Saturday, December 31, 2011

European Earwig - Forficula auricularia

When I first saw this earwig in the garden I was thrilled because I don't see them where we live. Apparently not everybody shares my enthusiasm. I was told that in this area they are quite common and can be a nuisance.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sheetweb Spider - Neriene

Its always nice to see these spiders hanging in their web. I found this one by the gate going to the park.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle - Harmonia axyridis

When I was picking plums I found lots of these tiny pupa stuck to them.  They were originally introduced in North America to control aphids. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Fly - Tachina

The day we arrived and were being given the tour of the house, I noticed several of these very large fat flies in the screened porch. When I got around to digging out my camera I got some shots of this guy.

Stone Centipede - Lithobiomorpha

I have always thought that centipedes were fascinating, but also creepy, especially when they are fast like this one. They seem to move along so effortlessly.  I found this one up in Fylton Forest under one of the stump stools.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Stink Bug - Chlorochroa

I was in the Fylton Forest looking at one of the Oregon Grape shrubs when I noticed this stink bug on it. It seemed right at home crawling around amongst the berries.

Grass Spider - Agelenopsis potteri

My usual morning routine included getting a cup of coffee then wandering outside to check if there were any moths still around the porch light. One morning I spotted what I thought was a dead spider hanging in a web under the chair by the front door. I touched it with my finger and it moved so I ran and got my camera and got a couple of photos before it crawled away.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cross Orbweaver - Araneus diadematus

I found this very large web in the flower garden and sitting in the middle was this beauty.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Woolly Aphid - Eriosomatinae

It was a cloudy day and we were sitting out having coffee when I noticed this tiny bluish thing flying above the flower bed. It was a Wooly Aphid and at only 3mm these tiny guys are pretty tough to follow.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Green Arches - Anaplectoides prasina

I found this worn late season moth under the porch light. No surprise since the larva feed on apple and there are lots of orchards in this area.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Spider Wasp - Pompilidae Auplopus

I found this guy near the gate to the Fylton Forest where the California Quail like having their dust bath. When I first saw this guy I knew I had never seen anything like it before. Its movements were quick and nervous-like, always digging in the sand and flying off when approached. It seemed like it was on a mission.