hymenoptera

It Came From Outer Space!

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while now:
In February, I found a some sort of pod attached to a tree branch.  I wasn’t sure what it was exactly, but I knew it wasn’t a natural bloom from the tree.  I cut it off and brought it home with the idea that I [...]


Joshua Tree Trip Report – April 24-26, 2009

This past weekend was my third and final trip to Joshua Tree for a while. I ended the month completing 3/4ths of my New Year’s resolution of visiting the Mojave Desert every weekend in April. The trips began taking the toll during the five hour drive through Friday-afternoon traffic and the seemingly endless [...]


Joshua Tree Trip Report – April 17-19, 2009

Last April, I visited Joshua Tree National Park with about a dozen of my closest friends.  We hiked through a desert in bloom. We found a few desert inhabitants that we had not seen before. At night, we laughed around a campfire while roasting hot dogs and making s’mores.  We laid out on [...]


Spider Saturday: Portraying Size

One of the difficulties nature photographers have is providing the viewer with a sense of size. Take a photo of a building and the viewer knows how large it is based on their knowledge of the average height of the building’s floors. But take a photo of an insect sitting on a rock and [...]


Mojave National Preserve Trip Report (Part 2)

April 5th, 2009
Part 2 – Where are the insects??
If you missed part one of this two-part report, click here.

Those of you with fine-tuned observational skills might have noticed that the first part of this Mojave National Preserve trip report failed to mention any bugs. The fact is that I went most of Saturday without looking [...]


Antelope Valley Trip Report – March 29, 2009

On Sunday, I drove with some friends out to the Antelope Valley to view the wildflowers. I’ve been keeping my eye on the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve website, checking the status of this year’s bloom. Last week, they announced that the poppies have arrived, throwing my friends and I into action. We’ve [...]


Angeles National Forest Trip Report – March 28, 2009

It’s funny how people would rather explore some far away place rather than something nearby.  I’m not one to point a finger, though.  I’ve been to four continents and over 25 countries and yet I’ve never been to Watts Towers or Knott’s Berry Farm, which are both about an hour from my apartment.   I’ve also [...]


Parasitic Wasps

A few week’s ago while on a macro photo outing with a friend, we found a parasitic wasp on top of a caterpillar. At first, I wasn’t sure what was going on. It looked like the wasp was just sitting there while the caterpillar jerked wildly from time to time, aiming to [...]


Arboretum Insects

Today was the day of our group photography outing to The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, as mentioned earlier. I used my Canon 65mm MP-E lens most of the day, but switched to the 100mm near the end. All in all, it was a great day to be outdoors. Spring [...]


Joshua Tree National Park Insects [1]

It has been four months since my last trip to Joshua Tree National Park and I’ve been chomping at the bit for a chance to go back.  So on Saturday evening, after hearing that there would be a break in the bad weather, I took a chance.  I threw some gear into the car and [...]