Redroot or Jersey Tea (Ceanothus herbaceus) is almost ready to bloom in our back field. A favorite of the butterflies.
I found this beetle upside down.
I turned him right side up but…
It was determined to flip back. So I left it.
Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (Coccinella septempunctata). Six spots on the sides and one in the center near the front.
Talk about karma…then I spot the larva of Seven-spotted Lady Beetle. It is a native of Europe and east Asia. It was introduced to North America several times to control aphids. It is now established in North America. (source BugGuide)
I was surprised to see so many of Eastern Tent Caterpillars inside this afternoon.
They have grown up! So pretty!!
A couple in back have succumbed to fungus or a parasite.
This one was acting strange also. Maybe it was parasitized too.
See the trail of web it is actively making.
Sometimes they “dance”! It is really funny to see a bunch of them dancing at once. I have not caught a bunch on the dance floor together this season.