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With the addition of the Black-Bordered Lemon Moth, we have hit 500 total species ID'd in the garden!

Half of them are moths.

I dearly love this illustration--especially the enthusiastic ladybug.

Brava! I'm especially impressed by the moth part. I'm absolutely terrible at moths. I can manage some of the the Saturniidae, and beyond that... They are moths.

I could not even hope to do it without the nice people at butterfliesandmoths.org !

[I'm trying to tell a friend about this and I realize I don't know: is this plant and animal or just animal?]

This is everything, but there's only 27 plants and 7 fungus on it. I'm not great with either of those.

Have you ever read the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries by Carola Dunn? There's a character who shows up from time to time, Daisy's cousin Edgar, who is potty for butterflies, moths and dragonflies. I adore him.

Congratulations! What's the breakdown by %, if I can ask?

Oh lord! You can ask, but it's easier for me to provide raw numbers:

Birds - 85
Herps - 23
Moths - 248
Bugs (aka anything that isn't a moth) - 102
Crayfish - 1
Mammals - 7
Plants - 27
Fungi - 7

Not Included: Invasive Weeds - 7 (because I hope to someday reduce that chunk of biodiversity!)

shall we kickstart you a macro lens?

And let the beetles return to supremacy in numbers?

Re: shall we kickstart you a macro lens?

*laugh* Even then, they might not. Moths are actually pretty easy for IDing--a lot of other bugs are so hard that I am left with things like "It's a water beetle in Family X. Genus? Ha. No."

I shall knuckle under and get a macro lens eventually.

Ever wonder, that while you're out there cataloging them, perhaps they are also cataloging you?
A moth with a tiny book that has a checkmark next to "Giant".

Hurrah for your observational milestone!

Are you counting caterpillars in with the moths, or are they lumped in with non-moths?

Caterpillars are lumped in with moths, since it can be assumed that any caterpillar in the garden will turn into a moth in the garden (at least briefly.)

Yay!! And here's to the next 500 !

*carefully blows bubbles*

Huzzah for 500 species!

I was listening to "Iron Communion Wafer" on KUEC and your rant about the corn god got me thinking. Where do you get your heritage seeds from? I've found about a dozen companies online, but an Ursula endorsement means more to this Saint. (^_^)

Re: *carefully blows bubbles*

For one of our resident saints, only the best!

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds--they're my go-to. Their Whole Seed Catalog is a source of much joy.

I've gotten a bunch in recently from Nativeseeds.org which is a Southwestern organization specializing in preserving seeds grown by indigenous peoples. They are mostly adapted for high heat and low water conditions, which, in some years, is what prevails in my garden, so I'm giving them a try next year. Their bean selection is incredible. Now, mildew's a much bigger problem in my garden because of the high humidity (the air is often wetter than the soil!) so I don't expect all of their seeds will work, but I'm hopeful that a couple varieties will. And they're also just totally worth helping out in general--I sponsor one of their rare chiletepins because there's so few places trying to preserve indigenous varieties of domestic plants, even if I can't grow all of them in my garden.

How can you not love something called a lemon moth? I suppose it becomes some multi-legged muncher, but really: Lemon Moth.

You are such a joy! Thank you.