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It was foggy and cool with intermittent drizzle as four volunteers completed this week's survey. Harvestmen are much more active during this kind of weather than when it is hot and dry. They are common in the Gardens and might be seen walking around, feeding or mating. The smaller male in the image below is touching the female's body with his leg. This is about the extent of harvestman courtship.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Eurema lisa (little yellow)
photo by Val Bugh

Nathalis iole (dainty sulphur)
photo by Harriett Wolf

Hemiargus isola (Reakirt's blue)
photo by Val Bugh

Eubaphe unicolor (moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Hellinsia balanotes (baccharis borer plume moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Hypercompe scribonia (great leopard moth, larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Blepharida rhois (sumac leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Cryptocephalus fulguratus (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Gryllus sp. (field cricket nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Melanoplus plebejus (plebeian grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Lomamyia sp. (beaded lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (aphid)
photo by Val Bugh

Dichrooscytus sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (bethylid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (midge)
photo by Val Bugh

Toxomerus marginatus (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Polistes exclamans (paper wasp, male)
photo by Val Bugh

Eurymerodesmus sp. (millipede)
photo by Val Bugh

Leiobunum sp. (harvestmen, female & male)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Misc.:
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Flat-backed Millipede (Eurymerodesmus sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Halloween Harvestman (Dalquestia formosa)
    Mite (Leptus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (larva & pupa)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Zale lunata  Lunate Zale
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper
      arctiidae  Hypercompe scribonia  Great Leopard Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Eubaphe unicolor  Moth
        Scopula compensata  Moth
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
      pyralidae  Honora mellinella  Moth
      tortricidae  Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
      pterophoridae  Hellinsia balanotes  Baccharis Borer Plume Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
      chrysomelidae  Blepharida rhois  Sumac Leaf Beetle
        Cryptocephalus fulguratus  Leaf Beetle
      curculionidae  Sitona californius  Broad-nosed Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
      miridae  Dichroosyctus sp.  Plant Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla sp.  Leafhopper (nymph)
        Neokolla uhleri  Leafhopper
      aphididae  Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      bethylidae  Unknown sp.  Bethylid Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon
      formicidae  Camponotus festinatus  Carpenter Ant

    diptera  tipulidae  Nephrotoma sp.  Tiger Crane Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      empididae  Unknown sp.  Dance Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly

    odonata  lestidae  Lestes alacer  Plateau Spreadwing

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Dichromorpha viridis  Short-winged Green Grasshopper
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)
        Oecanthus fultoni  Snowy Tree Cricket
        Oecanthus argentinus  Prairie Tree Cricket
      mogoplistidae  Cycloptilum sp.  Scaly Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (eggs)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
      berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    araneae  thomisidae  Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      lycosidae  Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      araneidae  Metepeira sp.  Orbweaver

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