July 1, 2022

By 10:30 this morning, the temperature was already 74°, so the beautiful syrphid flies were gone. I seem to have found a St. Johnswort beetle today: Chrysolina hyperici. My first one. I thought I had photographed the head, but was mistaken.

The aphids are flourishing. I could find no change from yesterday to today except for a population increase. Do the aphids congregate naturally or do ants herd them together? But I'm wrong, there is a change: the ants are different. There are a mix of sizes, smaller with larger now now. Usually they are all large and now there are many small ones.

The flash on the SX50 won't shoot, so now I am even more limited in shots. I have to get the SX70 off for repairs.

Posted by andreerenosanborn andreerenosanborn, July 01, 2022 15:28

Observations

Photos / Sounds

Date

June 28, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Integra-group Field Ants (Complex Formica integra)

Date

June 28, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Saint John's Wort Beetle (Chrysolina hyperici)

Date

July 1, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

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