Even after the first chilly November nights, when the temps dropped into the low thirties, there is still insect live along places that have water. I walked the dogs along the Santa Cruz River today, from the Wheeler Taft Library to the Ina Rd overpass. 3 dogs, 2 cameras ....
|Petrophila jaliscalis, a little Crambid Moth|
|Brochymena parva, a Stink Bug|
Where grasses overhang the river bank, nearly every blade of grass served as a perch for a Ruby Spot. Mostly males, and they flashed their transparent red wing patches at each other to demand space. When females appeared there were wrestling matches. But a few couples did pair up.
|How many Ruby Spots can you count?|
|Hetaerina americana (American Rubyspot) male|
|Hetaerina americana (American Rubyspot) pair in tandem position|
|could be Iris oratoria, the Mediterranean Mantis|
|With all those insects around, the shrike is going to get lucky|