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Month: October 2010

Larva (make that nymph!) Without Wings

Larva (make that nymph!) Without Wings

This insect was climbing up the side of our house a couple of weeks ago.  I believe it is a larva since it hasn’t yet developed its wings.  Specifically, it looks like the larva of a leaf-footed bug. CORRECTION- Thanks to Roberta’s comment below, I now realize that this is considered a nymph, not a larva. Related posts:Frozen LarvaIndian Plum Signals Spring is Coming!Resourceful Mosquitoes

Snail in the Forest

Snail in the Forest

This snail was wandering around in the woods behind our house.  I scared it for a moment and it hid inside its shell. Once it came back out I took this photo.  Look at the head closely.  See the extra small antenna near the ground?  Well, there is a matching one on the other side of the head to make it a total of 4 antennae.  According to a Cal-Berkley website: Technically they are tentacles, but “feeler” is a pretty…

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Harvestman in Flytrap

Harvestman in Flytrap

This Harvestman is safely resting on one of my garden plants.  They are all over my yard and are welcome to find food as they please.  This one has clearly lost a couple of legs on its right side. This one has lost a lot more than just a couple of legs!  I imagine it is going to be one of my Venus Flytrap’s last meals before the flytrap goes dormant for the winter.  I leave the flytrap outside all…

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Boxelder Bug Meets Sticky Fate

Boxelder Bug Meets Sticky Fate

Now that it is starting to get colder out, Boxelder Bugs are searching for protected places to stay safe during the winter.  This one was probably exploring when it landed in the wrong place – a spider’s web. I didn’t see the spider anywhere, but I’m sure it returned soon and thought about making a meal out of this unlucky bug.  However, recently I posted about another spider that seemed to leave a Boxelder Bug alone.  So, I’m not sure…

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Scorpions Aren’t Always Poisonous

Scorpions Aren’t Always Poisonous

My friend Beth found this critter in her house in Arizona.  It is a scorpion! We don’t have scorpions (that I know of) here in western Oregon, although the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest says that there are scorpions east of the Cascade Mountains.  They are apparently harmless to humans though. But what about this one?  According to a University of Arizona website, Only one of the 30 species of scorpions found in Arizona is regarded…

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Bee Mimic

Bee Mimic

This insect was flying around the Beach Daisies this week.  At first glance it looks like a bee.  Is it? I don’t think so.  Like this hover fly and this robber fly, this fly has developed bee-like markings for protection.  Other creatures might steer clear of it thinking that it can sting.  But it can’t. How do we know it’s a fly?  For one, the short antennae sticking out of the front of its head are a good clue.  This…

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Watery Web

Watery Web

It is amazing what you can see after a little rain falls.  This web has probably been in this plant in my front yard for a while now.  But, until it got wet, I did not see it. Rain overnight mixed with some sunlight in the morning is the perfect combination for taking photos of spider webs. And here is one of the web artists now…also a little wet.  Click on the photo and take a look at all of…

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Colorful Fly

Colorful Fly

Yes, flies can be disgusting creatures.  But if you catch them in the right light, some of them can look quite nice.  Like this one for example. I can’t identify it- its lighter colored body and legs are a mystery to me.  But, like all flies, this one has two main wings unlike most other insects which have four. According to Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America by Arthur V. Evans, flies are important pollinators (second only…

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