Reader Kurt Andreas’s Instagram site describes him as “a naturalist in Queens,” (a borough of New York City) as well as an “amateur dolphinologist and beeologist.” He sent some varied photos, and his captions are indented:
Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon) on Lantana sp., male, Glendale, NY (August 3, 2016)
Hoverfly (Toxomerus geminatus; female). Glendale, NY (June 10, 2016):
Leopard slug (Limax maximus). Glendale, NY (August 8, 2016). The hole seen in one of these pictures is the pneumostome, the respiratory opening of the leopard slug.
Bluebell / Grape hyacinth (Muscari sp.); New Paltz, NY (May 2, 2015):
Tiger Crane Fly (Nephrotoma sp.)New Paltz, NY (May 15, 2013). I’ve noticed that casual observers think crane flies are giant mosquitos, and I try to sing their praise as non-bloodsuckers. Many crane flies do not feed on anything as adults, and the ones that do are pollinators.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus); Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY (May 19, 2014):
Odontocolon sp., female. Glendale, NY (May 23, 2016) A parasitic wasp that lays its eggs in Cerambycidae and Melandryidae beetles.
And some feline lagniappe:
Kitten Mittens, New Paltz, NY; Maine Coon berserker: