Life On A Quarter Acre

Yard and Year Lists

Taxa seen for the first time up to 2017

226
Culex tarsalis
(Western Encephalitis Mosquito)
26 Dec 2017
Mosquito hanging out on the kitchen wall. Length 5 mm
225
Alucita sp.
14 Dec 2017
Small moth on bathroom wall. Length ~ 8 mm
224
Spinus pinus
(Pine Siskin)
9 Nov 2017
223
Operophtera bruceata
(Bruce Spanworm Moth)
29 Oct 2017
BugGuide ID Winged = ♂ The terminal line is a series of dark SINGLE dots -- a distinctive feature. = Operophtera bruceata (widespread, mostly northern)
222
Tromatobia sp.
26 Oct 2017
221
Sargus bipunctatus
26 Oct 2017

Found on wheelbarrow next to compost.

BugGuide ID Female

220
Plutella xylostella
(Diamondback Moth)
26 Oct 2017
219
Voriini
25 Oct 2017
218
Asemosyrphus polygrammus
(Common Sickleleg)
25 Oct 2017
217
Itoplectis conquisitor
25 Oct 2017

Female

BugGuide

216
Mantis religiosa
(European Mantis)
4 Oct 2017
215
Melanoplus bivittatus
(Two-striped Grasshopper)
9 Aug 2017
214
Heliothis phloxiphaga
(Darker-spotted Straw Moth)
8 Aug 2017
213
Stictoleptura canadensis
(Red-shouldered Pine Borer)
7 Aug 2017
212
Archilochus alexandri
(Black-chinned Hummingbird)
6 Aug 2017
211
Hesperumia sulphuraria
(Sulphur Moth)
28 Jul 2017
210
Hyles lineata
(White-lined Sphinx)
17 Jul 2017
209
Polygonia satyrus
(Satyr Comma)
13 Jul 2017
208
Hedychrum sp.
(Hedychrum)
9 Jul 2017
207
Toxomerus occidentalis
(Western Calligrapher)
7 Jul 2017
206
Epicauta puncticollis
(Burning Blister Beetles)
5 Jul 2017
205
Medetera sp.
(Woodpecker Flies)
3 Jul 2017

Tiny fly (~2 mm) on side of tomato garden

BugGuide ID

204
Anthrenus verbasci
(Varied Carpet Beetle)
3 Jul 2017
203
Polix coloradella
(Skunk Moth)
1 Jul 2017
202
Dolichovespula arenaria
(Common Aerial Yellowjacket)
1 Jul 2017
201
Cerceris sp.
(Typical Weevil Wasps and Allies)
1 Jul 2017
200
Synanthedon bibionipennis
(Strawberry Crown Moth)
29 Jun 2017
Female
199
Lepturobosca chrysocoma
(Yellow Velvet Beetle)
24 Jun 2017
198
Bombus flavidus
(Yellowish Cuckoo Bumble Bee)
24 Jun 2017
197
Anastrangalia laetifica
(Dimorphic Flower Longhorn Beetle)
22 Jun 2017
196
Sphecodes sp.
(Blood Bees)
21 Jun 2017

On a Lewis Flax flower

BugGuide ID

195
Rumex acetosella
(Sheep's Sorrel)
21 Jun 2017
194
Xysticus sp.
(Ground Crab Spiders)
18 Jun 2017
BugGuide ID: Prey - Halictus female
193
Anaspis atrata
(Black False Flower Beetle)
18 Jun 2017
Lots of these beetles on mallow-leaf ninebark flowers
192
Balaustium sp.
(Sidewalk Mites)
17 Jun 2017
~ 1 mm On Snow in Summer (Cerastium tomentosum) flowers BugGuide ID Possibly Balaustium (Erythraeidae), as it looks very much like this photo: https://bugguide.net/node/view/922372
191
Agulla sp.
(Common Snakeflies)
17 Jun 2017
190
Geranium pusillum
(Small-flowered Crane's-Bill)
16 Jun 2017
189
Eucera sp.
Subgenus: Synhalonia
16 Jun 2017
188
Tenthredo sp.
(Tenthredo)
15 Jun 2017
187
Eristalis nemorum
(Orange-spined Drone Fly)
14 Jun 2017

There is some disagreement about this on iNat.

E. hirta or nemorum?

On Physocarpus malvaceus (Mallow-leaf Ninebark) flowers.

186
Geum urbanum
(Wood Avens)
9 Jun 2017
185
Hesperis matronalis
(Dame's Rocket)
8 Jun 2017
184
Bombus nevadensis
(Nevada Bumble Bee)
8 Jun 2017
183
Platycheirus stegnus
(Greater Punctate Sedgesitter)
7 Jun 2017

5 mm, female

Visiting Clarkia pulchella flowers

BugGuide ID

182
Agaricus campestris
(Meadow Mushroom)
5 Jun 2017

Found in yard while mowing lawn.

cap diameter 15 cm, stem length 12 cm

Gills liquified into black goo after spore ring was made

181
Merodon equestris
(Narcissus Bulb Fly)
5 Jun 2017
180
Aleochara sp.
5 Jun 2017

4 mm

Found under mushroom while making spore ring

179
Philodromus dispar
(Eurasian Running Crab Spider)
26 May 2017
178
Vanessa cardui
(Painted Lady)
26 May 2017
177
Dysdera crocata
(Woodlouse Spider)
25 May 2017
176
Bombus vosnesenskii
(Yellow-faced Bumble Bee)
24 May 2017
175
Callipepla californica
(California Quail)
24 May 2017
174
Podalonia sp.
(Cutworm Wasps)
23 May 2017
173
Vanessa annabella
(West Coast Lady)
23 May 2017
172
Anthrenus scrophulariae
(Common Carpet Beetle)
23 May 2017
171
Tibellus sp.
(Slender Crab Spiders)
22 May 2017
170
Halictus confusus
(Confusing Furrow Bee)
22 May 2017
On a tulip flower
169
Tetramorium immigrans
(Immigrant Pavement Ant)
22 May 2017
168
Tipula sp.
Subgenus: Tipula
(Common Crane Flies)
21 May 2017
167
Oniscus asellus
(Common Shiny Woodlouse)
20 May 2017
166
Rhionaeschna californica
(Calfornia Darner)
19 May 2017
165
Bassaniana sp.
19 May 2017
164
Xanthorhoe defensaria
18 May 2017
163
Scaeva affinis
(White-bowed Smoothwing)
18 May 2017
162
Leucophora sp.
18 May 2017
161
Cryptus rufovinctus
18 May 2017

Female

BugGuide

First and only iNat observation

160
Poa bulbosa
(Bulbous Bluegrass)
15 May 2017
159
Amara familiaris
(Social Sun Beetle)
13 May 2017
158
Lumbricus terrestris
(Common Earthworm)
9 May 2017
157
Deroceras reticulatum
(Milky Slug)
9 May 2017
156
Carabus nemoralis
(Bronze Ground Beetle)
9 May 2017
155
Misumena vatia
(Goldenrod Crab Spider)
9 May 2017
BugGuide ID Looks to be subadult male
154
Oulema sp.
8 May 2017
153
Noctua pronuba
(Large Yellow Underwing)
7 May 2017
152
Agrocybe pediades
(Common Fieldcap)
7 May 2017
151
Osmia lignaria propinqua
(Mason Bees)
7 May 2017
150
Dasysyrphus sp.
7 May 2017
Complex Dasysyrphus intrudens
149
Syrphus opinator propinqua
(Black-margined Flower Fly)
7 May 2017
148
Taeniopterygidae
(Winter Stoneflies)
6 May 2017
On side of garage 14 mm from head to wing tip BugGuide ID
147
Camponotus modoc propinqua
(Western Black Carpenter Ant)
4 May 2017
146
Emmelina monodactyla propinqua
(Morning-glory Plume Moth)
4 May 2017

23 mm wingspan

On west side of house

145
Therion sp.
3 May 2017
144
Sylvicola sp.
3 May 2017

~ 6 mm

Netted from a swarm in backyard

BugGuide ID left at Anisopodidae

143
Arhyssus scutatus propinqua
3 May 2017
142
Arion sp.
Subgenus: Mesarion
(Arion Slugs)
1 May 2017
141
Adalia bipunctata propinqua
(Two-spotted Lady Beetle)
1 May 2017
140
Spilichneumon sp.
30 Apr 2017

~ 25 mm

On front porch. 10 deg C, cloudy and windy

139
Thryomanes bewickii propinqua
(Bewick's Wren)
27 Apr 2017
138
Zonotrichia leucophrys propinqua
(White-crowned Sparrow)
27 Apr 2017
137
Viola odorata propinqua
(Eurasian Sweet Violet)
21 Apr 2017
136
Epalpus signifer propinqua
(Early Tachinid Fly)
21 Apr 2017
On Common Chickweed flowers
135
Scathophaga stercoraria propinqua
(Golden Dung Fly)
21 Apr 2017
134
Bombus centralis propinqua
(Great Basin Bumble Bee)
21 Apr 2017
On Golden Currant flowers
133
Lasioglossum sp.
Subgenus: Dialictus
21 Apr 2017
132
Stellaria media propinqua
(Common Chickweed)
21 Apr 2017
131
Melanostoma mellinum propinqua
(Variable Duskyface Fly)
21 Apr 2017

On Chickweed (Stellaria media) flower

BugGuide ID

male

130
Neoneides muticus propinqua
21 Apr 2017
129
Bombus mixtus propinqua
(Fuzzy-horned Bumble Bee)
21 Apr 2017
128
Leptoglossus occidentalis propinqua
16 Mar 2017
127
Accipiter cooperii propinqua
(Cooper's Hawk)
27 Jan 2017
126
Regulus satrapa propinqua
(Golden-crowned Kinglet)
12 Jan 2017
125
Ixoreus naevius propinqua
(Varied Thrush)
10 Jan 2017
124
Bombycilla garrulus propinqua
(Bohemian Waxwing)
10 Jan 2017
Horrible picture, I know. But the flock (~20) flew away before I could get any others.
123
Sciaridae
(Dark-winged Fungus Gnats)
10 Jan 2017

Length: 3 mm

The first photo was taken live on inside of window. The second was after I put it in the freezer for a half hour.

122
Coccinella trifasciata propinqua
(Three-banded Lady Beetle)
8 Jan 2017
121
Melospiza melodia propinqua
(Song Sparrow)
2 Jan 2017
120
Chrysoperla sp.
(Common Green Lacewings)
20 Dec 2016
On a Rocky Mountain bristle cone pine in our back yard.
119
Panzeria sp.
16 Oct 2016
118
Pardosa sp.
(Thin-legged Wolf Spiders)
16 Oct 2016
On ground in leaf litter. BugGuide ID
117
Lucilia sp.
16 Oct 2016
116
Spinus psaltria propinqua
(Lesser Goldfinch)
16 Oct 2016
115
Melanoplus femurrubrum propinqua
(Red-legged Grasshopper)
16 Oct 2016
114
Salticus scenicus propinqua
(Zebra Jumping Spider)
16 Oct 2016
113
Junco hyemalis propinqua
(Dark-eyed Junco)
16 Oct 2016
112
Taraxacum officinale propinqua
(Common Dandelion)
16 Oct 2016
111
Delphinium ajacis propinqua
(Doubtful Knight's-Spur)
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
Sceliphron caementarium propinqua
(Yellow-legged Mud-dauber Wasp)
10 Oct 2016
106
Antheminia eurynota remota
10 Oct 2016
On Parsley plant
105
Phormia regina remota
10 Oct 2016
104
Rhyparochromus vulgaris remota
8 Oct 2016
103
Eumenes sp.
(Typical Potter Wasps)
2 Oct 2016
102
Coccinella septempunctata remota
(Seven-spotted Lady Beetle)
2 Oct 2016
101
Lygus sp.
2 Oct 2016
100
Pipizinae
(Pitheads & Kin)
2 Oct 2016
99
Gymnosoma sp.
28 Sep 2016
98
Villa sp.
28 Sep 2016
97
Hylaeus sp.
28 Sep 2016
96
Pica hudsonia remota
(Black-billed Magpie)
28 Sep 2016
95
Brochymena sp.
(Rough Stink Bugs)
27 Sep 2016
94
Corvus brachyrhynchos remota
(American Crow)
25 Sep 2016
93
Archytas sp.
24 Sep 2016
92
Calopompilus pyrrhomelas remota
24 Sep 2016
On parsley flowers in the garden.
91
Vespula pensylvanica remota
(Western Yellowjacket)
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
Euschistus sp.
(Brown Stink Bugs)
7 Sep 2016
83
Nabis sp.
7 Sep 2016
82
Mecaphesa sp.
5 Sep 2016
81
Sarcophaga sp.
(Common Flesh Flies)
5 Sep 2016
80
Stenodynerus sp.
(Stenodynerus)
5 Sep 2016
79
Bombus rufocinctus remota
(Red-belted Bumble Bee)
5 Sep 2016
78
Eupeodes fumipennis remota
(Western Aphideater)
5 Sep 2016

On California Poppy flower

BugGuide ID

77
Eristalis hirta remota
(Black-footed Drone Fly)
5 Sep 2016
76
Lestes congener remota
(Spotted Spreadwing)
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
Cercyonis pegala remota
(Common Wood-Nymph)
17 Aug 2016
On a raspberry leaf
66
Buteo swainsoni remota
(Swainson's Hawk)
17 Aug 2016
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
Harmonia axyridis remota
(Asian Lady Beetle)
13 Aug 2016
60
Syritta pipiens remota
(Common Compost Fly)
13 Aug 2016
59
Boisea rubrolineata remota
(Western Boxelder Bug)
13 Aug 2016
58
Armadillidium vulgare remota
(Common Pill Woodlouse)
13 Aug 2016
Rolls up into a perfect ball when disturbed.
57
Ceratina acantha remota
(Small Carpenter Bees)
13 Aug 2016
IDed by Nathaniel Green, WSU PhD student
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
Sitta canadensis remota
(Red-breasted Nuthatch)
31 Jul 2016
51
Colias eurytheme remota
(Orange Sulphur)
31 Jul 2016
50
Haemorhous mexicanus remota
(House Finch)
31 Jul 2016
49
Condylostylus occidentalis remota
31 Jul 2016

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

BugGuide ID

48
Orthotrichaceae
30 Jul 2016
On base of birch trunk, north side
47
Bombus vagans remota
(Half-black Bumble Bee)
29 Jul 2016
46
Melissodes sp.
29 Jul 2016
45
Ochlodes sylvanoides remota
(Woodland Skipper)
29 Jul 2016
44
Oxyopes scalaris remota
(Western Lynx Spider)
29 Jul 2016
On tassel of corn plant
43
Bombus occidentalis remota
(Western Bumble Bee)
29 Jul 2016
42
Campanula rapunculoides remota
(Creeping Bellflower)
29 Jul 2016
41
Calliphora vicina remota
(Blue Blowfly)
27 Jul 2016
Large fly (~13 mm) on inside window screen.
40
Poecile atricapillus remota
(Black-capped Chickadee)
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
Phasianus colchicus remota
(Ring-necked Pheasant)
24 Jul 2016
35
Bombus huntii remota
(Hunt's Bumble Bee)
22 Jul 2016
34
Hippodamia convergens remota
(Convergent Lady Beetle)
22 Jul 2016
33
Phalangium opilio remota
(European Harvestman)
22 Jul 2016
On birch tree trunk
32
Anthidium manicatum remota
(European Woolcarder Bee)
21 Jul 2016
31
Triepeolus sp.
(Longhorn-cuckoo Bees)
21 Jul 2016
30
Lactuca serriola remota
(Prickly Lettuce)
21 Jul 2016
29
Pseudacris regilla remota
(Pacific Chorus Frog)
21 Jul 2016
About 4 cm. Found jumping on steps to the front porch.
28
Zenaida macroura remota
(Mourning Dove)
21 Jul 2016
27
Tragopogon dubius remota
(Yellow Salsify)
21 Jul 2016
26
Thamnophis elegans vagrans
(Western Terrestrial Garter Snake)
20 Jul 2016
25
Formica neoclara vagrans
(Wood, Mound, and Field Ants)
19 Jul 2016
Nesting under boards on ground near compost.
24
Hemipenthes sp.
19 Jul 2016
23
Megaloceroea recticornis vagrans
19 Jul 2016
22
Aphaenogaster occidentalis vagrans
(Spine-waisted Ants)
19 Jul 2016
Under a board next to the compost pile. Length ~ 3mm. BugGuide ID
21
Pieris rapae vagrans
(Cabbage White)
19 Jul 2016
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
Lapsana communis vagrans
(Nipplewort)
9 Jul 2016
13
Malva neglecta vagrans
(Dwarf Mallow)
9 Jul 2016
12
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, ...
11
Sonchus asper vagrans
(Prickly Sowthistle)
9 Jul 2016
10
Sciurus niger vagrans
(Fox Squirrel)
9 Jul 2016
9
Limax maximus vagrans
(Leopard Slug)
8 Jul 2016
8
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 ...
7
Spinus tristis vagrans
(American Goldfinch)
7 Jul 2016
6
Turdus migratorius vagrans
(American Robin)
7 Jul 2016
5
Passer domesticus vagrans
(House Sparrow)
7 Jul 2016
Male
4
Papilio rutulus vagrans
(Western Tiger Swallowtail)
7 Jul 2016
3
Streptopelia decaocto vagrans
(Eurasian Collared-Dove)
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.