There’s Something That’s Been Bugging WC


WC got an email from a buddy who noted it had been more than a year since WC did an insect blog post. As WC admitted in his last – and only – bug post, WC is neglecting some 90% of the planets animals.

Okay, the last bird photography trip was a bust, but the flowers in Charlie’s Garden along Payette Lake were attracting an amazing number of bugs. WC broke out his macro lens and snapped some shots. Pretty clearly WC gear is a lot better than WC’s skills. There is, as one of WC instructors kindly put it, room for improvement. But here are some insects.

Callippe Fritillary Butterfly, Charlie's Garden, McCall, Idaho

Callippe Fritillary Butterfly, Charlie’s Garden, McCall, Idaho

WC’s macro lens is a Canon 100mm f2.0 and considerably better than WC’s macro skills. Used properly, it can create razor-sharp images. In WC’s hands, not so much.

Ichneumonid Wasp, species unknown, Charlie's Garden, Idaho

Ichneumonid Either a sphecid or a crabronid Wasp, species unknown, Charlie’s Garden, Idaho (corrected, per Dr. Derek Sikes, Entomologist)

WC still hopes to hear from entomologist Derek Sikes on the species of this wasp.

Native Bumblebee, species unknown, Charlie's Garden, McCall, Idaho

Native Bumblebee, species unknown, Charlie’s Garden, McCall, Idaho

WC freely admits that the challenges of identifying bugs are significantly greater than identifying birds. There are less than a thousand species of birds in all of North America. There are some 90 species of native bees.

Western Checkered Skipper, Charlie's Garden, McCall, Idaho

Western Checkered Skipper, Charlie’s Garden, McCall, Idaho

The ID on this species has a 75% confidence level. Maybe.

Note all of these pollinators were on the same flower. Consistently, WC can’t ID the flower species, either. And WC’s botanical consultant is in Europe.

None of these critters have feathers, of course. Which is why – well, one reason – it is so long between insect posts at Wickersham’s Conscience.

As always, this post is dedicate to the memory of Ken Philip. We miss you, Ken.

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