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Vancouver Looper (Erannis vancouverensis), male

  • October 23, 2020

We know this particular moth is a male because the females have no wings! Vancouver Loopers are found from northwestern British Columbia south... Continue Reading

Isabella Tiger Moth Caterpillar or Woolly Bear (Pyrrharctia isabella)

This is the iconic woolly bear that is said to predict the severity of the upcoming winter. While we support the... Continue Reading

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)

Kelly didn’t notice this moth’s neatly grouped eggs until after reviewing her photos; a very exciting discovery! Large Yellow Underwings are... Continue Reading

Western Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus)

This female black widow is certainly beautiful …but take that red hourglass marking on her underside as a warning. While they... Continue Reading

Large Gray Dagger Moth Caterpillar (Acronicta insita; includes as synonyms Acronicta dactylina and Acronicta hesperida)

These stunning caterpillars were both found near bodies of water within a couple days of each other (separated by 200 miles).... Continue Reading

Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis)

  • October 16, 2020

Sometimes a different view of an insect will stump you for a moment. Case in point, this Western Conifer Seed Bug,... Continue Reading

Pepper & Salt Geometer Moth Caterpillar or Cleft-headed Looper (Biston betularia)

Although a bit difficult to see in this photo, this caterpillar does have a unique cleft-shaped head, almost lending it a cat-like... Continue Reading

Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis)

This species of lady beetle was introduced to the US in the early 1900’s to help control aphids. Although non-native, they... Continue Reading

Giant Golden Stonefly (Hesperoperla pacifica)

Giant Golden Stonefly nymphs are common in rivers and streams of the west. This particular one was found in Rock Creek... Continue Reading

Oil Beetle in the genus Meloe

Based on the time of year this strange looking beetle was found, we believe it might be Meloe impressus. During April and... Continue Reading