2024-03-31: First bees of spring at Lake Quinault - Kestner Homestead Trail

Arrived at the ranger station at 3pm, a little late for observing bees. Since this was due to excellent bee activity at July Creek, I couldn't complain too much. Started along the trail and soon saw a white butterfly resting on a salmonberry flower a ways off the trail. Thank goodness for telephoto lenses!

High moth activity; several times moths that were resting near the trail fled before I was able to photograph them. I very much regret not noticing a beautiful large brown moth on a tree trunk right next to the trail before I startled it.

A lot of skunk cabbage in bloom and other hikers said it was an unusually dense bloom. I didn't observe any pollinators on the skunk cabbage.

On down the trail. Several bumblebees circled me to get a good look at me, but none let me get a good look at them. However, I observed more Lepidoptera (and many more escaped my lens) and a wide variety of interesting flies resting in sunny trailside spots near blooming cardamine. I took a rest on a bench and watched sunlight and cloud shadows chase each other across the mossy trunks of old-growth bigleaf maple.

I arrived at Kestner homestead at 5PM, and noted that the wide cleared fields would likely make a good Hymenopteran observing spot later in the season and earlier in the day (there were few flowers at the time). There were also, of course, old buildings and fences. And a beautiful view of the mountains. As I wandered the area in search of bees (got an Andrena on a fence).

Not many bees on this leg of the trip, but with so many excellent flies and far more moths than I actually managed to photograph, I can't regret the adventure.

Publicado el abril 6, 2024 04:13 TARDE por wildnettle wildnettle

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Moscardones (Familia Calliphoridae)

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 05:22 TARDE PDT

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Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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Trébol Amargo (Oxalis oregana)

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 05:22 TARDE PDT

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Moscardones (Familia Calliphoridae)

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 05:22 TARDE PDT

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Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 05:21 TARDE PDT

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Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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Moscas Parasitoides (Familia Tachinidae)

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 05:20 TARDE PDT

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Moscas de Las Flores (Familia Syrphidae)

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 05:10 TARDE PDT

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Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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Moscardones (Familia Calliphoridae)

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 05:10 TARDE PDT

Descripción

Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 05:06 TARDE PDT

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Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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Moscas Ostreoideas (Superfamilia Oestroidea)

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 05:05 TARDE PDT

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Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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Abejas de Primavera (Género Andrena)

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 05:04 TARDE PDT

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Resting on fence rail

Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 04:50 TARDE PDT

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Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 04:36 TARDE PDT

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Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 04:32 TARDE PDT

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Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 04:32 TARDE PDT

Descripción

Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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Berros Amargos (Género Cardamine)

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 04:30 TARDE PDT

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 04:13 TARDE PDT

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Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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Trébol Amargo (Oxalis oregana)

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 04:02 TARDE PDT

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 03:59 TARDE PDT

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On cardamine I think

Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 03:44 TARDE PDT

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Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 03:41 TARDE PDT

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Zarza del Salmon (Rubus spectabilis)

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 03:37 TARDE PDT

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Col de Mofeta Amarilla (Lysichiton americanus)

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 03:31 TARDE PDT

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People said the density of skunk cabbage bloom here this year is unusually high (I have not been here long enough to know).

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 03:27 TARDE PDT

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On bird poop

CV says mesoleuca gratulata and it’s probably right.

Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 03:13 TARDE PDT

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 03:12 TARDE PDT

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Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 03:11 TARDE PDT

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 03:09 TARDE PDT

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Resting in salmonberry flower

Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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Moscardones (Familia Calliphoridae)

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wildnettle

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Marzo 31, 2024 a las 03:06 TARDE PDT

Descripción

Today I am using mostly telephoto + extension tubes to try to observe as many different insect species as I can rather than try to get pristine photos of a few cooperative individuals. I don’t expect all images to be good enough to allow species ID. The primary goal is to document that there are bees out already.

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