Monday, September 28, 2009

I Swear That Bug Is Watching Me

Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 18, 2009. Can you see three bugs in the 2-inch long flowers? (Clicking on this photo will not help. It's enlarged from the photo below.)

While editing photos of this (probably native) bush of red-orange flowers still blooming near Adelbert, I noticed what I thought were spiders on one flower.

On closer examination, the bugs are not spiders. The bug peering around the petal on the left, appears to have very long antennae and only one pair of eyes. The bug on the flower's stamen is pointing its rear end to the camera. The third is hidden on the underside of the flower bud.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 18, 2009. Plants that recolonized the Adelbert slide area, seem to be mostly native. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

If you can identify any of the plants or bugs we highlight, please contact us:

UPDATE 10-2-09: Will Campbell writes, "Your picture reminds me of the assassin bug nymph I found crawling along our kitchen sink around this time last year." See Campbell's awesome photo and read more on his blog: [sic]

UPDATE 10-6-09: Looking at Calflora, the flowers are native California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum ssp.canum).