2021 July 22
Kalene Lillico sends photographs of a fly and a bug nymph from Swan Lake. The fly was identified as Rhagoletis by Cara Gibson. It is on the fruit of Oregon Grape, and this (together with other details) makes it almost certainly Rhagoletis berberis.
Rhagoletis berberis (Dip.: Tephritidae) Kalene Lillico
The bug is a nymph. Jeremy Tatum writes: My best effort is
Possibly C. ligata
Probably Chlorochroa (possibly ligata) (Hem.: Pentatomidae) Kalene Lillico
Jeremy Tatum writes: Today, July 22, I saw two pristine-fresh Mourning Cloaks near the bubble aerator at the NE end of the boardwalk at Swan Lake. Mourning Cloaks lay their eggs in a large batch and the young caterpillars stay close together, dispersing a bit when they are full-grown. It is therefore likely that there are other freshly-emerged adults in that area. Butterfliers should be aware that at present, owning to construction, it is very difficult to drive down Rainbow Street to Swan Lake.
Jeremy writes that today he also saw two pristine-fresh Pine Whites at Sitting Lady Falls, Witty’s (Metchosin) Lagoon.