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Archive for June, 2010

Deer Flies Laying Eggs – Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods and marshes of New England

Many of the images and much of the information in this blog can be found in my book, Naturally Curious, which is being published this fall.

DEER FLIES LAYING EGGS

The small, white blotches on several cattail leaves emerging from the pond were evident right away. Upon closer inspection, I determined they were clusters of tiny, oblong eggs – resembling those of flies I had previously seen. However, these were not on dead carcasses, where I had previously seen fly eggs (having inspected a large number of carcasses in my day). Further investigation provided the answer to my egg-layer mystery, for I came upon an iridescent-eyed deer fly in the act of laying her eggs on another cattail. Deer fly and horse fly eggs can be very similar, however, the deer fly egg clusters are usually single layers, whereas the horse fly lays eggs in clumps with three or four layers of eggs.


Bunchberry – Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods and marshes of New England

Many of the images and much of the information in this blog can be found in my book, Naturally Curious, which is being published this fall.

BUNCHBERRY

The smallest member of the Dogwood family, Cornus canadensis, carpets the floor of coniferous woods right now, along with moccasin flowers, Canada mayflowers and clintonia. The small white flowers of bunchberry are as striking as the red fruits which will replace them later in the summer.