Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Funereal Sighting, and a Golden Bee
I was out back checking the contents of the storage trailer yesterday when something I disturbed erupted out of the lantana and flew past my nose. I thought it was a moth at first but then it moved again and I saw it was this funereal duskywing, Erynnis funeralis. Although these skippers are recorded flying in OC from February on, I don't see them in my garden until spring is well underway. This is the first one I've seen this year.
Same afternoon, the resident male carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta) was cruising the airspace over the back garden (and possibly the front as well) and the only evidence I could capture was this blob of gold passing the neighbor's bougainvillea. I've been seeing these bees, both male and female, for several weeks now but not in large numbers, just one or two here and there.