A couple bonus arachnids. I know they're not insects, but the other insects I collected were too small to document effectively. One of them appeared to be a tiny green mite. Another seemed like a brown, extremely shrunken tick.
Another fly; it looks similar to one of the other flies I documented, but it's from a different day.
Convergent Lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens) - larva and adult stages; they undergo complete metamorphosis. Lady beetles are extremely common and widespread. They feed on aphids and scale insects. Because they feed on agricultural pests, they can be helpful for plant growth. However, they have also been known to infest buildings.
Horse fly? (Order Diptera, Family Tabanidae?) The ID in this fly is a little questionable. I haven't found a fly species with the same color underbelly as the one here. It is the largest of the flies I collected. Flies undergo complete metamorphosis and the larva stage can actually be the dominant stage. While in the larva stage, flies are known as maggots. Humans actually utilize maggots in many different situations. In the summer flies reproduce a lot, which can result in maggot…
I spent a lot of time trying to ID this bug. Sadly I didn't find it in time to send it to Liz's entomologist friend. I believe it's some form of beetle? (Order Coleoptera). The structure of the legs and the antennae seem beetle-like to me. However, the markings on the abdomen confuse me, I don't see much like it in the beetle family. Maybe it's an immature form of another bug that isn't documented in our field guide?
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Flea beetle (Order Coleoptera, Tribe Alticini). The name "flea beetle" refers to small, jumping beetles from the family Chrysomelidae (a leaf beetle family). Their ability to jump comes from their large hind legs. Flea beetles have a reputation as a human pest because they tend to attack agricultural crops. Like all beetles, flea beetles undergo complete metamorphosis.