Life on a Quarter Acre

List of first LAQ observations

24 May 22

Eumerus sp.

On the ground, north side of driveway.

Aphis sp.

On the growing stems of an ocean spray (Holodiscus discolor).

Possible Cow Pea Aphid (Aphis craccivora) - known to infest ocean spray.

4 May 2022

Glischrochilus quadrisignatus (Four-spotted Sap Beetle)

Found in rotting grass clippings next to compost.

4 May 2022

Sitona lineatus (Pea Weevil)

On outside of front door frame.

27 April 2022

Polyxenus lagurus (Bristly Millipede)

I found several of these under a rotting piece of wood. The bristles are easily detached and provide protection from spider and ant predators.

24 April 2022

Anthophora pacifica (Pacific Digger Bee)

At least one female (I've never seen more than one at once) is nearly always on the golden currant this spring.

24 April 2022

Orsodacne atra (A ravenous leaf beetle - Orsodacnidae)

Several of these were on plum blossums. A new beetle family for the yard.

17 April 2022

Ozyptila sp. (Leaflitter Crab Spiders)

Found on outside wall of house, near the front door.

Caught it, put it in a petri dish and fed it a flightless fruit fly.

8 April 2022

Eoclerus eximius

Another new beetle family for the yard and spruce stump (Cleridae: the Checkered Beetles).

This species is a predator of other beetles on the stump.

29 March 2022

Bitoma crenata

This is also a new beetle family for the yard: Zopheridae (the Iron-clad Beetles).

I found two of these on the south birch stump. This species has recently been introduced from Europe.

24 March 2022

Dahlica sp. (Bagworm larva)

This is probably the larva of the Narrow Lichen Case-Bearer (Dahlica triquetrella), which forms a case of silk, covered with sand and bits of lichen. It is native to Europe, and the population in North America is completely parthenogenetic -- so there are no males and the females just reproduce by laying unfertilized eggs. They overwinter as larvae and pupate in the early spring. The female adults are wingless, eyeless, legless and have no mouthparts. They never leave the case in which they were born. They just lay their eggs and die shortly thereafter.

I tried to collect this with a pooter, but I just got the case and left the larva.

24 March 2022

Priocnemis sp. (Spider wasp)

I've seen these before, but have only been able to ID to family. Eric Eaton IDed this one for me on twitter.

Found on ground in front of spruce stump, running around like crazy (searching for spiders, I suppose).

18 March 2022

Reduvius personatus (Masked Bed-bug Hunter)

A new LQA family: Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)!

This is nymph is only about 4 mm long. The adult is much larger and spooky looking.

Found on ground in front of spruce stump

Tetramorium immigrans (Immigrant Pavement Ant)

Found on ground in front of spruce stump.

14 March 2022

Momphidae: Mompha sp.

Found around light in bedroom.

13 March 2022

Common Bird's Nest Fungus (Crucibulum laeve)

I'm sure I've seen this species before in the yard, but didn't stop to take a closer look. These little fungi look like tiny bird's nests. The "nests" are only about 5 mm in diameter. This is the sixth fungus species I've found in the yard and a new family.

2 March 2022

Fungus Gnat (Mycetophilidae)

This is a new fly family for the yard. They are common around the compost, but I've never paid much attention to them. This one was point mounted and IDed to subfamily Mycetophilinae, Genus Anatella - but I need to check on this ID.

1 March 2022

Moth Fly (Psychodidae)

This is a new fly family for the yard. I found it on the compost bin, collected, and point mounted it. Since I didn't get a live photo, I din't submit it to iNat.

I'm pretty sure it's in the subfamily Psychodinae, but it's hard to ID further because some of the important characters were messed up in mouninting.

25 February 2022

Common Raven

16 December 21


I saw this merlin on top of a spruce tree while shoveling snow.

8 December 21

Ramazzottius sp.

Another new phylum: Tardigrades (Tardigrada) -- and Class Eutardigrada, Order Parachela, Family Ramazzottiidae, Genus Ramzzottius

Scraped from moss off a log in backyard.

13 November 21

Bdelloidean Rotifers (Subclass Bdelloidea)

From rainwater in a flower pot.

First LQA rotifer (and new phylum).

5 November 21

Haematococcus sp.

Cysts in Birdbath. Motile form was also present, but they were harder to photograph since they move rapidly.

Haematococcus are common in birdbaths. They often give the water a pinkish tinge.

This is a new phylum for the yard: Chlorophyta.

28 October 21


I found this in a birdbath / hay infusion sample.

Another new phylum: Nematoda.

23 September 21

California Tortiseshell (Nymphalis californica)

I've seen California Tortiseshells before in the yard, but this is the first iNat observation.

14 August 21

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

I've seen Mourning Cloaks before in the yard, but this is the first iNat observation.

8 June 21

Doratura stylata

Found on lawn. Identified to species on 14 December 21.

6 June 21

Crysus sp.


This cuckoo wasp seemed larger and a bit slower than others that I've seen on the stump. It turned out to be a new genus: Chrysis.

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