|Kidney-marked fairy, Psyllobora renifer.|
I suppose I should explain what sweeping is to. Well, imagine a crazy person with a ridiculous sunhat, an OCD amount of sun tan lotion on the back of their neck, swiping a net back and forth through vegetation with a camera swinging from their neck. That's me, sweeping vegetation. Sweeping follows the process of gravity. That is, knock a plant, insects fall out, and into the net. It works for some insects, but not others. For instance some species will just cling on, and some will fly up. And generally you won't catch insects that live on the base of the plant, since the flailing stems of the vegetation block you from reaching it. It is maniacal in practice but strangely productive.
In any case, there was one highlight from the Encelia-buckwheat move. While checking out the net contents I saw a micro sitting at the bottom of the net among a series of other crawling bugs. On closer look, I saw he was bright orange! Oooo! I scrambled a box out of my pocket and managed to contain it. Unfortunately a suddenly rapid gust of wind sucked it out of the box after I had the lid off while trying to photograph it, but I still have something to show. Behold, the illustrious flame of Embola powelli!
|The illustrious flame of Embola powelli.|
|A particularly pinchy dried fruit beetle, Carpophilus hemipterus.|
|The ever ubiquitous pirate bug, Orius tristicolor.|
|Winged male of the mystery Pissonotus sp.|
|Dusky ladybeetle, Scymnus sp.|
|The lynx spider, Hamataliwa grisea, a name I seem to spell incorrectly|
every single time.