Thursday, September 29, 2011

Small Milkweed Bug - Lygaeus kalmii

Even though the Milkweed was gone to seed I still was able to find a nymph and an adult.

Lupine Bug - Megalotomus quinquespinosus

One afternoon when Sharon was up in the Fylton Forest I was showing her where I found the Cat-Faced Spider. In the tall grass under the web we spotted this unusual bug. It took a while, but with Sharon holding back some of the other grass around it I managed to get a couple shots.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Artichoke Plume Moth - Platyptilia carduidactyla - Hodges#6109

Plume moths are so delicate looking, this one is no exception. The larva feed on artichokes but also on thistle. I photographed this one by the west door.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Carpet Beetle larva - Dermestidae

One afternoon Sharon invited me up to the Joan Heriot Centre to look at some of the specimens in the collection. While we were going through the insects, we found these Carpet Beetle larva feeding on a slug specimen.

Maple Spanworm Moth - Ennomos magnaria

This is one of my favorite moths. It shows up in the fall when the leaves are starting to turn yellow so it fits in beautifully. In fact I almost missed this one which was on the outside ledge of the screen porch.


Western Conifer Seed Bug - Leptoglossus occidental

One afternoon while I was wandering around the Joan Heriot Centre I saw one of these in a large spider web. That evening I went back to the same area and found this one crawling on one of the fence posts.

Woodlice - Oniscidea

When I first saw this bug I knew it wasn't anything that I had ever seen. As it turns out, it's not even a bug. It's a crustacean.

Soldier fly - Stratiomyidae

This beautiful greenish fly was one of the first things I photographed when we arrived.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Giant Gardenslug - Limax maximus

I know...slugs aren't bugs but I thought I would include it anyway. I found this large guy up in the Fylton Forest under a log one afternoon when I was looking for spiders.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Brown-lipped snail - Cepaea nemoralis

Even though I was only going to post the bugs that I photographed during our stay at Mackie Lake House while B was the Writer in Residence I couldn't resist posting this beautiful snail that I found crawling on one of the logs in the Fylton Forest. It apparently is an introduced species from Europe.