20160818 Some bugs and blooms along Hwy 529

We got behind with keeping the blog up to date with lots of other pressing things —- like making some photos.  Here are the results of a leisurely trip up Hwy 529 a week ago, with minimal text.  I want to get these up on the blog, mainly as a record of what is seen in mid-August around here.

This critter had been eating the Evening Primrose petal —


—- and is in the process of launching for another foray … or perhaps heading home with a full belly!


A beetle on milkweed …


And a ladybug on milkweed …


Bald-faced hornet on milkweed …


Unidentified wasp, not even in this wonderful resource:


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This looks like a Great Black Wasp:


First time I’ve noticed the interesting hooks on the reproductive structures of Goatsbeard.



Fireweed with visitor …



Wild Sarsaparilla with its (apparently) sweet, spicy seeds…

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Dragonfly, stopping to chew its food …


Banquet at the Joe Pyeweed patch….

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Another dragonfly, this time hanging on to a milkweed leaf…

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I suspect that the above female are laying the eggs for the last generation of Monarchs to hatch before they head south.   Mary Holland has a very nice article on the subject of the last generation.