We have seen many of these wonderful beetles this summer and today I think they deserve the spotlight.
Thanks to the help of 1nmbirder for assistance in correctly identifying this moth. WordPress readers are the best. Always ready to help in identifying and teaching about all the things we run across outside.
At first I thought it was a Ranchman’s Tiger Moth but it does appear to be a Police Car Moth. We came across these guys while they were feeding on wild aster and sunflowers high up on the trail in Central Colorado.
While out on a hike we ran across a couple of trees in which a spider had put up between 3-7 of these wonderful mosquito nets and each was loaded with bugs. We never were able to see the owner of these webs but it sure looks like they will be eating well for the rest of the summer. Any yes, the mosquitos were bad out there that day.
For the last few weeks the yarrow has been attracting quite a large variety of insects. This week was no exception and a new visitor we noticed was this small Hoverfly (Eristialis Anthophorina). They have a very bee like appearance that screams don’t mess with me or I will sting you. Mimicry at it’s best.