Insects Et Cetera

San Francisco seems to have fewer insect-watchers than bird-watchers, but we’re trying to post what we encounter in Sutro Forest. (This page isn’t strictly for insects; it also includes arthropods and other invertebrates.)

Cabbage white butterfly

Butterflies: We’ve seen Red Admirals, West Coast Painted Ladies, and Cabbage Whites. And we got this lovely Anise Swallowtail picture taken in March 2010 by Keith McCallister (posted with permission).

West Coast Painted Lady Butterfly in Sutro Forest

Red Admiral Butterfly in Sutro Forest

Anise Swallowtail – Photo Credit: Keith McAllister

two butterflies - umber skipper and anise swallowtail

two butterflies – umber skipper and anise swallowtail

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A Pumpkin Spider. Pumpkin spiders are interesting. Most of the year, they’re tiny and inconspicuous, but in the late fall they increase in size to these dramatic orange creatures, and build large webs. The picture below is the Halloween version!

Pumpkin Spider (Araneus trifolium), October 2009, Native Garden

There are various other insects and invertebrates, including a banana slug.

banana slug

Banana slug

Earwig in Nasturtium Flower

Greenbottle fly

Yellow-faced Bumble bee on Hairy Gumweed

Some kind of bird food

pill bugs under a strip of bark

bee on blackberry flowers sutro forest

honeybee on blackberry flowers sutro forest

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