Insects and their constructions

Often while walking in the park we do not notice the insects but instead the immobile indicators of what they construct or leave behind. Both can be found below. More will be added as they are caught on camera.

Common and scientific name Details Photos

Black Winged Damselfly

Calopteryx maculata

common along park streams in summer.

Polyphemus Moth

Antheraea polyphemus

Type of giant silkworm moth

Beech Gall Midge

Hartigola annulipes

Small elongated galls are created by the sap-sucking midge larvae. Ha gall

Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Malacosoma americanum

This moth is a small and inconspicuous as an adult but as a social caterpillar they are very noticeable in their silken tents in the crooks of tree branches. These tents can be seen in the spring and can vary in number from year to year. tent caterpillar

Eriophyid mite (Willow Blister Gall)

Family: Eriophyidae

These tiny insects feed on the leaves of the willow and cause the plant to curl and distort to form a protective chamber. The galls tend to be red/rust colored. gall on willow

Golden Paper Wasp

Polistes fuscatus

 

Usually found solitary, this non-aggressive wasp is seen in the summer tending its paper nests. Here pictured on a Chinese chestnut. paperwasp

Water strider

Family:Gerridae

Seen in large numbers on the streams in summer striding on the waters surface. Currently genus and species are unknown, probably a few different ones. waterstrider