painted Lady ever looked more ravishing?  If you haven’t discovered iNaturalist, it’s time. Painted Lady nectaring on coneflower. /© Bryan Pfeiffer Congratulations to Bryan Pfeiffer for winning the July 2017 iNaturalist Vermont photo-observation of the month contest. His … Continue reading

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Elm Sawfly – something I learned today


Last night I found this really cool caterpillar in the woods: Cool, right?  So I did some research to try to identify it.  Nothing.  That caterpillar showed up nowhere in online guides to caterpillar identification. ‘Cause it’s not a caterpillar. … Continue reading

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Fireflies, Lightning Bugs, and FLASH BEETLES


Some folks know them as “fireflies”, others call them “lightning bugs”. Several years ago, I started a one-man crusade to come up with a better common name for these bioluminescent beetles. They are not flies, and they don’t make fire. … Continue reading

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