I hope you like Boneset, which is a 4-5 foot high wildflower blooming now along streams and in my backyard in Princeton, because you're going to see a lot of it in this and accompanying posts, serving as a deceivingly bland white background for an astonishing variety of bugs, bees, wasps, flies, spiders, moths and butterflies. I started noticing so many different kinds that I decided to document and post as many as possible on this blog.
What has boneset got that all those other, more brightly colored flowers lack? Those others may draw a random bee or two, but boneset's platters of shallow, honey-scented flowers serve as a mecca for a book full of insects. One day I'll crack that book and find out what they all are. For now, some photos.
With this first of several posts documenting the variety of life attracted to a boneset, the count for kinds of bug or beetle-like insects stands at nine.
Update, August 30, 2009: Thanks to Keith Bayless who provided latin names for most of these insects! (see comment section)
First photo: Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Megacyllene robiniae (Locust Borer--indicates that black locusts grow nearby)
2 Coleoptera: Cantharidae: Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus
3 Hemiptera: Rhopalidae?
(Blog host's note: initial internet search suggests something like Harmostes reflexulus)
4 Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Phymata pennsylvanica
(Pennsylvania Ambush Bug)
5 Lepidoptera: Yponomeutidae: Atteva punctella
(Ailanthus webworm moth--a kind of ermine moth that uses Tree of Heaven as a host plant in its larval stage)
6 Coleoptera: Coccinellidae
7 Hemiptera: Cicadellidae
Note: Red-Banded Leaf Hopper (Graphocephala coccinea)
10 Coleoptera? Phalacridae?
(Note: These are referred to as Shining Flower Beetles)
11 Hemipera: Thyreocoridae
(Note: a "Negro Bug")