Life On A Quarter Acre

Yard and Year Lists

Taxa seen in 2024

142
Syritta pipiens
(Common Compost Fly)
23 Jul 2024
141
Mordellini
23 Jul 2024
140
Ceriana tridens
23 Jul 2024

First of this species seen in the yard.

139
Ochlodes sp.
23 Jul 2024
On brick of keyhole garden.
138
Hemipenthes sp.
23 Jul 2024
On bricks of keyhole garden
137
Coenosia sp.
(Tiger Flies)
23 Jul 2024
136
Buathra sp.
23 Jul 2024

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

135
Mantis religiosa
(European Mantis)
23 Jul 2024
On the side of the shed
134
Chrysoperla sp.
(Common Green Lacewings)
22 Jul 2024
On a raspberry
133
Thereva sp.
21 Jul 2024

On ground next to compost

This female appeared to be ovipositing in the ground.

132
Myathropa florea
(Yellow-haired Sun Fly)
20 Jul 2024

Visiting garden parsley flowers

131
Bombus nevadensis
(Nevada Bumble Bee)
20 Jul 2024
130
Coccinella trifasciata
(Three-banded Lady Beetle)
20 Jul 2024
129
Nezarini
20 Jul 2024
128
Xestoleptura crassipes
20 Jul 2024
127
Telenominae
20 Jul 2024
Emerged from stink bug eggs found on golden currant leaves on 27 July 2024.
126
Bombus appositus
(White-shouldered Bumble Bee)
19 Jul 2024
On Common Lavender flowers
125
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 ...
124
Anthophora urbana
(Urbane Digger Bee)
16 Jul 2024
On Common Lavender flowers
123
Megachile sp.
(Leafcutter, Mortar, and Resin Bees)
16 Jul 2024
Visiting common lavender flowers
122
Microgastrinae
14 Jul 2024

On inside kitchen window,

3 mm

Collection #2895

121
Enallagma sp.
(Bluets)
12 Jul 2024
120
Synanthedon bibionipennis
(Strawberry Crown Moth)
11 Jul 2024

On a raspberry leaf

Male

119
Coccinella septempunctata
(Seven-spotted Lady Beetle)
11 Jul 2024
On a raspberry leaf
118
Camponotus laevissimus
(Hairy Smooth Carpenter Ant)
11 Jul 2024
On hollyhock buds
117
Phalangium opilio
(European Harvestman)
10 Jul 2024
On bathroom wall. Never seen one in the house before.
116
Brachymeria sp.
4 Jul 2024
~ 5 mm. On Douglas Hawthorn fruit.
115
Plantago lanceolata
(Ribwort Plantain)
3 Jul 2024
North of raspberry patch
114
Sceliphron caementarium
(Yellow-legged Mud-dauber Wasp)
3 Jul 2024
On Golden Currant flowers
113
Elymus repens
(Quack Grass)
1 Jul 2024
In south garden next to driveway
112
Gasteruption sp.
1 Jul 2024
On ocean spray flowers
111
Dichrorampha sp.
1 Jul 2024
On Common Yarrow flowers in south garden next to driveway
110
Hypochaeris radicata
(Common Cat's-Ear)
30 Jun 2024
Front yard weed
109
Thamnophis elegans vagrans
(Western Terrestrial Garter Snake)
30 Jun 2024
On north side of garage
108
Papilio eurymedon vagrans
(Pale Swallowtail)
29 Jun 2024
On Red Valerian
107
Chloropinae
(Grass Flies)
28 Jun 2024
On outside wall
106
Adalia bipunctata vagrans
(Two-spotted Lady Beetle)
28 Jun 2024
On Golden Currant
105
Mycterus sp.
27 Jun 2024
On Ocean Spray flowers
104
Bombus occidentalis vagrans
(Western Bumble Bee)
26 Jun 2024
On ocean spray flowers
103
Hylaeus sp.
26 Jun 2024
On Ocean Spray flowers
102
Tipulinae
Subgenus: Tipula
25 Jun 2024
In our un-mowed front lawn
101
Rumex crispus vagrans
(Curly Dock)
25 Jun 2024
On south side slope
100
Delphinium ajacis vagrans
(Doubtful Knight's-Spur)
25 Jun 2024
On south side slope.
99
Platycryptus californicus vagrans
25 Jun 2024
On side of shed
98
Dolichovespula maculata vagrans
(Bald-faced Hornet)
25 Jun 2024
On spruce stump
97
Oxalis corniculata vagrans
(Creeping Woodsorrel)
24 Jun 2024
96
Crabro latipes vagrans
(Shield-handed Wasps)
24 Jun 2024
On Pacific Ninebark leaf
95
Pimpla sp.
24 Jun 2024
On Pacific Ninebark leaf
94
Lapsana communis vagrans
(Nipplewort)
24 Jun 2024
93
Ichneumoninae
24 Jun 2024
On hollyhock leaf, near raspberry patch
92
Agrilus cuprescens vagrans
(Rose Stem Girdler)
24 Jun 2024
On raspberry leaf
91
Strymon melinus vagrans
(Gray Hairstreak)
24 Jun 2024
On raspberry leaf
90
Agapostemon sp.
(Striped Sweat Bees)
24 Jun 2024
89
Geum urbanum vagrans
(Wood Avens)
23 Jun 2024
88
Polistes aurifer vagrans
(Golden Paper Wasp)
23 Jun 2024
On Eriogonum heracleoides (Parsnipflower Buckwheat) flowers
87
Anastrangalia laetifica vagrans
(Dimorphic Flower Longhorn Beetle)
22 Jun 2024

On Eriogonum heracleoides (Parsnipflower Buckwheat) flowers

Male

86
Plathemis lydia vagrans
(Common Whitetail)
22 Jun 2024

On raspberry stalk

Adult female

85
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.

84
Papilio rutulus vagrans
(Western Tiger Swallowtail)
22 Jun 2024
On Red Valerian in front garden
83
Halictus ligatus vagrans
(Ligated Furrow Bee)
22 Jun 2024
On Gaillardia pulchella flowers
82
Pterostichus melanarius vagrans
(Rain Beetle)
21 Jun 2024
81
Albuna pyramidalis vagrans
(Fireweed Clearwing Moth)
21 Jun 2024
On Eriogonum heracleoides (Parsnipflower Buckwheat) flowers
80
Nomada sp.
(Nomad Bees)
21 Jun 2024
On Drymocallis arguta (Tall Cinquefoil)
79
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.

78
Lygus sp.
20 Jun 2024
77
Osmia sp.
(Mason Bees)
19 Jun 2024
On Phacelia heterophylla flowers
76
Anthrenus sp.
(Carpet Beetles)
19 Jun 2024
On Common Yarrow flowers
75
Ancistrocerus sp.
19 Jun 2024
On Eriogonum heracleoides flowers
74
Sphecodes sp.
(Blood Bees)
19 Jun 2024
On Eriogonum heracleoides flowers
73
Halictus sp.
Subgenus: Seladonia
(Furrow Bees)
19 Jun 2024
On Common Yarrow flowers
72
Merodon equestris vagrans
(Narcissus Bulb Fly)
19 Jun 2024
71
Eristalis arbustorum vagrans
(Eurasian Drone Fly)
18 Jun 2024
70
Rumex acetosella vagrans
(Sheep's Sorrel)
18 Jun 2024

Male plant with yellow flowers on the left.

Female plant with red flowers.

69
Spinus tristis vagrans
(American Goldfinch)
16 Jun 2024
68
Phyciodes cocyta vagrans
(Northern Crescent)
13 Jun 2024

On Parsnipflower Buckwheat

Confirmed by Merrill Peterson, the of Pacific Northwest Insects

67
Bromus hordeaceus vagrans
(Common Soft Brome)
12 Jun 2024
In garden north of driveway
66
Dactylis glomerata vagrans
(Orchard Grass)
12 Jun 2024
65
Achillea millefolium vagrans
(Common Yarrow)
12 Jun 2024
On south side of driveway, outside front garden.
64
Macrosiphini
12 Jun 2024
On a sticky germanium leaf - along with another dozen that appear to be stuck to the sticky hairs.
63
Gymnosoma sp.
12 Jun 2024
On Parsnipflower Buckwheat (Eriogonum heracleoides) flowers
62
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? ...
61
Limenitis lorquini vagrans
(Lorquin's Admiral)
12 Jun 2024
60
Keroplatidae
(Predatory Fungus Gnats)
11 Jun 2024
On front porch wall.
59
Toxomerus occidentalis vagrans
(Western Calligrapher)
8 Jun 2024
On grass flower in front yard
58
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).

57
Philodromus dispar vagrans
(Eurasian Running Crab Spider)
7 Jun 2024
In garden on side of driveway.
56
Coenonympha california vagrans
(Common Ringlet)
6 Jun 2024
On east wall of the house,
55
Araneus gemmoides vagrans
(Cat-faced Orbweaver)
5 Jun 2024
On front porch
54
Eristalis hirta vagrans
(Black-footed Drone Fly)
5 Jun 2024
53
Larinus carlinae vagrans
(Canada Thistle Bud Weevil)
5 Jun 2024
In front garden
52
Lepturobosca chrysocoma vagrans
(Yellow Velvet Beetle)
5 Jun 2024
On Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) flower
51
Pyralis farinalis vagrans
(Meal Moth)
3 Jun 2024
In bathroom, 13 mm wingspan
50
Eupeodes fumipennis vagrans
(Western Aphideater)
1 Jun 2024
On Eriophyllum lanatum (Common Woolly Sunflower) flower
49
Calliphoridae
(Blow Flies)
1 Jun 2024
48
Vespula altropilosa vagrans
(Prairie Yellowjacket)
1 Jun 2024
On inside window sill.
47
Apis mellifera vagrans
(Western Honey Bee)
1 Jun 2024
On raspberry flower
46
Cosmopepla intergressa vagrans
1 Jun 2024
45
Brymblia quadrimaculella vagrans
1 Jun 2024
On spruce stump
44
Bombus insularis vagrans
(Indiscriminate Cuckoo Bumble Bee)
1 Jun 2024
On Eriophyllum lanatum (Common Woolly Sunflower)
43
Xysticus sp.
(Ground Crab Spiders)
1 Jun 2024
42
Agaricus campestris vagrans
(Meadow Mushroom)
31 May 2024
41
Oxyopes scalaris vagrans
(Western Lynx Spider)
28 May 2024
On Common Woolly Sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum)
40
Argia vivida vagrans
(Vivid Dancer)
28 May 2024
39
Anthomyia sp.
28 May 2024
On Common Woolly Sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum)
38
Thuja occidentalis vagrans
(Northern Whitecedar)
27 May 2024
37
Mesopsocus sp.
26 May 2024
Front porch table, 3 mm
36
Geranium sanguineum vagrans
(Bloody Crane's-Bill)
26 May 2024
35
Reticularia lycoperdon vagrans
(False Puffball)
24 May 2024
On birch stump
34
Molothrus ater vagrans
(Brown-headed Cowbird)
22 May 2024

A new species for the yard!

male

33
Halictus tripartitus vagrans
(Tripartite Sweat Bee)
21 May 2024
On a sticky geranium flower
32
Corvus brachyrhynchos vagrans
(American Crow)
20 May 2024
First crow at the bird feeder.
31
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.
30
Coccothraustes vespertinus vagrans
(Evening Grosbeak)
18 May 2024
First Evening Grosbeaks that I've seen in the yard.
29
Ceratina sp.
Subgenus: Zadontomerus
(Small Carpenter Bees)
15 May 2024
On Sticky Geranium flower
28
Ampedus occidentalis vagrans
15 May 2024
On front porch
27
Empis sp.
13 May 2024
26
Buteo jamaicensis vagrans
(Red-tailed Hawk)
13 May 2024
On neighbor's tree.
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.

24
Myopinae
12 May 2024
Several of these on Douglas Hawthorn this morning.
23
Andrena prunorum vagrans
(Prunus Miner Bee)
9 May 2024
22
Sylvilagus sp.
(Cottontail Rabbits)
9 May 2024
In raspberry patch. Seemed to be eating raspberry leaves.
21
Helicoverpa zea vagrans
(Corn Earworm Moth)
8 May 2024
Found at the tip of a corn cob as it was being husked. ~ 15 mm
20
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.

19
Vespula alascensis vagrans
(Alaska Yellowjacket)
21 Apr 2024
On kitchen counter, 16 mm
18
Polygonia satyrus vagrans
(Satyr Comma)
20 Apr 2024
First butterfly of the year - at least that I've seen so far in the yard.
17
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.

16
Ptinus sp.
14 Apr 2024

4 mm

On spruce stump

15
Listrus sp.
12 Apr 2024

On front porch window.

~3 mm

14
Lasioglossum sp.
Subgenus: Dialictus
12 Apr 2024
On Golden Currant
13
Entomobryomorpha
(Elongate Springtails)
10 Apr 2024

Under a brick in front of spruce stump.

~ 4 mm

12
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.

11
Bombylius major vagrans
(Greater Bee Fly)
10 Apr 2024
10
Stellaria media vagrans
(Common Chickweed)
2 Apr 2024
9
Tenthredinidae
(Common Sawflies)
2 Apr 2024
On the side of the shed
8
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.
7
Boisea rubrolineata vagrans
(Western Boxelder Bug)
26 Mar 2024
6
Ceroxys latiusculus vagrans
(Narrow-Banded Picture-Winged Fly)
17 Mar 2024
Front porch
5
Viola odorata vagrans
(Eurasian Sweet Violet)
16 Mar 2024
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