Sunday, July 31st by Ash Arons

My oh my we’ve reached the final week of July! With August approaching and the start of school encroaching it’s time to get going on preparing the plots for fall.


This week I also wrapped up my summer research assistantship with the Moreno Lab. I’d like to take a moment to share some of the highlights of what I’ve learned over these past couple months:

Tons & Tons of Traps

I learned how to identify insects stored by different means. Some of what we covered included sticky traps & pitfalls, as well as sweeps and kill jars.

Hella Hymenoptera

There are so many more genera in this order that I’d like to learn about, it’s safe to say that bees are not the end of this story.

Handy Guide to Hymenoptera (minus Hoverflies)

Awfully Average Arachnids

I’m also glad to say that I (mostly) got over my spider schweemishness! Be(e) prepared to scroll quickly if you have yet to:

Crab Spider, Family: Thomisidae
Jumping Spider, Family: Salticidae

Neat Neuroptera

An unexpected encounter in the sticky traps, lacewings are in their own separate order, and can be beneficial to gardeners.

Brown Lacewing, Family: Hemerobiidae

Klepto Chalcids

SO many of these lil wasps showed up on the sticky traps and many of them act as hyperparasites, in that they exercise parasitic behavior upon parasites of other species!

Yellow-collared Scape Moths Suck at Escaping

Unfortunately this trio didn’t stick to their plan…

Order: Lepidoptera

Owlflies Are Outrageous

Although we didn’t encounter any owflies in our collection, they’re a part of the Neuroptera order and are likewise predaceous!

Photo Made Available Through

Ultimately I’d Like to Pin a Ulysses

Okay well maybe not necessarily pin it, but getting close enough to observe one in person would check an item off my bucket list.

Credit: www.

And now, back to the Patches:

[College Garden]

First of Many

Another tickseed bloomed this week: Lance-leaved coreopsis!

Lance-leaved Coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata
Echinacea Buds Before Blossoming
Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpea

Be(e)ming Buddies

Ironweed (ft. This Bee’s Super Suave Scopa)
A Big Ol’ Bombus on Bergamot

Spot the Bee(tles):

Hint: It’s wedged in amongst them somewhere!

Badass Brethren of Bees

Mason Wasp on Rattlesnake Master, Family: Vespidae
Digger Wasp Aids in Aphid Epidemic, Family: Crabronidae

Patterned Pals

A Ladybug About to Have an Aphid Feast
Tiger Moth Tiptoeing Through the Wood Chips

An Arch of Our Own

Foreflower: Mountain Mint “Arch”: Ironweed

[Pine Patch]

Triloba Takeover

As you can see these plants have exploded this season! Check out different viewpoints of the Pine Patch and notice how this yellow coneflower is dominating.

Brown-eyed Susans, Rudbeckia triloba
Pine Patch Entryway, July 2022

Rainbows Come After Rain

However, the brown-eyed Susans didn’t take over the whole patch! Here’s a view of some warm hues brought to you by some of our other natives in the eastern portion of the plot.

Red: Beebalm Orange: Milkweed Yellow: Senna

Buzz on the Block

Carpenter Bee on Red Milkweed
Megachilidae Dance Atop Red Milkweed
Bumble Bee on Wild Senna, Senna hebecarpa

Little Lepidoptera

Silver-spotted Skipper on Purple Coneflower
Peck’s Skipper on the yet-to-bloom Heart-Leaved Aster

A Sweet Goodbye

This being its last week, the Pine Patch bid adieu to the Ohio State University’s Honeybee Hive. While their contribution to science is much appreciated, the extra competition won’t be missed.

Pine Patch, Friday July 29th 2022

[Vegetable Garden]

Woold You Look at That!

Stalks, String Beans, & Squash

Some More Sunnies

[Click Back Next Week!]

Click Beetle, Family: Elateridae

(Bee pun counter: 3)

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