plenty on variegated thistle
catarina negra con puntos color rojo.
Elevenspotted ladybird (Coccinella undecimpunctata), an exotic beetle introduced from the United Kingdom to control aphids. Mount Charles, Otago Peninsula
Today was the day of butterflies! The rain held off for most of the day, so we took advantage of it. :) And with the power of iNaturalist, I observed lots of things besides the target taxa. :)
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park was mighty neat.
Elizabeth and I stayed at the AMAZING Alamo Inn B&B -- geared towards bird watchers and a magnificent place (and relatively inexpensive too). I asked the innkeeper if I could put up a moth light, and she told me that someone nearby is documenting the moths in the area! Sweet! I went and pestered them, hung out for about 4 hours talking nature and philosophy, and photographed lots and lots and lots of cool new moths and bugs. :)
Several of these I will study with the discover life moth guide:
Most of these moths and critters Chuck documented like a week earlier, so I'm using his calendar too. :) Thanks, Chuck!
Explored Phil Hardberger Park in the morning -- this park was packed with folks though! Nonetheless, I was still able to sneak up on a few critters... and plants. Plants are relatively easy to creep up on.
in sown grassland
Abundant throughout the mizuna field trial
The Coccinellidae (/ˌkɒksɪˈnɛlɪdaɪ/) are a family of small beetles, ranging from 0.8 to 18 mm (0.0315 to 0.708 inches). They are commonly yellow, orange, or scarlet with small black spots on their wing covers, with black legs, heads and antennae. Such colour patterns vary greatly, however; for example, a minority of species, such as Vibidia duodecimguttata, a twelve-spotted species, have whitish spots on a brown background. Coccinellids are found worldwide, with over 5,000 species described.