October 1, 2006
On Sunday, I took photos of a Snowberry Clearwing (Lepidoptera Sphingidae Hemaris diffinis) caterpillar. This individual was the uncommon brown form.
Other insects for the day included ants guarding a herd of treehoppers (tentatively identified as Membracidae Publilia sp). A horntail (Hymenoptera Siricidae Tremex columba) zipped through the woods landing on tree trunks. This one was circling down the trunk. I wonder if they always do that. Horntail larvae feed on fungi and wood in tree trunks. The females prepare the selected oviposition site by injecting a fungus with the eggs.