His name is Duke. This was a large stately grass spider we found in our basement, and he very graciously posed for some closeup photographs. The genus is Agelenopsis.
An ichneumon wasp:
Agrilus ruficollis, the red-necked cane borer:
A tiny little wasp on my laptop screen. Note the individual pixels.
There’s no such thing as “just a fly”.
Some sort of molt? It looked pretty cool.
I’d been seeing these little webs all around the bushes, almost always on the higher branches. Didn’t realize who lived in them until I took some photos.
Tiny fly, not a great photo but very cute! Genus Chlorops, according to Facebook entomology group.
This beetle was backed into a little niche in a boulder, hanging out on the lichen. Hairy click beetle, in Elateridae.
Here’s a closeup — it was pretty hairy.
I was taking out the garbage, and noticed a swarm of ants on our walkway. It turned out to be a war between two colonies of ants. Always take out the garbage!
Akash insisted on taking photos, and I’m glad he did.
You can see the ant on the upper left rending the poor gal in the middle, who definitely has seen better days:
Symphyla (classified under myriapoda), found under a rock:
I really love its wings.
Lady slipper. Another person on the trail told me that it was the first one he had seen in twenty years. In this photo, you can see how it tricks the insects into brushing against the stamen to help pollination:
Saw a *lot* of Longhorn Beetles (apparently Lepturinae, probably Anthophylax).
In this closeup, you can see it had a passenger: a pseudoscorpion, perhaps!
A Globular Springtail (Collembola), perhaps on a beetle grub: