We found a variety of insects, including box elder bugs, leafhoppers, spittlebugs, tiger beetles, click beetles, scarab beetles, a snakefly, robber fly, and an anise swallowtail. We watched an immature dragonfly crawl out of the water to a place where it could transform into an adult dragonfly. Along the river bank, we found clumps of sandbar willows with sawfly stem galls.
The insects by the river match the ever-changing plant cycles, so chances are we’ll always see something new. By August, the FORB adventure will involve dragonflies, and we should see a cross section of insect life very different from that of early May.
The last two photos below include a view of a family of Great horned owls seen across the river nearby and some amazing banners at Sutter's Landing Park made and installed by a great group of young talented "gremlins"! Wow, you never know what you'll see next at Sutter's Landing Park.