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Today On The Land [Oct. 20th, 2009|11:54 pm]
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My first scorpionfly (I thought it was a moth at first):

Scorpianfly


A colorful beetle on a sunflower:

Beetle On A Sunflower

And a spider with its dinner:

Spider With A Wasp
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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2009-10-21 05:45 am (UTC)
Amazing as always. You really have a gift for seeing and capturing lovely images of these gorgeous bugs.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-10-21 01:30 pm (UTC)
She does, doesn't she?
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-10-21 02:02 pm (UTC)
:-)
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[User Picture]From: urbpan
2009-10-21 09:59 am (UTC)
The Land is so green still! Lovely photos, especially love the scorpionfly.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-10-21 02:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it doesn't look as if just a couple of weeks ago whole city was a brush fire waiting to happen. The land here in Austin is used to long stretches of dry punctuated by bursts of wet. Although we only get about 30" of rain a year, the downfall in many storms is measured in inches/hour. The plants here are capable of taking advantage of these brief deluges, so when it finally does rain, they green up, bloom, sprout or whatever really quickly. It's fun to watch.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-10-21 01:29 pm (UTC)
Scorpionfly! What a gorgeous creature (and photo!) Where'd you find it? What kind of habitat? (Wants to find a scorpionfly of her own, can you tell???)
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-10-21 02:37 pm (UTC)

Good Hunting!

I had three scorpionfly encounters yesterday. I don't know if they involved the same fly or not. They were all in the upper meadow, in grass, asters and ragweed -- not near any water. They tended to be on top of grass or at grass-top height (1 to 3 feet). I thought I was seeing a moth because of its wing shape and the bright patterns on its wings. I've been looking at pictures of borer moths, so I have bright-winged moths on the brain.

It flew short distances like a moth and it was hard to get close to. I was feeling frustrated that my pictures weren't better until I got this nice comment on one of my scorpionfly photos in my Flickr account, "Nice shot of one of the worst flying insects I have encountered next to grasshoppers these are not graceful or skilled fliers but they are very hard to get in to the open so I can appreciate this image much more seeing you got one in the open here."

It's about an inch long and the tail isn't obvious when you first see it. Here's a couple of top-view photos to help you in spotting one:

Scorpionfly

Scorpionfly
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-10-21 02:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Good Hunting!

That helps a lot! I think I may've seen one once, seeing these "from above" shots, but it got away (!)

The plant you're showing it perched on is horseherb, which makes a nice ground-cover. It perfectly gives the scale. In the upper right is, I think, cleavers, the one with the array of leaves all around the stem.
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[User Picture]From: matildasmom
2009-10-22 03:14 am (UTC)
They're beautiful! The beetle looks as though its back is made of beads.
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