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.
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).
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.
Above: Syrphid fly. Below: Calliphorid (blue-bottle?) fly.
Provisional IDs on Flickr, expert opinions appreciated.
Argentine Ant, Linepithema humile.
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.