Holy mackerel, we are blowin’ this thing out of the water! While I was off in Texas, two old sightings finally got an ID (and damnit, I’m counting them!) plus a whole bunch of new ones showed up.
In fact–a mere three months and some change after starting–we’ve nearly hit the 50 species goal! One species away!
Dude! Dude! I know I’m the one who’s really excited by this–I mean, it’s my garden and everybody else probably thinks I’m nuts–but how amazing is that!? We’re almost there already! Some of those months were mid-winter and nothing much was showing up!
I sorta feel like this proves–at least to me–that if you just LOOK, there’s an insane amount of biodiversity just lurking everywhere. Yes, my garden is particularly buggy, owing to my crazed planting and lack of pesticides, but it’s not anything that anybody else couldn’t do, given a patch of dirt and a cel phone camera and a really weird hobby.
So, without further ado, the new bugs!
As usual, this is mostly Lepidoptera, thanks to the nice people at BAMONA, but we did add a couple new insects of other varieties! (Some of you on Twitter saw some of these names already, incidentally.)
#24 — Hydrochara sp. Water Scavenger Beetle
This is a big glossy black beetle that looks like every other big glossy black beetle. I’m tentatively thinking H. lotor, but frankly, there’s no way to make a really good idea. I am comfortable with the genus level on this one.
#25 — Euparius marmoreus Marbled Fungus Weevil
I have a snout!
How freaky cute is this thing? It reminds me of the keyboardist from the Star Wars cantina scene.
#26 — Harmonia axyridis Harlequin Ladybird
An invasive ladybug. These are the little bastards who try to get into your house in droves in winter. I am not fond of them, despite my general positive disposition toward ladybugs.
And now, the moths, with their awesomely weird names!
#27 — Galgula partita The Wedgling
This sounds like some kind of fairy, probably not terribly well-inclined towards humanity.
#28 — Hydriomena transfigurata The Transfigured Hydriomena
Have I mentioned that I love it when “The” is part of the name of these moths? (I have no idea what makes this one “transfigured.” It’s a pretty bland moth.)
#29 — Hypena baltimoralis Baltimore Bomolocha Moth
This has got to be a dance.
#30 — Lithophane innominata Nameless Pinion
The entomologist was feeling lazy that day.
#31 — Lithophane petulca Wanton Pinion
I am forced to assume that the entomologist had been in the field much too long for this one, if he has taken to slut-shaming Lepidoptera.
#32 — Arogalea cristifasciella Stripe-backed Moth
The entomologist, having recovered from his weird bout of projection, went back to purely descriptive names.
#33 — Eupsilia vinulenta Straight-toothed Sallow
Much like the Curved-Toothed Geometer, I find myself really not wanting to look at this moth’s mouth, for fear of never sleeping again.
#34 — Chaetaglaea sericea Silky Sallow
This moth uses a very good shampoo.
#35 — Himella intractata Intractable Quaker
EEEEEE! OH MY GOD, I GOT AN INTRACTABLE QUAKER MOTH! I saw the name and I wanted to see one, but I figured they probably lived somewhere else!
Mind you, I am not sure what’s so intractable about them…
Sure, he looks innocent, but he refuses to ask for directions or change plans once he’s made them.
#36 — Condica vecors Dusky Groundling
This sounds like a fantasy race of goblins or something.
#37 — Elaphria grata Grateful Midget
*backs away from entomologist*
#38 — Ectropis crepuscularia The Small Engrailed
This sounds vaguely Arthurian.
#39 — Argyrotaenia velutinana Red Banded Leafroller Moth
This is an extremely uninteresting (and very small) moth with no apparent red bands. Fortunately I have a 7x zoom lens for my iPhone…
#40 — Nedra ramosula Gray Half-Spot
This is actually a pretty handsome fellow. He looks like he’s got a fur collar and iridescent cloak.
Take me to the Ren Faire!
#41 — Nemapogon auropulvella European Grain Moth
This is one teeny tiny little moth, and what little information I can find says that it’s native to the US, despite the name. I don’t even know.
#42 — Phalaenophana pyramusalis Dark-banded Owlet Moth
The Owlet Moth Tribe returns!
#43 — Pero ancetaria Hübner’s Pero
Holy crap, there’s an umlaut in my garden!
#44 — Paectes abrostoloides Large Paectes
Also known as the “Sweetgum Defoliator,” which is like the most obscure serial killer ever.
#45 — Ilexia intractata Black-dotted Ruddy Moth
Another small brown not-all-that-exciting moth.
#46 — Lascoria ambigualis Ambiguous Moth
Having exhausted his powers with the Grateful Midget, our entomologist slumps back into despair.
#47 — Poanes zabulon Zabulon Skipper
A butterfly this time!
#48 — Ancyloxypha numitor Least Skipper
Another butterfly. A very small brownish one.
#49 — Knulliana cincta Longhorn Hickory Borer
This is a beetle. And by “This is a beetle” I mean “FOR THE LOVE OF GOD IF GIANT BUGS FREAK YOU OUT, DO NOT GOOGLE THIS THING.” It’s…large. And bitey. And apparently attracted to porch lights.
So that’s 49. We’re one ID away from hitting the fifty species goal! How cool is that?!