Life On A Quarter Acre

Yard and Year Lists

Observations in 2017

Date
257
Spinus psaltria
(Lesser Goldfinch)
1 Jan 2018
256
Sciurus niger
(Fox Squirrel)
1 Jan 2018
255
Culex tarsalis
(Western Encephalitis Mosquito)
26 Dec 2017
Mosquito hanging out on the kitchen wall. Length 5 mm
254
Alucita sp.
14 Dec 2017
Small moth on bathroom wall. Length ~ 8 mm
253
Spinus pinus
(Pine Siskin)
9 Nov 2017
252
Melospiza melodia
(Song Sparrow)
4 Nov 2017
251
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)
250
Pimpla sp.
28 Oct 2017
~ 10 mm
249
Tromatobia sp.
26 Oct 2017
248
Sargus bipunctatus
26 Oct 2017

Found on wheelbarrow next to compost.

BugGuide ID Female

247
Asemosyrphus polygrammus
(Common Sickleleg)
26 Oct 2017
246
Syrphus opinator
(Black-margined Flower Fly)
26 Oct 2017
245
Plutella xylostella
(Diamondback Moth)
26 Oct 2017
244
Vespula pensylvanica
(Western Yellowjacket)
25 Oct 2017
243
Itoplectis conquisitor
25 Oct 2017

Female

BugGuide

242
Voriini
25 Oct 2017
241
Erigoninae
(Dwarf Spiders)
25 Oct 2017
240
Toxomerus occidentalis
(Western Calligrapher)
25 Oct 2017
239
Apis mellifera
(Western Honey Bee)
25 Oct 2017
238
Vespula pensylvanica
(Western Yellowjacket)
25 Oct 2017
Male
237
Polistes dominula
(European Paper Wasp)
25 Oct 2017
236
Pardosa sp.
(Thin-legged Wolf Spiders)
25 Oct 2017
235
Asemosyrphus polygrammus
(Common Sickleleg)
25 Oct 2017
234
Eristalis tenax
(Common Drone Fly)
25 Oct 2017
233
Salticus scenicus
(Zebra Jumping Spider)
23 Oct 2017
232
Melanoplus femurrubrum
(Red-legged Grasshopper)
16 Oct 2017
231
Podalonia sp.
(Cutworm Wasps)
16 Oct 2017
230
Mantis religiosa
(European Mantis)
4 Oct 2017
229
Hylaeus sp.
17 Sep 2017
228
Halictus ligatus
(Ligated Furrow Bee)
16 Sep 2017
227
Melanoplus femurrubrum
(Red-legged Grasshopper)
16 Sep 2017
226
Eristalis tenax
(Common Drone Fly)
13 Sep 2017
225
Harmonia axyridis
(Asian Lady Beetle)
13 Sep 2017
224
Lasioglossum sp.
Subgenus: Dialictus
12 Sep 2017
223
Lasioglossum sp.
Subgenus: Dialictus
12 Sep 2017
222
Halictus confusus
(Confusing Furrow Bee)
12 Sep 2017
221
Toxomerus occidentalis
(Western Calligrapher)
11 Sep 2017
220
Halictus ligatus
(Ligated Furrow Bee)
11 Sep 2017
219
Ceratina sp.
Subgenus: Zadontomerus
(Small Carpenter Bees)
6 Sep 2017
218
Noctua pronuba
(Large Yellow Underwing)
30 Aug 2017

BugGuide ID

The dark reniform spot and dark mark along the costa near the apex are good field marks and most often indicate this species.

217
Pelegrina sp.
(White-cheeked Jumping Spiders)
27 Aug 2017

~ 5 mm

Found in a hollyhock stem in its "pup tent" in which it was probably overwintering.

216
Lestes congener
(Spotted Spreadwing)
26 Aug 2017
215
Ochlodes sylvanoides
(Woodland Skipper)
25 Aug 2017
214
Pepsini
(Tarantula-hawk Wasps and Allies)
22 Aug 2017
213
Osbornellus borealis
18 Aug 2017
212
Pinus aristata
(Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine)
11 Aug 2017

The male cones were releasing pollen when these pictures were taken.

211
Mephitis mephitis
(Striped Skunk)
10 Aug 2017
210
Strymon melinus
(Gray Hairstreak)
10 Aug 2017
209
Melanoplus bivittatus
(Two-striped Grasshopper)
9 Aug 2017
208
Heliothis phloxiphaga
(Darker-spotted Straw Moth)
8 Aug 2017
207
Stictoleptura canadensis
(Red-shouldered Pine Borer)
7 Aug 2017
206
Dryobates pubescens
(Downy Woodpecker)
7 Aug 2017
205
Archilochus alexandri
(Black-chinned Hummingbird)
6 Aug 2017
204
Megachile sp.
Subgenus: Xanthosarus
(Leafcutter, Mortar, and Resin Bees)
6 Aug 2017
203
Autographa californica
(Alfalfa Looper)
6 Aug 2017

Hard to photograph, since it hovered and moved quickly.

BugGuide ID

202
Thryomanes bewickii
(Bewick's Wren)
30 Jul 2017
201
Callipepla californica
(California Quail)
30 Jul 2017
200
Hesperumia sulphuraria
(Sulphur Moth)
28 Jul 2017
199
Pelegrina sp.
(White-cheeked Jumping Spiders)
26 Jul 2017
~ 4 mm This little jumper was hanging out on my laptop while I was in the backyard. BugGuide ID: The abdomen looks a lot like a Pelegrina species. They have that pattern a lot. They come in many colors and shapes, so the species could be any. T ...
198
Apis mellifera
(Western Honey Bee)
25 Jul 2017
197
Dolichovespula maculata
(Bald-faced Hornet)
25 Jul 2017
On hummingbird feeder
196
Pieris rapae
(Cabbage White)
25 Jul 2017
195
Phalangium opilio
(European Harvestman)
23 Jul 2017
194
Hyles lineata
(White-lined Sphinx)
17 Jul 2017
193
Vanessa cardui
(Painted Lady)
15 Jul 2017
192
Polygonia satyrus
(Satyr Comma)
13 Jul 2017
191
Corvus brachyrhynchos
(American Crow)
11 Jul 2017
190
Hedychrum sp.
(Hedychrum)
9 Jul 2017
189
Hoplitis sp.
(Small Mason Bees)
9 Jul 2017
188
Agulla sp.
(Common Snakeflies)
9 Jul 2017
Female ovipositing in a crack in log?
187
Vanessa cardui
(Painted Lady)
8 Jul 2017
186
Philodromus sp.
(Running Crab Spiders)
8 Jul 2017

On garbage dumpster

Body length ~ 3 mm

Looks like it lost one of its legs

185
Synanthedon bibionipennis
(Strawberry Crown Moth)
8 Jul 2017
184
Papilio rutulus
(Western Tiger Swallowtail)
8 Jul 2017
183
Toxomerus occidentalis
(Western Calligrapher)
7 Jul 2017
182
Synanthedon bibionipennis
(Strawberry Crown Moth)
7 Jul 2017
Mating pair
181
Megachile sp.
Subgenus: Xanthosarus
(Leafcutter, Mortar, and Resin Bees)
6 Jul 2017
180
Geranium pusillum
(Small-flowered Crane's-Bill)
5 Jul 2017
179
Bombus centralis
(Great Basin Bumble Bee)
5 Jul 2017
178
Anthomyia procellaris
5 Jul 2017
177
Epicauta puncticollis
(Burning Blister Beetles)
5 Jul 2017
176
Medetera sp.
(Woodpecker Flies)
3 Jul 2017

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

BugGuide ID

175
Anthrenus verbasci
(Varied Carpet Beetle)
3 Jul 2017
174
Anthidium manicatum
(European Woolcarder Bee)
3 Jul 2017
173
Synanthedon bibionipennis
(Strawberry Crown Moth)
3 Jul 2017
Male
172
Strymon melinus
(Gray Hairstreak)
2 Jul 2017
171
Anthaxia sp.
2 Jul 2017
170
Dolichovespula arenaria
(Common Aerial Yellowjacket)
1 Jul 2017
169
Condylostylus occidentalis
1 Jul 2017
168
Polix coloradella
(Skunk Moth)
1 Jul 2017
167
Ichneumonini
1 Jul 2017

Several of these were active this morning on lawn. Netted this one and photographed it after cooling it down a bit in the fridge.

BugGuide ID

166
Condylostylus occidentalis
1 Jul 2017
165
Cerceris sp.
(Typical Weevil Wasps and Allies)
1 Jul 2017
164
Lygus sp.
1 Jul 2017
163
Synanthedon bibionipennis
(Strawberry Crown Moth)
29 Jun 2017
Female
162
Enallagma sp.
(Bluets)
27 Jun 2017
161
Papilio rutulus
(Western Tiger Swallowtail)
26 Jun 2017
160
Bombus flavidus
(Yellowish Cuckoo Bumble Bee)
24 Jun 2017
159
Lasioglossum sp.
Subgenus: Dialictus
24 Jun 2017
John Ascher: perhaps L. cressonii
158
Lepturobosca chrysocoma
(Yellow Velvet Beetle)
24 Jun 2017
157
Anastrangalia laetifica
(Dimorphic Flower Longhorn Beetle)
22 Jun 2017
156
Viola odorata
(Eurasian Sweet Violet)
22 Jun 2017
Yard weed with fruit resting on surface of the ground I've never seen a regular flower on these plants, but they all seem to have fruits right at the ground level. I've read that violets often have cleistogamous flowers in addition to their regula ...
155
Rumex acetosella
(Sheep's Sorrel)
21 Jun 2017
154
Sphecodes sp.
(Blood Bees)
21 Jun 2017

On a Lewis Flax flower

BugGuide ID

153
Vanessa cardui
(Painted Lady)
21 Jun 2017
152
Anthomyiidae
(Root-maggot Flies)
19 Jun 2017
151
Merodon equestris
(Narcissus Bulb Fly)
19 Jun 2017
150
Anaspis atrata
(Black False Flower Beetle)
18 Jun 2017
Lots of these beetles on mallow-leaf ninebark flowers
149
Aedes sp.
18 Jun 2017
148
Tipula sp.
(Common Crane Flies)
18 Jun 2017
147
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
18 Jun 2017
146
Nomada sp.
(Nomad Bees)
18 Jun 2017
145
Xysticus sp.
(Ground Crab Spiders)
18 Jun 2017
BugGuide ID: Prey - Halictus female
144
Agulla sp.
(Common Snakeflies)
17 Jun 2017
143
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
142
Eucera sp.
Subgenus: Synhalonia
16 Jun 2017
141
Geranium pusillum
(Small-flowered Crane's-Bill)
16 Jun 2017
140
Tenthredo sp.
(Tenthredo)
15 Jun 2017
139
Bombus nevadensis
(Nevada Bumble Bee)
14 Jun 2017
138
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
14 Jun 2017
137
Lasioglossum sp.
Subgenus: Dialictus
14 Jun 2017
136
Agapostemon sp.
(Striped Sweat Bees)
14 Jun 2017
On an Indian Blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella)
135
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.

134
Cryptinae
14 Jun 2017
133
Ichneumonidae
(Darwin Wasps)
14 Jun 2017
132
Geum urbanum
(Wood Avens)
9 Jun 2017
131
Bombus nevadensis
(Nevada Bumble Bee)
8 Jun 2017
130
Hesperis matronalis
(Dame's Rocket)
8 Jun 2017
129
Platycheirus stegnus
(Greater Punctate Sedgesitter)
7 Jun 2017

5 mm, female

Visiting Clarkia pulchella flowers

BugGuide ID

128
Harmonia axyridis
(Asian Lady Beetle)
7 Jun 2017
127
Aedes sp.
6 Jun 2017
126
Enallagma sp.
(Bluets)
6 Jun 2017
125
Aleochara sp.
5 Jun 2017

4 mm

Found under mushroom while making spore ring

124
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

123
Aedes sp.
5 Jun 2017
122
Merodon equestris
(Narcissus Bulb Fly)
5 Jun 2017
121
Lithobiomorpha
(Stone Centipedes)
5 Jun 2017

6 mm

Found under mushroom when making a spore ring

120
Philodromus dispar
(Eurasian Running Crab Spider)
26 May 2017
119
Oxyopes scalaris
(Western Lynx Spider)
26 May 2017
118
Anthaxia sp.
26 May 2017
117
Vanessa cardui
(Painted Lady)
26 May 2017
116
Dysdera crocata
(Woodlouse Spider)
25 May 2017
115
Lithobiomorpha
(Stone Centipedes)
25 May 2017

~ 25 mm

On top of soil under log

114
Bombus vosnesenskii
(Yellow-faced Bumble Bee)
24 May 2017
113
Callipepla californica
(California Quail)
24 May 2017
112
Anthrenus scrophulariae
(Common Carpet Beetle)
23 May 2017
111
Vanessa annabella
(West Coast Lady)
23 May 2017
110
Podalonia sp.
(Cutworm Wasps)
23 May 2017
109
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
23 May 2017
108
Nomada sp.
(Nomad Bees)
23 May 2017
107
Chrysoperla sp.
(Common Green Lacewings)
22 May 2017
106
Tibellus sp.
(Slender Crab Spiders)
22 May 2017
105
Tetramorium immigrans
(Immigrant Pavement Ant)
22 May 2017
104
Halictus confusus
(Confusing Furrow Bee)
22 May 2017
On a tulip flower
103
Misumena vatia
(Goldenrod Crab Spider)
22 May 2017
Female
102
Neoneides muticus
22 May 2017
101
Tipula sp.
Subgenus: Tipula
(Common Crane Flies)
21 May 2017
100
Ceratina sp.
Subgenus: Zadontomerus
(Small Carpenter Bees)
21 May 2017
99
Ceratina sp.
Subgenus: Zadontomerus
(Small Carpenter Bees)
21 May 2017
98
Nomada sp.
(Nomad Bees)
21 May 2017

~ 6 mm

Flying low over garden soil, stopping occasionally on the ground.

BugGuide ID Nomada female

97
Halictus sp.
Subgenus: Seladonia
(Furrow Bees)
21 May 2017
96
Oniscus asellus
(Common Shiny Woodlouse)
20 May 2017
95
Osmia sp.
(Mason Bees)
20 May 2017
94
Lasioglossum sp.
Subgenus: Dialictus
20 May 2017
93
Philodromus sp.
(Running Crab Spiders)
20 May 2017
92
Rhionaeschna californica
(Calfornia Darner)
19 May 2017
91
Bassaniana sp.
19 May 2017
90
Halictus sp.
Subgenus: Seladonia
(Furrow Bees)
19 May 2017
On a strawberry flower
89
Empididae
(Dance Flies)
19 May 2017
On sticky geranium flower
88
Cryptus rufovinctus
18 May 2017

Female

BugGuide

First and only iNat observation

87
Leucophora sp.
18 May 2017
86
Eristalis tenax
(Common Drone Fly)
18 May 2017
85
Xanthorhoe defensaria
18 May 2017
84
Scaeva affinis
(White-bowed Smoothwing)
18 May 2017
83
Apis mellifera
(Western Honey Bee)
18 May 2017
82
Leucophora sp.
18 May 2017
81
Anthomyiidae
(Root-maggot Flies)
18 May 2017
On sticky geranium flower
80
Anthomyiidae
(Root-maggot Flies)
18 May 2017
79
Eristalis hirta
(Black-footed Drone Fly)
18 May 2017
There is some disagreement and discussion about this observation on iNat, but the consensus seems to be Eristailis hirta.
78
Poa bulbosa
(Bulbous Bluegrass)
15 May 2017
77
Amara familiaris
(Social Sun Beetle)
13 May 2017
76
Carabus nemoralis
(Bronze Ground Beetle)
9 May 2017
75
Lumbricus terrestris
(Common Earthworm)
9 May 2017
74
Formica sp.
(Wood, Mound, and Field Ants)
9 May 2017
73
Deroceras reticulatum
(Milky Slug)
9 May 2017
72
Ageleninae
(Typical Funnel Weavers)
9 May 2017
71
Misumena vatia
(Goldenrod Crab Spider)
9 May 2017
BugGuide ID Looks to be subadult male
70
Philodromus sp.
(Running Crab Spiders)
9 May 2017
69
Lucilia sp.
8 May 2017
68
Anthophora sp.
(Common Digger Bees)
8 May 2017
67
Apis mellifera
(Western Honey Bee)
8 May 2017
66
Oulema sp.
8 May 2017
65
Rhyparochromus vulgaris
8 May 2017
64
Dasysyrphus sp.
7 May 2017
Complex Dasysyrphus intrudens
63
Osmia lignaria propinqua
(Mason Bees)
7 May 2017
62
Syrphus opinator propinqua
(Black-margined Flower Fly)
7 May 2017
61
Eristalis tenax propinqua
(Common Drone Fly)
7 May 2017
60
Noctua sp.
(Yellow Underwings)
7 May 2017
59
Noctua pronuba propinqua
(Large Yellow Underwing)
7 May 2017
58
Agrocybe pediades propinqua
(Common Fieldcap)
7 May 2017
57
Gryllus sp.
7 May 2017
56
Taeniopterygidae
(Winter Stoneflies)
6 May 2017
On side of garage 14 mm from head to wing tip BugGuide ID
55
Bombus centralis propinqua
(Great Basin Bumble Bee)
5 May 2017
Captured inside house

~19 mm

BugGuide ID

54
Camponotus modoc propinqua
(Western Black Carpenter Ant)
4 May 2017
53
Emmelina monodactyla propinqua
(Morning-glory Plume Moth)
4 May 2017

23 mm wingspan

On west side of house

52
Philodromus sp.
(Running Crab Spiders)
4 May 2017
51
Boisea rubrolineata propinqua
(Western Boxelder Bug)
4 May 2017
50
Therion sp.
3 May 2017
49
Sylvicola sp.
3 May 2017

~ 6 mm

Netted from a swarm in backyard

BugGuide ID left at Anisopodidae

48
Arhyssus scutatus propinqua
3 May 2017
47
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
3 May 2017
46
Adalia bipunctata propinqua
(Two-spotted Lady Beetle)
1 May 2017
45
Arion sp.
Subgenus: Mesarion
(Arion Slugs)
1 May 2017
44
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
1 May 2017
43
Spilichneumon sp.
30 Apr 2017

~ 25 mm

On front porch. 10 deg C, cloudy and windy

42
Halictus sp.
Subgenus: Seladonia
(Furrow Bees)
30 Apr 2017
Sleeping on a Dandelion flower head.
41
Anthophora sp.
(Common Digger Bees)
28 Apr 2017

Fast moving, aggressive bee visiting golden currant flowers.

Cold and windy ~ 7 degrees C.

40
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
28 Apr 2017
39
Scathophaga sp.
28 Apr 2017
38
Zonotrichia leucophrys propinqua
(White-crowned Sparrow)
27 Apr 2017
37
Thryomanes bewickii propinqua
(Bewick's Wren)
27 Apr 2017
36
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
25 Apr 2017
35
Pardosa sp.
(Thin-legged Wolf Spiders)
25 Apr 2017
34
Anthomyiidae
(Root-maggot Flies)
23 Apr 2017
33
Rhyparochromus vulgaris propinqua
23 Apr 2017

7 mm

Found inside the house

32
Bombus mixtus propinqua
(Fuzzy-horned Bumble Bee)
21 Apr 2017
31
Melanostoma mellinum propinqua
(Variable Duskyface Fly)
21 Apr 2017

On Chickweed (Stellaria media) flower

BugGuide ID

male

30
Stellaria media propinqua
(Common Chickweed)
21 Apr 2017
29
Viola odorata propinqua
(Eurasian Sweet Violet)
21 Apr 2017
28
Viola × williamsii sp.
Subgenus: Viola
(Horned Pansy)
21 Apr 2017
27
Melanostoma mellinum propinqua
(Variable Duskyface Fly)
21 Apr 2017
On Dandelion flower
26
Platycheirus sp.
(Sedgesitters)
21 Apr 2017
On Chickweed (Sellaria media) flower
25
Osmia lignaria propinqua
(Mason Bees)
21 Apr 2017
24
Bombus centralis propinqua
(Great Basin Bumble Bee)
21 Apr 2017
On Golden Currant flowers
23
Lasioglossum sp.
Subgenus: Dialictus
21 Apr 2017
22
Polistes dominula propinqua
(European Paper Wasp)
21 Apr 2017
21
Scathophaga stercoraria propinqua
(Golden Dung Fly)
21 Apr 2017
20
Bombyliinae
21 Apr 2017
19
Calliphora sp.
(Bluebottle Flies)
21 Apr 2017
18
Epalpus signifer propinqua
(Early Tachinid Fly)
21 Apr 2017
On Common Chickweed flowers
17
Hippodamia convergens propinqua
(Convergent Lady Beetle)
21 Apr 2017
16
Neoneides muticus propinqua
21 Apr 2017
15
Neoneides muticus propinqua
21 Apr 2017
14
Harmonia axyridis propinqua
(Asian Lady Beetle)
20 Apr 2017
13
Leptoglossus occidentalis propinqua
16 Mar 2017
12
Accipiter cooperii propinqua
(Cooper's Hawk)
27 Jan 2017
11
Regulus satrapa propinqua
(Golden-crowned Kinglet)
12 Jan 2017
10
Spinus psaltria propinqua
(Lesser Goldfinch)
11 Jan 2017
9
Haemorhous mexicanus propinqua
(House Finch)
11 Jan 2017
8
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.

7
Bombycilla garrulus propinqua
(Bohemian Waxwing)
10 Jan 2017
Horrible picture, I know. But the flock (~20) flew away before I could get any others.
6
Ixoreus naevius propinqua
(Varied Thrush)
10 Jan 2017
5
Coccinella trifasciata propinqua
(Three-banded Lady Beetle)
8 Jan 2017
4
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
8 Jan 2017
John Ascher: Likely A. nivalis female
3
Dryobates pubescens propinqua
(Downy Woodpecker)
4 Jan 2017
2
Zenaida macroura propinqua
(Mourning Dove)
3 Jan 2017
1
Melospiza melodia propinqua
(Song Sparrow)
2 Jan 2017