King Phillip’s Cave.   Leave a comment

First insect safari of the season.  My main hunting ground, the Northwest Trail of Borderland State Park, was deluged with people — cars parked on the roads for hundreds of yards.  With Corona virus acting up, I went to King Phillip’s Cave instead.

First, a few abstract reflections on the stream.

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Perhaps a fly puparium, such as Tipulidae:

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Elateridae.  Some kind of hairy click beetle?  Sylvanelater cylindriformis  was suggested as most likely, but I don’t know how to rule out Gambrinus (aka Limonius) griseus.

EDIT: Sylvanelater cylindriformis does indeed seem correct.  Differentiated by the flares on the hind angles of the pronotum in the photo below.

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Intentionally overexposed.  Does it work?

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As always, young Leucauge venustas were everywhere.  One of the first spiders of the spring, one of the last spiders of the fall.

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Perhaps Ellychnia corrusca, winter firefly.  They were everywhere.

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This seems to be Nomada (nomad bees).  Bugguide: “ruficornis species group, Typical Nomad Bees”  maybe?

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Perhaps orchard bee, Osmia.

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Halictidae? Best guess Lasioglossum coeruleum.
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Spring azure (Celastrina ladon)

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Best guess, Tetrix subulata? (EDIT: “Black-sided Pygmy Grasshopper for this one (Tettigidea lateralis)“)_DSC8690g.JPG

 

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Cyclosa conica.  Another reliable early spring spider.

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Posted 2020-04-25 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

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