Life On A Quarter Acre

Yard and Year Lists

Taxa seen in 2020

188
Mantis religiosa
(European Mantis)
25 Dec 2020
187
Brochymena sp.
(Rough Stink Bugs)
19 Dec 2020
On my pillowcase
186
Harmonia axyridis
(Asian Lady Beetle)
8 Dec 2020
185
Dicyrtomina sp.
1 Dec 2020
On snow, ~ 3 mm, 2 deg C
184
Triphosa haesitata
(Tissue Moth)
19 Nov 2020
On wall in house
183
Syrphus opinator
(Black-margined Flower Fly)
12 Oct 2020
182
Eristalis tenax
(Common Drone Fly)
12 Oct 2020
181
Coccinella septempunctata
(Seven-spotted Lady Beetle)
12 Oct 2020
180
Vespula alascensis
(Alaska Yellowjacket)
12 Oct 2020
179
Phormia regina
12 Oct 2020
178
Halyomorpha halys
(Brown Marmorated Stink Bug)
12 Oct 2020
177
Vespula germanica
(German Yellowjacket)
12 Oct 2020
176
Chlorochroa sp.
Subgenus: Chlorochroa
12 Oct 2020
175
Vespula pensylvanica
(Western Yellowjacket)
7 Oct 2020
In compost
174
Lasioglossum sp.
Subgenus: Dialictus
6 Oct 2020
173
Pollenia vagabunda
(Vagabond Cluster Fly)
6 Oct 2020
172
Niesthrea sp.
4 Oct 2020
171
Apis mellifera
(Western Honey Bee)
4 Oct 2020
On Big Sage flowers
170
Lygus sp.
3 Oct 2020
169
Sargus bipunctatus
1 Oct 2020
On compost
168
Syritta pipiens
(Common Compost Fly)
1 Oct 2020
On compost
167
Dolichovespula maculata
(Bald-faced Hornet)
1 Oct 2020
166
Eriosomatinae
(Woolly Aphids and Gall-making Aphids)
30 Sep 2020
165
Tripleurospermum inodorum
(Scentless Mayweed)
29 Sep 2020
164
Physiphora alceae
27 Sep 2020
On spruce stump, ~ 4 mm BugGuide ID
163
Fieberiella lorii
(Privet Leafhopper)
27 Sep 2020
162
Mythimna unipuncta
(Armyworm Moth)
25 Sep 2020
161
Philaenus spumarius
(Meadow Spittlebug)
21 Sep 2020
160
Megalotomus quinquespinosus
(Lupine Bug)
21 Sep 2020
159
Eratigena agrestis
(Hobo Spider)
20 Sep 2020
Under brick, body length ~18 mm
158
Pyralis farinalis
(Meal Moth)
19 Sep 2020
On bathroom towel, 16 mm wingspan
157
Eristalis arbustorum
(Eurasian Drone Fly)
17 Sep 2020
156
Megachile angelarum
(Leafcutter, Mortar, and Resin Bees)
17 Sep 2020

Closing up nest with resin in bee hotel.

Seems to be using resin.

155
Ceratina sp.
Subgenus: Zadontomerus
(Small Carpenter Bees)
17 Sep 2020
154
Hylaeus sp.
17 Sep 2020
153
Halictus ligatus
(Ligated Furrow Bee)
17 Sep 2020
152
Choreutis pariana
(Apple Leaf Skeletonizer Moth)
17 Sep 2020
151
Melanoplus femurrubrum
(Red-legged Grasshopper)
12 Sep 2020
150
Leucospis affinis
12 Sep 2020
On bee hotel
149
Phyciodes mylitta
(Mylitta Crescent)
8 Sep 2020
148
Anthidium manicatum
(European Woolcarder Bee)
6 Sep 2020
147
Tharsalea helloides
(Purplish Copper)
6 Sep 2020
146
Prionyx sp.
6 Sep 2020
145
Cylindromyia sp.
6 Sep 2020
144
Staphylinini
4 Sep 2020

~ 10 mm

under weeds on paved driveway

143
Anthophora urbana
(Urbane Digger Bee)
2 Sep 2020
142
Ochlodes sylvanoides
(Woodland Skipper)
31 Aug 2020
141
Chrysidini
27 Aug 2020
140
Bombus vagans
(Half-black Bumble Bee)
25 Aug 2020
139
Bombus appositus
(White-shouldered Bumble Bee)
25 Aug 2020
138
Isodontia elegans
(Elegant Grass-carrying Wasps)
25 Aug 2020
Bringing grass to the nest on the spruce stump
137
Chalcophora angulicollis
(Western Sculptured Pine Borer)
25 Aug 2020
On spruce stump, ~ 30 mm
136
Tyta luctuosa
(Four-spotted Moth)
24 Aug 2020
135
Villa sp.
23 Aug 2020
On a California Poppy
134
Bombus rufocinctus
(Red-belted Bumble Bee)
21 Aug 2020
133
Halictus rubicundus
(Orange-legged Furrow Bee)
21 Aug 2020
132
Dissosteira carolina
(Carolina Grasshopper)
21 Aug 2020
131
Strymon melinus
(Gray Hairstreak)
21 Aug 2020
130
Lestes congener
(Spotted Spreadwing)
13 Aug 2020
129
Noctua pronuba
(Large Yellow Underwing)
8 Aug 2020
128
Trypoxylon sp.
Subgenus: Trypoxylon
5 Aug 2020
On raspberry leaf
127
Agulla sp.
(Common Snakeflies)
5 Aug 2020

Male?

If this is a male, it is the only adult male I have seen in the yard. The other 15 have ben females.

126
Harmostes sp.
5 Aug 2020
125
Larinus curtus
(Yellow Starthistle Flower Weevil)
5 Aug 2020
124
Coelioxys sp.
Subgenus: Cyrtocoelioxys
(Sharptail Bees)
27 Jul 2020

Caught leaving hole in spruce stump

11 mm

123
Xysticus sp.
(Ground Crab Spiders)
26 Jul 2020
With honeybee prey and a couple of flies hanging around
122
Bombus nevadensis
(Nevada Bumble Bee)
26 Jul 2020
121
Vanessa cardui
(Painted Lady)
26 Jul 2020
120
Carabini
19 Jul 2020
Found on sidewalk, 35 mm
119
Medicago lupulina
(Black Medick)
19 Jul 2020
118
Ectemnius sp.
19 Jul 2020
117
Ancistrocerus sp.
19 Jul 2020
116
Argia vivida
(Vivid Dancer)
19 Jul 2020
115
Krombeinopyga pumila
17 Jul 2020

Examining holes in a spruce stump

~ 10 mm

114
Phylloecus sp.
17 Jul 2020
113
Burnsius communis
(New World Checkered-Skippers)
16 Jul 2020
112
Sphecodes sp.
(Blood Bees)
13 Jul 2020
111
Pseudacris regilla
(Pacific Chorus Frog)
10 Jul 2020
110
Limax maximus
(Leopard Slug)
10 Jul 2020
109
Epicauta puncticollis
(Burning Blister Beetles)
9 Jul 2020
108
Scaeva affinis
(White-bowed Smoothwing)
8 Jul 2020
107
Pseudomalus auratus
8 Jul 2020
106
Rhopalapion longirostre
(Hollyhock Weevil)
8 Jul 2020
105
Phalangium opilio
(European Harvestman)
2 Jul 2020
104
Hemipenthes sp.
2 Jul 2020
On California Poppy
103
Euschistus sp.
(Brown Stink Bugs)
2 Jul 2020
102
Lepturobosca chrysocoma
(Yellow Velvet Beetle)
2 Jul 2020
101
Eupeodes fumipennis
(Western Aphideater)
2 Jul 2020
On California Poppy flower
100
Hesperia juba
(Juba Skipper)
1 Jul 2020
99
Lucilia sp.
1 Jul 2020
98
Leucophora sp.
28 Jun 2020
97
Polygonum aviculare
(Prostrate Knotweed)
27 Jun 2020
96
Pompilidae
(Spider Wasps)
27 Jun 2020
95
Condylostylus occidentalis
27 Jun 2020
94
Oxyopes scalaris
(Western Lynx Spider)
27 Jun 2020
93
Papilio rutulus
(Western Tiger Swallowtail)
26 Jun 2020
92
Braconidae
(Braconid Wasps)
25 Jun 2020
91
Forficula dentata
25 Jun 2020
90
Euodynerus sp.
23 Jun 2020
89
Podalonia sp.
(Cutworm Wasps)
22 Jun 2020
88
Crioceris duodecimpunctata
(Spotted Asparagus Beetle)
22 Jun 2020
87
Bombus occidentalis
(Western Bumble Bee)
20 Jun 2020
On California Poppy
86
Symmorphus sp.
(Symmorphus)
18 Jun 2020
85
Molorchus ongicollis
18 Jun 2020

On Mallow-leaf Ninebark leaf. I caught it in a vial, cooled it down in the fridge, and photographed and posted it on iNaturalist.

It was IDed that night by Merrill Peterson (author of Pacific Northwest Insects ).

84
Chloropinae
(Grass Flies)
18 Jun 2020
83
Bombus vancouverensis nearcticus
(Vancouver Bumble Bee)
18 Jun 2020
82
Bombus mixtus nearcticus
(Fuzzy-horned Bumble Bee)
16 Jun 2020
81
Adalia bipunctata nearcticus
(Two-spotted Lady Beetle)
12 Jun 2020
James Bailey: This is a variant of the "multi-spotted" pattern, I suppose. Usually the spots in this form are not combined.
80
Neoclytus muricatulus nearcticus
11 Jun 2020
79
Platycryptus californicus nearcticus
11 Jun 2020
78
Eulonchus tristis nearcticus
(Dusky Sapphire)
11 Jun 2020
A Jeweled Spider Fly in subfamily Panopinae (tarantula flies) Identified by Merrill Peterson, author of Pacific Northwest Insects ZooKeys: Jewelled spider flies of North America (Diptera, Acroceridae) ...
77
Chrysoteuchia topiarius nearcticus
(Topiary Grass-Veneer)
10 Jun 2020
On grass in lawn. length ~ 1 cm
76
Perithous scurra nearcticus
5 Jun 2020
75
Bombus centralis nearcticus
(Great Basin Bumble Bee)
4 Jun 2020
74
Sphaerophoria contigua nearcticus
(Tufted Globetail)
4 Jun 2020
73
Pemphredon sp.
(Typical Aphid Wasps)
3 Jun 2020
72
Plathemis lydia nearcticus
(Common Whitetail)
3 Jun 2020
Adult female
71
Bombus insularis nearcticus
(Indiscriminate Cuckoo Bumble Bee)
3 Jun 2020
70
Merodon equestris nearcticus
(Narcissus Bulb Fly)
3 Jun 2020
69
Panurginus sp.
2 Jun 2020
68
Agapostemon virescens nearcticus
(Bicolored Striped Sweat Bee)
2 Jun 2020
67
Perizoma costiguttata nearcticus
2 Jun 2020
66
Callopistromyia annulipes nearcticus
(Peacock Fly)
2 Jun 2020
65
Formica obscuripes nearcticus
(Wood, Mound, and Field Ants)
30 May 2020
64
Xorides californicus nearcticus
29 May 2020
63
Camponotus sp.
Subgenus: Camponotus
(Carpenter Ants)
29 May 2020
62
Misumena vatia nearcticus
(Goldenrod Crab Spider)
29 May 2020
61
Spizella passerina nearcticus
(Chipping Sparrow)
29 May 2020
60
Cosmopepla uhleri nearcticus
28 May 2020
~ 5 mm
59
Sphaerophoria sulphuripes nearcticus
(Forked Globetail)
28 May 2020
58
Veronica arvensis nearcticus
(Corn Speedwell)
28 May 2020
57
Crabro latipes nearcticus
(Shield-handed Wasps)
27 May 2020
56
Aedes sp.
27 May 2020
55
Tenthredinini
(Tenthredinini)
27 May 2020
54
Tetramorium immigrans nearcticus
(Immigrant Pavement Ant)
26 May 2020
length 4 mm
53
Baridini
24 May 2020
52
Cycloneda polita nearcticus
(Western Polished Lady Beetle)
24 May 2020
51
Pardosa sp.
(Thin-legged Wolf Spiders)
23 May 2020
With eggs
50
Pelegrina sp.
(White-cheeked Jumping Spiders)
23 May 2020
49
Bibio sp.
(March Flies)
23 May 2020
On a parsley plant, ~ 10 mm
48
Phidippus audax nearcticus
(Bold Jumping Spider)
23 May 2020
47
Agrocybe acericola nearcticus
22 May 2020
46
Enallagma sp.
(Bluets)
17 May 2020
45
Callibaetis ferrugineus hageni
(Red Speckled Dun)
16 May 2020
44
Taraxacum officinale hageni
(Common Dandelion)
15 May 2020
43
Rhionaeschna californica hageni
(Calfornia Darner)
15 May 2020
42
Hesperis matronalis hageni
(Dame's Rocket)
15 May 2020
41
Anthrenus verbasci hageni
(Varied Carpet Beetle)
15 May 2020
Inside the house. 4 mm
40
Spinus tristis hageni
(American Goldfinch)
11 May 2020
39
Metopiinae
10 May 2020

Netted from snowberry bush.

Length 8 mm

38
Cosmopepla intergressa hageni
9 May 2020
37
Platycheirus sp.
(Sedgesitters)
7 May 2020
36
Eupeodes volucris hageni
(Large-tailed Aphideater)
7 May 2020
35
Andrena prunorum hageni
(Prunus Miner Bee)
5 May 2020

Netted on a lilac bush, cooled, photographed, and released.

12 mm

34
Halictus sp.
Subgenus: Seladonia
(Furrow Bees)
4 May 2020
33
Sturnus vulgaris hageni
(European Starling)
4 May 2020
32
Gymnosoma sp.
4 May 2020
31
Anthaxia sp.
Subgenus: Melanthaxia
2 May 2020
30
Zonotrichia leucophrys hageni
(White-crowned Sparrow)
29 Apr 2020
29
Bombylius major hageni
(Greater Bee Fly)
28 Apr 2020
28
Orussus thoracicus hageni
(Orussus)
28 Apr 2020
27
Pachypsylla sp.
(Hackberry Gall Psyllids)
26 Apr 2020
3 mm. On screen door.
26
Bryopsida
(Joint-toothed Mosses)
26 Apr 2020
On a brick pathway. ~ 25 mm patch
25
Chrysoperla sp.
(Common Green Lacewings)
26 Apr 2020
24
Agonopterix alstroemeriana hageni
(Poison Hemlock Moth)
26 Apr 2020
23
Lamium amplexicaule hageni
(Henbit Deadnettle)
24 Apr 2020
22
Armadillidium vulgare hageni
(Common Pill Woodlouse)
24 Apr 2020
21
Deroceras reticulatum hageni
(Milky Slug)
24 Apr 2020
20
Thamnophis elegans vagrans
(Western Terrestrial Garter Snake)
22 Apr 2020
These two have been sticking their heads out of their hole in my yard all morning.
19
Gravenhorstiini
21 Apr 2020
Length ~ 20 mm
Mating pair observed in garden for a few minutes. Then they flew off onto the car. Then back to the garden where I lost track of them.
BugGuide ID
18
Andrena sp.
Subgenus: Melandrena
(Mining Bees)
21 Apr 2020
17
Autographa californica vagrans
(Alfalfa Looper)
19 Apr 2020
16
Araneus gemmoides vagrans
(Cat-faced Orbweaver)
17 Apr 2020
15
Ypsolopha sp.
17 Apr 2020
14
Scathophaga stercoraria vagrans
(Golden Dung Fly)
13 Apr 2020
13
Polistes dominula vagrans
(European Paper Wasp)
8 Apr 2020
12
Goniini
8 Apr 2020
On Dandelion flower
11
Bassaniana sp.
8 Apr 2020
10
Nomada sp.
(Nomad Bees)
8 Apr 2020
9
Xerophloea peltata vagrans
6 Apr 2020
~ 8 mm
8
Osmia lignaria vagrans
(Mason Bees)
4 Apr 2020
7
Salticus scenicus vagrans
(Zebra Jumping Spider)
4 Apr 2020
6
Gastrodontoidea
3 Apr 2020
Under firewood. ~ 5mm
5
Boisea rubrolineata vagrans
(Western Boxelder Bug)
22 Mar 2020
4
Epalpus signifer vagrans
(Early Tachinid Fly)
21 Mar 2020
3
Thryomanes bewickii vagrans
(Bewick's Wren)
19 Mar 2020
2
Rhyparochromus vulgaris vagrans
19 Mar 2020

Captured running around on spruce stump.

Cooled and photographed, 8 mm

1
Sylvilagus sp.
(Cottontail Rabbits)
6 Jan 2020