Life On A Quarter Acre

Yard and Year Lists

Taxa seen for the first time up to 2016

120
Chrysoperla sp.
(Common Green Lacewings)
20 Dec 2016
On a Rocky Mountain bristle cone pine in our back yard.
119
Melanoplus femurrubrum
(Red-legged Grasshopper)
16 Oct 2016
118
Salticus scenicus
(Zebra Jumping Spider)
16 Oct 2016
117
Lucilia sp.
16 Oct 2016
116
Pardosa sp.
(Thin-legged Wolf Spiders)
16 Oct 2016
On ground in leaf litter. BugGuide ID
115
Panzeria sp.
16 Oct 2016
114
Junco hyemalis
(Dark-eyed Junco)
16 Oct 2016
113
Taraxacum officinale
(Common Dandelion)
16 Oct 2016
112
Delphinium ajacis
(Doubtful Knight's-Spur)
16 Oct 2016
111
Spinus psaltria
(Lesser Goldfinch)
16 Oct 2016
110
Pompilinae
12 Oct 2016
109
Anthocoris sp.
12 Oct 2016
Small (~3 mm) bug on birch tree
108
Calaphidini
11 Oct 2016
Winged aphid on the bottom of a raspberry leaf
107
Phormia regina
10 Oct 2016
106
Sceliphron caementarium
(Yellow-legged Mud-dauber Wasp)
10 Oct 2016
105
Antheminia eurynota remota
10 Oct 2016
On Parsley plant
104
Rhyparochromus vulgaris remota
8 Oct 2016
103
Coccinella septempunctata remota
(Seven-spotted Lady Beetle)
2 Oct 2016
102
Eumenes sp.
(Typical Potter Wasps)
2 Oct 2016
101
Lygus sp.
2 Oct 2016
100
Pipizinae
(Pitheads & Kin)
2 Oct 2016
99
Pica hudsonia remota
(Black-billed Magpie)
28 Sep 2016
98
Hylaeus sp.
28 Sep 2016
97
Villa sp.
28 Sep 2016
96
Gymnosoma sp.
28 Sep 2016
95
Brochymena sp.
(Rough Stink Bugs)
27 Sep 2016
94
Corvus brachyrhynchos remota
(American Crow)
25 Sep 2016
93
Vespula pensylvanica remota
(Western Yellowjacket)
24 Sep 2016
92
Calopompilus pyrrhomelas remota
24 Sep 2016
On parsley flowers in the garden.
91
Archytas sp.
24 Sep 2016
90
Vespula germanica remota
(German Yellowjacket)
21 Sep 2016
89
Osbornellus borealis remota
20 Sep 2016
88
Ancistrocerus adiabatus remota
19 Sep 2016
87
Bombycilla cedrorum remota
(Cedar Waxwing)
19 Sep 2016
86
Megacyllene robiniae remota
(Locust Borer)
11 Sep 2016
85
Callopistromyia annulipes remota
(Peacock Fly)
10 Sep 2016
On front porch doing his wings-up peacock dance BugGuide ID
84
Nabis sp.
7 Sep 2016
83
Euschistus sp.
(Brown Stink Bugs)
7 Sep 2016
82
Bombus rufocinctus remota
(Red-belted Bumble Bee)
5 Sep 2016
81
Lestes congener remota
(Spotted Spreadwing)
5 Sep 2016
80
Eristalis hirta remota
(Black-footed Drone Fly)
5 Sep 2016
79
Eupeodes fumipennis remota
(Western Aphideater)
5 Sep 2016

On California Poppy flower

BugGuide ID

78
Sarcophaga sp.
(Common Flesh Flies)
5 Sep 2016
77
Stenodynerus sp.
(Stenodynerus)
5 Sep 2016
76
Mecaphesa sp.
5 Sep 2016
75
Eristalis tenax remota
(Common Drone Fly)
2 Sep 2016
74
Vespula alascensis remota
(Alaska Yellowjacket)
25 Aug 2016
73
Ancistrocerus albophaleratus remota
(White-banded Potter Wasp)
24 Aug 2016
72
Rhopalapion longirostre remota
(Hollyhock Weevil)
24 Aug 2016

Male

On Hollyhock plant

71
Megalotomus quinquespinosus remota
(Lupine Bug)
21 Aug 2016
70
Polistes dominula remota
(European Paper Wasp)
20 Aug 2016
Snuck into the house somehow
69
Buathra perplexa remota
20 Aug 2016

Female

BugGuide

First Idaho iNat observation. I also recorded one at Idler's Rest.

68
Anthomyia procellaris remota
18 Aug 2016
Several of these flies sit on top of stakes and on raspberry leaves in morning sun. BugGuide ID Female
67
Buteo swainsoni remota
(Swainson's Hawk)
17 Aug 2016
66
Cercyonis pegala remota
(Common Wood-Nymph)
17 Aug 2016
On a raspberry leaf
65
Pero morrisonaria remota
(Morrison's Pero Moth)
16 Aug 2016
Resting on my windowsill. Wingspan 40 mm.
64
Halictus ligatus remota
(Ligated Furrow Bee)
15 Aug 2016
63
Epilobium brachycarpum remota
(Panicled Willowherb)
14 Aug 2016
62
Pemphredon sp.
(Typical Aphid Wasps)
14 Aug 2016
Appears to be nesting in a hole bored into an old log.
61
Armadillidium vulgare remota
(Common Pill Woodlouse)
13 Aug 2016
Rolls up into a perfect ball when disturbed.
60
Syritta pipiens remota
(Common Compost Fly)
13 Aug 2016
59
Ceratina acantha remota
(Small Carpenter Bees)
13 Aug 2016
IDed by Nathaniel Green, WSU PhD student
58
Harmonia axyridis remota
(Asian Lady Beetle)
13 Aug 2016
57
Boisea rubrolineata remota
(Western Boxelder Bug)
13 Aug 2016
56
Chrysopa oculata remota
(Stink Lacewings)
12 Aug 2016
Noting the facial markings (esp. reddish Y mark). @jonathan142
55
Colaptes auratus remota
(Northern Flicker)
8 Aug 2016
54
Eratigena agrestis remota
(Hobo Spider)
7 Aug 2016
ID as male hobo spider was confirmed at BugGuide.
53
Pheucticus melanocephalus remota
(Black-headed Grosbeak)
2 Aug 2016
Female
52
Condylostylus occidentalis remota
31 Jul 2016

Small fly (~4 mm) darting around on surface of raspberry leaves

BugGuide ID

51
Haemorhous mexicanus remota
(House Finch)
31 Jul 2016
50
Colias eurytheme remota
(Orange Sulphur)
31 Jul 2016
49
Sitta canadensis remota
(Red-breasted Nuthatch)
31 Jul 2016
48
Orthotrichaceae
30 Jul 2016
On base of birch trunk, north side
47
Ochlodes sylvanoides remota
(Woodland Skipper)
29 Jul 2016
46
Bombus vagans remota
(Half-black Bumble Bee)
29 Jul 2016
45
Bombus occidentalis remota
(Western Bumble Bee)
29 Jul 2016
44
Campanula rapunculoides remota
(Creeping Bellflower)
29 Jul 2016
43
Melissodes sp.
29 Jul 2016
42
Oxyopes scalaris remota
(Western Lynx Spider)
29 Jul 2016
On tassel of corn plant
41
Calliphora vicina remota
(Blue Blowfly)
27 Jul 2016
Large fly (~13 mm) on inside window screen.
40
Phasianus colchicus remota
(Ring-necked Pheasant)
24 Jul 2016
39
Dissosteira carolina remota
(Carolina Grasshopper)
24 Jul 2016
Looks like a Mourning Cloak when flying
38
Mephitis mephitis remota
(Striped Skunk)
24 Jul 2016
37
Dryobates pubescens remota
(Downy Woodpecker)
24 Jul 2016
36
Poecile atricapillus remota
(Black-capped Chickadee)
24 Jul 2016
35
Phalangium opilio remota
(European Harvestman)
22 Jul 2016
On birch tree trunk
34
Hippodamia convergens remota
(Convergent Lady Beetle)
22 Jul 2016
33
Bombus huntii remota
(Hunt's Bumble Bee)
22 Jul 2016
32
Zenaida macroura remota
(Mourning Dove)
21 Jul 2016
31
Triepeolus sp.
(Longhorn-cuckoo Bees)
21 Jul 2016
30
Pseudacris regilla remota
(Pacific Chorus Frog)
21 Jul 2016
About 4 cm. Found jumping on steps to the front porch.
29
Tragopogon dubius remota
(Yellow Salsify)
21 Jul 2016
28
Lactuca serriola remota
(Prickly Lettuce)
21 Jul 2016
27
Anthidium manicatum remota
(European Woolcarder Bee)
21 Jul 2016
26
Thamnophis elegans vagrans
(Western Terrestrial Garter Snake)
20 Jul 2016
25
Hemipenthes sp.
19 Jul 2016
24
Pieris rapae vagrans
(Cabbage White)
19 Jul 2016
23
Aphaenogaster occidentalis vagrans
(Spine-waisted Ants)
19 Jul 2016
Under a board next to the compost pile. Length ~ 3mm. BugGuide ID
22
Megaloceroea recticornis vagrans
19 Jul 2016
21
Formica neoclara vagrans
(Wood, Mound, and Field Ants)
19 Jul 2016
Nesting under boards on ground near compost.
20
Trifolium repens vagrans
(White Clover)
18 Jul 2016
19
Tanacetum parthenium vagrans
(Feverfew)
18 Jul 2016
Yard weed
18
Strymon melinus vagrans
(Gray Hairstreak)
18 Jul 2016
17
Phyciodes mylitta vagrans
(Mylitta Crescent)
16 Jul 2016
16
Apis mellifera vagrans
(Western Honey Bee)
16 Jul 2016
15
Selasphorus calliope vagrans
(Calliope Hummingbird)
13 Jul 2016
Female at feeder
14
Malva neglecta vagrans
(Dwarf Mallow)
9 Jul 2016
13
Lapsana communis vagrans
(Nipplewort)
9 Jul 2016
12
Sciurus niger vagrans
(Fox Squirrel)
9 Jul 2016
11
Autographa californica vagrans
(Alfalfa Looper)
9 Jul 2016
This poor moth was being attacked by ants and could no longer fly. It may Be too far gone to identify, but I thought I'd give it a try. You can see one of the ants on the moth's front leg in the second picture. I took a video and tried to post it, ...
10
Sonchus asper vagrans
(Prickly Sowthistle)
9 Jul 2016
9
Oecanthus sp.
(Common Tree Crickets)
8 Jul 2016
This is either Riley's or Snowy tree cricket - evidenced by the equally sized and spaced white dots on the abdomen, and the black intermittent rings on the antennae. Nymphs cannot be ID'd to species without a close view of the black dots on the front ...
8
Limax maximus vagrans
(Leopard Slug)
8 Jul 2016
7
Streptopelia decaocto vagrans
(Eurasian Collared-Dove)
7 Jul 2016
6
Papilio rutulus vagrans
(Western Tiger Swallowtail)
7 Jul 2016
5
Passer domesticus vagrans
(House Sparrow)
7 Jul 2016
Male
4
Turdus migratorius vagrans
(American Robin)
7 Jul 2016
3
Spinus tristis vagrans
(American Goldfinch)
7 Jul 2016
2
Centrodera spurca vagrans
(Yellow Douglas-fir Borer)
6 Jul 2016
Just hanging out on a raspberry leaf. Doesn't seem to mind having his picture taken. Body length ~ 30 mm
1
Dolichovespula maculata vagrans
(Bald-faced Hornet)
6 Jul 2016

This is the first observation from the yard!

I hope to find and identify as many species as possible on our little quarter-acre lot.