I'm also developing greater interest in bees (especially native bee species), beetles, and other interesting insects I find in the yard. There is so much biodiversity just in my own yard. I don't need to travel or even leave my yard to find a wealth of interesting species. Today, I wanted to share some of the best of my observations of the past week. I catalogue all of them on iNaturalist, and you'll see that as a running widget on my blog, but here are some of the highlights!
Here's a lovely tri-coloured bumble bee (Bombus ternarius) enjoying a dandelion. I get a lot of these bees at this time of the year, and many right now are queens.
This is a three-banded lady beetle that I found in my greenhouse building.
This is a species of nomad bee. They are solitary bees that lay their eggs in other bees' nests. Bad behaviour!
Another kind of lady beetle, but this one is the fourteen-spotted lady beetle. As you can see, it's white and black, rather than red and black.
One of my favourite moths is the ruby tiger moth (Phragmatobia fuliginosa). It's such a rich red-brown colour and has such a fluffy "mane" around its head.
This is a metallic flea beetle. The colour is just amazing! They are difficult to identify down to a species level.
This funny looking cutie is the American lappet moth (Phyllodesma americana). I think it looks like it's wearing a dress. This is an easily recognizable moth that is quite widespread.
This is the olive and black carpet moth (Acasis viridata). No, they don't eat carpet! I love the colours on this one also.
This colourful critter is the red cross shield bug (Elasmostethus cruciatus). They feed on alder, and I have a lot of alder around here!
There are a group of flies called bee flies, which look like bumble bees in some ways, but they are smaller, and not at all related to bees. This one is the pygmy bee fly (Bombylius pygmaeus). It has a long proboscis (mouth part) like a straw for drinking nectar.
This is a colourful zale moth (Zale minerea). I know it's just browns and creams, so not exactly colourful, but the patterns are amazingly beautiful in my opinion.
This one is actually colourful! It's a Comstock's sallow (Feralia comstocki).
I had never seen one of these beetles before today. It's the ribbed pine borer beetle.
This is the otter spiramater moth (Spiramater lutra). Again, it's a beautiful moth even though it's mostly just brown and black.
Not everybody likes insects, but I think they're missing out on a lot of beauty if they don't stop to take a closer look sometimes!