Life On A Quarter Acre

Yard and Year Lists

Observations in 2024

Date
296
Buathra sp.
23 Jul 2024

Several of these were flitting around on the globe thistles this morning.

295
Coenosia sp.
(Tiger Flies)
23 Jul 2024
294
Chalcidoidea
(Chalcidoid Wasps)
23 Jul 2024

On front door of house.

~ 2.5 mm

293
Syritta pipiens
(Common Compost Fly)
23 Jul 2024
292
Syritta pipiens
(Common Compost Fly)
23 Jul 2024
291
Mordellini
23 Jul 2024
290
Ceriana tridens
23 Jul 2024

First of this species seen in the yard.

289
Hemipenthes sp.
23 Jul 2024
On bricks of keyhole garden
288
Ochlodes sp.
23 Jul 2024
On brick of keyhole garden.
287
Ochlodes sp.
23 Jul 2024
286
Mantis religiosa
(European Mantis)
23 Jul 2024
On the side of the shed
285
Chrysoperla sp.
(Common Green Lacewings)
22 Jul 2024
On a raspberry
284
Ocimum basilicum
(Sweet Basil)
21 Jul 2024
In keyhole garden
283
Solanum lycopersicum
(Tomato)
21 Jul 2024
282
Andrena prunorum
(Prunus Miner Bee)
21 Jul 2024
281
Pentatominae
21 Jul 2024

22 eggs on the top of a tomato leaf. iNat suspects they have been parasitized by Scelionid wasps in the subfamily Telenominae. I'll put them in a container and see what emerges.

Egg diameter ~ 0.7 mm

280
Coccinella septempunctata
(Seven-spotted Lady Beetle)
21 Jul 2024
279
Hylaeus sp.
21 Jul 2024
278
Apis mellifera
(Western Honey Bee)
21 Jul 2024
277
Thereva sp.
21 Jul 2024

On ground next to compost

This female appeared to be ovipositing in the ground.

276
Telenominae
20 Jul 2024
Emerged from stink bug eggs found on golden currant leaves on 27 July 2024.
275
Myathropa florea
(Yellow-haired Sun Fly)
20 Jul 2024

Visiting garden parsley flowers

274
Eristalis arbustorum
(Eurasian Drone Fly)
20 Jul 2024
273
Xestoleptura crassipes
20 Jul 2024
272
Sphecodes sp.
(Blood Bees)
20 Jul 2024
271
Nezarini
20 Jul 2024
270
Coccinella trifasciata
(Three-banded Lady Beetle)
20 Jul 2024
269
Bombus nevadensis
(Nevada Bumble Bee)
20 Jul 2024
268
Phalangium opilio
(European Harvestman)
20 Jul 2024
On sweet basil in garden
267
Bombus appositus
(White-shouldered Bumble Bee)
19 Jul 2024
On Common Lavender flowers
266
Sceliphron caementarium
(Yellow-legged Mud-dauber Wasp)
19 Jul 2024
Flitting about on the parsley flowers. Hunting for spiders?
265
Bombus sp.
(Bumble Bees)
16 Jul 2024
Visiting Delphinium ajacis flowers
264
Phalangium sp.
16 Jul 2024
On Hollyhock
263
Pemphredon sp.
(Typical Aphid Wasps)
16 Jul 2024
The Aphid wasps have found a new place to nest in the yard. For many years they nested in a brush pile on the north side of the house. Now it's in an old woodpile by the compost. There are dozens of holes with lots of sawdust on the ground to mark th ...
262
Anthophora urbana
(Urbane Digger Bee)
16 Jul 2024
On Common Lavender flowers
261
Megachile sp.
(Leafcutter, Mortar, and Resin Bees)
16 Jul 2024
Visiting common lavender flowers
260
Lavandula angustifolia
(Common Lavender)
16 Jul 2024
259
Microgastrinae
14 Jul 2024

On inside kitchen window,

3 mm

Collection #2895

258
Enallagma sp.
(Bluets)
12 Jul 2024
257
Camponotus laevissimus
(Hairy Smooth Carpenter Ant)
11 Jul 2024
On hollyhock buds
256
Coccinella septempunctata
(Seven-spotted Lady Beetle)
11 Jul 2024
On a raspberry leaf
255
Ichneumonidae
(Darwin Wasps)
11 Jul 2024
On raspberry plant
254
Anastrangalia laetifica
(Dimorphic Flower Longhorn Beetle)
11 Jul 2024
On parsley flowers
253
Agrilus cuprescens
(Rose Stem Girdler)
11 Jul 2024
On a raspberry leaf
252
Rubus idaeus
(Red Raspberry)
11 Jul 2024
251
Synanthedon bibionipennis
(Strawberry Crown Moth)
11 Jul 2024

On a raspberry leaf

Male

250
Alcea rosea
(Hollyhock)
11 Jul 2024

We have many of these on the south side of the yard. Self-seeding.

249
Phalangium opilio
(European Harvestman)
10 Jul 2024
On bathroom wall. Never seen one in the house before.
248
Vespula alascensis
(Alaska Yellowjacket)
7 Jul 2024
Processing a food item on the deck before returning to the nest under the porch
247
Sceliphron caementarium
(Yellow-legged Mud-dauber Wasp)
7 Jul 2024
On east side of house. Searching for a place to make a nest maybe?
246
Oxyopes scalaris
(Western Lynx Spider)
5 Jul 2024
245
Aphidinae
(Giant Aphids)
5 Jul 2024
On a tomato leaf
244
Brachymeria sp.
4 Jul 2024
~ 5 mm. On Douglas Hawthorn fruit.
243
Lepturobosca chrysocoma
(Yellow Velvet Beetle)
4 Jul 2024
242
Hemerocallis fulva
(Orange Day-Lily)
4 Jul 2024
Near picnic table in south raspberry patch
241
Viburnum opulus
(Guelder-Rose)
4 Jul 2024
In south raspberry patch near picnic table
240
Allium ampeloprasum
(Wild Leek)
3 Jul 2024

In Northeast garden under apple tree

239
Rubus vestitus
(European Blackberry)
3 Jul 2024
In Northeast garden next to sidewalk
238
Artemisia tridentata
(Big Sagebrush)
3 Jul 2024
In northeast, next to sidewalk and driveway
237
Arctostaphylos sp.
(Bearberries and Manzanitas)
3 Jul 2024
Near compost, east of raspberries
236
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
(Bearberry)
3 Jul 2024
In Northeast garden next to sidewalk
235
Agapostemon sp.
(Striped Sweat Bees)
3 Jul 2024
On Gaillardia pulchella (Indian Blanket) flowers
234
Sceliphron caementarium
(Yellow-legged Mud-dauber Wasp)
3 Jul 2024
On Golden Currant flowers
233
Plantago lanceolata
(Ribwort Plantain)
3 Jul 2024
North of raspberry patch
232
Ribes rubrum
(Red Currant)
3 Jul 2024
In North raspberry patch, just north of the center path
231
Oxyopes scalaris
(Western Lynx Spider)
2 Jul 2024
On outside of front door
230
Petroselinum crispum
(Garden Parsley)
1 Jul 2024
Volunteer growing in front yard
229
Hylaeus sp.
1 Jul 2024
On Parsley growing in front yeard.
228
Origanum vulgare
(Oregano)
1 Jul 2024
Growing as volunteer in front yard
227
Andrenidae
(Miner, Fairy, Allied Panurgine, and Oxaeine Bees)
1 Jul 2024
On Ocean Spray flowers
226
Anastrangalia laetifica
(Dimorphic Flower Longhorn Beetle)
1 Jul 2024
On ocean spray flowers
225
Gasteruption sp.
1 Jul 2024
On ocean spray flowers
224
Elymus repens
(Quack Grass)
1 Jul 2024
In south garden next to driveway
223
Dichrorampha sp.
1 Jul 2024
On Common Yarrow flowers in south garden next to driveway
222
Halictus sp.
Subgenus: Seladonia
(Furrow Bees)
1 Jul 2024
On Common Yarrow flowers
221
Hypochaeris radicata
(Common Cat's-Ear)
30 Jun 2024
Front yard weed
220
Lasioglossum sp.
30 Jun 2024
On Common Cat's Ear flower in front yard
219
Thamnophis elegans vagrans
(Western Terrestrial Garter Snake)
30 Jun 2024
On north side of garage
218
Papilio eurymedon vagrans
(Pale Swallowtail)
29 Jun 2024
On Red Valerian
217
Vespula alascensis vagrans
(Alaska Yellowjacket)
29 Jun 2024
Nesting under porch
216
Adalia bipunctata vagrans
(Two-spotted Lady Beetle)
28 Jun 2024
On Golden Currant
215
Limenitis lorquini vagrans
(Lorquin's Admiral)
28 Jun 2024
On Ocean Spray flowers
214
Chloropinae
(Grass Flies)
28 Jun 2024
On outside wall
213
Mycterus sp.
27 Jun 2024
On Ocean Spray flowers
212
Mycterus sp.
27 Jun 2024
On Ocean Spray flowers
211
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
27 Jun 2024
On Ocean Spray flowers
210
Hylaeus sp.
27 Jun 2024
On Ocean Spray flowers
209
Hylaeus sp.
27 Jun 2024
On Ocean Spray flowers
208
Hylaeus sp.
27 Jun 2024
On Ocean Spray flowers
207
Podalonia sp.
(Cutworm Wasps)
27 Jun 2024
206
Pentatominae
27 Jun 2024

Eggs on golden currant leaf

Each egg ~ 1mm

205
Hylaeus sp.
26 Jun 2024
On Ocean Spray flowers
204
Bombus occidentalis vagrans
(Western Bumble Bee)
26 Jun 2024
On ocean spray flowers
203
Anthrenus sp.
(Carpet Beetles)
26 Jun 2024
On common yarrow flowers in front lawn
202
Syrphini
26 Jun 2024
On parsnipflower buckwheat flowers
201
Dolichovespula maculata vagrans
(Bald-faced Hornet)
25 Jun 2024
On spruce stump
200
Platycryptus californicus vagrans
25 Jun 2024
On side of shed
199
Delphinium ajacis vagrans
(Doubtful Knight's-Spur)
25 Jun 2024
On south side slope.
198
Phasiinae
25 Jun 2024
On Common Yarrow flowers
197
Rumex crispus vagrans
(Curly Dock)
25 Jun 2024
On south side slope
196
Tipulinae
Subgenus: Tipula
25 Jun 2024
In our un-mowed front lawn
195
Apis mellifera vagrans
(Western Honey Bee)
24 Jun 2024
On Eriogonum heracleoides (Parsnipflower Buckwheat) flowers
194
Lapsana communis vagrans
(Nipplewort)
24 Jun 2024
193
Ichneumoninae
24 Jun 2024
On hollyhock leaf, near raspberry patch
192
Agrilus cuprescens vagrans
(Rose Stem Girdler)
24 Jun 2024
On raspberry leaf
191
Agapostemon sp.
(Striped Sweat Bees)
24 Jun 2024
190
Strymon melinus vagrans
(Gray Hairstreak)
24 Jun 2024
On raspberry leaf
189
Philodromus dispar vagrans
(Eurasian Running Crab Spider)
24 Jun 2024
On side of house
188
Pimpla sp.
24 Jun 2024
On Pacific Ninebark leaf
187
Oxalis corniculata vagrans
(Creeping Woodsorrel)
24 Jun 2024
186
Thuja occidentalis vagrans
(Northern Whitecedar)
24 Jun 2024
185
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
24 Jun 2024
On Pacific Ninebark leaf
184
Crabro latipes vagrans
(Shield-handed Wasps)
24 Jun 2024
On Pacific Ninebark leaf
183
Anastrangalia laetifica vagrans
(Dimorphic Flower Longhorn Beetle)
23 Jun 2024
For the last week or so, males have been flying madly patrolling for females. Well, at least one female arrived today, and a male found her. The males are hard to photograph while they're searching for females. But while they are mating, they don' ...
182
Polistes aurifer vagrans
(Golden Paper Wasp)
23 Jun 2024
On Eriogonum heracleoides (Parsnipflower Buckwheat) flowers
181
Holodiscus discolor vagrans
(Ocean Spray)
23 Jun 2024
First flowers opening.
180
Geum urbanum vagrans
(Wood Avens)
23 Jun 2024
179
Ancistrocerus sp.
23 Jun 2024
On Eriogonum heracleoides (Parsnipflower Buckwheat) flowers
178
Phyciodes cocyta vagrans
(Northern Crescent)
22 Jun 2024
On white clover flowers in front (un-mowed) yard.
177
Lepturobosca chrysocoma vagrans
(Yellow Velvet Beetle)
22 Jun 2024
On Eriogonum heracleoides (Parsnipflower Buckwheat)
176
Anastrangalia laetifica vagrans
(Dimorphic Flower Longhorn Beetle)
22 Jun 2024

On Eriogonum heracleoides (Parsnipflower Buckwheat) flowers

Male

175
Podalonia sp.
(Cutworm Wasps)
22 Jun 2024

On wall of front garden.

I've seen quite of few of these this year, though not as many as previous summers.

174
Plathemis lydia vagrans
(Common Whitetail)
22 Jun 2024

On raspberry stalk

Adult female

173
Papilio rutulus vagrans
(Western Tiger Swallowtail)
22 Jun 2024
On Red Valerian in front garden
172
Halictus ligatus vagrans
(Ligated Furrow Bee)
22 Jun 2024
On Gaillardia pulchella flowers
171
Galium boreale vagrans
(Northern Bedstraw)
21 Jun 2024
In front garden next to driveway
170
Nomada sp.
(Nomad Bees)
21 Jun 2024
On Drymocallis arguta (Tall Cinquefoil)
169
Pinus aristata vagrans
(Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine)
21 Jun 2024
New shoots.
168
Lupinus sp.
(Lupines)
21 Jun 2024
Front garden
167
Osmia sp.
(Mason Bees)
21 Jun 2024
On a lupine flower
166
Hoplitis sp.
(Small Mason Bees)
21 Jun 2024

On Phacelia heterophylla flowers.

These beautiful bees absolutely love this plant. Whenever the weather is nice, several of these bees are visiting these flowers.

165
Albuna pyramidalis vagrans
(Fireweed Clearwing Moth)
21 Jun 2024
On Eriogonum heracleoides (Parsnipflower Buckwheat) flowers
164
Coccinellini
(Black-spotted Lady Beetles)
21 Jun 2024
On Golden Currant leaf.
163
Pterostichus melanarius vagrans
(Rain Beetle)
21 Jun 2024
162
Physocarpus capitus vagrans
(Pacific Ninebark)
20 Jun 2024
161
Ceratina sp.
Subgenus: Zadontomerus
(Small Carpenter Bees)
20 Jun 2024
On Pacific Ninebark flowers
160
Symphoricarpos albus vagrans
(Common Snowberry)
20 Jun 2024
159
Phyciodes cocyta vagrans
(Northern Crescent)
20 Jun 2024
On Eriogonum heracleoides (Parsnipflower Buckwheat) flowers
158
Lygus sp.
20 Jun 2024
157
Drymocallis arguta vagrans
(Tall Cinquefoil)
20 Jun 2024
In front garden
156
Synanthedon tipuliformis vagrans
(Currant Clearwing Moth)
19 Jun 2024
155
Phyciodes cocyta vagrans
(Northern Crescent)
19 Jun 2024
154
Geranium sanguineum vagrans
(Bloody Crane's-Bill)
19 Jun 2024
153
Collomia grandiflora vagrans
(Grand Collomia)
19 Jun 2024

In front garden.

First flowers

152
Merodon equestris vagrans
(Narcissus Bulb Fly)
19 Jun 2024
151
Sphecodes sp.
(Blood Bees)
19 Jun 2024
On Eriogonum heracleoides flowers
150
Osmia sp.
(Mason Bees)
19 Jun 2024
On Phacelia heterophylla flowers
149
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
19 Jun 2024
On Eriogonum heracleoides flowers
148
Anthomyia sp.
19 Jun 2024
On front porch, ~4mm
147
Anthrenus sp.
(Carpet Beetles)
19 Jun 2024
On Common Yarrow flowers
146
Anthrenus sp.
(Carpet Beetles)
19 Jun 2024
On Common Yarrow flowers
145
Halictus sp.
Subgenus: Seladonia
(Furrow Bees)
19 Jun 2024
On Common Yarrow flowers
144
Conopidae
19 Jun 2024
On Oregon Sunshine flowers
143
Ceratina sp.
Subgenus: Zadontomerus
(Small Carpenter Bees)
19 Jun 2024
On Oregon Sunshine flowers
142
Chrysopini
19 Jun 2024
On a blade of grass
141
Papilio sp.
Subgenus: Pterourus
(Common Swallowtails)
19 Jun 2024
On Hesperis matronalis flowers
140
Ancistrocerus sp.
19 Jun 2024
On Eriogonum heracleoides flowers
139
Rumex acetosella vagrans
(Sheep's Sorrel)
18 Jun 2024

Male plant with yellow flowers on the left.

Female plant with red flowers.

138
Phacelia heterophylla vagrans
(Virgate Scorpionweed)
18 Jun 2024
137
Eristalis arbustorum vagrans
(Eurasian Drone Fly)
18 Jun 2024
136
Osmiini
18 Jun 2024
On Phacelia heterophyla flowers.
135
Tachinidae
(Bristle Flies)
18 Jun 2024
On Parsnipflower Buckwheat (Eriogonum heracleoides) flowers
134
Spinus tristis vagrans
(American Goldfinch)
16 Jun 2024
133
Petrosedum rupestre vagrans
(Reflexed Stonecrop)
14 Jun 2024
132
Gleditsia triacanthos vagrans
(Honey Locust)
13 Jun 2024
131
Silene coronaria vagrans
(Rose Campion)
13 Jun 2024
Front garden
130
Phyciodes cocyta vagrans
(Northern Crescent)
13 Jun 2024

On Parsnipflower Buckwheat

Confirmed by Merrill Peterson, the of Pacific Northwest Insects

129
Eriogonum umbellatum vagrans
(Wild Buckwheats)
13 Jun 2024
In front garden
128
Thymus sp.
(Thymes)
13 Jun 2024
In front garden
127
Festuca idahoensis vagrans
(Idaho Fescue)
12 Jun 2024
In north garden by sidewalk.
126
Achillea millefolium vagrans
(Common Yarrow)
12 Jun 2024
On south side of driveway, outside front garden.
125
Aquilegia sp.
(Columbines)
12 Jun 2024
124
Dactylis glomerata vagrans
(Orchard Grass)
12 Jun 2024
123
Limenitis lorquini vagrans
(Lorquin's Admiral)
12 Jun 2024
122
Bromus hordeaceus vagrans
(Common Soft Brome)
12 Jun 2024
In garden north of driveway
121
Anoecia sp.
12 Jun 2024
On sticky geranium (Geranium viscosissimum). Looks like it has been trapped on the sticky hairs on the stem. There are dozens of other small insects on this plant that appear to have died in the same way. Protocarnivorous? ...
120
Macrosiphini
12 Jun 2024
On a sticky germanium leaf - along with another dozen that appear to be stuck to the sticky hairs.
119
Gymnosoma sp.
12 Jun 2024
On Parsnipflower Buckwheat (Eriogonum heracleoides) flowers
118
Eriogonum heracleoides vagrans
(Parsnipflower Buckwheat)
12 Jun 2024
Just beginning to flower. (First flowers opened a few days ago.)
117
Penstemon strictus vagrans
(Rocky Mountain Penstemon)
12 Jun 2024
116
Gaillardia pulchella vagrans
(Indian Blanket)
12 Jun 2024
115
Keroplatidae
(Predatory Fungus Gnats)
11 Jun 2024
On front porch wall.
114
Clarkia pulchella vagrans
(Clarikias)
11 Jun 2024
In front garden
113
Xysticus sp.
(Ground Crab Spiders)
10 Jun 2024

On buckwheat flower

Male

112
Synanthedon tipuliformis vagrans
(Currant Clearwing Moth)
10 Jun 2024
On raspberry leaf
111
Andrena prunorum vagrans
(Prunus Miner Bee)
10 Jun 2024
110
Tachinidae
(Bristle Flies)
10 Jun 2024
On buckwheat flower
109
Toxomerus occidentalis vagrans
(Western Calligrapher)
8 Jun 2024
On grass flower in front yard
108
Synanthedon tipuliformis vagrans
(Currant Clearwing Moth)
7 Jun 2024

On raspberry leaf

daniel-gilbert corrected my ID on iNat. And since he specializes in clear-winged moths, I've changed my ID from Strawberry Crown Moth (Synanthedon bibionipennis).

107
Philodromus dispar vagrans
(Eurasian Running Crab Spider)
7 Jun 2024
In garden on side of driveway.
106
Pyralis farinalis vagrans
(Meal Moth)
7 Jun 2024
On kitchen wall
105
Kolkwitzia amabilis vagrans
(Beauty Bush)
7 Jun 2024
In back of compost
104
Holodiscus discolor vagrans
(Ocean Spray)
6 Jun 2024
103
Oxyopes scalaris vagrans
(Western Lynx Spider)
6 Jun 2024
102
Coenonympha california vagrans
(Common Ringlet)
6 Jun 2024
On east wall of the house,
101
Drymocallis glandulosa vagrans
(Sticky Cinquefoil)
6 Jun 2024
In garden next to driveway.
100
Eristalis hirta vagrans
(Black-footed Drone Fly)
5 Jun 2024
99
Araneus gemmoides vagrans
(Cat-faced Orbweaver)
5 Jun 2024
On front porch
98
Lepturobosca chrysocoma vagrans
(Yellow Velvet Beetle)
5 Jun 2024
On Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) flower
97
Paeonia officinalis vagrans
(Common Peony)
5 Jun 2024
96
Centranthus ruber vagrans
(Red Valerian)
5 Jun 2024
95
Larinus carlinae vagrans
(Canada Thistle Bud Weevil)
5 Jun 2024
In front garden
94
Penstemon eatonii vagrans
(Fiercracker Penstemon)
5 Jun 2024
At southeast corner of front garden. Re-seeded from main garden.
93
Pyralis farinalis vagrans
(Meal Moth)
3 Jun 2024
In bathroom, 13 mm wingspan
92
Reticularia lycoperdon vagrans
(False Puffball)
1 Jun 2024
The skin has opened and the spores are exposed.
91
Bombus insularis vagrans
(Indiscriminate Cuckoo Bumble Bee)
1 Jun 2024
On Eriophyllum lanatum (Common Woolly Sunflower)
90
Xysticus sp.
(Ground Crab Spiders)
1 Jun 2024
89
Eupeodes fumipennis vagrans
(Western Aphideater)
1 Jun 2024
On Eriophyllum lanatum (Common Woolly Sunflower) flower
88
Bombus centralis vagrans
(Great Basin Bumble Bee)
1 Jun 2024
87
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
1 Jun 2024
86
Brymblia quadrimaculella vagrans
1 Jun 2024
On spruce stump
85
Cosmopepla intergressa vagrans
1 Jun 2024
84
Calliphoridae
(Blow Flies)
1 Jun 2024
83
Apis mellifera vagrans
(Western Honey Bee)
1 Jun 2024
On raspberry flower
82
Vespula altropilosa vagrans
(Prairie Yellowjacket)
1 Jun 2024
On inside window sill.
81
Agaricus campestris vagrans
(Meadow Mushroom)
31 May 2024
80
Argia vivida vagrans
(Vivid Dancer)
28 May 2024
79
Oxyopes scalaris vagrans
(Western Lynx Spider)
28 May 2024
On Common Woolly Sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum)
78
Anthomyia sp.
28 May 2024
On Common Woolly Sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum)
77
Oxyopes sp.
(Oxyopes)
28 May 2024
With prey
76
Cerastium tomentosum vagrans
(Snow-in-Summer)
27 May 2024
75
Thuja occidentalis vagrans
(Northern Whitecedar)
27 May 2024
74
Heuchera cylindrica vagrans
(Roundleaf Alumroot)
27 May 2024
73
Geranium sanguineum vagrans
(Bloody Crane's-Bill)
26 May 2024
72
Mesopsocus sp.
26 May 2024
Front porch table, 3 mm
71
Geum triflorum vagrans
(Prairie Smoke)
26 May 2024
70
Crataegus laevigata vagrans
(Midland Hawthorn)
26 May 2024
69
Cercocarpus montanus vagrans
(Alderleaf Mountain Mahogany)
25 May 2024
68
Syringa vulgaris vagrans
(Common Lilac)
25 May 2024
67
Reticularia lycoperdon vagrans
(False Puffball)
24 May 2024
On birch stump
66
Ceratina sp.
Subgenus: Zadontomerus
(Small Carpenter Bees)
24 May 2024
On a Common Woolly Sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum) flower.
65
Eriophyllum lanatum vagrans
(Common Woolly Sunflower)
24 May 2024
64
Coccothraustes vespertinus vagrans
(Evening Grosbeak)
23 May 2024
Carole's photo of male and female Evening Grosbeak at the feeder.
63
Molothrus ater vagrans
(Brown-headed Cowbird)
22 May 2024

A new species for the yard!

male

62
Accipiter cooperii vagrans
(Cooper's Hawk)
22 May 2024
61
Halictus tripartitus vagrans
(Tripartite Sweat Bee)
21 May 2024
On a sticky geranium flower
60
Corvus brachyrhynchos vagrans
(American Crow)
20 May 2024
First crow at the bird feeder.
59
Balsamorhiza sp.
(Balsamroots)
19 May 2024

I planted this a few years ago. First flower last year, and a few more this year. But the leaves are getting eaten by something.

I'm not yet sure of the species.

58
Bombus centralis vagrans
(Great Basin Bumble Bee)
19 May 2024
Captured from a Rydberg's penstemon flower in the north garden. Cooled and photographed. But it flew off before I could get a good photo.
57
Coccothraustes vespertinus vagrans
(Evening Grosbeak)
18 May 2024
First Evening Grosbeaks that I've seen in the yard.
56
Penstemon rydbergii vagrans
(Rydberg Penstemon)
17 May 2024
55
Prunus virginiana vagrans
(Chokecherry)
15 May 2024
On northern edge of property.
54
Ceratina sp.
Subgenus: Zadontomerus
(Small Carpenter Bees)
15 May 2024
On Sticky Geranium flower
53
Andrena prunorum vagrans
(Prunus Miner Bee)
15 May 2024
On Chokecherry flowers
52
Andrena sp.
(Mining Bees)
15 May 2024
51
Ampedus occidentalis vagrans
15 May 2024
On front porch
50
Empis sp.
13 May 2024
49
Buteo jamaicensis vagrans
(Red-tailed Hawk)
13 May 2024
On neighbor's tree.
48
Myopinae
12 May 2024
Several of these on Douglas Hawthorn this morning.
Accipiter cooperii vagrans
(Cooper's Hawk)
12 May 2024

We put our birds, Salt and Vinegar, outside on the front porch this morning and a Cooper's hawk arrived and sat on top of the cage! It flew away when it saw us.

46
Quercus palustris vagrans
(Pin Oak)
12 May 2024

Male flowers.

Stamens are now exposed.

45
Quercus palustris vagrans
(Pin Oak)
12 May 2024
Today I measured the circumference of our tree at chest height to estimate its age - 78 years.
44
Eristalini
(Rat-tail Maggot Flies)
12 May 2024
On Douglas Hawthorn flowers
43
Malus sp.
(Apples)
12 May 2024
Crab apple?
42
Megatominae
10 May 2024
Found in bathroom, 4 mm
41
Quercus palustris vagrans
(Pin Oak)
10 May 2024

The male flowers are out.

I'm not sure how long they have been out, though, since I just noticed them today.

40
Malus domestica vagrans
(Apple)
10 May 2024

The apples are blooming.

I just noticed them today, though, so I'm not sure when they began to bloom.

This is the one on the west side of the south raspberry patch.

39
Narcissus poeticus vagrans
(Poet's Narcissus)
10 May 2024
38
Viburnum rhytidophyllum vagrans
(Leatherleaf Viburnum)
10 May 2024
On south side of south lawn
37
Eschscholzia californica vagrans
(California Poppy)
9 May 2024
36
Andrena prunorum vagrans
(Prunus Miner Bee)
9 May 2024
35
Amelanchier alnifolia vagrans
(Saskatoon)
9 May 2024
First flowers a few days ago
34
Crataegus douglasii vagrans
(Douglas Hawthorn)
9 May 2024
First flowers a few days ago.
33
Fritillaria imperialis vagrans
(Crown Imperial)
9 May 2024
First flowers blooming this year
32
Sylvilagus sp.
(Cottontail Rabbits)
9 May 2024
In raspberry patch. Seemed to be eating raspberry leaves.
31
Geranium viscosissimum vagrans
(Sticky Geranium)
8 May 2024
First flowers of the year.
30
Helicoverpa zea vagrans
(Corn Earworm Moth)
8 May 2024
Found at the tip of a corn cob as it was being husked. ~ 15 mm
29
Habropoda cineraria vagrans
(Ashy Digger Bee)
22 Apr 2024

Visiting golden currant flowers.

I thought it was a Common Digger Bee (Anthophora sp.), but was corrected by ahaw.

28
Vespula alascensis vagrans
(Alaska Yellowjacket)
21 Apr 2024
On kitchen counter, 16 mm
27
Polygonia satyrus vagrans
(Satyr Comma)
20 Apr 2024
First butterfly of the year - at least that I've seen so far in the yard.
26
Gravenhorstiini
20 Apr 2024

The first ones I've seen this spring. There were quite a few flying just above the ground in the backyard raspberry patch.

I netted one, cooled it down, took some (bad) photos, and released it.

25
Ptinus sp.
14 Apr 2024

4 mm

On spruce stump

24
Lasioglossum sp.
Subgenus: Dialictus
12 Apr 2024
On Golden Currant
23
Listrus sp.
12 Apr 2024

On front porch window.

~3 mm

22
Oxychilus sp.
(Typical Glass Snails)
10 Apr 2024

Under a brick in front of the spruce stump. 8 mm

This is the first live snail that I've seen in the yard, though I have seen a few empty shells laying around.

21
Entomobryomorpha
(Elongate Springtails)
10 Apr 2024

Under a brick in front of spruce stump.

~ 4 mm

20
Bombylius major vagrans
(Greater Bee Fly)
10 Apr 2024
19
Coriarachnini
10 Apr 2024
4 mm
18
Ribes aureum vagrans
(Golden Currant)
2 Apr 2024
First flower opened today
17
Tenthredinidae
(Common Sawflies)
2 Apr 2024
On the side of the shed
16
Stellaria media vagrans
(Common Chickweed)
2 Apr 2024
15
Poecile atricapillus vagrans
(Black-capped Chickadee)
1 Apr 2024
Excavating a nest in a birch stump in our yard. These two have been working on their nest for the last few days. I hope they stick around to complete it.
14
Muscoidea
(Muscoid Flies)
30 Mar 2024
On Dandelion flower, 6 mm
13
Boisea rubrolineata vagrans
(Western Boxelder Bug)
26 Mar 2024
12
Ceroxys latiusculus vagrans
(Narrow-Banded Picture-Winged Fly)
17 Mar 2024
Front porch
11
Crocus vernus vagrans
(Spring Crocus)
16 Mar 2024
First flower in front garden. Opened today. Haven't seen any insects on it yet.
10
Ceroxys latiusculus vagrans
(Narrow-Banded Picture-Winged Fly)
16 Mar 2024
On shovel handle next to compost.
9
Viola odorata vagrans
(Eurasian Sweet Violet)
16 Mar 2024
8
Boisea rubrolineata vagrans
(Western Boxelder Bug)
16 Mar 2024
7
Acer saccharinum vagrans
(Silver Maple)
6 Mar 2024
6
Sciaroidea
(Fungus Gnats and Gall Midges)
23 Feb 2024
5
Nematocera
(Nematoceran Flies)
23 Feb 2024
Front porch, ~ 2.5 mm
4
Agulla sp.
(Common Snakeflies)
14 Feb 2024

On the inside of a window.

Female

3
Drosophilidae
(Vinegar and Fruit Flies)
29 Jan 2024
From side of compost bin ~ 3 mm
2
Pollenia sp.
(Cluster Flies)
29 Jan 2024

On side of house.

10 mm

1
Alticini
(Flea Beetles)
29 Jan 2024

On the side of the house.

2.5 mm