High volume seed production on some of our native trees, like this White Ash in Hubbardston, is very noticeable this year. It is an excellent mast year, with acorns and apples weighing down local trees. Populations of rodents and their predators will soar.
Female worker of Bombus maculatus, one of our most common bumblebees, nectaring on one of the season's last sources, Aster lateriflorus.
Relying on its excellent camouflage, this Ambush Bug (subfamily Phymatinae) waits motionless for prey such as bumblebees and other late-season pollinators. These insects routinely capture prey ten or more times their own size
Total lunar eclipse 27 September. According to earthsky.org, This September full moon is also called a Blood Moon, because it presents the fourth and final eclipse of a lunar tetrad: four straight total eclipses of the moon, spaced at six lunar months (full moons) apart. Coincidentally, the moon took on a reddish-orange "bloody" glow during totality.
Moose pair photographed by Jim "hikingcamera" Morelly on east Quabbin Reservoir property.