Archive for the ‘Bugs’ Category
Heart-leaved Miners Lettuce “Claytonia cordifolia” Purslane Family (Portulaceae) Perennial or annual. Plant 6-12″ tall, leaves somewhat fleshy, flowers white with five 1/2″ petals. Blooms spring to early summer in the damp woods in the mountains of OR & WA, Notice the mosquito’s proboscis extends clear to the bottom of the flower and it may be sucking up “tissue juices.” Photo: Strawberry Mt near Seneca, Or 6/20/09
Cyanide Millipede “Harpaphe haydeniana” Approximately 1″ long with twenty body segments, two pair of legs per segment and blind. They eat organic matter and when handled they release a liquid that stains the skin and smells of almonds (hydrogen cyanide). Photo; Saddle Mt near Seaside, Or 5/13/2005
Galls are created when tiny wasps lay their eggs in plants and the larvae develop in swellings, called galls. Plant selection and the size and shape of the galls is a characteristic of each wasp species. These galls were on a small oak tree and were about 3 to 4 inches in diameter. Incidentally, larvae don’t have the anatomy to excrete fecal matter until after they pupate. Photo: Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA 3/13/2007
Varied-leaf Phacelia “Phacelia heterophylla” Biennial or Perennial, plant 1-3′ tall, leaves gray green and hairy, flowers white to lilac, stamens prominent. Blooms in midsummer throughout OR & WA. The bumblebee is probably the red form of “Bombus melanopygus”. Photo: Dead Indian Road between Ashland and Klamath Falls, OR 7/07/2011.
Seven Spotted LadyBird Beetle “Coccinella septempunctata”. In Germany they are called the Lady-beetles of the Virgin Mary” and they help to control grapevine pests. This one has seven spots and it is native to Europe. They are many different species of lady bugs. Some of them have no spots and there are others that have twenty. Our common native lady-bug has nine spots but their numbers are on the decline. Photo: Mt Emily near La Grande, OR 7/13/2006 © Marvin Kellar
Subalpine Mariposa Lily “Calochortus subalpinus” Lily Family (Liliacea) Perennial bulb, plant 4-8″ tall, flowers, white and hairy with purple markings. Midsummer in the higher elevations in the Cascade Mts. of Or. & Wa.
Photo: Cone Peak near Sweet Home Or. 6/4/2007 © 2007 mkellar