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Subject: Ten-Lined June Beetle
Location: Glendale, California
July 15, 2016 6:41 am
My sister sent me this image while at a railroad museum in Glendale. She said a little boy was harassing it when she came across it, which is why its wings are like that, I assume. Your site helped me identify it as a male. I think its beautiful.
Signature: JB from Vegas

Ten Lined June Beetle from Glendale

Ten Lined June Beetle from Glendale

Dear JB,
You are correct that this is a male Ten Lined June Beetle, but we wonder if the railroad museum you mentioned is Traveltown in Griffith Park which is in Los Angeles near the Glendale Border.  We are also including an image of a Ten Lined June Beetle we shot last night on our screen door with this posting.  Last year was the first time we have found a Ten Lined June Beetle in Mount Washington in the 21 years we have lived here, and it is now our third sighting of this year with the other two being females.  These sightings at our office represent either a range expansion, or a reintroduction of a previously extirpated species.

Ten Lined June Beetle from Mount Washington

Ten Lined June Beetle from Mount Washington

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Brown California Mantis nymph on Palo Verde
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
July 11, 2016 6:30 PM
We have been monitoring the California Mantid hatchlings in our yard after finding five oothecae on the same butterfly bush occupied by a California Mantid late last summer.  There is a forest of primrose with many 7 foot tall plants in a small patch of our yard, and we have observed at least six green California Mantid nymphs there over the past few weeks.  The California Mantid can be either green or brown, and there is some evidence that the coloration is tied to the surroundings, though one might counter that both green and brown Mantids might exist in the same location, and those that are better camouflaged avoid predators and consequently survive to pass on their genes as opposed to the notion that the Mantid will change color depending upon the surroundings.  The Palo Verde is currently blooming and its blossoms are bright yellow.  We just spotted our first brown California Mantid on the Palo Verde.  Though we acknowledge that cannibalism is most likely occurring with the larger mantids devouring the smaller ones, nonetheless, there are far more this year than we have ever seen in the past.  Thankfully we spotted those five oothecae last season while trimming dead branches.

California Mantid nymph on Palo Verde

California Mantid nymph on Palo Verde

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Subject:  Walnut Underwing flashes its colors in Mount Washington
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
July 10, 2016 10:30 PM
Though we have managed to get images of Walnut Underwings several times each year, getting a good glimpse at the gorgeously marked underwings responsible for the common name is not that easy.  This beauty was quite cooperative tonight.  After startling it when we walked out onto the porch to dump a pot full of water into the garden, it remained “posing” on the ground until we had time to run for the camera and we got a few images using the on-camera flash.

Walnut Underwing

Walnut Underwing

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Subject:  Carolina Sphinx
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
July 8, 2016
We stepped out onto the porch after sunset and saw a huge shadow cast by a flying critter, and when it finally landed, we were thrilled to see this Carolina Sphinx.  We moved it to the primrose patch and away from the disorienting porch light.  Unlike some home gardeners, we generally allow the larval Tobacco Hornworms to continue munching on tomato leaves, but we haven’t seen any yet this year.

Carolina Sphinx

Carolina Sphinx

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Subject:  10 Lined June Beetle
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
July 2, 2016

10 Lined June Beetle

10 Lined June Beetle

Ten Lined June Beetles started appearing at the What’s That Bug? office just last year.  Our only interaction with them before that was the pine habitat in higher altitude Pasadena and La Cañada.  This lady, who has much smaller antennae than the male who needs to be able to sense her pheromones, appeared on our screen door late last night and we got some flash assisted images today.  We are perfectly happy if she wants to wait on our screen door until a suitable suitor arrives.  The 10 Lined June Beetle we found in June was already dead, and we suspect porch and garage lights are attracting them.  She stridulated (began squeaking by rubbing together parts of her body)  when we picked her up to move her higher up on the screen door in the event marauding raccoons are on the prowl tonight.   

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Subject:  Walnut Underwing
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
June 30, 2016
This Walnut Underwing was fluttering around the light last night and it was resting on the wall this morning.  We wonder if this is the same individual we posted last month.  The wings are a bit tattered, indicating this is not a freshly eclosed moth.  Underwings are long lived moths, in the scheme of things.

Walnut Underwing

Walnut Underwing

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