A new iNaturalist user recently documented a great blue skimmer (Libellula vibrans) in Chilmark. There are only a handful of previous records for the Vineyard.
A Chilmark record adds the unusual wasp genus Gasteruption to the MV Atlas of Life.
This member of the lily family is a characteristic plant of the Vineyard sandplain and a popular place to stop for a wide range of pollinators.
An odd-looking fly with an even odder life history.
An early spring gem, this lovely wildflower is a Vineyard specialty.
Pyrgota undata, a boldly marked, largely nocturnal fly, is a parasite of May beetles, usually attacking its host in mid-air.
A highly specialized bee, associated with the wetland shrub Lyonia ligustrina, is documented in iNaturalist.
Perhaps because of their elongated shape, members of the fly family Therevidae have acquired the common name “stiletto flies.”
Deliberately or by accident, humans have transported many thousands of species from their native ranges to new regions or continents.
A rarely reported, carrion-loving fly turns up on the southern shoreline of Martha’s Vineyard.