Conservatory Insects

Some insects I photographed in Conservatory Garden, Central Park on Saturday, July 7. The sunflower one full of bugs was not in the garden, it was in a patch of flowers near North Meadow. The Emerald Jumping Spider (Paraphidippus aurantius) was identified by bugguide.net within a day. I had trouble identifying it and sent in the pictures. They are the tops and so helpful. I knew it was probably a Jumping Spider, but not which one. I hope I got the others correct. Let me know if I am wrong.

Gulf Fritillary

I didn’t know it at first but soon found out from other lepidoptera enthusiasts that the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae incarnata) is a rare visitor to New York City. It is called the gulf Fritillary because it has been seen far out over the Gulf of Mexico. This one has been hanging out in the Conservatory Garden in Central Park for a few days. Its host plant is the Purple Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata). A life butterfly for me.

Black & White Birds – CB&W

There are only a few of my bird photographs that translate well into black and white with some work in Photoshop. This group will be included in the Linnaean Society of New York‘s 2018-2019 Program which I am putting together now for September. I create their website and printed program in B&W — layout not content.

Great Egret (Ardea alba), Central Park 3/31/2018
Great Egret (Ardea alba), Central Park 3/31/2018
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), Central Park 3/31/2018
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), Central Park 3/31/2018
Red-winged Blackbird, Central Park 4/12/2018
Red-winged Blackbird, Central Park 4/12/2018
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus), Central Park 4/14/2018
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus), Central Park 4/14/2018
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius), Central Park 5/3/2018
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius), Central Park 5/3/2018
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla), Central Park 5/8/2018
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla), Central Park 5/8/2018
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum), Central Park 5/15/2018
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum), Central Park 5/15/2018

Cee's B&W Photo Challenge

Also for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challange