Life On A Quarter Acre

Yard and Year Lists

Observations in 2019

Date
194
Chrysoperla sp.
(Common Green Lacewings)
20 Dec 2019
In house, 10 mm
193
Ageleninae
(Typical Funnel Weavers)
24 Nov 2019
192
Gelis sp.
25 Oct 2019

Female

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191
Cycloneda polita
(Western Polished Lady Beetle)
25 Oct 2019
190
Lasioglossum sp.
Subgenus: Dialictus
25 Oct 2019
189
Pompilidae
(Spider Wasps)
25 Oct 2019
188
Sergiolus sp.
25 Oct 2019
187
Lycosidae
(Wolf Spiders)
25 Oct 2019
186
Calliphoridae
(Blow Flies)
25 Oct 2019
185
Syrphus opinator
(Black-margined Flower Fly)
25 Oct 2019
On big sage flowers
184
Syrphus opinator
(Black-margined Flower Fly)
25 Oct 2019
On California poppy flower
183
Adalia bipunctata
(Two-spotted Lady Beetle)
25 Oct 2019
182
Harmonia axyridis
(Asian Lady Beetle)
25 Oct 2019
181
Hippodamia convergens
(Convergent Lady Beetle)
25 Oct 2019
180
Lygus sp.
25 Oct 2019
179
Melanoplus sp.
(North American Spur-throated Grasshoppers)
25 Oct 2019
178
Parmelia sulcata
(Shield Lichen)
22 Oct 2019
On a European Weeping Birch trunk
177
Vespula pensylvanica
(Western Yellowjacket)
16 Oct 2019
176
Eupeodes fumipennis
(Western Aphideater)
15 Oct 2019
175
Pterostichus melanarius
(Rain Beetle)
15 Oct 2019
20 mm
174
Agapostemon sp.
Subgenus: Agapostemon
(Striped Sweat Bees)
15 Oct 2019
11 mm
173
Agapostemon sp.
Subgenus: Agapostemon
(Striped Sweat Bees)
15 Oct 2019
172
Harmonia axyridis
(Asian Lady Beetle)
15 Oct 2019
171
Temnoscheila chlorodia
(Pine Trogossitid Beetle)
15 Oct 2019
170
Ichneumonidae
(Darwin Wasps)
15 Oct 2019
169
Ichneumonidae
(Darwin Wasps)
15 Oct 2019
14 mm
168
Podalonia sp.
(Cutworm Wasps)
14 Oct 2019
167
Melangyna sp.
(Halfbands)
7 Oct 2019
On Big Sage flowers
166
Scaeva affinis
(White-bowed Smoothwing)
7 Oct 2019
On Big Sagebrush
165
Pimpla sp.
7 Oct 2019
164
Ceratina sp.
Subgenus: Zadontomerus
(Small Carpenter Bees)
7 Oct 2019
163
Apis mellifera
(Western Honey Bee)
7 Oct 2019
On Big Sage flowers
162
Agapostemon sp.
Subgenus: Agapostemon
(Striped Sweat Bees)
7 Oct 2019
On a Hollyhock flower
161
Syrphus opinator
(Black-margined Flower Fly)
7 Oct 2019
160
Brochymena sp.
(Rough Stink Bugs)
7 Oct 2019
159
Boisea rubrolineata
(Western Boxelder Bug)
7 Oct 2019
158
Megacyllene robiniae
(Locust Borer)
11 Sep 2019
157
Braconinae
11 Sep 2019
156
Hylaeus sp.
11 Sep 2019
155
Lasioglossum sp.
11 Sep 2019
154
Achyra rantalis
(Garden Webworm Moth)
7 Sep 2019
153
Dianthidium sp.
Subgenus: Dianthidium
(Pebble Bees)
3 Sep 2019
152
Araneus gemmoides
(Cat-faced Orbweaver)
3 Sep 2019
151
Lasioglossum sp.
Subgenus: Dialictus
3 Sep 2019
150
Rhopalapion longirostre
(Hollyhock Weevil)
2 Sep 2019
149
Peleteria iterans
1 Sep 2019
148
Bombus rufocinctus
(Red-belted Bumble Bee)
1 Sep 2019
Male
147
Ceratina sp.
(Small Carpenter Bees)
1 Sep 2019
146
Ancistrocerus sp.
1 Sep 2019
145
Euodynerus sp.
1 Sep 2019
On Goldenrod flowers
144
Megachile angelarum
(Leafcutter, Mortar, and Resin Bees)
27 Aug 2019
143
Tyta luctuosa
(Four-spotted Moth)
27 Aug 2019
142
Hylaeus sp.
24 Aug 2019
141
Eristalis arbustorum
(Eurasian Drone Fly)
24 Aug 2019
140
Rhopalapion longirostre
(Hollyhock Weevil)
24 Aug 2019
139
Ammophila sp.
(Thread-waisted Sand Wasps)
24 Aug 2019
~17 mm
138
Ceratina sp.
Subgenus: Zadontomerus
(Small Carpenter Bees)
24 Aug 2019
On sticky geranium flower
137
Agapostemon sp.
Subgenus: Agapostemon
(Striped Sweat Bees)
24 Aug 2019
136
Halictus ligatus
(Ligated Furrow Bee)
24 Aug 2019
135
Formicidae
(Ants)
24 Aug 2019
134
Syritta pipiens
(Common Compost Fly)
24 Aug 2019
133
Epicauta puncticollis
(Burning Blister Beetles)
24 Aug 2019
132
Strymon melinus
(Gray Hairstreak)
24 Aug 2019
131
Halyomorpha halys
(Brown Marmorated Stink Bug)
24 Aug 2019
130
Streptopelia decaocto
(Eurasian Collared-Dove)
20 Aug 2019
129
Phalangium opilio
(European Harvestman)
17 Aug 2019
128
Melanoplus bivittatus
(Two-striped Grasshopper)
17 Aug 2019
127
Lasioglossum sp.
Subgenus: Dialictus
15 Aug 2019
126
Anthidium manicatum
(European Woolcarder Bee)
8 Aug 2019
125
Pieris rapae
(Cabbage White)
8 Aug 2019
124
Melanoplus bivittatus
(Two-striped Grasshopper)
8 Aug 2019
123
Chrysidini
8 Aug 2019
122
Coelioxys sp.
Subgenus: Cyrtocoelioxys
(Sharptail Bees)
8 Aug 2019
121
Coelioxys sp.
Subgenus: Cyrtocoelioxys
(Sharptail Bees)
8 Aug 2019
120
Coelioxys sp.
Subgenus: Cyrtocoelioxys
(Sharptail Bees)
8 Aug 2019
119
Hylaeus sp.
8 Aug 2019
118
Hylaeus sp.
8 Aug 2019
117
Bombus sp.
(Bumble Bees)
8 Aug 2019
116
Bombus rufocinctus
(Red-belted Bumble Bee)
8 Aug 2019
115
Bombus rufocinctus
(Red-belted Bumble Bee)
8 Aug 2019
Male
114
Bombus occidentalis
(Western Bumble Bee)
8 Aug 2019
113
Bombus occidentalis
(Western Bumble Bee)
8 Aug 2019
112
Bombus occidentalis
(Western Bumble Bee)
8 Aug 2019
111
Bombus occidentalis
(Western Bumble Bee)
8 Aug 2019
110
Bombus occidentalis
(Western Bumble Bee)
8 Aug 2019
Male
109
Bombus vagans
(Half-black Bumble Bee)
8 Aug 2019
108
Apis mellifera
(Western Honey Bee)
8 Aug 2019
107
Halictus rubicundus
(Orange-legged Furrow Bee)
8 Aug 2019
106
Halictus rubicundus
(Orange-legged Furrow Bee)
8 Aug 2019
105
Halictini
8 Aug 2019
104
Ammophila sp.
(Thread-waisted Sand Wasps)
8 Aug 2019
This wasp spent ten minutes or so digging a burrow in the sand. Then she spent a minute or two covering the entrance with large boulders (some with diameters greater than t the length of her thorax). After she was finished there was no trace of her n ...
103
Eristalis arbustorum
(Eurasian Drone Fly)
8 Aug 2019
102
Eristalis arbustorum
(Eurasian Drone Fly)
8 Aug 2019
101
Larinus curtus
(Yellow Starthistle Flower Weevil)
8 Aug 2019
100
Ochlodes sylvanoides
(Woodland Skipper)
8 Aug 2019
99
Strymon melinus
(Gray Hairstreak)
8 Aug 2019
98
Strymon melinus
(Gray Hairstreak)
20 Jul 2019
97
Papilio rutulus
(Western Tiger Swallowtail)
20 Jul 2019
96
Vanessa cardui
(Painted Lady)
17 Jul 2019
95
Vespula consobrina
(Blackjacket)
14 Jul 2019
94
Rhagoletis indifferens
(Western Cherry Fruit Fly)
14 Jul 2019
Landed on my wife while she was picking cherries.
93
Anthidium manicatum
(European Woolcarder Bee)
14 Jul 2019
92
Epicauta puncticollis
(Burning Blister Beetles)
13 Jul 2019
91
Bombus appositus
(White-shouldered Bumble Bee)
13 Jul 2019
90
Neurocolpus sp.
13 Jul 2019
89
Sceliphron caementarium
(Yellow-legged Mud-dauber Wasp)
12 Jul 2019
25 mm
88
Thomisidae
(Crab Spiders)
14 May 2019
87
Xorides sp.
7 May 2019
86
Sapyga sp.
7 May 2019

Caught leaving Osmia lignaria nest in bee hotel

15 mm

85
Sapygidae
(Club-horned Wasps)
7 May 2019

11 mm

Entered an Osmia lignaria nest at bee hotel.

84
Osmia sp.
(Mason Bees)
7 May 2019
83
Osmia sp.
(Mason Bees)
7 May 2019
82
Ceratina sp.
Subgenus: Zadontomerus
(Small Carpenter Bees)
7 May 2019
81
Agulla sp.
(Common Snakeflies)
7 May 2019
Female
80
Scathophaga stercoraria
(Golden Dung Fly)
5 May 2019
Blowing bubble
79
Osmia lignaria
(Mason Bees)
1 May 2019

First bee in bee hotel.

Seems to have started 6 adjacent nests, with an end plug in each. Spent the night in the middle of one of the holes with her head facing the plug.

78
Vespula pensylvanica
(Western Yellowjacket)
1 May 2019

Spent the night in a bee hotel.

Hole size 14 mm

77
Xorides sp.
30 Apr 2019
76
Orussus sp.
(Orussus)
30 Apr 2019
Female
75
Ceraleptus denticulatus
30 Apr 2019
74
Thryomanes bewickii
(Bewick's Wren)
30 Apr 2019
73
Poecile atricapillus
(Black-capped Chickadee)
29 Apr 2019
72
Apis mellifera
(Western Honey Bee)
29 Apr 2019
71
Thamnophis elegans vagrans
(Western Terrestrial Garter Snake)
29 Apr 2019
70
Zonotrichia leucophrys vagrans
(White-crowned Sparrow)
28 Apr 2019
69
Setophaga townsendi vagrans
(Townsend's Warbler)
28 Apr 2019
68
Gryllus veletis vagrans
(Spring Field Cricket)
27 Apr 2019

~ 18 mm

Nymph spring field cricket Gryllus veletus?

67
Cecidomyiidae
(Gall and Forest Midges)
26 Apr 2019
These little guys (~ 2mm) have been covering the leaves of Penstemon plants in my garden for the last few days. They seem to be stuck on the leaves, unable to fly. Most have died; the one on the left is one of the few still alive, but seems unable to ...
66
Eupeodes fumipennis vagrans
(Western Aphideater)
26 Apr 2019

please see FlyGuide for more information about how I distinguish this species. Happy Tuesday!

65
Syrphus opinator vagrans
(Black-margined Flower Fly)
26 Apr 2019
64
Cecidomyiidae
(Gall and Forest Midges)
25 Apr 2019
Tiny midge-like insects all over Penstemon leaves
63
Celastrina asheri vagrans
(Asher's Blue)
24 Apr 2019
62
Xorides sp.
24 Apr 2019
61
Chrysura sp.
(Chrysura)
24 Apr 2019
60
Sapygidae
(Club-horned Wasps)
24 Apr 2019
With lots of mites
59
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
24 Apr 2019
58
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
24 Apr 2019
57
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
24 Apr 2019
56
Rhyparochromus vulgaris vagrans
24 Apr 2019
55
Bombus vancouverensis nearcticus
(Vancouver Bumble Bee)
23 Apr 2019
54
Steatoda triangulosa nearcticus
(Triangulate Combfoot)
23 Apr 2019
Under a board in the garden ~ 7 mm
53
Pompilidae
(Spider Wasps)
23 Apr 2019
52
Priocnemis oregona nearcticus
23 Apr 2019
51
Priocnemis oregona nearcticus
23 Apr 2019
50
Lithobiomorpha
(Stone Centipedes)
23 Apr 2019

Under board in garden

32 mm

49
Bombus centralis nearcticus
(Great Basin Bumble Bee)
22 Apr 2019
48
Thryomanes bewickii nearcticus
(Bewick's Wren)
22 Apr 2019
47
Anomaloninae
21 Apr 2019
46
Chrysura sp.
(Chrysura)
21 Apr 2019
On spruce stump
45
Anthophora sp.
(Common Digger Bees)
21 Apr 2019
9 deg C
44
Osmia sp.
(Mason Bees)
21 Apr 2019
43
Bombus centralis nearcticus
(Great Basin Bumble Bee)
21 Apr 2019
42
Polistes dominula nearcticus
(European Paper Wasp)
21 Apr 2019
41
Ichneumonidae
(Darwin Wasps)
21 Apr 2019
40
Lygus sp.
21 Apr 2019
39
Osmia lignaria propinqua
(Mason Bees)
20 Apr 2019
38
Bombus centralis propinqua
(Great Basin Bumble Bee)
20 Apr 2019
37
Dendryphantini
20 Apr 2019
36
Scathophaga stercoraria propinqua
(Golden Dung Fly)
19 Apr 2019
35
Epermenia sp.
18 Apr 2019
Captured in house 7 mm
34
Xorides sp.
18 Apr 2019
33
Gravenhorstiini
18 Apr 2019
18 mm
32
Thryomanes bewickii propinqua
(Bewick's Wren)
18 Apr 2019
31
Campopleginae
17 Apr 2019
About a dozen of these emerged from a Trichiosoma pupa collected on March 31 from a Douglas Hawthorn twig. 8 mm I took them to the Barr Entomological Museum at the University of Idaho for identification. ...
30
Grimmia pulvinata propinqua
(Grey-cushioned Grimmia)
14 Apr 2019
On concrete block
29
Xorides sp.
14 Apr 2019
Spruce stump, 7 deg C body length 25 mm
28
Ichneumonidae
(Darwin Wasps)
10 Apr 2019

On spruce stump

6 deg C, ~ 22 mm

27
Megachile sp.
Subgenus: Chelostomoides
(Leafcutter, Mortar, and Resin Bees)
8 Apr 2019
26
Osmia lignaria propinqua
(Mason Bees)
5 Apr 2019

Exited a 7 mm diameter drilled hole in spruce stump.

He poked his head out for a few minutes, then went back in for a few more. Then he came out, walked around a bit, and flew away.

25
Pardosa sp.
(Thin-legged Wolf Spiders)
5 Apr 2019
24
Lycosidae
(Wolf Spiders)
5 Apr 2019
23
Harmonia axyridis propinqua
(Asian Lady Beetle)
5 Apr 2019
22
Sergiolus sp.
3 Apr 2019
On desk
21
Halictus sp.
Subgenus: Seladonia
(Furrow Bees)
2 Apr 2019
First bee in yard this year
20
Formica sp.
(Wood, Mound, and Field Ants)
31 Mar 2019
19
Salticus scenicus propinqua
(Zebra Jumping Spider)
30 Mar 2019
18
Theridion sp.
(Typical Cobweb Spiders)
26 Mar 2019
1.5 mm body length Under bark of silver maple tree
17
Tenebrionidae
(Darkling Beetles)
26 Mar 2019
2.3 mm, on spruce stump
16
Lygus sp.
23 Mar 2019
15
Rhyparochromus vulgaris propinqua
23 Mar 2019
14
Brochymena sp.
(Rough Stink Bugs)
21 Mar 2019
13
Boisea rubrolineata propinqua
(Western Boxelder Bug)
20 Mar 2019
Hundreds of these at the base of maple tree.
12
Spinus pinus propinqua
(Pine Siskin)
19 Mar 2019
11
Polistes dominula propinqua
(European Paper Wasp)
16 Mar 2019
Backed out of drilled hole in spruce stump, 5 deg C
10
Sergiolus sp.
16 Mar 2019
On desk. ~ 10 mm body length
9
Lycosidae
(Wolf Spiders)
16 Mar 2019
8
Calliphoridae
(Blow Flies)
16 Mar 2019
7
Pollenia sp.
(Cluster Flies)
16 Mar 2019
6
Coccinella septempunctata propinqua
(Seven-spotted Lady Beetle)
16 Mar 2019
5
Lacon sp.
16 Mar 2019
On spruce stump, 13 mm, 4 C
4
Dryobates pubescens propinqua
(Downy Woodpecker)
16 Mar 2019
3
Chrysoperla sp.
(Common Green Lacewings)
12 Mar 2019
Found on a wall inside the house.
2
Coccinella septempunctata propinqua
(Seven-spotted Lady Beetle)
7 Mar 2019
1
Iphthiminus serratus propinqua
(Serrated Darkling Beetle)
31 Jan 2019
23 mm