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 iconic orange-and-black butterfly is widely assumed to be at risk of extinction. But Monarch biology is complex, with different populations exhibiting different ecology, and some research suggests that the situation is less dire than widely believe.
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.
Diverse, ecologically important, and often stunningly beautiful, moths have emerged as a popular subject of study among amateur naturalists.
An odd-looking fly with an even odder life history.
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.