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 —

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

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A beetle on milkweed …

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And a ladybug on milkweed …

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Bald-faced hornet on milkweed …

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Unidentified wasp, not even in this wonderful resource:

http://www.scorpionfly.ca/plants/wildlifegarden/Beneficial%20wasps.html

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This looks like a Great Black Wasp:

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

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Fireweed with visitor …

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

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Dragonfly, stopping to chew its food …

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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.

https://naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/eggs-of-migrating-generation-of-monarchs-hatching/

 

 

3 thoughts on “20160818 Some bugs and blooms along Hwy 529

    • When I posted the picture above on Flickr, someone IDed it as Priocnemis oregana (Forest Spider Wasp).

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