Six-spotted Fishing Spider

26 07 2015

Six-spotted Fishing Spider (Dolomedes triton); it’s so hard to get perfect depth-of-field with these tiny subjects, but I’m happy with the overall look of this shot regardless (thanks to my friend Michael Powell for the identification). Re: size—this one was probably about an inch or so long (they can get up to 2.5 inches!). The lily pad was a smaller one.

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Fishing Spider





Itsy bitsy frog

26 07 2015

The teeniest of frogs—barely a 1/4″—in one of the ponds at Lilypons this morning

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TinyFrog lorez





Silver-spotted skipper

26 07 2015

Silver-spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on Pickerel weed (Pontederia cordata)

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SilverspottedSkipperFlower





Mating Red Milkweed beetles

25 07 2015

Mating Red Milkweed beetles (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus); photographed at Lilypons Water Gardens in Adamstown, MD

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Mating Milkweed Bugs





Blackberry lily

25 07 2015

Blackberry lily (Iris domestica, formerly Belamcanda chinensis), also known as Leopard flower or Leopard lily, photographed at Green Spring Gardens. The flowers are typically orange spotted with red, although there are yellow-flowered varieties. The seed pods open in the fall, showing clusters of black seeds whose fancied resemblance to a blackberry gives the plant its common name, “blackberry lily.” The plant is hardy to zone 5 and is propagated by seeds or division.

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ToadLily lorez





Carpenter bee on ‘Towering Orange’ Cosmos

25 07 2015

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CarpenterBeeCosmos





Honeybee on Pineapple lily

25 07 2015

Honeybee headed for a Pineapple lily (Eucomis comosa) at Green Spring Gardens

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Honeybee Eucomis








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