Life On A Quarter Acre

Yard and Year Lists

Observations in 2016

Date
206
Chrironomidae
(Non-biting Midges)
1 Jan 2017
On inside of storm window.
205
Chrysoperla sp.
(Common Green Lacewings)
20 Dec 2016
On a Rocky Mountain bristle cone pine in our back yard.
204
Eupeodes fumipennis
(Western Aphideater)
19 Oct 2016
203
Agapostemon sp.
(Striped Sweat Bees)
19 Oct 2016
202
Vespula pensylvanica
(Western Yellowjacket)
19 Oct 2016
201
Calliphorinae
19 Oct 2016
200
Eristalis tenax
(Common Drone Fly)
19 Oct 2016
199
Coccinella septempunctata
(Seven-spotted Lady Beetle)
19 Oct 2016
198
Melanoplus sp.
(North American Spur-throated Grasshoppers)
19 Oct 2016
197
Pimplinae
18 Oct 2016
196
Panzeria sp.
16 Oct 2016
195
Pardosa sp.
(Thin-legged Wolf Spiders)
16 Oct 2016
On ground in leaf litter. BugGuide ID
194
Junco hyemalis
(Dark-eyed Junco)
16 Oct 2016
193
Taraxacum officinale
(Common Dandelion)
16 Oct 2016
192
Delphinium ajacis
(Doubtful Knight's-Spur)
16 Oct 2016
191
Agapostemon sp.
(Striped Sweat Bees)
16 Oct 2016
Male
190
Vespula germanica
(German Yellowjacket)
16 Oct 2016
189
Muscidae
(House Flies and Allies)
16 Oct 2016
188
Lucilia sp.
16 Oct 2016
187
Salticus scenicus
(Zebra Jumping Spider)
16 Oct 2016
186
Harmonia axyridis
(Asian Lady Beetle)
16 Oct 2016
185
Coccinella septempunctata
(Seven-spotted Lady Beetle)
16 Oct 2016
184
Spinus psaltria
(Lesser Goldfinch)
16 Oct 2016
183
Melanoplus femurrubrum
(Red-legged Grasshopper)
16 Oct 2016
182
Thecophora sp.
14 Oct 2016

Comment from alisonnetta.

181
Muscidae
(House Flies and Allies)
14 Oct 2016
180
Anthocoris sp.
12 Oct 2016
Small (~3 mm) bug on birch tree
179
Ectemnius sp.
12 Oct 2016
With a captured hover fly
178
Calopompilus pyrrhomelas
12 Oct 2016
177
Pompilinae
12 Oct 2016
176
Eumeninae
(Potter and Mason Wasps)
12 Oct 2016
matthias22: Stenodynerus or Parancistrocerus
175
Boisea rubrolineata
(Western Boxelder Bug)
12 Oct 2016
174
Chlorochroa sp.
11 Oct 2016
On a hollyhock leaf
173
Calaphidini
11 Oct 2016
Winged aphid on the bottom of a raspberry leaf
172
Sarcophaginae
(Typical Flesh Flies)
11 Oct 2016
171
Phormia regina
10 Oct 2016
170
Antheminia eurynota remota
10 Oct 2016
On Parsley plant
169
Pemphredon sp.
(Typical Aphid Wasps)
10 Oct 2016
168
Sceliphron caementarium remota
(Yellow-legged Mud-dauber Wasp)
10 Oct 2016
167
Muscidae
(House Flies and Allies)
10 Oct 2016
Blowing bubbles on south birch tree
166
Sarcophagidae
(Flesh Flies and Satellite Flies)
10 Oct 2016
165
Sarcophagidae
(Flesh Flies and Satellite Flies)
10 Oct 2016
164
Sarcophagidae
(Flesh Flies and Satellite Flies)
10 Oct 2016
163
Sarcophagidae
(Flesh Flies and Satellite Flies)
10 Oct 2016
162
Coccinella septempunctata remota
(Seven-spotted Lady Beetle)
8 Oct 2016
161
Rhyparochromus vulgaris remota
8 Oct 2016
160
Villa sp.
5 Oct 2016
159
Vespula pensylvanica remota
(Western Yellowjacket)
5 Oct 2016
158
Dendryphantini
5 Oct 2016

Jumping around on the dashboard of our Prius

BugGuide ID: Looks like a young Pelegrina or similar taxon.

157
Eumenes sp.
(Typical Potter Wasps)
2 Oct 2016
156
Calopompilus pyrrhomelas remota
2 Oct 2016
On parsley flowers
155
Pipizinae
(Pitheads & Kin)
2 Oct 2016
154
Coccinella septempunctata remota
(Seven-spotted Lady Beetle)
2 Oct 2016
153
Lygus sp.
2 Oct 2016
152
Ichneumonini
2 Oct 2016
151
Hylaeus sp.
2 Oct 2016
150
Hylaeus sp.
2 Oct 2016
149
Pompilidae
(Spider Wasps)
2 Oct 2016
148
Polistes dominula remota
(European Paper Wasp)
2 Oct 2016
147
Syritta pipiens remota
(Common Compost Fly)
2 Oct 2016
146
Boisea rubrolineata remota
(Western Boxelder Bug)
2 Oct 2016
145
Melanoplus sp.
(North American Spur-throated Grasshoppers)
2 Oct 2016
144
Gymnosoma sp.
28 Sep 2016
143
Pica hudsonia remota
(Black-billed Magpie)
28 Sep 2016
142
Thecophora sp.
28 Sep 2016
BugGuide ID

Comment from alisonnetta.

141
Hylaeus sp.
28 Sep 2016
140
Apis mellifera remota
(Western Honey Bee)
28 Sep 2016
139
Villa sp.
28 Sep 2016
138
Syritta pipiens remota
(Common Compost Fly)
28 Sep 2016
137
Brochymena sp.
(Rough Stink Bugs)
27 Sep 2016
136
Corvus brachyrhynchos remota
(American Crow)
25 Sep 2016
135
Archytas sp.
24 Sep 2016
134
Calopompilus pyrrhomelas remota
24 Sep 2016
On parsley flowers in the garden.
133
Vespula pensylvanica remota
(Western Yellowjacket)
24 Sep 2016
132
Pollenia sp.
(Cluster Flies)
24 Sep 2016
131
Vespula germanica remota
(German Yellowjacket)
21 Sep 2016
130
Calliphora sp.
(Bluebottle Flies)
21 Sep 2016
129
Eristalis tenax remota
(Common Drone Fly)
21 Sep 2016
128
Megalotomus quinquespinosus remota
(Lupine Bug)
21 Sep 2016
127
Osbornellus borealis remota
20 Sep 2016
126
Ancistrocerus adiabatus remota
19 Sep 2016
125
Bombycilla cedrorum remota
(Cedar Waxwing)
19 Sep 2016
124
Oxyopes scalaris remota
(Western Lynx Spider)
18 Sep 2016
123
Megacyllene robiniae remota
(Locust Borer)
11 Sep 2016
122
Callopistromyia annulipes remota
(Peacock Fly)
10 Sep 2016
On front porch doing his wings-up peacock dance BugGuide ID
121
Nabis sp.
7 Sep 2016
120
Thamnophis elegans vagrans
(Western Terrestrial Garter Snake)
7 Sep 2016
119
Euschistus sp.
(Brown Stink Bugs)
7 Sep 2016
118
Stenodynerus sp.
(Stenodynerus)
5 Sep 2016
117
Sarcophaga sp.
(Common Flesh Flies)
5 Sep 2016
116
Eristalis hirta vagrans
(Black-footed Drone Fly)
5 Sep 2016
115
Megalotomus quinquespinosus vagrans
(Lupine Bug)
5 Sep 2016
114
Mecaphesa sp.
5 Sep 2016
113
Eupeodes fumipennis vagrans
(Western Aphideater)
5 Sep 2016

On California Poppy flower

BugGuide ID

112
Bombus rufocinctus vagrans
(Red-belted Bumble Bee)
5 Sep 2016
111
Ancistrocerus sp.
5 Sep 2016
110
Phyciodes mylitta vagrans
(Mylitta Crescent)
5 Sep 2016
109
Lestes congener vagrans
(Spotted Spreadwing)
5 Sep 2016
108
Eristalis tenax vagrans
(Common Drone Fly)
2 Sep 2016
107
Vespula alascensis vagrans
(Alaska Yellowjacket)
25 Aug 2016
106
Ancistrocerus albophaleratus vagrans
(White-banded Potter Wasp)
24 Aug 2016
105
Agapostemon sp.
Subgenus: Agapostemon
(Striped Sweat Bees)
24 Aug 2016
Male on Blanket Flower
104
Rhopalapion longirostre vagrans
(Hollyhock Weevil)
24 Aug 2016

Male

On Hollyhock plant

103
Megalotomus quinquespinosus vagrans
(Lupine Bug)
21 Aug 2016
102
Buathra perplexa vagrans
20 Aug 2016

Female

BugGuide

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

101
Polistes dominula vagrans
(European Paper Wasp)
20 Aug 2016
Snuck into the house somehow
100
Zenaida macroura vagrans
(Mourning Dove)
20 Aug 2016
99
Anthomyia procellaris vagrans
18 Aug 2016
Several of these flies sit on top of stakes and on raspberry leaves in morning sun. BugGuide ID Female
98
Cercyonis pegala vagrans
(Common Wood-Nymph)
17 Aug 2016
On a raspberry leaf
97
Araneus sp.
(Angulate and Roundshouldered Orbweavers)
17 Aug 2016

BugGuide ID: We don't know if illaudatus gets that far north. If not, we would certainly suggest gemmoides

96
Buteo swainsoni vagrans
(Swainson's Hawk)
17 Aug 2016
95
Pero morrisonaria vagrans
(Morrison's Pero Moth)
16 Aug 2016
Resting on my windowsill. Wingspan 40 mm.
94
Melanoplus sp.
(North American Spur-throated Grasshoppers)
16 Aug 2016
93
Halictus ligatus vagrans
(Ligated Furrow Bee)
15 Aug 2016
92
Halictus sp.
Subgenus: Seladonia
(Furrow Bees)
15 Aug 2016
91
Ageleninae
(Typical Funnel Weavers)
15 Aug 2016

On bedroom ceiling

BugGuide ID

90
Lycosidae
(Wolf Spiders)
15 Aug 2016
89
Epilobium brachycarpum vagrans
(Panicled Willowherb)
14 Aug 2016
88
Pemphredon sp.
(Typical Aphid Wasps)
14 Aug 2016
Appears to be nesting in a hole bored into an old log.
87
Anthomyiidae
(Root-maggot Flies)
14 Aug 2016
BugGuide ID Probably Anthomyiidae
86
Ceratina acantha vagrans
(Small Carpenter Bees)
13 Aug 2016
IDed by Nathaniel Green, WSU PhD student
85
Ceratina sp.
Subgenus: Zadontomerus
(Small Carpenter Bees)
13 Aug 2016
84
Syritta pipiens vagrans
(Common Compost Fly)
13 Aug 2016
83
Harmonia axyridis vagrans
(Asian Lady Beetle)
13 Aug 2016
82
Boisea rubrolineata vagrans
(Western Boxelder Bug)
13 Aug 2016
81
Armadillidium vulgare vagrans
(Common Pill Woodlouse)
13 Aug 2016
Rolls up into a perfect ball when disturbed.
80
Chrysopa oculata vagrans
(Stink Lacewings)
12 Aug 2016
Noting the facial markings (esp. reddish Y mark). @jonathan142
79
Anthidium manicatum vagrans
(European Woolcarder Bee)
12 Aug 2016
78
Halictus sp.
Subgenus: Seladonia
(Furrow Bees)
12 Aug 2016
~ 5 mm
77
Colaptes auratus vagrans
(Northern Flicker)
8 Aug 2016
76
Eratigena agrestis vagrans
(Hobo Spider)
7 Aug 2016
ID as male hobo spider was confirmed at BugGuide.
75
Phalangium opilio vagrans
(European Harvestman)
7 Aug 2016
74
Pheucticus melanocephalus vagrans
(Black-headed Grosbeak)
2 Aug 2016
Female
73
Phyciodes mylitta vagrans
(Mylitta Crescent)
31 Jul 2016
72
Colias eurytheme vagrans
(Orange Sulphur)
31 Jul 2016
71
Haemorhous mexicanus vagrans
(House Finch)
31 Jul 2016
70
Condylostylus occidentalis vagrans
31 Jul 2016

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

BugGuide ID

69
Sitta canadensis vagrans
(Red-breasted Nuthatch)
31 Jul 2016
68
Orthotrichaceae
30 Jul 2016
On base of birch trunk, north side
67
Lycosidae
(Wolf Spiders)
30 Jul 2016
66
Ochlodes sylvanoides vagrans
(Woodland Skipper)
30 Jul 2016
65
Pieris rapae vagrans
(Cabbage White)
30 Jul 2016
64
Melissodes sp.
29 Jul 2016
63
Campanula rapunculoides vagrans
(Creeping Bellflower)
29 Jul 2016
62
Bombus occidentalis vagrans
(Western Bumble Bee)
29 Jul 2016
61
Bombus vagans vagrans
(Half-black Bumble Bee)
29 Jul 2016
60
Oxyopes scalaris vagrans
(Western Lynx Spider)
29 Jul 2016
On tassel of corn plant
59
Ochlodes sylvanoides vagrans
(Woodland Skipper)
29 Jul 2016
58
Ochlodes sylvanoides vagrans
(Woodland Skipper)
29 Jul 2016
57
Ochlodes sylvanoides vagrans
(Woodland Skipper)
29 Jul 2016
56
Melanoplus sp.
(North American Spur-throated Grasshoppers)
29 Jul 2016
55
Calliphora vicina vagrans
(Blue Blowfly)
27 Jul 2016
Large fly (~13 mm) on inside window screen.
54
Dissosteira carolina vagrans
(Carolina Grasshopper)
24 Jul 2016
Looks like a Mourning Cloak when flying
53
Phasianus colchicus vagrans
(Ring-necked Pheasant)
24 Jul 2016
52
Poecile atricapillus vagrans
(Black-capped Chickadee)
24 Jul 2016
51
Dryobates pubescens vagrans
(Downy Woodpecker)
24 Jul 2016
50
Mephitis mephitis vagrans
(Striped Skunk)
24 Jul 2016
49
Tipulidae
(Large Crane Flies)
23 Jul 2016
48
Hemipenthes sp.
22 Jul 2016
47
Bombus huntii vagrans
(Hunt's Bumble Bee)
22 Jul 2016
46
Hippodamia convergens vagrans
(Convergent Lady Beetle)
22 Jul 2016
45
Phalangium opilio vagrans
(European Harvestman)
22 Jul 2016
On birch tree trunk
44
Triepeolus sp.
(Longhorn-cuckoo Bees)
21 Jul 2016
43
Zenaida macroura vagrans
(Mourning Dove)
21 Jul 2016
42
Pseudacris regilla vagrans
(Pacific Chorus Frog)
21 Jul 2016
About 4 cm. Found jumping on steps to the front porch.
41
Lactuca serriola vagrans
(Prickly Lettuce)
21 Jul 2016
40
Tragopogon dubius vagrans
(Yellow Salsify)
21 Jul 2016
39
Hemipenthes sp.
21 Jul 2016
On California Poppy
38
Anthidium manicatum vagrans
(European Woolcarder Bee)
21 Jul 2016
37
Philodromus sp.
(Running Crab Spiders)
21 Jul 2016
36
Thamnophis elegans vagrans
(Western Terrestrial Garter Snake)
20 Jul 2016
35
Formica neoclara vagrans
(Wood, Mound, and Field Ants)
19 Jul 2016
Nesting under boards on ground near compost.
34
Megaloceroea recticornis vagrans
19 Jul 2016
33
Aphaenogaster occidentalis vagrans
(Spine-waisted Ants)
19 Jul 2016
Under a board next to the compost pile. Length ~ 3mm. BugGuide ID
32
Hemipenthes sp.
19 Jul 2016
31
Pieris rapae vagrans
(Cabbage White)
19 Jul 2016
30
Agaricus sp.
(Field and Button Mushrooms)
18 Jul 2016
Growing in lawn after rain. Cap 10 cm diameter, stipe 5 cm long and 2 cm wide. Made a spore ring and added its photo.
29
Tanacetum parthenium vagrans
(Feverfew)
18 Jul 2016
Yard weed
28
Trifolium repens vagrans
(White Clover)
18 Jul 2016
27
Osmia sp.
(Mason Bees)
18 Jul 2016
26
Strymon melinus vagrans
(Gray Hairstreak)
18 Jul 2016
25
Papilio rutulus vagrans
(Western Tiger Swallowtail)
16 Jul 2016
24
Apis mellifera vagrans
(Western Honey Bee)
16 Jul 2016
23
Phyciodes mylitta vagrans
(Mylitta Crescent)
16 Jul 2016
22
Selasphorus calliope vagrans
(Calliope Hummingbird)
13 Jul 2016
Female at feeder
21
Braconidae
(Braconid Wasps)
10 Jul 2016
20
Aphididae
(Aphids)
10 Jul 2016
19
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, ...
18
Sciurus niger vagrans
(Fox Squirrel)
9 Jul 2016
17
Lapsana communis vagrans
(Nipplewort)
9 Jul 2016
16
Sonchus asper vagrans
(Prickly Sowthistle)
9 Jul 2016
15
Malva neglecta vagrans
(Dwarf Mallow)
9 Jul 2016
14
Eschscholzia californica vagrans
(California Poppy)
9 Jul 2016
13
Megachile sp.
Subgenus: Xanthosarus
(Leafcutter, Mortar, and Resin Bees)
9 Jul 2016
12
Agapostemon sp.
(Striped Sweat Bees)
9 Jul 2016
11
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 ...
10
Limax maximus vagrans
(Leopard Slug)
8 Jul 2016
9
Bombus sp.
Subgenus: Pyrobombus
(Bumble Bees)
8 Jul 2016
8
Chironomini
7 Jul 2016
Probably Chironomus BugGuide ID
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.