April 15th, 2012

Sunday Bugs: Mixed Bag

Sunday Bugs: Mixed Bag

During ten minutes in my back yard one day this week, I saw all these critters.

Bee in borage.

Blow fly (Lucilia).

Jumping spider (Salticidae).

Lynx spider (Oxyopes scalaris), male.

Moth on lemon balm.

Orange mint moth (Pyrausta). They love the spearmint.

Pillbug (Armadillidium). They eat dead plant material, helping to recycle it.

Soldier beetle (Cantharidae). They eat aphids.

The "spittle" produced by this spittlebug nymph (Cercopidae) is a mucilaginous substance excreted by their epidermal glands.

Weevil (Brentidae) on hollyhock (but it is not a Hollyhock Weevil; they have orange legs, and this one doesn't).

And just inside the garage, this marbled cellar spider (Holocnemus pluchei).

There are a lot of interesting things to see if you take the time to look carefully.