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dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 6, 2014 - 02:56pm PT
Great illustrations Keith, cool pics too, thanks for posting. I've heard about them caterpillars.
Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
Mar 31, 2014 - 11:12pm PT
Some pics from the South Coast Botanic garden last Sat at the Birdapalooza (see Birds thread)

sorry about the quality...those guys don't sit still too much :)
Credit: Plan B

Credit: Plan B

Credit: Plan B

MH2

climber
Mar 31, 2014 - 11:22pm PT
Nice ones. Like the red cactus flower and the bee with red pollen boots.
mongrel

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Apr 1, 2014 - 12:03am PT
Keith, those are absolutely superb, in the best traditional of biological illustration going back to Hofmeister and those folks, combining artistic beauty with scientific accuracy. Thanks.

Since we've seen plenty of spiders on this insects thread, it seems fair to post up something of even more ancient ancestry, a Scolopendra centipede. This one's only about 5-6 inches long, from the hills in Santa Barbara Co., but there are footlong ones (which I've encountered) in the tropics. All of them, including our local ones, have an extremely vicious bite, I believe known to have been fatal to children. So, presumably even worse than a velvet ant (yes, I know, a wasp, but that's the name), which is probably the worst insect sting available for sampling in the western U.S.
Keep your eyes open when digging soil pits.
Keep your eyes open when digging soil pits.
Credit: mongrel
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Apr 1, 2014 - 12:25am PT
Beautiful paintings, Keith!

BTW, that "mantis" head is a damselfy. Gobs of dewey damsel images on the interwebs. A popular subject, I guess.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
May 16, 2014 - 04:54pm PT
Cow Path Tiger Beetles have been active in my neighborhood for a few weeks. Bummed the lighting was so harsh; this thing was fresh and had ridiculous green, bronze, and purple hues that didn't really show in the photos:

Credit: Willoughby
Credit: Willoughby
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 23, 2014 - 09:21am PT
Sentinel approach and lions' dens.
Sentinel approach and lions' dens.
Credit: mouse from merced
Same colony.
Same colony.
Credit: mouse from merced
Yummy, yummy, yummy,
I got ants in my tummy.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 23, 2014 - 10:53am PT
Keith, more, please! Those are art. It is too bad you weren't on HMS Beagle.

Mouse, be carefull what you wish for!
Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
May 23, 2014 - 04:21pm PT
Western Tiger Swallowtail
Western Tiger Swallowtail
Credit: Plan B
Western Tiger Swallowtail
Western Tiger Swallowtail
Credit: Plan B
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol
May 23, 2014 - 04:35pm PT
Paracotalpa leonine somewhere in the middle of Nevada


go-B

climber
Cling to what is good!
May 23, 2014 - 04:47pm PT
Help me!
Help me!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 2, 2014 - 11:05am PT
Great shot, Jerry!


"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite
jest, of most excellent fancy."
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 5, 2014 - 05:08pm PT
Robo Bug came my backyard today! I got him to land on my hand so he could
show me his latest trophy... It's a jungle out there!

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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 6, 2014 - 12:55am PT
Close inspection reveals three ladybugs and one fly.  Cookie Cliff are...
Close inspection reveals three ladybugs and one fly. Cookie Cliff area.
Credit: mouse from merced
Ladybug #3 is in the clover, upper-middle left, partly-hidden, for those with poor vision.
May flowers and bumble bee.  Smith Station Rosd, Greeley Hill.
May flowers and bumble bee. Smith Station Rosd, Greeley Hill.
Credit: mouse from merced

This thread is getting to be very educational and humorous, gents. Good job!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 1, 2014 - 10:16am PT
ok, would hate to have this mofo in my sleeping bag!!


PlanB, did those ST birders know you were sneaking away and taking pictures of insects instead of birds at Birdapalooza? These ST birders can be pretty hard core ;) The bee with boots is cool.
Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
Jul 1, 2014 - 04:29pm PT
Thanks Dirt,

Sometimes birds and bugs go together. Here's a Junco with a mouthful for the chicks.
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
Credit: Plan B
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 21, 2014 - 10:07am PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 21, 2014 - 11:03am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
It took a lot, but I got this guy to where he'll sit still with the bug on top of his beak. (That was the hard part.)

Then I give the command, "Flippit" and he tosses it in the air and catches it in his beak and then eats it.

Max the Mound House parrot can barely talk!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 21, 2014 - 11:18am PT
And this, just in:

A bee on the fountain in the square.
A bee on the fountain in the square.
Credit: mouse from merced

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/15/opinion/bees-and-colony-collapse.html
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