Life On A Quarter Acre

Yard and Year Lists

2017 New Taxa

Date
106
Culex tarsalis
(Western Encephalitis Mosquito)
26 Dec 2017
Mosquito hanging out on the kitchen wall. Length 5 mm
105
Alucita sp.
14 Dec 2017
Small moth on bathroom wall. Length ~ 8 mm
104
Spinus pinus
(Pine Siskin)
9 Nov 2017
103
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)
102
Sargus bipunctatus
26 Oct 2017

Found on wheelbarrow next to compost.

BugGuide ID Female

101
Tromatobia sp.
26 Oct 2017
100
Plutella xylostella
(Diamondback Moth)
26 Oct 2017
99
Itoplectis conquisitor
25 Oct 2017

Female

BugGuide

98
Asemosyrphus polygrammus
(Common Sickleleg)
25 Oct 2017
97
Voriini
25 Oct 2017
96
Mantis religiosa
(European Mantis)
4 Oct 2017
95
Melanoplus bivittatus
(Two-striped Grasshopper)
9 Aug 2017
94
Heliothis phloxiphaga
(Darker-spotted Straw Moth)
8 Aug 2017
93
Stictoleptura canadensis
(Red-shouldered Pine Borer)
7 Aug 2017
92
Archilochus alexandri
(Black-chinned Hummingbird)
6 Aug 2017
91
Hesperumia sulphuraria
(Sulphur Moth)
28 Jul 2017
90
Hyles lineata
(White-lined Sphinx)
17 Jul 2017
89
Polygonia satyrus
(Satyr Comma)
13 Jul 2017
88
Hedychrum sp.
(Hedychrum)
9 Jul 2017
87
Toxomerus occidentalis
(Western Calligrapher)
7 Jul 2017
86
Epicauta puncticollis
(Burning Blister Beetles)
5 Jul 2017
85
Anthrenus verbasci
(Varied Carpet Beetle)
3 Jul 2017
84
Medetera sp.
(Woodpecker Flies)
3 Jul 2017

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

BugGuide ID

83
Polix coloradella
(Skunk Moth)
1 Jul 2017
82
Cerceris sp.
(Typical Weevil Wasps and Allies)
1 Jul 2017
81
Dolichovespula arenaria
(Common Aerial Yellowjacket)
1 Jul 2017
80
Synanthedon bibionipennis
(Strawberry Crown Moth)
29 Jun 2017
Female
79
Bombus flavidus
(Yellowish Cuckoo Bumble Bee)
24 Jun 2017
78
Lepturobosca chrysocoma
(Yellow Velvet Beetle)
24 Jun 2017
77
Anastrangalia laetifica
(Dimorphic Flower Longhorn Beetle)
22 Jun 2017
76
Rumex acetosella
(Sheep's Sorrel)
21 Jun 2017
75
Sphecodes sp.
(Blood Bees)
21 Jun 2017

On a Lewis Flax flower

BugGuide ID

74
Anaspis atrata
(Black False Flower Beetle)
18 Jun 2017
Lots of these beetles on mallow-leaf ninebark flowers
73
Xysticus sp.
(Ground Crab Spiders)
18 Jun 2017
BugGuide ID: Prey - Halictus female
72
Agulla sp.
(Common Snakeflies)
17 Jun 2017
71
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
70
Eucera sp.
Subgenus: Synhalonia
16 Jun 2017
69
Geranium pusillum
(Small-flowered Crane's-Bill)
16 Jun 2017
68
Tenthredo sp.
(Tenthredo)
15 Jun 2017
67
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.

66
Geum urbanum
(Wood Avens)
9 Jun 2017
65
Hesperis matronalis
(Dame's Rocket)
8 Jun 2017
64
Bombus nevadensis
(Nevada Bumble Bee)
8 Jun 2017
63
Platycheirus stegnus
(Greater Punctate Sedgesitter)
7 Jun 2017

5 mm, female

Visiting Clarkia pulchella flowers

BugGuide ID

62
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

61
Merodon equestris
(Narcissus Bulb Fly)
5 Jun 2017
60
Aleochara sp.
5 Jun 2017

4 mm

Found under mushroom while making spore ring

59
Philodromus dispar
(Eurasian Running Crab Spider)
26 May 2017
58
Vanessa cardui
(Painted Lady)
26 May 2017
57
Dysdera crocata
(Woodlouse Spider)
25 May 2017
56
Callipepla californica
(California Quail)
24 May 2017
55
Bombus vosnesenskii
(Yellow-faced Bumble Bee)
24 May 2017
54
Podalonia sp.
(Cutworm Wasps)
23 May 2017
53
Vanessa annabella
(West Coast Lady)
23 May 2017
52
Anthrenus scrophulariae
(Common Carpet Beetle)
23 May 2017
51
Tibellus sp.
(Slender Crab Spiders)
22 May 2017
50
Halictus confusus
(Confusing Furrow Bee)
22 May 2017
On a tulip flower
49
Tetramorium immigrans
(Immigrant Pavement Ant)
22 May 2017
48
Tipula sp.
Subgenus: Tipula
(Common Crane Flies)
21 May 2017
47
Oniscus asellus
(Common Shiny Woodlouse)
20 May 2017
46
Rhionaeschna californica
(Calfornia Darner)
19 May 2017
45
Bassaniana sp.
19 May 2017
44
Leucophora sp.
18 May 2017
43
Scaeva affinis
(White-bowed Smoothwing)
18 May 2017
42
Xanthorhoe defensaria
18 May 2017
41
Cryptus rufovinctus
18 May 2017

Female

BugGuide

First and only iNat observation

40
Poa bulbosa
(Bulbous Bluegrass)
15 May 2017
39
Amara familiaris
(Social Sun Beetle)
13 May 2017
38
Misumena vatia
(Goldenrod Crab Spider)
9 May 2017
BugGuide ID Looks to be subadult male
37
Carabus nemoralis
(Bronze Ground Beetle)
9 May 2017
36
Lumbricus terrestris
(Common Earthworm)
9 May 2017
35
Deroceras reticulatum
(Milky Slug)
9 May 2017
34
Oulema sp.
8 May 2017
33
Dasysyrphus sp.
7 May 2017
Complex Dasysyrphus intrudens
32
Osmia lignaria propinqua
(Mason Bees)
7 May 2017
31
Noctua pronuba propinqua
(Large Yellow Underwing)
7 May 2017
30
Syrphus opinator propinqua
(Black-margined Flower Fly)
7 May 2017
29
Agrocybe pediades propinqua
(Common Fieldcap)
7 May 2017
28
Taeniopterygidae
(Winter Stoneflies)
6 May 2017
On side of garage 14 mm from head to wing tip BugGuide ID
27
Emmelina monodactyla propinqua
(Morning-glory Plume Moth)
4 May 2017

23 mm wingspan

On west side of house

26
Camponotus modoc propinqua
(Western Black Carpenter Ant)
4 May 2017
25
Sylvicola sp.
3 May 2017

~ 6 mm

Netted from a swarm in backyard

BugGuide ID left at Anisopodidae

24
Arhyssus scutatus propinqua
3 May 2017
23
Therion sp.
3 May 2017
22
Arion sp.
Subgenus: Mesarion
(Arion Slugs)
1 May 2017
21
Adalia bipunctata propinqua
(Two-spotted Lady Beetle)
1 May 2017
20
Spilichneumon sp.
30 Apr 2017

~ 25 mm

On front porch. 10 deg C, cloudy and windy

19
Thryomanes bewickii propinqua
(Bewick's Wren)
27 Apr 2017
18
Zonotrichia leucophrys propinqua
(White-crowned Sparrow)
27 Apr 2017
17
Melanostoma mellinum propinqua
(Variable Duskyface Fly)
21 Apr 2017

On Chickweed (Stellaria media) flower

BugGuide ID

male

16
Epalpus signifer propinqua
(Early Tachinid Fly)
21 Apr 2017
On Common Chickweed flowers
15
Neoneides muticus propinqua
21 Apr 2017
14
Bombus mixtus propinqua
(Fuzzy-horned Bumble Bee)
21 Apr 2017
13
Scathophaga stercoraria propinqua
(Golden Dung Fly)
21 Apr 2017
12
Stellaria media propinqua
(Common Chickweed)
21 Apr 2017
11
Viola odorata propinqua
(Eurasian Sweet Violet)
21 Apr 2017
10
Bombus centralis propinqua
(Great Basin Bumble Bee)
21 Apr 2017
On Golden Currant flowers
9
Lasioglossum sp.
Subgenus: Dialictus
21 Apr 2017
8
Leptoglossus occidentalis propinqua
16 Mar 2017
7
Accipiter cooperii propinqua
(Cooper's Hawk)
27 Jan 2017
6
Regulus satrapa propinqua
(Golden-crowned Kinglet)
12 Jan 2017
5
Ixoreus naevius propinqua
(Varied Thrush)
10 Jan 2017
4
Bombycilla garrulus propinqua
(Bohemian Waxwing)
10 Jan 2017
Horrible picture, I know. But the flock (~20) flew away before I could get any others.
3
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.

2
Coccinella trifasciata propinqua
(Three-banded Lady Beetle)
8 Jan 2017
1
Melospiza melodia propinqua
(Song Sparrow)
2 Jan 2017