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Animal art => Animal art => Topic started by: Newt on April 11, 2014, 08:46:49 PM

Title: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on April 11, 2014, 08:46:49 PM
Some paintings in oil, from a series I did called "Fragments".  All the paintings were done at approximately life size, from my own photos.  Unfortunately I didn't take pictures of all of them.

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Fragments/AmericanGiantMillipedeNarceusameric.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Fragments/AmericanGiantMillipedeNarceusameric.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Fragments/BarnSwallowHirundorustica.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Fragments/BarnSwallowHirundorustica.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Fragments/BirdGrasshopperSchistocercaspp.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Fragments/BirdGrasshopperSchistocercaspp.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Fragments/BobolinkDolichonyxoryzivorus.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Fragments/BobolinkDolichonyxoryzivorus.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Fragments/CommonYellowthroatGeothlypistrichas.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Fragments/CommonYellowthroatGeothlypistrichas.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Fragments/Diamond-backedWatersnakeNerodiarhom.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Fragments/Diamond-backedWatersnakeNerodiarhom.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Fragments/EasternBoxTurtleTerrapenecarolina.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Fragments/EasternBoxTurtleTerrapenecarolina.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Fragments/EasternGraySquirrellSciuruscaroline.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Fragments/EasternGraySquirrellSciuruscaroline.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Fragments/EasternPipistrellePipistrellussubfl.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Fragments/EasternPipistrellePipistrellussubfl.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Fragments/EasternTowheePipiloerythrophthalmus.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Fragments/EasternTowheePipiloerythrophthalmus.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Fragments/EasternZigzagSalamanderPlethodondor.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Fragments/EasternZigzagSalamanderPlethodondor.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Fragments/FierySearcherScaphinotusspp.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Fragments/FierySearcherScaphinotusspp.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Fragments/Five-linedSkinkPlestiodonfasciatum.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Fragments/Five-linedSkinkPlestiodonfasciatum.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on April 11, 2014, 08:50:26 PM
Acrylic paintings from a series called "Herpetofauna."  These were all done at the same size, so they look a little more consistent.

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Herpetofauna/Ambystomatigrinum800X600.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Herpetofauna/Ambystomatigrinum800X600.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Herpetofauna/Hylacinerea800X596.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Herpetofauna/Hylacinerea800X596.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Herpetofauna/Lithobatesclamitans800X559.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Herpetofauna/Lithobatesclamitans800X559.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Herpetofauna/Plethodonyonahlossee800X533.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Herpetofauna/Plethodonyonahlossee800X533.jpg.html)

Please let me know what you think!
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: KaraWildsong42 on April 12, 2014, 01:11:01 AM
These are wonderful! I think your birds are my favorites. Although the highlights on the bat's fur make it look so fluffy and real!
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: brontodocus on April 13, 2014, 11:35:01 AM
Those are all brilliant, especially your Herpetofauna series. Congrats, Newt! :)
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on April 14, 2014, 02:19:30 PM
Thanks, kara and brontodocus!
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on April 14, 2014, 05:45:47 PM
Some photos from yesterday:

I walked out the door and immediately saw a bunch of spiderlings clambering along a silk line.
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/spiderlings1a_zps54b72235.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/spiderlings1a_zps54b72235.jpg.html)

(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/spiderlings1b_zps46544531.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/spiderlings1b_zps46544531.jpg.html)

Then I headed down through some hayfields; I saw a few more inverts here.  Dew on spiderwebs always makes a good image.
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/spider_in_the_grass_zpsffe965bb.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/spider_in_the_grass_zpsffe965bb.jpg.html)

This American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) kindly posed on a licheny branch.
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/Vanessa_virginiensis1a_zps54ac2050.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/Vanessa_virginiensis1a_zps54ac2050.jpg.html)

Then into the woods.  The land snails were out in force.
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/land_snail1_zps1c3adb6e.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/land_snail1_zps1c3adb6e.jpg.html)

These millipedes were making the beast with two backs and far too many feet.
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/mating_millipedes_zpsb05063b0.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/mating_millipedes_zpsb05063b0.jpg.html)

This augochlorin sweat bee is visiting a Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginiana).
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/Augochlora_pura1a_zps86644622.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/Augochlora_pura1a_zps86644622.jpg.html)

Green-striped phase of the variable Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans).
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/Acris_crepitans1_zps2f986b7d.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/Acris_crepitans1_zps2f986b7d.jpg.html)

Then I waded along a spring run. This big-eyed toad bug (Gelastocoris oculatus)was prowling the bank.
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/Gelastocoris_oculatus1a_zps8b00bf27.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/Gelastocoris_oculatus1a_zps8b00bf27.jpg.html)

A Southern Two-Lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera), one of three under a single small stone at the edge of the stream.
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/Eurycea_cirrigera1_zps58fe1fc2.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/Eurycea_cirrigera1_zps58fe1fc2.jpg.html)

There were plenty of water striders (which I grew up calling "spring keepers"); I think this is Aquarius remigis.
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/Aquarius_remigis1_zpsbd99ad6d.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/Aquarius_remigis1_zpsbd99ad6d.jpg.html)

A finger-sized cranefly larva and an asellid isopod (I didn't even notice him when I was taking the picture) under another stone.
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/tipulidasellid_zpsc74ce062.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/tipulidasellid_zpsc74ce062.jpg.html)

Speaking of craneflies, this one looked nice with the light shining through its wings:
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/tipulid_sp1_zps8e245370.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/tipulid_sp1_zps8e245370.jpg.html)

Here's a larger one- wingspan close to 3 inches! I hesitate to ID a fly from a photo, but the distinctive wing pattern looks like Tipula furca.
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/Tipula_furca1_zps8a613c61.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/Tipula_furca1_zps8a613c61.jpg.html)

I know I'm a lousy photographer; I'm just sharing these for the intrinsic interest of the subjects, not to try to claim there's any artistic distinction in these shots.  :))
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: KaraWildsong42 on April 15, 2014, 04:44:59 PM
Thank you for sharing all the photos Newt! It's snowing here today, and I'm worried about many of the flowers that decided to pop up already; and the bees that were already out feeding on them. It's nice to see such variety of other creatures getting ready for their own Spring!
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on April 15, 2014, 05:00:02 PM
Thanks Kara! Where do you live, if you don't mind my asking? April's too late for snow, by my reckoning!  :D


We're supposed to get a light frost here in Middle Tennessee tonight- hopefully the last of the spring!  I'm ready to get my tomatoes planted!  Spring came late and quick this year, after the hardest winter we've had in a long time. We had snow on the ground five weeks ago, but some of our wildflowers - the toothworts and trout lilies at least - have already bloomed out and set fruit.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: KaraWildsong42 on April 15, 2014, 05:15:49 PM
I don't mind, I live in Indiana.  ;D Even with our usually unpredictable weather, this is strange for us too. I have a whole vegetable garden ready to be planted but we had a long winter with maybe a week of Spring so far. I'm glad I decided to wait a little longer!  :o
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on April 17, 2014, 02:02:14 AM
We don't even get snow every winter, but this past one we had several good snowfalls.  That ol' polar vortex did a number on this whole half of the continent.

Here are some hosses during a January snowfall:
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Farm%20in%20the%20snow%20on%202%20January%202014/LuckyampShadow_zpsb5d02f37.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Farm%20in%20the%20snow%20on%202%20January%202014/LuckyampShadow_zpsb5d02f37.jpg.html)


And here's where a hawk ruined a towhee's day in March:
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Farm%20in%20the%20snow%20on%202%20January%202014/Murderscene2_zps3f8c1943.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Farm%20in%20the%20snow%20on%202%20January%202014/Murderscene2_zps3f8c1943.jpg.html)




Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on May 03, 2014, 07:16:56 PM
Some photos from the farm, taken yesterday evening:


Eastern Tailed-blue (Cupido comyntas)
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/Cupido_comyntas001a_zpsa7827680.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/Cupido_comyntas001a_zpsa7827680.jpg.html)


Scorpionflies (Panorpa species)
Male
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/Panorpa_sp0001a_zps27d92d95.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/Panorpa_sp0001a_zps27d92d95.jpg.html)


Female
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/Panorpa_sp0002a_zps4af200e7.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/Panorpa_sp0002a_zps4af200e7.jpg.html)

Green Lacewing (Chrysopa species)
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/Chrysopa_cf_chi0001a_zps8f6d6bd2.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/Chrysopa_cf_chi0001a_zps8f6d6bd2.jpg.html)

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/Butorides_virescens0001a_zps57354c91.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/Butorides_virescens0001a_zps57354c91.jpg.html)


Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/Tringa_solitaria0001a_zps2c724015.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/Tringa_solitaria0001a_zps2c724015.jpg.html)


Wood Duck drake (Aix sponsa)
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/Aix_sponsa0001a_zps488b3732.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/Aix_sponsa0001a_zps488b3732.jpg.html)


and some dirty old deer (Odocoileus virginianus).
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/Odocoileus_virginianus001_zps2df14ffa.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/Odocoileus_virginianus001_zps2df14ffa.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on July 24, 2014, 02:19:21 AM
A few insects at my mother-in-law's place on Independence Day:


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Crystal%20Springs%20on%204%20July%202014/Argia_cf_fumipennis_violacea_zps436e91e3.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Crystal%20Springs%20on%204%20July%202014/Argia_cf_fumipennis_violacea_zps436e91e3.jpg.html)


Violet Dancer (Argia fumipennis violacea) (I think)




(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Crystal%20Springs%20on%204%20July%202014/Calopteryx_maculata0001_zps1f9e0ef3.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Crystal%20Springs%20on%204%20July%202014/Calopteryx_maculata0001_zps1f9e0ef3.jpg.html)


Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) female




(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Crystal%20Springs%20on%204%20July%202014/Calopteryx_maculata0003_zpsc6a8b7a8.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Crystal%20Springs%20on%204%20July%202014/Calopteryx_maculata0003_zpsc6a8b7a8.jpg.html)


same as above, male




(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Crystal%20Springs%20on%204%20July%202014/Polygonia_interrogationis0001a_zpse7c9ba93.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Crystal%20Springs%20on%204%20July%202014/Polygonia_interrogationis0001a_zpse7c9ba93.jpg.html)


Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)




(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Crystal%20Springs%20on%204%20July%202014/Odocoileus_zps7726ae0b.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Crystal%20Springs%20on%204%20July%202014/Odocoileus_zps7726ae0b.jpg.html)


And I almost got a good shot of a deer! I swear it was in frame when I pressed the button...  :D
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: stargatedalek on July 24, 2014, 03:13:59 AM
great photos
I especially love the wood duck
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on July 24, 2014, 03:45:02 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on July 24, 2014, 04:50:28 PM
A couple of large flies from the farm:


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Bugs/Mydas_clavatus0001a_zps08ec456d.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Bugs/Mydas_clavatus0001a_zps08ec456d.jpg.html)


A lordly Mydas Fly, Mydas clavatus, surveying his domain from a wilted beefsteak shoot.




(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Bugs/Diogmites_spp0002a_zpscad24249.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Bugs/Diogmites_spp0002a_zpscad24249.jpg.html)


A Hanging-Thief, Diogmites spp., watching for a nice juicy bee to devour.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: brontodocus on July 25, 2014, 01:59:09 PM
Beautiful photos, Newt! 8) It's always interesting to see that some of the insect genera you posted (e.g. Cupido, Calopteryx, and Polygonia) are also distributed in Europe, only with different species.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on July 25, 2014, 02:54:53 PM
Thanks, Brontodocus!  I've thought the same thing, seeing photos from you and Bugsnapz.  I haven't traveled much, but I did get to visit Japan a few years ago. It was very interesting seeing congeners of so many familiar eastern North American plants and animals.


This tiny Saddleback Caterpillar (Acharia stimulea) was crawling on my bench vise. They are said to have a very painful sting; I have managed not to experience it so far.


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Bugs/Acharia_stimulea0001a_zpsa98c936a.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Bugs/Acharia_stimulea0001a_zpsa98c936a.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on July 29, 2014, 03:48:56 PM
I had a chance to take some pictures around a pond yesterday. I thought this photo came out very well: a pair of Green Darners (Anax junius) ovipositing at the margin of the pond:


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Bugs/Anax_junius0001a_zpsf6478c74.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Bugs/Anax_junius0001a_zpsf6478c74.jpg.html)


Some more dragons:


Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Bugs/Pachydiplax_0001a_zpsc16c31f1.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Bugs/Pachydiplax_0001a_zpsc16c31f1.jpg.html)


Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Libellula_luctuosa0002a_zps50fa1e33.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Libellula_luctuosa0002a_zps50fa1e33.jpg.html)


Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Bugs/Libellula_sp0001a_zps29c3b028.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Bugs/Libellula_sp0001a_zps29c3b028.jpg.html)


Some action shots of an Eastern Pondhawk (Erithemis simplicicollis) ovipositing; unlike the darners, she was going solo.


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Bugs/pondhawk_ovipositing0001a_zpsd97daa83.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Bugs/pondhawk_ovipositing0001a_zpsd97daa83.jpg.html)


And just so you don't think I never take photos of vertebrates, here's a big, male Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) chewing on something in an oak tree. You can see some galls formed by cynipid wasps in the oak twigs behind him.


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Bugs/Sciurus_niger0001a_zps107c0887.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Bugs/Sciurus_niger0001a_zps107c0887.jpg.html)





Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on July 29, 2014, 04:15:48 PM
Also, flies:


One of the many wasp-mimicking syrphids; in this case, I think it's a Toxomerus spp.[EDIT - a helpful Bugguide user ID'ed it as Toxomerus politus]:


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Bugs/syrphid_unid0001a_zps22b48b57.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Bugs/syrphid_unid0001a_zps22b48b57.jpg.html)


And a Tiger Bee Fly (Xenox tigrinus), a common large fly that parasitizes Eastern Carpenter Bees.


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Bugs/Xenox_tigrinus0002a_zps1966f573.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Bugs/Xenox_tigrinus0002a_zps1966f573.jpg.html)


It's also a wasp mimic of sorts, though it doesn't look it at rest; when it's flying, two white spots on the abdomen show prominently, making it look much like the Four-toothed Mason Wasp, Monobia quadridens, which is also often found near Eastern Carpenter Bee borings; it uses abandoned bee borings to make its own mud-walled chambered nests in.


Four-toothed Mason Wasp (Monobia quadridens):


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Bugs/Monobia_quadridens0001a_zps34945bad.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Bugs/Monobia_quadridens0001a_zps34945bad.jpg.html)


Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica):


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Bugs/Xylocopa_virginica0001a_zps356b095a.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Bugs/Xylocopa_virginica0001a_zps356b095a.jpg.html)
Title: Down by the River
Post by: Newt on August 26, 2014, 10:15:41 PM
I'll spare you all my flower, fungus, and unidentified hymenopteran photos from this weekend. Just a few bugs:


Clematis Blister Beetle
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Down%20by%20the%20River/Epicauta_cinerea0001a_zps8c19dfd7.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Down%20by%20the%20River/Epicauta_cinerea0001a_zps8c19dfd7.jpg.html)


Hanging-thief
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Down%20by%20the%20River/Diogmites_platypterus0001a_zps1c1d5138.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Down%20by%20the%20River/Diogmites_platypterus0001a_zps1c1d5138.jpg.html)


Now for some tetrapods:
a trio of American Bullfrog metamorphs (even at this age, they're the size of an adult treefrog)
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Lithobates_catesbeianus0005a_zps6153ee71.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Lithobates_catesbeianus0005a_zps6153ee71.jpg.html)


a juvenile toad
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Down%20by%20the%20River/Anaxyrus_spp0001_zpsd7d37138.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Down%20by%20the%20River/Anaxyrus_spp0001_zpsd7d37138.jpg.html)


Midland Watersnake and some sunfish
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Nerodia_sipedon0003a_zps832e82f1.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Nerodia_sipedon0003a_zps832e82f1.jpg.html)


female Rubythroated Hummingbird feeding at Cardinal Flower
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Down%20by%20the%20River/Hummingbird_Lobelia_cardinalis0001a_zps7d4cfd8c.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Down%20by%20the%20River/Hummingbird_Lobelia_cardinalis0001a_zps7d4cfd8c.jpg.html)


juvenile Little Blue Heron
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Egretta_caerulea0001a_zps7492b782.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Egretta_caerulea0001a_zps7492b782.jpg.html)


While photographing the heron, I spotted a group of four raccoons - presumably a mother and three nearly-grown young- foraging along the bank:


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Procyon_lotor0002a_zps98927b04.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Procyon_lotor0002a_zps98927b04.jpg.html)


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Procyon_lotor0002b_zps65050246.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Procyon_lotor0002b_zps65050246.jpg.html)


Eventually the mother spotted me; she backed slowly away, keeping her eyes on me and growling, while the young made for a nearby sweetgum tree.
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Procyon_lotor0002c_zpsa16796a8.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Procyon_lotor0002c_zpsa16796a8.jpg.html)


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Procyon_lotor0002d_zps8640a4f0.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Procyon_lotor0002d_zps8640a4f0.jpg.html)


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Procyon_lotor0002e_zps87c2dd11.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Procyon_lotor0002e_zps87c2dd11.jpg.html)


(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Procyon_lotor0002f_zpsbc7e7e00.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Procyon_lotor0002f_zpsbc7e7e00.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: bugsnapz on September 27, 2014, 03:42:19 PM
Hi Newt,

You have taken some fantastic pictures, I am well impressed especially the birds and Carpenter bee in flight cos that is hard to do at the best of times.

Keep up the good work.

Bugsnapz.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on September 27, 2014, 06:17:21 PM
Thank you very much! That means a lot to me coming from such an accomplished photographer.


I must admit I got a lucky break on that bee. He was hovering in place, totally unconcerned by my presence, about a foot from a female of the same species who was hanging out in the grass. I guess he was trying to guard her from other males. Anyway, I was able to get a ton of photos of him from the minimum focal distance of my lens.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: A.Garcia on September 30, 2014, 09:17:23 PM
Newt, I had not seen these paintings, I love them! They capture the colors well- I never fail to be amazed by the colors on barn swallows and bobolinks when I see them. My favorites may be the tortoise and swallow, I also like the fur on the bat and squirrel. The amphibians are also nice.

This makes me want to do some artwork. I'm afraid my reference photos have wildly outpaced my art-making. Hopefully I'll have something to share in the future.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on September 30, 2014, 10:34:38 PM
Thank you, A.Garcia! I look forward to seeing your works. I need to get cracking on some more of my own.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: bugsnapz on October 12, 2014, 04:40:38 PM
Hi Newt,
Loving your pictures again, well done. I live in England and we have dragonflies but not the same colourfull ones you have there. I love the saddlebach caterpillar too. Our common darters are either reddish or brown.
It is close to winter so I will be looking at fungi photographs instead of insects for the next couple of months.

Bugsnapz.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on April 17, 2015, 01:40:28 AM
Thank you again, Bugsnapz! Sorry for the very late reply. I'll try to make it up to you with more bugs!


Here are some recent photos from beautiful Tennessee:


Bessbug
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/bessie_zpsg30yzuo0.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/bessie_zpsg30yzuo0.jpg.html)


stag beetle larva
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/IMG_4123_zpsbjyjbyuo.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/IMG_4123_zpsbjyjbyuo.jpg.html)


flathead mayflies, caddisflies, etc.
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/mayflies_zpsxgu7gswf.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/mayflies_zpsxgu7gswf.jpg.html)


Red Paper Wasps
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/polistesspp_zpsjtvatxrz.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/polistesspp_zpsjtvatxrz.jpg.html)


Eastern Tailed Blues
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/tailedblues_zpsqqnieglu.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/tailedblues_zpsqqnieglu.jpg.html)



Xystodesmid millipede
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/xystodesmid_zpsnohrqspm.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/xystodesmid_zpsnohrqspm.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: brontodocus on April 17, 2015, 08:37:12 AM
Wonderful! :) It's a pity we don't have passalids here.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Jetoar on April 17, 2015, 11:50:09 AM
Wonderful images  ^-^.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on April 17, 2015, 11:41:18 PM
Thanks guys!


Passalids are fun! We have only one species of bessbug here, but it's one of our most abundant large beetles.


They're perfect "insect ambassadors." The adults look a little intimidating but are so slow-moving, inoffensive, and comical they soon win people over, and the fact that they show parental care makes them very appealing to a lot of people.


Here are some fish from a recent night-time walk along a small stream that feeds into the lower Tennessee River.


Banded Sculpin
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/cottus_zpsgrjpbd7t.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/cottus_zpsgrjpbd7t.jpg.html)


Fantail Darter
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/fantail_zpsyvomyel5.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/fantail_zpsyvomyel5.jpg.html)


Logperch
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/logperch_zpsl917a15o.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/logperch_zpsl917a15o.jpg.html)


Rainbow Darter
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/rainbow_zpsvjbxh2sq.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/rainbow_zpsvjbxh2sq.jpg.html)


Pirate Perch
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/pirates_zpstjv5sptd.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/pirates_zpstjv5sptd.jpg.html)


Male (Golden?) Redhorse
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/redhorse_zpshn89g1bq.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/redhorse_zpshn89g1bq.jpg.html)


Female of same
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/redmare_zpsqjvbt5ta.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/redmare_zpsqjvbt5ta.jpg.html)


Largescale Stonerollers
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Springtime/rollers_zpslznxup2l.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Springtime/rollers_zpslznxup2l.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on May 04, 2015, 08:25:02 PM
Fowler's Toad
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Crystal%20Springs%20on%203%20May%202015/fowlers_zpse3iyx4cs.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Crystal%20Springs%20on%203%20May%202015/fowlers_zpse3iyx4cs.jpg.html)


Cope's Gray Treefrog
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Crystal%20Springs%20on%203%20May%202015/copes_zpsedrjvyxm.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Crystal%20Springs%20on%203%20May%202015/copes_zpsedrjvyxm.jpg.html)


Bombardier Beetles swarming a scrap of hot dog
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Crystal%20Springs%20on%203%20May%202015/carabids_zpsvnyzgvr3.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Crystal%20Springs%20on%203%20May%202015/carabids_zpsvnyzgvr3.jpg.html)


spawning gar -  think they're Spotted Gar, but I didn't get a good enough look/photo to rule out Shortnose
(http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z161/Newt1453/Crystal%20Springs%20on%203%20May%202015/gar_zpscknxdhn8.jpg) (http://s194.photobucket.com/user/Newt1453/media/Crystal%20Springs%20on%203%20May%202015/gar_zpscknxdhn8.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: brontodocus on May 05, 2015, 09:49:15 AM
Excellent photos, Newt! :) It's been a while since I've seen any bombardier beetles in the wild, they are fairly uncommon here. Oddly, they look almost identical in Germany. I assume those are Brachinus, too?
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: bmathison1972 on May 05, 2015, 10:33:25 AM
Excellent photos, Newt! :) It's been a while since I've seen any bombardier beetles in the wild, they are fairly uncommon here. Oddly, they look almost identical in Germany. I assume those are Brachinus, too?

they look identical EVERYWHERE....lol
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on May 05, 2015, 07:52:38 PM
Brontodocus - Thanks! Yes, all US bombardiers are Brachinus, subgenus Neobrachinus. I have no idea which species these are. There were lots of them on this stretch of reservoir shore, along a narrow beach of coarse sand and abundant pleurocerid shells with a few pieces of driftwood. I didn't see any nearby on stretches of shore with muddy substrate or areas covered in driftwood.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Jetoar on May 07, 2015, 02:42:49 PM
Gars are one of my favorite fresh water fish  ^-^.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on May 07, 2015, 03:14:38 PM
Mine too! I'm lucky enough to live in an area with three gar species - shortnose, spotted, and longnose gar. There are also alligator gar not too far west of me.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on February 28, 2016, 08:22:46 PM

Here's a maquette I made of the Cretaceous marine turtle Toxochelys weeksi.

(http://orig14.deviantart.net/ddfb/f/2016/053/0/9/toxochelys_maquette2_by_nathanlparker-d9sqmss.jpg)


(http://orig06.deviantart.net/da5f/f/2016/053/a/0/toxochelys_maquette1_by_nathanlparker-d9sqmad.jpg)


Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: stemturtle on February 28, 2016, 09:50:28 PM
A Cretaceous marine turtle from Tennessee! Thanks for sharing your talented sculpting, Newt.  :)
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on February 28, 2016, 10:12:42 PM
Thanks, Stemturtle, I was hoping you'd see this one! This is just a crude maquette to be used as a model for a painting, but I may make a more refined version later.


Here's a little southern two-lined salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) I met recently:
(http://orig01.deviantart.net/fbf5/f/2016/059/1/7/eurycea_cirrigera_by_nathanlparker-d9tgq0h.jpg)
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: brontodocus on February 29, 2016, 10:31:17 PM
Excellent Toxochelys sculpt, Newt! 8)
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on March 01, 2016, 04:15:21 PM
Thank you, Brontodocus! By the way, have you noticed your ears burning (http://dinotoyblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=4433.msg131158;topicseen#new)?  :D
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: sbell on March 01, 2016, 06:12:31 PM
Thank you, Brontodocus! By the way, have you noticed your ears burning (http://dinotoyblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=4433.msg131158;topicseen#new)?  :D

I did that!
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: brontodocus on March 02, 2016, 07:05:21 AM
Thank you, Brontodocus! By the way, have you noticed your ears burning (http://dinotoyblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=4433.msg131158;topicseen#new)?  :D

I did that!
Huh? ??? You made me curious so I logged in for the first time in ages but I couldn't see anything. "An Error Has Occurred!
The topic or board you are looking for appears to be either missing or off limits to you."
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on March 02, 2016, 03:30:14 PM
Oh, I see that the thread I linked to has been merged with another. Perhaps that's the problem! Here's the merged thread (http://dinotoyblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=2065.msg131174#new). You were mentioned in the context of members who haven't been active lately and are missed!
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: brontodocus on March 02, 2016, 09:32:38 PM
Oh, I see that the thread I linked to has been merged with another. Perhaps that's the problem! Here's the merged thread (http://dinotoyblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=2065.msg131174#new). You were mentioned in the context of members who haven't been active lately and are missed!
Ah, now I can see it! :) Yes, I haven't been active there for ages, that's true. Somehow it seems I cannot be active in more than one forum at a time, it's simply too time consuming... :-[
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on March 07, 2016, 09:39:21 PM
And here's the final painting of the Toxochelys:


(http://orig10.deviantart.net/4d5a/f/2016/067/7/d/toxochelys_final_by_nathanlparker-d9ueimd.jpg)


Oil on canvas, 36" X 36". Forgive the glare, it was still wet when I photographed it.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: stemturtle on March 08, 2016, 01:57:00 AM
A lovely evening to dig a nest. Thanks for showing the painting of Toxochelys, Newt.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on March 08, 2016, 02:09:01 AM
Thanks, Stemturtle!
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Owen Leo on March 09, 2016, 11:19:53 AM
Great paintings. Every single piece is perfectly done.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Owen Leo on March 09, 2016, 11:30:57 AM
Great paintings! Every single piece is perfectly done. i particularly love the birds, especially the purple one.  The bird's standing posture is so creative of you.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on March 09, 2016, 09:02:44 PM
Thank you very much, Owen!
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Owen Leo on March 09, 2016, 09:22:44 PM
Always welcome.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on April 28, 2016, 09:41:19 PM
A few recent photos from my backyard:



(http://orig08.deviantart.net/f86a/f/2016/119/c/2/spring_peeper_by_nathanlparker-da0naty.jpg)
Spring Peeper


(http://orig04.deviantart.net/8df5/f/2016/119/5/5/cryptic_by_nathanlparker-da0nb7x.jpg)
Cope's Gray Treefrog on Sugar Maple trunk.


(http://orig11.deviantart.net/a780/f/2016/119/2/8/cope_s_gray_treefrog_by_nathanlparker-da0nbfo.jpg)
Closeup of same.


(http://orig05.deviantart.net/0fe6/f/2016/119/c/9/red_wasp_by_nathanlparker-da0nble.jpg)
Red Paper Wasp, grooming itself while resting on some maple leaves (my yard is infested with maples).

Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on May 03, 2016, 08:57:32 PM

I visited a local Wildlife Management Area in the Cumberland River bottoms. Some of the habitats present include:


(http://orig11.deviantart.net/5457/f/2016/124/4/7/bottomland_hardwoods_by_nathanlparker-da19rkf.jpg)
Bottomland hardwood forest


(http://orig15.deviantart.net/db6f/f/2016/124/1/5/buttonbush_swamp__2__by_nathanlparker-da1aguu.jpg)
Buttonbush swamp


(http://orig15.deviantart.net/b7e5/f/2016/124/9/b/willow_swamp_by_nathanlparker-da1ah4h.jpg)
Black willow swamp


And some critters:


(http://orig00.deviantart.net/c2b2/f/2016/123/2/2/spring_fishfly_by_nathanlparker-da16bby.jpg)
Spring Fishfly - a cousin of the more famous Dobsonfly


(http://orig11.deviantart.net/4cd3/f/2016/123/7/1/green_soldier_fly_by_nathanlparker-da16c0r.jpg)
Green Soldier Fly


(http://orig02.deviantart.net/fd96/f/2016/123/5/6/seven_spotted_ladybug_by_nathanlparker-da169lb.jpg)
Seven-spotted Ladybug


(http://orig09.deviantart.net/1e15/f/2016/123/d/d/the_assassin_and_the_lady_by_nathanlparker-da16abg.jpg)
Pale Green Assassin Bug, with another Seven-spotted Ladybug on the same Curly Dock leaf


(http://orig03.deviantart.net/9d47/f/2016/123/d/d/scarlet_bordered_assassin_bug_by_nathanlparker-da167fi.jpg)
Scarlet-bordered Assassin Bug - a millipede specialist


(http://orig05.deviantart.net/ae11/f/2016/123/7/3/red_maple_borer_clearwing_moth_by_nathanlparker-da166tm.jpg)
Red Maple Borer - a clearwing moth


(http://orig13.deviantart.net/9f7a/f/2016/123/f/c/white_spotted_fishing_spider_cast_by_nathanlparker-da16a0v.jpg)
Cast-off exoskeleton of a Six-spotted Fishing Spider


(http://orig12.deviantart.net/5a57/f/2016/123/e/4/freshly_moulted_by_nathanlparker-da16cdv.jpg)
Freshly-molted Long-jawed Spider


(http://orig13.deviantart.net/221f/f/2016/123/9/3/rough_green_snake_by_nathanlparker-da15kz1.jpg)
Rough Green Snake in a Winged Elm


(http://orig02.deviantart.net/0738/f/2016/124/7/1/eastern_box_turtle_by_nathanlparker-da1aj5p.jpg)
Eastern Box Turtle
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: brontodocus on May 04, 2016, 10:18:12 AM
Ah, very nice photos, Newt! 8) I've read (in a book by Orin McMonigle) that there have been recent attempts to rear some of those millipede-eating Ectrichodiinae, a very interesting group!
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on May 04, 2016, 08:46:40 PM
Thanks Brontodocus! You guys don't have reduviids in Europe, right? They're some of my favorite heteropterans - especially the big, bizarre-looking Arilus cristatus.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: brontodocus on May 06, 2016, 09:35:51 AM
Thanks Brontodocus! You guys don't have reduviids in Europe, right? They're some of my favorite heteropterans - especially the big, bizarre-looking Arilus cristatus.
Oh, we have reduviids here, including Reduvius personatus (which even live in our house), but also a few non-synanthropes. But as far as I know there are none of the milliped-eating Ectrichodiinae in Europe. There are some colourful species within the genus Rhynocoris here but usually they are only half the size of a Wheel Bug.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on May 06, 2016, 11:15:15 PM
Good to know. I'm not sure why I though reduviids were New World endemics.
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on June 02, 2016, 09:03:29 PM

I finally put my waterproof camera to its intended use!


(http://orig08.deviantart.net/7ea4/f/2016/151/e/2/snubnose_darter_by_nathanlparker-da4ixgf.jpg)
Tennessee Snubnose Darter (Etheostoma tennesseense)


(http://orig06.deviantart.net/9bb8/f/2016/151/f/e/the_shinering_detail_by_nathanlparker-da4iwze.jpg)
Striped Shiners (Luxilus chrysocephalus), with Rosyside Dace (Clinostomus funduloides) and Logperch (Percina caprodes)[/size]


(http://orig00.deviantart.net/2d12/f/2016/151/0/1/tadface_by_nathanlparker-da4iuin.jpg)
Green Frog tadpole (Lithobates clamitans)


(http://orig06.deviantart.net/9448/f/2016/151/8/3/banded_sculpin_by_nathanlparker-da4hzp6.jpg)
Banded Sculpin (Cottus carolinae)


(http://orig01.deviantart.net/9593/f/2016/151/c/2/logperch_by_nathanlparker-da4hvtw.jpg)
Logperch (Percina caprodes)


(http://orig04.deviantart.net/c798/f/2016/151/6/d/green_sunfish_by_nathanlparker-da4huz3.jpg)
Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus)
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: sbell on June 04, 2016, 03:50:58 AM
Those are some awesome photographs!
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on June 05, 2016, 12:56:31 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Newt's noodles
Post by: Newt on June 05, 2016, 03:01:55 AM
Some photos for the entomologically inclined:


(http://orig02.deviantart.net/5ccb/f/2016/155/4/0/black_and_yellow_mud_dauber_by_nathanlparker-da50l87.jpg)
Black and Yellow Mud Dauber (Sceliphron caementarium)


(http://orig14.deviantart.net/5b67/f/2016/155/a/e/argus_tortoise_beetle_by_nathanlparker-da50h0l.jpg)
Argus Tortoise Beetle (Chelymorpha cassidea)


(http://orig08.deviantart.net/dceb/f/2016/155/6/9/greenbottle_fly_by_nathanlparker-da50g1y.jpg)
Greenbottle Fly (possibly a Lucilia species)


(http://orig14.deviantart.net/d60b/f/2016/155/a/b/red_legged_buprestis_by_nathanlparker-da50fry.jpg)
Red-Legged Buprestis (Buprestis rufipes)


(http://orig03.deviantart.net/57b8/f/2016/151/a/2/dark_fishfly_1_by_nathanlparker-da4j039.jpg)
Dark Fishfly (Nigronia species)


(http://orig07.deviantart.net/8bf8/f/2016/156/a/e/mating_snipe_flies_by_nathanlparker-da558n9.jpg)
mating Snipe Flies (Chrysopilus connexus)