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Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington


Double-ringed Pennant - Celithemis verna - male - female
Double-ringed Pennant - Celithemis verna - Male Female
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, Orange County, North Carolina, USA
June 21, 2003
Mating wheel. This species (appeared to be!) very uncommon at this Piedmont locale.

Note 26 May 2014: This species was quite common at the same site in late May--so its being "uncommon" was merely a matter of timing:



Calico and Banded Pennants were just starting to fly on 26 May at this site.

Seaside Dragonlet - Erythrodiplax berenice - female
Seaside Dragonlet - Erythrodiplax berenice - Female
Dare County, North Carolina, USA
August 13, 1993
Compare Dunkle (1) plate 37 #7, "Male-like Form Female". That is probably what this is, though it could be a teneral male (?). Mature male is very dark, with no yellow on abdomen.

Variable Dancer - Argia fumipennis - male
Variable Dancer - Argia fumipennis - Male
Orange County, North Carolina, USA
September 7, 2002
Subspecies violacea, which has mostly clear wings.

Compare male of subspecies fumipennis:


Cottonwood Leaf Beetle - Chrysomela scripta
Cottonwood Leaf Beetle - Chrysomela scripta
Lake Crabtree County Park, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
June 1, 2004
On Black Willow, Salix nigra.

Assassin Bug - Zelus luridus
Assassin Bug - Zelus luridus
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
May 31, 2004
This is a dead bug, since my wife put it in the sun. When it was alive, it was mostly green with a sort of long chevron shaped mark (with the apex toward the head) on it's back (wings). It's about 5/8" long not including the front legs. I found it in the kitchen when it landed on my wife in the evening. She said she found another one in her car a day or two later. It's possible that we picked them up while camping at Summersville Lake, W.Va. a week earlier.

I was trying to be nice to the bug. Instead of killing it, I began to carry it outside between my fingers. The little b______ bit or stung me on the tip of my ring finger.

Swamp Spreadwing - Lestes vigilax - male
Swamp Spreadwing - Lestes vigilax - Male
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, Orange County, North Carolina, USA
September 12, 2003
3 of 3 images of this specimen.
Another detail of thorax, showing those faint shoulder stripes.

Swamp Spreadwing - Lestes vigilax - male
Swamp Spreadwing - Lestes vigilax - Male
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, Orange County, North Carolina, USA
September 12, 2003
2 of 3 images of this specimen.
Detail of thorax, helpful for identification.

Moths of Canada
Really neat multiple-part site, has tons of images, plus discussions of taxonomy. Also available in pdf format for downloading. Thank you Canada!

Harmostes reflexulus - male - female
Harmostes reflexulus - Male Female
Snowhill Road near Little River Reservoir--power line cut, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
May 11, 2004
This is probably H. reflexulus, the most abundant eastern species. Compare Insects of Cedar Creek--Harmostes reflexulus to verify the identification, at least to the genus. (See comments below.)

The flower is Dwarf Coreopsis--Coreopsis auriculata.

Whitecrossed Seed Bug - Neacoryphus bicrucis
Whitecrossed Seed Bug - Neacoryphus bicrucis
Durham County, North Carolina, USA
May 30, 2004
Size: 9 mm
Many found under lights on May 30, 2004. Chilled, posed, and released for this photo. (Very cold-tolerant, and did not stay still for long.) Length of this specimen measured to be just under 9 mm by photographing adjacent to a scale.

This is presumably N. bicrucis.