Insect Watching: A Late August Photo Report

While I check to see if there are any migrating warblers present first thing in the morning these days (there are!), most of my focus is on the colorful insects now active in Eliza Howell Park in Detroit.

A good place to look is in a patch of flowering Goldenrod.

Ailanthus Webworm Moth
Goldenrod Soldier Beetle
Northern Paper Wasp?

It is a challenge to recognize all of the many different wasp and bee and fly species visting goldenrods (beyond my ability at present), leading me to look to see what other insects are present.

Locust Borer
Chinese Praying Mantis

It is hard at times to move on from the goldenrod patches, but further wandering almost always leads to additional insects to admire.

Large Milkweed Bug on Common Milkweed
White-marked Tussock Moth (caterpillar)
Yellowjacket on Oak Bullet Gall

Perhaps the highlight of the past week was the sighing of a butterfly species that I have not seen in the park before — a Variegated Fritillary. It is not common in southeast Michigan and I was in the right place at the right time.

Variegated Fritillary on Purple Coneflower

The insects in late August are varied and fascinating. And then there are the spiders.

But that is another report for another time.

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