Archive for the ‘Bugs’ Category

Common Western Monkeyflower with Crab Spider” waiting for the unwary.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015


Common Western Monkeyflower “Mimulus guttatus” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae).  Both perinneal and annual, plant 3-18″ tall, 1″ yellow flowers with red dots in the throat area,   Truly ubiquitous though quite variable in form, grows in wet areas in Spring & Summer.  Photo:  Mt Hood, OR  8/03/2004

Heart-leaved Miners Lettuce “Claytonia cordifolia”

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014


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”

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013


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

Oak Galls

Sunday, September 8th, 2013


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

Mormon Cricket “Anabrus simplex”

Monday, June 17th, 2013

MG_9970_1-480x402Mormon Cricket “Anabrus simplex”  Body length approximately 2 inches, black, brown or green.  Photo:  Grizzly Peak near Ashland, OR 9/06/2010

Praying Mantis “Stagmomantis californica”

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Praying Mantis “Stagmomantis californica” Length 2 to 3″, color brown, yellow or green and they fly a lot like a grasshopper.  The eat insects including their own species.   Native to the West Coast and they are found in grassy areas.  Photo:  Mima Mound near Olympia, WA 9/06/2012 

Varied-leaf Phacelia “Phacelia heterophylla”

Monday, July 18th, 2011


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

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009


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”

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008


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