Papscanee Island Insects
A recent walk around Papscanee Island, on the same day I saw the American Robin’s nest, rewarded me with some cool pictures of insects. A Six Spotted Tiger Beetle is above, an insect with a confusing name not explained by the helpful people at whatsthatbug.com who identified it for me:
This is a Tiger Beetle. More specifically, it seems to be a Six Spotted Tiger Beetle, Cicindela sexguttata. We are not sure why it is called the Six Spotted Tiger Beetle as most specimens appear to have 8 spots, and some have none.
Less confusing is the Mourning Cloak butterfly below.
Next up is a wasp of some kind, I think (maybe a hornet?):
And, finally, a Cabbage White, an introduced species, feeding on the invasive Garlic Mustard:
I think I’m going to buy Kenn Kauffman’s field guide to insects.