With the addition of new field guides and online resources, I have been taking more photos of insects, moths & dragonflies to try and identify them. During my hikes at Buttercup Farm Sanctuary and the Stanford Wildlife Preserve, I ran into a couple of really interesting looking spiders and moths.
I wasn’t expecting to identify all of them in a single afternoon, but between the Peterson Field Guide for Moths and BugGuide.net, I was able to ID most of them.
The first one (seen to the right) is a banded argiope. It is also commonly referred to as a banded garden orbweaver. I found it in a field at Buttercup Farm Sanctuary and I was mesmerized by the pattern. I had to get a picture, even though it gave me goosebumps.
The rest of the bunch came from the Stanford Wildlife Preserve.
After stepping out of the car, I noticed another fairly large spider with a different pattern. It turned out to a be a black and yellow argiope. It is also commonly referred to as a yellow garden orbweaver.
Since it was nearing 6:00 pm and the sun was setting behind the trees, I also found dozens of moths. Only a few of them landed in clear view, and I photographed two of them. One of them is a forage looper (I think… there’s so many moths that look alike!) while the other is a white banded toothed carpet. The pictures are below for those interested.