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ImageCrista
Jul 19, 2010 11:42 AM CST
Name: Crista Abel
Gilbert, Arizona
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!
Crista
Imagechelle
Jul 19, 2010 12:03 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
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?
ImageJRsbugs
Jul 19, 2010 12:38 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Crista, you're welcome!

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... Rolling my eyes.
Imagegardengus
Jul 19, 2010 12:43 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Thank's for the ID
sometimes I don't even know what category to start looking, just so many different insects.
Now off to read some more Smiling
ImageJRsbugs
Jul 19, 2010 1:16 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Chelle, I hadn't seen the link for the Spotted Forrester's caterpillars! Be sure to take pics next time you see them. Smiling

Cinda, it comes with spending many hours searching over a few years! My head is buzzing with insects...

Rolling my eyes.
Imagechelle
Jul 19, 2010 7:17 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
JRsbugs wrote:Chelle, I hadn't seen the link for the Spotted Forrester's caterpillars! Be sure to take pics next time you see them. Smiling



I think I've only seen one once. If I notice the caterpillar again I'll get photos! Smiling


This one is consuming one of my Borage plants. Looks like maybe a Painted Lady caterpillar. Hurray! I've seen a few Painteds this summer, I'm happy that I might be hosting more!

Thumbnail by chelle

ImageCrista
Jul 19, 2010 10:09 PM CST
Name: Crista Abel
Gilbert, Arizona
We get a lot of painted lady cats in February and March in southwest Arizona. That's when our desert flowers are in bloom.
Crista
Imagegardengus
Jul 20, 2010 7:17 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
There has been a lot of butterflies around the past few days , most too fast for me.
This (hairstreak (?) ) little one stopped to taste the veronica.

Thumbnail by gardengus

Imagechelle
Jul 20, 2010 8:04 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
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.

Thumbnail by chelle

ImageJRsbugs
Jul 22, 2010 6:03 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Cinda, I'll see if I can find your butterfly later, I've been swamped in taking too many photos! Whistling 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! Crying

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? Hilarious! My mutterings were answered! Big Grin I'll be putting it on the Daily Bug Log when I get to it, have a few more to do first. Rolling my eyes.
Imagegardengus
Jul 22, 2010 10:23 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Janet,
I do not expect an ID on every photo posted just wanted to share the butterfly.
I do enjoy all the bugs and will never remember most of the official names anyway.

Thumbnail by gardengus

ImageJRsbugs
Jul 22, 2010 2:02 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Very good shot of the cat Cinda!

Weeell, you know it's a sort of obsession I have, I just have to know what their names are. Hilarious! It's interesting to find out what their food plants are too.

Thanks for sharing, I look forward to your contributions. Smiling
Imagechelle
Jul 22, 2010 3:59 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thumb of 2010-06-30/chelle/77a685

Sphinx/Hummingbird Moth.

Can't get these little guys to ever hold still! Big Grin

I didn't post this already, did I?
ImageJRsbugs
Jul 22, 2010 5:37 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
No you didn't post it already Chelle Smiling I often find myself wondering that with posting so many pics. Hilarious!

Your Phlox is much the same as my Phlox Nicki! Which proves they like purples... at least you got it!
Imagechelle
Jul 22, 2010 6:19 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
They adore the blue 'Wave' petunias as well. Had one on them yesterday as well. Definitely prefer purples! Big Grin
Imagegardengus
Jul 27, 2010 7:40 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
this small wasp Thumb of 2010-07-28/gardengus/c1ab76 just drug this large spider over five foot in the rocks.Thumb of 2010-07-28/gardengus/52337f
ImageJRsbugs
Jul 28, 2010 6:39 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Nice capture Cinda, on your part as well!

Of course I had to try to hunt it down, I think it's Tachypompilus ferrugineus
Imagegardengus
Jul 28, 2010 4:22 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
I noticed on the sight you linked, several pictures of this wasp with large spiders. Spiders must be their ''thing''.
ImageJRsbugs
Jul 28, 2010 5:18 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Yep, they are Spider hunting wasps! Hilarious!
ImageRidesredmule
Jul 28, 2010 6:24 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
I got bug pictures. Hurray! Thumb of 2010-07-29/Ridesredmule/9365d5
Thumb of 2010-07-29/Ridesredmule/61c134 I got very close. Sedum, can't remember name.
Thumb of 2010-07-29/Ridesredmule/6a0f9c this handsome bug was on a Sunflower.
Thumb of 2010-07-29/Ridesredmule/b1cc1a this is a Milkweed plant

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