We are having what we call "June Gloom" here in SoCal. Cool overcast days. Maybe some drizzle. The sun breaks through, oh, maybe 2PM or so. Not the best bug-finding weather. The butterflies are all sleeping somewhere. Even the bees are less abundant. But there are still insects to be found. Yesterday, I did a little advance scouting for today's bug safari tour at the arboretum. Here's some of what I found.
Harlequin bug congregation.
and one spectacularly situated harlequin nymph.
The only butterfly I found was this resting skipper.
On the datura: some fascinating but disgusting larvae of the three-lined potato beetle, Lema daturaphila.
OK, for those of you who were grossed out by the last photo (sorry), here's a lovely and graceful sleeping bee, also in a datura flower.
A little mirid bug feeding on a green seed head of a euphorbia(?)
Mediterranean katydid nymph.
Ladybug on purple flower. Red Hat Society, anyone?
Oh, sorry. Grossness again. A nice big cactus fly.
Our bug hunt today went very well. In spite of considerable heavy drizzle, we had enough participants for 2 groups, and found lots of little things.