A wing-damaged Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) gets some sustenance from a thistle in Central Park, Aug. 5, 2021.

Waiting His Turn

A European Drone Fly patiently waits his turn to sample the flowers while the Painted Lady butterfly gorges herself on Butterly bush nectar; Central Park, Aug. 4, 2021.nectar.

Bee on a Lily

Probably a Confusing Furrow Bee (Halictus confusus) on a Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) at The Sailboat Pond in Central Park today Aug. 2, 2021.

The Little Sweat Bee

A member of the Sweat Bees Family (Halictidae) enjoying Black Cohosh flowers. The Halictidae are referred to as “sweat bees” because they are often attracted to perspiration. But don’t be afraid of them since they are only likely to sting if disturbed and the sting is minor. Central Park, July 4, 2021.

The Little Immigrant

European Drone Fly (Eristalis arbustorum) (introduced to North America in the late 1800’s) on a purple coneflower;
Central Park July 28, 2021

No Sweat

This Golden Sweat Bee (Augochlorella aurata) has no trouble getting into this prickly lettuce flower; Central Park, July 21, 2021.

Waiting For Dinner

A superbly camouflaged Ambush Bug lying in wait for prey to catch in Central Park, July 24, 2021.

No Ordinary Fly

A tiny Thick-legged Hover Fly (Syritta pipiens) enjoying a miniscule American Jumpseed flower (Persicaria virginiana) in The Ramble of Central Park; July 24, 2021.

Hard At Work

A member of the Striped Sweat Bees (Genus Agapostemon), probably a Bicolored Striped Sweat Bee (Agapostemon virescens) on a Chicory flower along the Reservoir in Central Park today July 22, 2021.

The Hidden Beauty of Grasses

You might not think of grasses as flowering plants, but they are and have tiny, tiny flowers. They lack the showy petals and sepals because they are wind pollinated and do not need to attract insects. I do not know the species of this example I saw around The Reservoir in Central Park, July 21, 2021.

A Fierce-Looking Beast

Probably a Common Thread-waisted Wasp (Eremnophila aureonotata). They are quite peaceful insects and do not sting.
Seen in Central Park today July 20, 2021.

Enjoying the Milkweeds

A Louisiana Painted-Dark Bee (Stelis louisae) browsing on Butterfly Milkweed flowers

The Busy Bee

Although there are 20,000 different types of bees in the world only one kind makes honey, the honeybee. This is the Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), the most common out of a handful of honey bees.

Speyeria cybele

Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly (Speyeria cybele) seen Central Park near North Meadow..

Digging For Gold

A member of the Furrow Bees, covered in pollen, is really getting into these goldenrods; Central Park, July 4, 2021.

Three Little Milkweed Beetles

One Red Milkweed Beetle discretely turns his back as the other two have a private moment; Central Park, July 4, 2021.

The Little Damselfly

A Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile) in Central Park today July 4, 2021.

Fly On Chicory

Variable Duskyface Fly enjoying a Chicory flower along the Reservoir in Central Park today July 3, 2021

Blue Dasher

A Blue Dasher dragon fly in The Ramble of Central Park


A Brown-Belted Bumble Bee feeds on Milkweed flowers in Shakespeare Garden in Central Park

A Colorful Question Mark

A Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis) butterfly dining on Hemp Dogbane flowers at The Reservoir in Central Park.

Staring Into The Abyss

Mediterranean Katydid balancing on the edge of a leaf in The Ramble of Central Park

The Lifecycle of an Asian Lady Beetle

top left: a pair of consenting adults. top right: eggs. bottom left: larva hunting for aphids to eat. bottom right: pupa, turning into a new lady beetle. Seen in Central Park during the past few weeks.

The Romance of Calligrapher Flies

A pair of Margined Calligraphers in a passionate embrace in The Ramble of Central Park

With Those Big Black Eyes

A Summer Azure butterfly at Pinetum East in Central Park

Lighter Than A Feather

An Eastern Calligrapher Fly in Dene Native Meadow of Central Park

Beauty Lies in the Eye of the Beholder

A Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) in The Ramble of Central Park

A Little Wildflower For A Day

An Asiatic Dayflower in Central Park today June 18, 2021.

Daylillies Galore

The Daylillies are in full bloom in Central Park, June 16, 2021.

Perfect Camouflage

A Two-spotted Grass Bug (Stenotus binotatus) hiding in plain sight; Central Park, today June 15, 2021.

Dining Out

A tiny bee, probably a member of Sweat Bees, dines on an Annual Fleabane flower.

A Balancing Act

A Margined Calligrapher fly delicately balancing on a tiny flower.

The Intricate Beauty of a Thistle

Seen at The Reservoir in Central Park today June 12, 2021.

Like a Jewel

A tiny insect in the genus Condylostylus, (a member of Long-legged Flies) I saw in The Ramble of Central Park today June 11, 2021.

The Tiny Little Weaver

A tiny spider, probably an Orchard Orbweaver (Leucauge venusta), sized barely 1/4 inch or 5mm long, waiting for prey in his handywork in The Ramble of Central Park today June 10, 2021.

Human On Shadows

Seen at Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus of the World Trade Center transportation hub at Battery Park City.

Resting on a Rose

A Mediterranean Katydid on probably a Carolina Rose in Central Park

A Tiny Blue Butterfly

Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)

An Incredible Lightness of Being

A member of typical crane flies in the superfamily Tipuloidea; the Ramble of Central Park today June 6, 2021.

Holding On

An Eastern Forktail Damsel Fly (Ischnura verticalis) holding on to a small leaf in Shakespeare Garden in Central Park

Also Soldier Beetles Do It

Goldenrod Soldier Beetles (Chauliognathus pensylvanicus) in an amorous embrace on a Yarrow flower at the Dene Native Meadow in Central Park

An American Lady

Vanessa Virginiensis a.k.a. American Lady butterfly in the Dene Native Meadow in Central Park today, June 2. 2021.

A Delicate Beauty with a Fancy Name

Chrysopa oculata a member of Typical Green Lacewings, along the reservoir running track in Central Park today, June 1, 2021.

A Skipper on a Giant Allium

A Zabulon Skipper on a Giant Allium in Shakespeare Garden today May 31, 2021.

The Expert Mimic

A Grey Catbird contemplating his next song in his vast repertoire; The Ramble in Central Park.

Beauty Lies In The Detail

Red Clover in Central Park, May 28, 2021.

Yum Yum for a Fly

A Margined Calligrapher fly (Toxomerus marginatus) on an annual fleabane flower in Central Park, May 25, 2021.

Black-and-White and Blue

Black-and-white warbler in The Ramble of Central Park

Something Pretty for Today

Asian Bleeding Hearts in Central Park

Love in The Park

Birds do it, bees do it
Even educated Flesh Flies (Sarcophagidae) do it
The Conservatory Garden in Central Park today May 24, 2021.