Saturday, January 23, 2010

Science Saturday

This website is the best!
I don't know why it makes me so happy to find out
the names of the bugs in my yard, but it does.

Valley Carpenter Bee
Xylocopa varipuncta
And she's a female!
I love that there is someone in the world who knows that.

 I bet you thought this was a Flame Skimmer.
You're wrong.
It is a Neon Skimmer - Libellula croceipennis. 
(Do the kids still say that these days?)

Green Lynx Spider
Peucetia viridans
Peucetia longipalpis
It is still being hotly debated.
I'm hoping for longipalpis because that is much more fun to say.

Silver Garden Spider
Argiope argentata
(I still see a monkey giving us the finger.)

Scudder's Bush Katydid
Scudderia furcata
(sounds like an Italian curse word)
Scudderia mexicana
He's a male.
Okay kids.  Class dismissed.

The question is not what you look at, but what you see. 
Henry David Thoreau


Bethany said...

hotly debated, oh you've got the bug nerds all excited.
i have to say, when I saw, "science saturday" in my google reader, I was all for skipping it. but then i saw it was YOUR blog, and well, i can't skip YOU. Glad i didn't. you somehow made it fun, italian swear word yee haw!
you could be a science teacher.

Ms. Moon said...

You would love a visit in summer to where I live. Oh yes you would.

grasshopper said...

Ms. Moon - I have visited your neck of the woods in the summer and let me tell you that unless you are going to promise me a squad of cabana boys to follow me around with cooling fans and icy drinks 24 hours a day (and a few more at night to ward off the helicopter-sized skeeters)- dude, no way!

But you are right. I'd have a great time looking at all the creepy crawlies in your yard if I were not such a wilting crybaby in the heat.

N2 said...

Hi -- Wandered over from Ms Moons. Great close-ups of the critters and really nice to have the info on them. Thanks. I'll be back. N2

Sally Moon said...

Love the bug guide