Sunday, August 03, 2014

My first Black Witch moth!

Jerry texted this picture to me while he was out walking the dog.  He knew I would be impressed by the size of the moth, even though it was dead and covered with ants.    I didn't see it until 4 minutes later, but I called him as soon as I did, and asked him to please blow the ants off it and bring it home.  And of course, he did.

A Black Witch moth.  Up against a ruler, you get a better idea just how big it was.

The underside.

Dead, but still a nifty find.  Hopefully the next one will be alive!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Sluggish in summer

This pretty, pale slug was enjoying the gunk that grows in the bottom of the birdbath.  My birdbath rests on the ground, and this slug, I later found out, lives under it.

My blogging has also been sluggish, I know.  Don't know what to say about that.  I still like the bugs.  Just not interested in blogging.   I will leave Bug Safari up, because there's a lot of great pictures and information.  I think there are a bunch of comments hung up in moderation-limbo.  I'm very sorry if one of them is yours.   I will try to go through them soon.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A pretty spider in late November

I had planned for a leisurely walk through the arboretum today, hoping to find a few bugs and take a few pictures. I was dismayed but not surprised to find that I have pretty much forgotten how to work my Canon camera that I bought last spring. Seriously. (I can also attest that, in spite of the time-worn saying that assures, "You never forget how to ride a bicycle", I have.)

But I was fairly satisfied with this photo of a Banded Argiope spider in a clump of tall grass. Argiope is a common orb-weaver, harmless to people. It has been a few years since I saw the black and yellow kind at the arboretum, and I'm pretty sure this was my first banded one. So it was nice to find her. Hopefully there is a male out there for her, and she will have (or maybe already had) a chance to mate and lay eggs, and maybe next year there will be more of these hideous and lovely creatures. And hopefully by then, I will have re-learned how to use my camera. Hopefully.

Banded Argiope

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bug (photo) Dump

Over the past several months(!) I have still been taking pictures of bugs, but I just haven't felt like blogging. So tonight, I put a bunch of them into a set on Flickr, aptly named Bug Dump 2013.

Click on the link to see them.  Nothing's labeled or anything, though.  I'll try to get back in there and do that sometime.  Maybe.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A new bug at the Arboretum

Black Stinkbug, Proxys punctulatus

After a tour this morning, I noticed this bug on some low plants beside the trail. As I got closer to take its picture with my phone, I noticed that it had a little white spot. I thought it was just debris or something, until I saw an identical bug nearby with an identical white spot. In a few seconds, I realized there were quite a few of these bugs. With the idea in my head that I would return tomorrow with the "good" camera, I at least took the time just now to identify this guy: Proxys punctulatus, the Black Stink Bug. And in doing so, I have found that it might just be a newcomer to these parts. BugGuide lists its range only as far west as Arizona. In a little further searching, I have still not found any mention of this bug in California. So maybe I need to look a little harder. Or maybe this is something new.

Like most other stinkbugs, it's a plant-sucker. Hopefully it will not turn out to be an invasive pest. I will try to get some more pictures of it soon.

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