2019 July 9 morning
We open this morning with a miscellany of so far unidentified insects. If any viewer can help with these please let us know. At this time of year, many of the experts are away on holiday. If we make any progress with the identifications, we shall post what we find.
We believe this is a fly of the Family Limoniidae (which some authors treat as a Subfamily Limoniinae of the crane flies Tipulidae).
Presumably a bumblebee of the genus Bombus. While we would have liked to see more of the body from the side, this one will surely give someone an opportunity to try to identify it from its wing venation. [See July 11]
This is a bush cricket, or katydid, of the Family Tettigoniidae. I don’t think it is in its final instar, so it may be difficult to identify further.
I believe this is a soldier beetle of the Family Cantharidae. It is hiding its head, which may make it hard to pin down to species. [See July 10 morning]
I wasn’t sure when I first saw it whether this is a bug or a beetle, but now I’m pretty sure it’s a bug. I think I can see its rostrum. [See July 10 morning]
I would call this a greenbottle fly, of the genus Lucilia. The tiny speck near its middle leg looks like a small aphid. The other small insect near the circumference of the yellow inner part of the flower is a thrips. [See July 10 morning]
I think I can safely say that this is a beetle. I’d be very impressed if anyone can go further. [See July 10 morning]
I believe this is the pupa of a ladybeetle (Coccinellidae). Which one?
I ought to know this one, but I don’t! Do you call them ladybugs or ladybirds? Since they are obviously neither bugs nor birds, perhaps we should just call them ladybeetles. (Or gentleman beetles for the males?) [See July 10 morning]
So much for the unknown ones. I think we know the ones below a little better.
Yellow-faced Bumblebee Bombus vosnesenskii (Hym.: Apidae) Layla Munger
Jochen Möhr’s moths in Metchosin this morning:
1 Choristoneura rosaceana
2 Biston betularia
1 Callizzia amorata
1 Drepana arcuata
1 Eulithis xylina
1 Lacinipolia strigicollis
1 Leucania dia
1 Nadata gibbosa
1 Panthea virginarius
2 Sicya crocearia
3 Stenoporpia excelsaria
Choristoneura rosaceana (Lep.: Tortricidae) Jochen Möhr
Hesperumia sulphuraria (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr
Leucania dia (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr
Stenoporpia excelsaria (Lep.: Geometridae) Jochen Möhr