Russia Reviewed Hiatus; Garden Party

Russia Reviewed will be on hiatus from today until August 8th.

In the meantime, enjoy this compilation of backyard insect photos.

(This is the first of three scheduled posts.)

bumblebee
Bumblebee in a flower.
bushcricket
Fork-tailed bush katydid nymph.
mushroom
Unknown mushrooms growing right outside the dog kennels.
damselfly
This damselfly wouldn’t leave my family alone when we were eating barbecue on our deck. After flying around our heads it eventually landed on an overhanging tree, where I was able to take this shot.
jumpingspider
Daring jumping spider, sunbathing.
snowytreecricket
Snowy tree cricket nymph. I like to call them “ghost crickets” because you rarely ever find them, but always hear their song.
pillar
Mystery caterpillar
spider3
European cross spider.
tinymantis
Green mantidfly.
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Orange-tipped oakworm moth.
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Rustic sphinx outside a mall.
black horsefly
Black horsefly [of doom]. Female, because its eyes don’t meet at the center of the head.
differential
Differential grasshopper INSIDE the house.
inchworm
I took my field guide out to the field and when I came back inside, there was an inchworm on the cover!
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Datana moth.
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Rosy maple moth.
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Ugh, teenagers. Get a room you guys!
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A rare Imperial moth! It was overheating in the garage so I took it outside to release it.
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It needed a few seconds to get oriented. It drummed its wings against my hand before taking off and soon disappeared into the treetops.
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