In my search for NW insect resources I came across this list. http://www.xerces.org/pdx_inverts/pdx_list.htm While sitting quietly at the edge of my little garden pond I was watching the mosquito-midges dancing on the water and got to see two Robber flies fly out and snatch lunch, then fly back to a perch on a nearby bush. The gardens here are full of Spring Azures and the Woodland Skippers are out as well, plus some kind of White butterfly, and a variety of flies, Beeflies, hover flies, etc. Lots of March flies out too. There is a short-tailed Ichneumon wasp coming to lights, Genus Ophion which has lovely long antennae and a reddish brown body, and of course, a dozen grey, white and black moths. I look forward to the Scarabs Moth blacklight field trip in June hopefully to get a handle on some of these critters. Rob Sandelin South Snohomish County at the headwaters of Ricci Creek Sky Valley Environments <http://www.nonprofitpages.com/nica/SVE.htm> Field skills training for student naturalists Floriferous@msn.com
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