2012/09/09

Caterpillar, Bee, and Rainbow Sunday

Today is International Rock Flipping Day (9/9).  I flipped some rocks behind my office building this afternoon, but it seemed too disturbed (basically a gravel mound from recent constructions) to have much biodiversity.  Too bad.  I did saw some ants and tiny tiny critters though, underneath the rocks, but that was about it.

Saw this pretty caterpillar on my way out of the building.

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It is the caterpillar of White-headed Prominent (Symmerista albifrons).  Quite misleading since its caterpillar form has an orange head. 

Then I was walking around looking for things to photograph.  I didn't see much until I saw this bee hanging onto the thistle flower in the wind.
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Every time I try to take a close-up photo it is a windy moment.  Most of these photos are only good when viewed small.

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This bee belongs in the genus Megachile because of its large mandibles.  And this is a female because of the hair underneath its abdomen (somewhat visible in the previous photo).

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Large mouthparts, for leaf-cutting perhaps, since they are also known as Leaf-cutting Bees.

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Saw a rainbow on my way back home in the evening.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.

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