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.