Well, this post is a sampling of what I saw in the willows.
There were numerous egg masses on the willow leaves.
Yes, there were lot of predators on the willows as well. Here is a photo of a stinkbug feeding on one of the Willow Leaf Beetles.
Another attraction to the Willows was the catkins. I took a few photos of the willow catkins' visitors.
Here is a nectar-feeding fly.
Here is a photo of a miner bee busy collecting pollen and perhaps nectar.
Another visitor was this Cuckoo Bee. I reckon this was a pitt-stop so the Cuckoo Bee could refuel before cruising along the nearby roadbanks in its search for miner bee nests (and other bee nests) to parasitize.
photos of a sleeping Cuckoo Bee?
Flitting among the willows were several blue-eyed micromoths.
One particular moth was holding its spiky leg aloft in an unusual way. This is one of the Bristle-legged Moths, Schreckensteiniidae... great family name, eh?
Here is a photo of a tufted micromoth. This blue-eyed little moth was also taking a pitt-stop... perhaps because it was raining... and of course the willow's catkins provided some refreshment. I believe this is a White Pine Cone Borer Moth.
Do you see why my patch of roadside willows will keep me busy for awhile?
- there's nearby white pine trees to watch for pine cone borer damage.
- there's nearby miner bee nest to look for.
- there's soon going to be lots of Willow Leaf Beetle larvae to point my macro lens at.
What Happened In The Willows, Part One
What Happened In The Willows. Part Two