BBB.1 – The Hedge.

21 April 2007

April 21st (today) marks the start of National Wildlife Week. As part of the festivities, science blogger Jeremy Bruno and others have set up the Blogger Bioblitz.

The BBB is a collaborative effort by science bloggers and other citizen scientists to conduct quasi-comprehensive biological surveys of varying scale and scope in locations across North America. Participants will log species occurance and abundance across a wide range of taxa and all of the data will be compiled into one massive dataset. This Flickr photogroup will display photographs taken during the Blitzes.

I hope to conduct a series of ‘micro-blitzes’ over the week…here’s numero uno:

Date: April 21st, 2007

Time: 11:00 AM PDT

Location: Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa) bush in the backyard of Sunwise Co-op, in Village Homes, west Davis, Yolo County, CA. (N38 33.092, W121 46.948)

Conditions: Crappy. Poor light, a thick blanket of high clouds and sporadic sprinkles growing to a sustained light shower.

Tools: Canon Powershot SD400 (property of Jessica Oster), Powell and Hogue California Insects, BugGuide.net

Protocol: Shoddy and improvised…I wandered outside with the camera, looking for a reasonable target for a first blitz. I noticed a number of insects on and around the Jerusalem Sage bush in our backyard and decided to do a quick photo-blitz of the bush snapping anything I could find. The survey ended when I had maxed-out photo memory, with only small fraction of the individuals on the bush photographed.

Results:

Green Lynx Spider, Peucetia viridans

An arachnid too beautiful to pass up, but from a different piece of phyto estate, an adjacent Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus).

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an inordinate fondness…

 

Harlequin (or Asian) Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis.

The beetle that almost made micrecos famous.

(Above: Adult Below: Larva)

 

 

Seven-spotted Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata.

Convergent Ladybird, Hippodamia convergens.

Props to the local favorite.

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Flies? Sure.

 

Above: Syrphid fly. Below: Calliphorid (blue-bottle?) fly.

Provisional IDs on Flickr, expert opinions appreciated.

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Argentine Ant, Linepithema humile.

Snap.

 

Not pictured: thrips, honeybees. Worth noting, or not, the fraction of non-native insects on a non-native ornamental shrub.

Coming up…great american birds (mostly) from the west ponds.

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