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Damselfly Larvae

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Pixel6a: 1/263, f1.73, 62ISO, autoWB 4.38mm. cropped

While crossing the creek to get rid of five buckets of walnuts, I noticed a damselfly larvae (Odonata: Zygoptera: Calopterygidae) in the creek.

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September 9, 2022 at 12:51 pm

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Z50: 1/160s, 1000ISO, autoWB, 90mm Laowa macro.

This caterpillar (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea: Papilionidae: Papilio polyxenes) was doing its best to consume the dill it was on. Luckily, there is more dill nearby and the caterpillar is getting close to pupating.

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September 8, 2022 at 4:22 pm

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Frog in Grass

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Z50: 1/160s, f7.1, 400ISO, autoWB, 250mm.

The amphibians are on the move and this wood frog (Amphibia: Ranidae: Lithobates sylvaticus) was doing its best to hide from me.

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September 7, 2022 at 12:37 pm

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Hornet in Goldenrod

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Pixel6a: 1/1949s f1.73, 54ISO, autoWB, 4.38mm. cropped

I went out on the property today to collect bergamot and Rudbeckia seeds that I hope to propagate next year.
Among the flowers in the south field, I came across a white and black hornet (Hymenoptera: Vespoidea: Vespidae: Dolichovespula maculata).

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September 6, 2022 at 2:45 pm

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Denim Belt Bag

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The last few days I was inspired to work on a sewing project I’d been thinking of for a while, a belt bag (or fanny pack), made of denim scraps.

I took apart several pairs of jeans a while back (with the aim to make a yet-unmade jacket) and had the smaller pieces (yokes and belt loops) in a bin with offcuts from other creations.

First I created a plan for the dimensions based on the items that I wanted to fit into the bag (phone, glasses case, and wallet, which I measured) and made a plan for the size of the fabric I would need. I decided on an outer pocket for the phone with a main area to hold the wallet and glasses along with a pocket in the back to hold a mask. The pattern main pieces (3) are 7×12 inches and the sides are 2″ wide (I used 1/4″ to 5/8″ seams).

Then I started to piece the scraps together, trying to take maximize the fabric scraps in a freeform process and topstitched them. I also tried hammering the denim to flatten seams and fount that worked really well. For the front pocket, I created a welt for the zipper and placed it between a lining which I then sewed to the body as one piece. I handsewed the belt loops to the rear so that I could put the bag onto various belts or straps.

The interior is lined with a white canvas scrap. I bagged the main portion lining and pulled it through a side opening which I then sewed shut. I may add some additional hand topstitching to the sides but I haven’t done that yet.
I’m happy with the result and have so far found it to be quite useful.

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September 5, 2022 at 11:15 am

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Large Brown Caddis

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Z50: 1/200s, 2000ISO, autoWB, 90mm Laowa macro.

This large orange/brown caddisfly is possibly in the genus Pycnopsyche (Trichoptera: Limnephilidae) and somehow found its way into the house overnight.

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September 4, 2022 at 10:09 am

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Jumping Spider

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Z50: 1/400s, 1250ISO, autoWB, 90mm Laowa macro.

Getting the focus and framing correct while using the macro lens is quite difficult (tiny movements affect the resulting frame dramatically). This shot is not quite where I would like it but the subject is so interesting.

This small jumping spider (Araneae: Salticidae) has orange undertones and white hairs and was hiding on joe-pye weed.

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September 3, 2022 at 2:46 pm

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