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Maryland Monument Dasher

Two hundred and forty years ago today, the British and their Hessian swine-mercenaries walloped the still-loose conglomeration that was the Continental Army in Brooklyn. There’s a memorial in Prospect Park to the Maryland 400, troops who held the Old Stone House (the existing structure in J. 128 more words

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Megachile on Asclepias

Leaf-cutter bee on Butterfly Weed.

You can’t tell this when they’re in the air, or, frankly, very easily¬†when they’re still, but bees have four wings (flies have two). 19 more words

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Red-Tailed Hawk Stalking

A young Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) patrolling the 5th Avenue entrance of Green-Wood. I would hazard to guess that it is wondering where that Eastern Grey Squirrel went.

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Blue Dasher, White Tail

You have to get pretty close to see the white face on one of NYC’s most common dragonflies, the Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis). This is a male; as he gets older, his blue abdomen will get more powdery or chalkier looking. 33 more words

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Snapper

Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina), the smaller of two seen in the water of the native garden at NYBG this weekend.

Note the spotless shell. 97 more words

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Traces of the Ice Age

Don’t you just love these? These grooves are found along the path in the forest of the NYBG, and time and generations of feet have worn them down slightly. 55 more words

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Clearwings

Another critter hard to pin down. This is a Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis), named after one of its host plants and, more obviously, those see-through parts of the wings. 75 more words

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