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Robber Fly, mated pair (in the genus Neoitamus)

  • July 10, 2020

As perfectly stated in the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, these incredible flies “are to other insects what falcons... Continue Reading

Cicada (in the genus Okanagana)

We are not 100% sure on this identification but believe this large cicada (about 2 inches in length) is the Canadian... Continue Reading

Twelve-spotted Skimmer, female (Libellula pulchella)

This species was once called the Ten-spotted Skimmer, because the four spots on the wings (right next to the thorax) were... Continue Reading

Western Sculptured Pine Borer (Chalcophora angulicollis)

This metallic woodborer beetle is truly a work of art, with its textured upper side and iridescent bronze luster. An opening... Continue Reading

Mariposa Copper (Lycaena mariposa)

This small butterfly can be found in moist meadows and openings in lodgepole pine forests, coniferous forests, bogs, roadsides, and trail... Continue Reading

Unidentified Grasshopper (order Orthoptera)

Grasshoppers are hard to identify when they are little …but we couldn’t resist sharing this beautiful capture. Grasshoppers hatch from the... Continue Reading

Cimbicid Sawfly Larva (Abia americana)

We included an adult in an earlier What’s Buzzin’ report (on the right for reference), so it’s nice to see a... Continue Reading

Meske’s Underwing Moth Caterpillar (Catocala meskei)

Underwings are masters of disguise, both as caterpillars and adults. Most caterpillars have fringes along their sides that break up their... Continue Reading

Small-eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops)

The name of this sphinx moth is a bit misleading. The moth has normal eyes, not small at all, but the... Continue Reading

Yellow Douglas-fir Borer (Centrodera spurca)

As the name suggests, these long-horned beetles largely feed on douglas-fir. They can be found in the west from British Columbia... Continue Reading