Saturday, February 28, 2009

February 25, 2009

With a high in the upper 60s today, I took a walk to see signs of spring. One of the antlions in our front yard colony dug a pit today. I found a few blooming chickweeds. Despite a careful search of two creeks, I was unable to find a water strider. Some of my previous early water strider sightings were February 29, 2004, March 7, 2007, and March 21, 2008.

As the sun set, I turned on the deck light. It attracted about a dozen lacewings and four moths. The moths scattered as I opened the back door. One disappeared and two landed too high for me to reach. I collected the one that resettled close to the light fixture on the wall. At this point, it's been tentatively identified as Hypena sp. (Erebidae).

New Mexico:
North American Nature Photography Association Summit Meeting, February 18-21

February 17, 2009
Albuquerque Botanic Garden

Two more butterflies – a Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) and a white that had to remain unidentified when it flew over the wall before I could get close enough to really see it.

February 15, 2009
Bosque del Apache NWR

Another early spring butterfly – Checkered White (Pontia protodice).

February 14, 2009
Rio Grande Nature Center

First butterfly of the year, and I only saw a blur when someone else in our group shouted “Mourning Cloak!” (Nymphalis antiopa) Despite a diligent search, we couldn't find it again.


Beth Niquette said...

I had no idea there was someone out there who loves insects as much as I do. I get very curious about them.

I love your blog.

MObugs said...

Hiya Donna, I made it outside too last Wednesday during our wonderful warm weather. I managed to get a lot of yard work done, while outside several bugs came out of hiding. I noticed several Asian Lady Beetles at the base of our maple tree. Several flies on the side of the house warming themselves in the sun. A Honey bee flew past my head and landed on the bird feeder, I was able to coax him onto my finger where he licked my finger for a bit before flying off rather awkwardly, apparently months without flying makes one rusty. Then I noticed a bee like insect on a bowl on the porch, I poured some honey out for her and she lapped at it like it was her last meal, for well over 20 minutes she stayed with that sweet meal. I could not give a positive ID on her, she was out with the honey bee but didn't appear to be a honey bee. ( when you get time could u look at the picture of the bee sticking its tongue out and see if you can tell if it is a honey bee. Thanks Donna. How is the book coming? Great Blog by the way.