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N 4 B 63 C 2 E Oct 24, 2021 F Oct 25, 2021
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While Buckeyes have new broods through most of the year, only the Autumn brood can exhibit seasonal polyphenism,
also known as polyphenic pigmentation, which is adaptive for insect species that undergo multiple matings each year, and in the Buckeye, this results in distinctly eye catching rose colored ventral wings! Known as a 'rosa morph', their color variation is an Autumn delight!
Different pigmentation patterns provide appropriate camouflage throughout the seasons, as well as alter heat retention as temperatures change. The Summer version of the Common Buckeye has light yellowish ventral wings and is called the 'linea morph'..see below...
I also added the rosiest rosa morph I ever found, below, as well...

N 5 B 75 C 2 E Oct 24, 2021 F Oct 25, 2021
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The Northern Plushback Fly I found back in the summer was a 'lifer' for me, but there were several of them on Camphorweed wildflowers at Fort Morgan yesterday!

N 8 B 91 C 3 E Oct 24, 2021 F Oct 25, 2021
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You can't have Halloween season without a skeleton, right? LOL There were lots of these middle instar Grapeleaf Skeletonizer cats by Lake Shelby yesterday on Peppervine!

Fun Fact: The moth they become looks somewhat like a witch, all in black...see below!

N 6 B 117 C 5 E Oct 23, 2021 F Oct 24, 2021
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Yep, there I was, innocently minding my own business on one of the trails when suddenly, my attention was ambushed by the first Jagged Ambush Bug I'd seen in years, on a Goldenrod! They are so wonderfully bizarre looking and so tiny...they act like crab spiders as they hide in flowers. blending in, and snag any insect that comes along!

For a really surreal look at a couple of these 'Twilight Zone' characters, see the archive shot below...


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