References
The Audubon Society, Field Guide to North American Insects & Spiders. Lorus and Margery Milne. 6th printing. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989.
California Insects. Jerry A. Powell and Charles L. Hogue. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979.
Insects of Western North America. Edward Oliver Essig. New York: Macmillan, 1926.

Photos copyright © 2010-2013 Kat Avila
Locations: Places are noted below photos. See my park-related web pages for insects seen at those particular sites.
Camera: Canon SD780 IS (2010-2012), Canon SX210 IS (2013)
Aphid
aphids
on narrow-leaf milkweed
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
aphids
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
aphids
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
aphids
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
aphids
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
Bees and Wasps
honey bee
Honey Bee
Apis mellifera
Mason Regional Park
2010.8.20
western yellow jacket
Western Yellow Jacket
Vespula pennsylvanica
Santa Ana
2011.5.12
black-and-yellow mud dauber
Black-and-Yellow Mud Dauber
Sceliphron caementarium
Upper Newport Bay
2013.9.26
Beetles
ladybug
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
ladybug
There are cracks all across
its shell.
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
beetle
Aliso and Wood Canyons
2013.8.24
Butterflies
Checkered White Butterfly, Pontia protodice, WHITE AND SULPHUR FAMILY
checkered white butterfly, male
male butterfly
Aliso and Wood Canyons
2013.6.27
Fiery Skipper, Hylephila phyleus, SKIPPER FAMILY
fiery skipper
City of Orange
2011.08.21
fiery skipper
close-up on wings
City of Orange
2011.08.21
fiery skipper
City of Orange
2011.08.21
fiery skipper
City of Orange
2011.08.21
fiery skipper
close-up on head
City of Orange
2011.08.21
fiery skipper
mating butterflies
UCI
2011.10.07
fiery skipper
UCI
2011.10.07
fiery skipper
UCI
2011.10.07
fiery skipper
close-up on head
UCI
2011.10.07
fiery skipper
UCI
2011.10.07
fiery skipper
Aliso and Wood Canyons
2013.4.17
Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui, BRUSHFOOT FAMILY
painted lady
Aliso and Wood Canyons Park
2013.9.28
painted lady
Aliso and Wood Canyons Park
2013.9.28
painted lady
Aliso and Wood Canyons Park
2013.9.28
Pale Swallowtail, Papilio eurymedon, SWALLOWTAIL FAMILY: This swallowtail wasn't scared off by my presence, so I was able to get some good close-ups.
pale swallowtail
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
pale swallowtail
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
pale swallowtail
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
pale swallowtail
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
pale swallowtail
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
pale swallowtail
close-up on tail
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
pale swallowtail
close-up on tail
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
Misc.
gray hairstreak
gray hairstreak
Strymon melinus
GOSSAMER-WING FAMILY

on a strawberry plant
Irvine
2010.8.5
DAMSELFLIES
Vivid Dancer, Argia vivida, DRAGONFLY ORDER
vivid dancer
male
2013.4.17
vivid dancer
mating
2013.4.17



Dragonflies
Mexican Amberwing, Perithemis intensa
Mexican amberwing
Aliso Creek
2013.6.27
Mexican amberwing
Aliso Creek
2013.6.27
Mexican amberwing
Aliso Creek
2013.6.27
Mexican amberwing
Aliso Creek
2013.6.27
Mexican amberwing
Aliso Creek
2013.6.27
Grasshoppers and Crickets
Chaparral Katydid, Platylyra californica
chaparral katydid
RSM
2012.7.14
chaparral katydid
RSM
2012.7.14
Pallid-Winged Grasshopper, Trimerotropis pallidipennis
pallid-winged grasshopper
Aliso and Wood Canyons
2013.4.17
pallid-winged grasshopper
Aliso and Wood Canyons
2013.4.17



Misc.
alutacea bird grasshopper
Alutacea bird grasshopper
(aka leather-colored
bird grasshopper)
Schistocerca alutacea

far west of its usual range
UCI, 2011.3.15
grasshopper
What little critter is this?

RSM
2010.10.19
Long-tailed Silverfish, Ctenolepisma longicaudata, FAMILY LEPISMATIDAE: I mistook this at first for the common silverfish (Lepisma saccharina), which except for the tail length it is very similar to. This urban dweller has a tail with three prongs and likes to nibble on clothes, paper, and bookbinding paste. The shiny one in the photographs looks like living jewelry.
long-tailed silverfish
dorsal view
RSM
2010.7.21
long-tailed silverfish
close-up
RSM
2010.7.21
long-tailed silverfish
See how wide apart
its eyes are.
RSM
2010.7.21
long-tailed silverfish
lateral view
RSM
2010.7.21
long-tailed silverfish
close-up
RSM
2010.7.21
Painted Stink Bug, Bagrata hilaris, TRUE BUG ORDER: First detected in Orange County in 2008, these bugs originated from either Africa or Europe. They are found more often scurrying across the trail than in plants.
painted stink bug
mating bugs
Aliso and Wood Canyons
2013.8.5
Plicate Beetle ['plai-keit] (means "folded" or "ridged"), Noserus plicatus, BEETLE ORDER: Eats decaying plant matter.
plicate beetle
Aliso and Wood Canyons
2013.7.10