Still no rain and the temperature is rising. Today, we hit 93 F. I tried to brave it, but didn’t last very long. Even the butterflies seemed to have decided it was too hot to fly around much. The honey bees seem to be thrilled about the weather, though!
The rainy season doesn’t usually start until May, so the critters here have awhile to wait before the plant life recovers. One of the favorite butterfly hangouts is looking pretty dry.
But it’s not all bad news – the banana plants are still sporting green leaves and there are some spectacular bamboo plants across the creek.
Here’s what was crawling and flying around this week.
1. Ok, technically this guy (or gal) wasn’t in my observation area. It was under the doormat on my back porch! But I would love to get a species ID. My guess is it may be a Tengellidae. [Rare]
1. Cockroach, unidentified species. [Rare]
1. Largidae? These bugs are everywhere! I haven’t identified them to species, but I suspect they are in the family Largidae (Bordered Plant Bugs). I’m not sure if the following represent different development stages (nymphs and adults can differ substantially in coloring), or if they are two different species. [Abundant]
1. Apis sp.: Honey bees are suddenly out in force! But they’re far too busy to sit still for a nice portrait. [Abundant]
Lepidoptera: This remains the most frequently observed order at this time.
1. Cabares potrillo: This was my first time observing this species. I saw two adults, who are sticking around the banana plants. [Occasional]
2. Calephelis sp.: [Rare]
3. Eurema daira sidonia: This remains the most frequently observed butterfly species at this time. [Abundant]
4. Opsiphanes cassina fabricii: [Rare]
5. Skipper: Possibly a Pompeius sp.? [Rare]
6. Pyrgus oileus: [Occasional]
7. Spiroeta stelenes biplagiata: The same two adults are still hanging out in the same tree. [Frequent to Occasional]
8. Urbanus teleus: This female was missing her tails, poor thing! [Rare]
9. Vacerra sp: [Rare]
Other Lepidoptera species observed but not photographed.
- Cyllopsis sp. [Frequent]
- Danaus plexippus [Rare]
- Myscelia sp. [Rare]
1. This critter wasn’t in my observation area. (It was under the doormat with the spider!) But I would love to get a species ID, especially since we find these inside the house. [Occasional]
My thanks to Andy Warren (@AndyBugGuy) for identifying some of the butterflies above. And please help me out with additional species identifications, if you can!
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