Friday, May 18, 2012

False Black Widow - Steatoda grossa

One morning as I looked out the window and saw a deer resting on the grass that was planted over the large root cellar. I decided I would check out what kind of bugs I would find in this underground storage space. When I went inside and found this spider I knew it was something I had never seen before. It's eyes were kind of spooky and glowing. It turned out to be my first False Black Widow spider.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Noctua pronuba - Large Yellow Underwing - Hodges#11003.1

The Large Yellow Underwing is an introduced species from Europe that fly from June to October. I photographed this one in mid September it shows how worn they can become.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hobo Spider - Tegenaria agrestis

I was lucky enough to find both a female and male of this species.  I found the female with her herringbone pattern at an old compost bin that was down by the lake.  She was guarding her egg sac which always incorporates soil or other matter in between the silk.  The male I found in the kitchen.  This species gets a bad rap as being aggressive, but it would rather retreat and hide.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Copper Underwing - Amphipyra pyramidoides - Hodges#9638

I was lucky enough to find a couple of Copper Underwings, both at different stages. The photos show a good comparison of both a fresh and a worn moth.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Dart Moth - Sunira decipiens - Hodges#9958

Porch lights never let me down. On most mornings when I checked to see what was out there, I usually found a few different species. This one was near the front entrance.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sinuous Bee Fly - Hemipenthes sinuosa

I wish this guy would have stuck around for a few more pics before it flew off.  It is a new species for me.