Physocephala tibialis or Thick-headed Fly

Identification is tentative but probably correct or very close. It’s a wasp-mimic, but the eyes are distinctly those of a fly. It was strikingly beautiful in the field. It’s not a great photo, but its one of only two I got before it flew away. The colloquial name, while amusing, is not a pejorative but instead originates from the fact that the heads of these flies are always wider than the thorax.

Physocephala tibialis, a.k.a. Thick-headed Fly, 2020-08-04

The Many Colors of Dragonflies

These identifications should all be taken with a grain of salt, which is to say– the best that I could do.

Orange Meadowhawk, Bath Nature Preserve, 2020-06-30
Eastern Pondhawk, Bath Nature Preserve, 2020-07-25
Eastern Amber Wing, Bath Nature Preserve, 2020-7-25
Common Whitetail, 2019-06-01
Red-Tailed Pennant (tentative), Bath Nature Preserve, 2020-07-25

Great Spangled Fritallary

In general, butterflies have been few and far between this year. Many people have noticed, and there is speculation on causes from the unusually cold spring all the way to the nefarious “climate change.” So far I’ve only seen one of these in my yard. (And yes, that’s Poison Ivy that the Fritallary is resting on.)

Great Spangled Fritallary, Medina County, 2020-07-14