I don't own any insect field guides, nor do I have time to spend today (MAJOR MOTHER'S DAY PROJECT TO DO OUTSIDE) searching through Internet buggy ID sites, so I'll leave it to you to ID these critters ... or not.
You folks with a brain bank of insect IDs are pretty amazing. It's not exactly the easiest group of animals to have catalogued in your grey matter ... with a bazillion different (some only slightly) species.
Generally, I am in awe of you ... even if I don't have the taxonomic zeal (obsession?) some of you have.
I'm more likely to spend time looking up the common name of an unknown fish as they are my love, but even there, I don't usually pursue it past the common name. Hence, a sea robin is just that on this website, even though there are ... hmmm, I think, over a hundred species in that clan.
Perhaps, I am just taxonomically lazy.
I don't keep life lists of anything either, not even my beloved fishes. I know that sort of thing brings great joy to birders especially, who, thankfully, do not pin the objects of their affection to foam boards.
I suppose a life list is a collection of sorts, and with birders ... if they are honest ... a bit of a competition. Listen to them when they get together or talk about some hotshot travelling birder. The life list numbers are bandied about like football scores ... and what's wrong with that? Friendly competition is a powerful driving force that generally pushes us to excel.
This was just supposed to be a little picture post of porch bugs and I've wandered around from taxonomy to competitive birding.
Back on task ...
The warm temps and the porch lights have brought a host of insects to our door lately. Not shown in these pics are the tussock moth caterpillars which are just everywhere this spring. Also not shown are the fireflies which dance along the windows at night.
This dragonfly was hanging out near the porch light a few mornings ago. See what I mean? It's just a dragonfly to me, and I'm okay with that. I love watching dragonflies work the air like a bunch of Huey Helicopters ... Apocalypse Now for any mosquitoes in the area.
Okay, I may know this one ... or at least it's general group. It looks like a Dobsonfly to me. My love of the aquatic realm introduced me to this clan when I started finding helgrammites while dipping fish out of creeks nearby.
This moth reminds me of the feather footed banty hen who lives out near the garden.
Speaking of that hen ... yesterday, Sara N. Dippity met me out at the garden for what has to be one of the coolest critter encounters I've ever had here at PFHQ ... hmmm, maybe my life list is of events and not individuals ...
Anyway, as you may imagine, it's possible that I had my camera nearby and it's possible that I caught the entire cool event in a sequence of photos.
It's also possible that I plan to post this photo sequence on Monday as the weekend is generally a slow time.
Drop in if you get a chance ... it will be worth your while.