Janet, you are an absolute wonder! Indeed we have a Black Soldier Fly! At first I was a bit skeptical as I certaily don't live near a wetland here in Arizona, but the article about composting you found seals it. Well, that and the photo on Bug Life is a dead ringer! I'm going to pass on the article about composting to the folks over at Southwest Living, where I mostly hang out, because several of them compost. This is facinating stuff! Thanks so much for your help!
Thanks for the info and link Janet! Now I also know what the Spotted Forrester's caterpillar looks like. I'd wondered about that colorful fellow was as well!
(Now that I have a moment, I'm back-tracking to read the composting article....never to late to learn another helpful tidbit about that as well!)
About the wasp moth...am I reading the map correctly? Is it really that localized? Or are the blue areas the only areas someone has submitted as "seen" areas?
Chelle, records are not always a good guide as it depends on people submitting records!
I couldn't tell you how many insects I have which are not supposed to be in my county even! Looking at moth records for example, many seem to be in the same places, my county often has none! I can change that...
That's a beauty! We've had a ton of butterflies too. In some instances I have to watch where I put my feet, it's so dry here that they're at the muddy spots where I'm watering. This one was hanging out at the compost pile. Tiger Swallowtail.
Cinda, I'll see if I can find your butterfly later, I've been swamped in taking too many photos! Nice shot too, they are not always easy to get.
Chelle, what an amazing butterly the Tiger Swallowtail is! Must be great to see lots of them. I'll see if I can find your caterpillar later too, we get the Painted Lady migrating from the European mainland in good summers, they have arrived already but I haven't seen one yet. I saw some last year but this summer is better.
I also saw a Humming-bird Hawk moth on the 20th, it was hovering over Phlox Nicki then went to Rosa Rhapsody in Blue but didn't stay, they are attracted to purples. I didn't get a picture!
But I did get a picture (3!) of a scarce moth here that I haven't seen before shortly before I saw the Humming-bird Hawk moth, Red-tipped Clearwing, Synanthedon formicaeformis. I was stood looking at a Ragwort plant I had left in the garden, muttering to myself that I had left it for all you insects so where are you? My mutterings were answered! I'll be putting it on the Daily Bug Log when I get to it, have a few more to do first.