4 June 2012

Weekend critters from Shenandoah National Park

Posted by Callan Bentley

My penchant for macro photographer of small animals continues unabated. Here are some images from Saturday and Sunday along Skyline Drive and the Whiteoak Canyon / Cedar Run loop in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia:

A fly with a hairy back of golden iridescence. Compare it to this one:

Very similar in some regards, but check out the size differences in the eyes, and the abdomen… Perhaps this is a case of convergent evolution, or maybe simply sexual dimorphism.

Next up, check out this interesting larva:

… a beetle of some sort, perhaps?

Here is a very green shot of a true bug (some sort of assassin bug, I think), sipping on a fly:

And last, please enjoy this lovely salamander, like a star-dappled night sky: