Life On A Quarter Acre

Yard and Year Lists

Taxa seen in 2022

231
Dryobates pubescens
(Downy Woodpecker)
1 Jan 2023
230
Accipiter striatus
(Sharp-shinned Hawk)
1 Jan 2023
This hawk was on the ground in our backyard when I startled it. It flew to a nearby tree, but then flew off before I could get a better picture. It was carrying some type of prey.
229
Sturnus vulgaris
(European Starling)
1 Jan 2023

When I went into the back yard, I saw a sharp-shinned hawk and its prey.

It flew into a nearby tree with it's prey. These are the feathers at the scene.

228
Spinus psaltria
(Lesser Goldfinch)
1 Jan 2023
Thistle seed feeder
227
Sciurus niger
(Fox Squirrel)
1 Jan 2023
226
Ageleninae
(Typical Funnel Weavers)
21 Dec 2022
Found in garage trapped in a glass bowl
225
Chrysoperla sp.
(Common Green Lacewings)
8 Nov 2022
224
Erigone sp.
(Black Dwarf Spiders)
6 Nov 2022
Found in shed. ~ 2 mm
223
Lepthyphantes sp.
18 Oct 2022
Fro compost
222
Leptoglossus occidentalis
17 Oct 2022
Found its way into the house, where it planned to spend the winter.
221
Philonthus cruentatus
17 Oct 2022
From compost, 7 mm
220
Blaniulidae
(Thin Snake Millipedes)
17 Oct 2022

Berlese funnel from compost

~ 10 mm

219
Entomobryomorpha
(Elongate Springtails)
17 Oct 2022
~ 3 mm, berlese funnel from compost
218
Sminthurinus aureus
16 Oct 2022
217
Bisnius sp.
16 Oct 2022
8 mm, in compost
216
Lepinotus reticulatus
16 Oct 2022
1 mm, in compost
215
Mythimna unipuncta
(Armyworm Moth)
15 Oct 2022
214
Phanias sp.
15 Oct 2022
213
Agapostemon virescens
(Bicolored Striped Sweat Bee)
11 Oct 2022
On a Hollyhock flower
212
Sargus bipunctatus
11 Oct 2022
211
Ceratina sp.
Subgenus: Zadontomerus
(Small Carpenter Bees)
11 Oct 2022
210
Halyomorpha halys
(Brown Marmorated Stink Bug)
7 Oct 2022
209
Thyanta sp.
7 Oct 2022
208
Syrphus opinator
(Black-margined Flower Fly)
7 Oct 2022
On big sagebrush flowers
207
Phalangium opilio
(European Harvestman)
30 Sep 2022
206
Exitianus exitiosus
(Gray Lawn Leafhopper)
30 Sep 2022
205
Coccinella septempunctata
(Seven-spotted Lady Beetle)
30 Sep 2022
204
Fannia sp.
30 Sep 2022
203
Typhlocybini
28 Sep 2022
202
Lestes congener
(Spotted Spreadwing)
28 Sep 2022
201
Pachypsylla celtidisvesicula
(Hackberry Blister Gall Psyllid)
28 Sep 2022
200
Frankliniella sp.
26 Sep 2022

On Jessica's Aster flowers

~ 1 mm

199
Phyciodes mylitta
(Mylitta Crescent)
24 Sep 2022
198
Osbornellus borealis
23 Sep 2022
197
Cheiracanthium sp.
(Longlegged Sac Spiders)
22 Sep 2022
Found on leaf with egg sac on bottom of a Douglas Hawthorn leaf. ~ 6mm
196
Eristalis flavipes
(Orange-legged Drone Fly)
22 Sep 2022
195
Isodontia elegans
(Elegant Grass-carrying Wasps)
21 Sep 2022
On Goldenrod flowers
194
Corimelaena sp.
20 Sep 2022
193
Megacyllene robiniae
(Locust Borer)
20 Sep 2022
On goldenrod flowers
192
Mantis religiosa
(European Mantis)
16 Sep 2022
191
Lucilia sp.
16 Sep 2022
190
Fieberiella lorii
(Privet Leafhopper)
15 Sep 2022
189
Epithemia sp.
9 Sep 2022
From bird bath
188
Caloplaca sp.
(Firedots)
8 Sep 2022
On north side of trunk of silver maple tree, ascus diameter 0.8 mm
187
Tyta luctuosa
(Four-spotted Moth)
8 Sep 2022
11 mm
186
Podalonia sp.
(Cutworm Wasps)
7 Sep 2022
185
Peleteria iterans
4 Sep 2022
184
Colpodidae
1 Sep 2022
From compost infusion
183
Haematococcus sp.
31 Aug 2022
From birdbath
182
Hypotrichia
(Hypotrich)
31 Aug 2022
From a water bowl in the yard.
181
Vorticellidae
(Vorticellidae)
31 Aug 2022
From a water bowl in the yard.
180
Halictus rubicundus
(Orange-legged Furrow Bee)
30 Aug 2022
179
Syritta pipiens
(Common Compost Fly)
30 Aug 2022
178
Eriopygini
29 Aug 2022
177
Dioryctria sp.
(Conifer Coneworm Moths)
29 Aug 2022
176
Emmelina monodactyla
(Morning-glory Plume Moth)
29 Aug 2022
175
Hydropsychidae
(Net-spinning Caddisflies)
29 Aug 2022
Black light trap.
174
Spodoptera praefica
(Western Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth)
29 Aug 2022
173
Xestia c-nigrum
(Lesser Black-letter Dart)
29 Aug 2022
172
Vanessa atalanta
(Red Admiral)
29 Aug 2022
171
Gelechiini
29 Aug 2022
170
Formica sp.
(Wood, Mound, and Field Ants)
28 Aug 2022
169
Bombus rufocinctus
(Red-belted Bumble Bee)
28 Aug 2022
168
Orius tristicolor
26 Aug 2022
Eating thrips
167
Tipulidae
(Large Crane Flies)
26 Aug 2022
166
Coelioxys sp.
Subgenus: Cyrtocoelioxys
(Sharptail Bees)
25 Aug 2022
165
Megachile angelarum
(Leafcutter, Mortar, and Resin Bees)
25 Aug 2022
164
Erythroneura ziczac
(Virginia Creeper Leafhopper)
24 Aug 2022
163
Melanophila sp.
24 Aug 2022
Found on asphalt driveway. 9 mm
162
Cydia pomonella
(Codling Moth)
22 Aug 2022
161
Polystoechotes punctata
(Giant Lacewing)
22 Aug 2022
On birch stump painted with moth bait, 25 mm
160
Macaria adonis
22 Aug 2022
159
Dargida procinctus
(Girdler Moth)
22 Aug 2022
UV Light trap
158
Asemum nitidum
22 Aug 2022
Found at night on birch stump, 19 mm
157
Xestia xanthographa
(Square-spot Rustic)
22 Aug 2022
156
Achyra sp.
22 Aug 2022
155
Euxoa sp.
22 Aug 2022
154
Noctua sp.
(Yellow Underwings)
22 Aug 2022
153
Gymnosoma sp.
21 Aug 2022
152
Eristalis arbustorum
(Eurasian Drone Fly)
21 Aug 2022
151
Andrena prunorum
(Prunus Miner Bee)
21 Aug 2022
150
Philodromidae
(Running Crab Spiders)
17 Aug 2022
149
Megalotomus quinquespinosus
(Lupine Bug)
17 Aug 2022
148
Pollenia sp.
(Cluster Flies)
13 Aug 2022
147
Hesperiini
13 Aug 2022
146
Eris militaris
(Bronze Jumping Spider)
8 Aug 2022
145
Xestoleptura crassipes
7 Aug 2022
144
Colias sp.
(Clouded Yellows)
6 Aug 2022
143
Sympetrum pallipes
(Striped Meadowhawk)
6 Aug 2022
142
Idia sp.
6 Aug 2022
141
Upis ceramboides
(Roughened Darkling Beetle)
1 Aug 2022
140
Okanagana sp.
(Whip Cicadas)
1 Aug 2022
139
Plathemis lydia
(Common Whitetail)
31 Jul 2022
Adult female
138
Thamnophis elegans vagrans
(Western Terrestrial Garter Snake)
31 Jul 2022
137
Krombeinopyga pumila vagrans
30 Jul 2022
136
Cryptinae
30 Jul 2022

15 mm

Collection

135
Synanthedon bibionipennis vagrans
(Strawberry Crown Moth)
30 Jul 2022

Body length 8 mm

Female

134
Archips argyrospila vagrans
(Fruit-tree Leafroller Moth)
27 Jul 2022
Caught in UV light trap
133
Plutella xylostella vagrans
(Diamondback Moth)
27 Jul 2022
In UV light trap
132
Platycryptus californicus vagrans
27 Jul 2022
On a birch stump
131
Acrobasis tricolorella vagrans
(Tricolored Acrobasis Moth)
27 Jul 2022
130
Ancistrocerus sp.
26 Jul 2022
129
Cercyonis pegala vagrans
(Common Wood-Nymph)
24 Jul 2022
128
Araneus gemmoides vagrans
(Cat-faced Orbweaver)
24 Jul 2022
127
Anastrangalia laetifica vagrans
(Dimorphic Flower Longhorn Beetle)
24 Jul 2022
126
Toxomerus marginatus vagrans
(Margined Calligrapher)
24 Jul 2022
125
Ichneumon cupitus vagrans
23 Jul 2022

Length 15 mm

Found next to hammock on 23 July 2022. Photographed and posted to iNat, then captured and pinned.

IDed on twitter with help from Davide Dal Pos, Nathaniel Green, and Brandon Claridge.

124
Harmonia axyridis vagrans
(Asian Lady Beetle)
22 Jul 2022
123
Sceliphron caementarium vagrans
(Yellow-legged Mud-dauber Wasp)
22 Jul 2022
122
Leptomantispa pulchella vagrans
(Beautiful Mantidfly)
21 Jul 2022
Found on window sill. Captured and collected.
121
Medetera sp.
(Woodpecker Flies)
21 Jul 2022
On spruce stump.
120
Buprestis langii vagrans
20 Jul 2022
119
Pseudotephritis sp.
19 Jul 2022
118
Hyperomyzus sp.
17 Jul 2022
117
Oxyopes scalaris vagrans
(Western Lynx Spider)
16 Jul 2022
116
Papilio rutulus vagrans
(Western Tiger Swallowtail)
16 Jul 2022
115
Philaenus spumarius vagrans
(Meadow Spittlebug)
15 Jul 2022
114
Agrilus cuprescens vagrans
(Rose Stem Girdler)
15 Jul 2022
6 mm. On raspberry leaf.
113
Phylloecus sp.
14 Jul 2022
112
Adalia bipunctata vagrans
(Two-spotted Lady Beetle)
14 Jul 2022
111
Rhagoletis indifferens vagrans
(Western Cherry Fruit Fly)
14 Jul 2022
110
Ceruchus punctatus vagrans
11 Jul 2022
Found this guy under the stump. I thought it was dead, but when I collected it, it moved. This is the first stag beetle I've seen in the yard. I added it to the collection. (Unfortunately, it lost a middle leg during the pinning process.) ...
109
Misumena vatia vagrans
(Goldenrod Crab Spider)
10 Jul 2022
Male with larger, white female
108
Mecaphesa sp.
10 Jul 2022
107
Scathophaga stercoraria vagrans
(Golden Dung Fly)
10 Jul 2022
106
Polygonia satyrus vagrans
(Satyr Comma)
10 Jul 2022
6mm. On wax currant (Ribes cereum) leaf. I captured this one and put it in a petri dish. After examining it under a microscope, I'm pretty sure it's a third instar Satyr Comma larvae. (I used "Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies" by David Ja ...
105
Lepturobosca chrysocoma vagrans
(Yellow Velvet Beetle)
10 Jul 2022
104
Eudioctria sackeni vagrans
9 Jul 2022
103
Enallagma sp.
(Bluets)
8 Jul 2022
102
Strymon melinus vagrans
(Gray Hairstreak)
7 Jul 2022
101
Condylostylus occidentalis vagrans
7 Jul 2022
100
Papilio eurymedon vagrans
(Pale Swallowtail)
7 Jul 2022
99
Merodon equestris vagrans
(Narcissus Bulb Fly)
7 Jul 2022
98
Bombus mixtus vagrans
(Fuzzy-horned Bumble Bee)
4 Jul 2022
97
Megachile sp.
Subgenus: Xanthosarus
(Leafcutter, Mortar, and Resin Bees)
4 Jul 2022
96
Clytus canadensis vagrans
2 Jul 2022
95
Papilio multicaudata vagrans
(Two-tailed Swallowtail)
1 Jul 2022
94
Eupeodes fumipennis vagrans
(Western Aphideater)
30 Jun 2022
93
Hemipenthes sp.
30 Jun 2022
92
Pemphredon sp.
(Typical Aphid Wasps)
30 Jun 2022
These three have been at it for the last 15 minutes or so.
91
Colladonus montanus vagrans
(Mountain Leafhopper)
30 Jun 2022
90
Andrena angustitarsata vagrans
(Narrow-legged Miner Bee)
29 Jun 2022
89
Chrysis sp.
(Chrysis)
29 Jun 2022
88
Bombus centralis vagrans
(Great Basin Bumble Bee)
27 Jun 2022
87
Euodynerus foraminatus vagrans
23 Jun 2022
86
Trypoxylon sp.
Subgenus: Trypoxylon
23 Jun 2022
85
Sarcophaga sp.
(Common Flesh Flies)
23 Jun 2022
84
Bromus tectorum vagrans
(Cheatgrass)
23 Jun 2022
83
Xysticus sp.
(Ground Crab Spiders)
22 Jun 2022
82
Bromus diandrus vagrans
(Ripgut Brome)
22 Jun 2022
81
Sergiolus sp.
21 Jun 2022
80
Sphecodes sp.
(Blood Bees)
21 Jun 2022
79
Platypezidae
(Flat-footed Flies)
18 Jun 2022
78
Crabro latipes vagrans
(Shield-handed Wasps)
17 Jun 2022
77
Agulla sp.
(Common Snakeflies)
17 Jun 2022
Female
76
Nabis sp.
17 Jun 2022
75
Osmia sp.
Subgenus: Melanosmia
(Mason Bees)
15 Jun 2022
74
Nomada sp.
(Nomad Bees)
12 Jun 2022
73
Apis mellifera vagrans
(Western Honey Bee)
12 Jun 2022
72
Orthocladiinae
12 Jun 2022
71
Lycogala epidendrum vagrans
(Wolf's Milk)
9 Jun 2022
70
Armadillidium vulgare vagrans
(Common Pill Woodlouse)
9 Jun 2022
69
Leucophora sp.
8 Jun 2022
68
Anthomyia procellaris vagrans
8 Jun 2022
67
Magdalis subincta vagrans
5 Jun 2022
Based on the apparent 'horns'/squareness at the front of pronotum.
66
Pelegrina aeneola vagrans
(Coppered White-cheeked Jumping Spider)
5 Jun 2022
65
Muscidae
(House Flies and Allies)
5 Jun 2022
64
Neoneides muticus vagrans
31 May 2022
63
Chrysura sp.
(Chrysura)
31 May 2022
62
Lasioglossum sp.
Subgenus: Dialictus
31 May 2022
61
Callipepla californica vagrans
(California Quail)
28 May 2022
60
Epistrophe xanthostoma vagrans
(Emarginate Smoothtail)
26 May 2022
59
Megalonotus sabulicola vagrans
(Introduced Dirt-colored Seed Bug)
26 May 2022
58
Anthriscus caucalis vagrans
(Bur Parsley)
26 May 2022
57
Hippodamia convergens vagrans
(Convergent Lady Beetle)
26 May 2022
56
Epalpus signifer vagrans
(Early Tachinid Fly)
26 May 2022
55
Araniella displicata vagrans
(Six-spotted Orbweaver)
26 May 2022
54
Camponotus sp.
Subgenus: Myrmentoma
(Carpenter Ants)
26 May 2022
53
Aphis sp.
24 May 2022
On the growing stems of an ocean spray (Holodiscus discolor).
52
Eumerus sp.
24 May 2022
51
Pardosa sp.
(Thin-legged Wolf Spiders)
23 May 2022
50
Chlorochroa sp.
Subgenus: Chlorochroa
21 May 2022
49
Glischrochilus quadrisignatus vagrans
(Four-spotted Sap Beetle)
4 May 2022
In grass cuttings by compost
48
Sitona lineatus vagrans
(Pea Weevil)
4 May 2022
On outside door frame. ~ 3 mm
47
Lacon sp.
4 May 2022
On spruce stump
46
Bombus vancouverensis nearcticus
(Vancouver Bumble Bee)
3 May 2022
45
Polyxenus lagurus nearcticus
(Bristly Millipede)
28 Apr 2022

Found under a rotting board.

2 mm

44
Anthophora pacifica nearcticus
(Pacific Digger Bee)
24 Apr 2022
43
Orsodacne atra nearcticus
24 Apr 2022
42
Bombylius major nearcticus
(Greater Bee Fly)
24 Apr 2022
41
Gravenhorstiini
24 Apr 2022
Length 18 mm
40
Bibio sp.
(March Flies)
23 Apr 2022
8 mm
39
Vespula pensylvanica nearcticus
(Western Yellowjacket)
23 Apr 2022
38
Xorides californicus nearcticus
23 Apr 2022
37
Halictus tripartitus nearcticus
(Tripartite Sweat Bee)
23 Apr 2022
7 mm
36
Zenaida macroura nearcticus
(Mourning Dove)
23 Apr 2022
35
Phidippus audax nearcticus
(Bold Jumping Spider)
22 Apr 2022
Hanging out with a garter snake
34
Myopa vicaria nearcticus
22 Apr 2022

Comment from alisonnetta on this observation.

33
Scaeva affinis nearcticus
(White-bowed Smoothwing)
22 Apr 2022
32
Enoclerus eximius nearcticus
8 Apr 2022
On spruce stump
31
Gelis sp.
4 Apr 2022
Emerged today from spider egg sac that I found on March 9. This male mated with one of the female Gelis wasps in the plastic bag that contained the sample.
30
Bassaniana sp.
3 Apr 2022
On wall of house. ~ 4 mm body length
29
Bitoma crenata nearcticus
(Crenate Cylindrical Bark Beetle)
29 Mar 2022
On birch stump. 3 mm
28
Colopterus truncatus nearcticus
28 Mar 2022

3 mm. On compost bin

BugGuide ID

Rhyparochromus vulgaris nearcticus
27 Mar 2022
26
Ceroxys latiusculus nearcticus
(Narrow-Banded Picture-Winged Fly)
27 Mar 2022
On shovel handle next to compost bin.
25
Osmia lignaria nearcticus
(Mason Bees)
27 Mar 2022
It looks like he has a load of mites around his waist.
24
Bombus huntii nearcticus
(Hunt's Bumble Bee)
26 Mar 2022
23
Empis sp.
26 Mar 2022
22
Pieris rapae nearcticus
(Cabbage White)
25 Mar 2022
On the side of the shed. 17 mm
21
Lygaeus kalmii nearcticus
(Small Milkweed Bug)
25 Mar 2022
20
Priocnemis oregona nearcticus
24 Mar 2022
Running around on ground.
19
Ceratagallia sp.
24 Mar 2022
On front porch. 3 mm
18
Dahlica sp.
24 Mar 2022

Moving slowly on a spruce stump. ~ 5 mm.

Three-sided in cross section and sand-covered.

Ref. Charley Eiseman and Noah Carney's Tracks & Signs of Insects, p.250

17
Salticus scenicus nearcticus
(Zebra Jumping Spider)
24 Mar 2022
16
Tetramorium immigrans nearcticus
(Immigrant Pavement Ant)
18 Mar 2022
On ground at the base of a spruce stump. 4 mm
15
Polistes dominula nearcticus
(European Paper Wasp)
16 Mar 2022

First one I've seen this year.

17 mm

14
Mompha sp.
14 Mar 2022

Wing length ~ 6 mm

Captured near lamp in bedroom

BugGuide ID

13
Crucibulum laeve nearcticus
(Common Bird's Nest Fungus)
13 Mar 2022
Cup ~ 5 mm diameter On an old wood chip in yard
12
Mycetophilidae
(Fungus Gnats)
2 Mar 2022
On compost bin. ~ 4 mm It's warmed up a bit and has been raining lately. Lots of small flies around the compost. Here's one that I found today that I think is a new family in the yard. Looks like a fungus gnat to me (Mycetophilidae), but I could b ...
11
Psychodidae
(Moth Flies)
1 Mar 2022
From compost pile
10
Buteo jamaicensis nearcticus
(Red-tailed Hawk)
25 Feb 2022
9
Corvus corax nearcticus
(Common Raven)
25 Feb 2022
8
Accipiter cooperii nearcticus
(Cooper's Hawk)
22 Feb 2022
7
Dacrymyces stillatus nearcticus
15 Feb 2022
Noticed after rain on old spruce stump. ~ 3 mm
6
Phormia regina nearcticus
9 Feb 2022
First observation on spruce stump this year.
5
Reduvius personatus nearcticus
(Masked Hunter)
18 Jan 2022
On the ground at the base of spruce stump. ~ 4 mm
4
Sciaridae
(Dark-winged Fungus Gnats)
16 Jan 2022

Captured in the kitchen. Cooled in the fridge, then (a bit too long) in the freezer.

~ 2.5 mm

3
Polycauliona sp.
14 Jan 2022

On concrete blocks facing east.

Shrubby sunburst lichen (Polycauliona candelaria) maybe?

2
Gryllus veletis nearcticus
(Spring Field Cricket)
13 Jan 2022

Found under a rock after snow melt.

20 mm

1
Steatoda sp.
(False Widow Spiders)
5 Jan 2022

Found under the bark of a dead cherry tree.

Body length ~4 mm