Saturday, April 24, 2010


I just found a new bug blogger. (New to me, that is.)

MObugs. As in Missouri. Very active, lots of posts and pictures.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lost in the shuffle: Santa Rosa Plateau

Back at the beginning of the month, we went for a day hike at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. I took pictures and never posted them. So today I finally put some on Flickr.

Umber Skipper

at the arboretum

Wonder where he thought he was going?

Now it's spring

Never mind that, based on the calendar and also on my rampant allergies, spring officially started over a month ago. It just doesn't feel like spring until I see baby mantids.

Earlier this week: Evidence of hatching!

Stagmomantis limbata nymphs in the carrot patch.


Monday, April 05, 2010

Just like snowflakes, only they eat your plants

I've been working in the yard a bit, and I'm coming across lots of snails. (Helix aspersa) I think I've noticed this before, but it seems like the patterns on their shells can have considerable variation between individuals. I wonder if they are each actually different and unique, like fingerprints, or like snowflakes?

I thought this one was especially nice.

No place for a honeymoon

Crane flies have been hanging out at my porch light. It's hard to tell in this picture, but there's a pair of crane flies in a rather precarious location.

Here's the happy couple...

...and here's our previous contestants, may they rest in peace. (Or pieces.) It seems there's a spider living up there someplace.

Collecting bugs for a living

I recently posted about the bumper crop of beetle grubs in my compost bin, with the title, "If these were money, I'd be rich.."

Well, here's an article about a guy who has turned that idea into a business. (But with different bugs)

And here's his business.

Friday, April 02, 2010

A snake at the arboretum!

Originally uploaded by poisonivy17
I was searching recent Flickr photos tagged "Fullerton Arboretum", and found this one, of what I think is a gopher snake. People ask me all the time if there are snakes at the arboretum, and I always say, there very well could be, but I've never seen one.

Well, now we know that at least one person has seen one!
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