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Ground Beetle in the Carabus or Calosoma genera

  • May 8, 2020

We believe this, and the next beetle, are in one of two genera, Carabus or Calosoma. Getting an exact ID is... Continue Reading

Bandwing Grasshopper in the genus Arphia (possibly the Speckled Range Grasshopper, Arphia conspersa)

Bandwing grasshoppers (subfamily Oedipodinae) are camouflaged and silent at rest, but in flight they expose their often brilliant hindwings and frequently... Continue Reading

American Lappet Moth (Phyllodesma americana)

These moths look almost pettable, with their thick long scales. Besides their “fur,” you may notice how they hold their wavy-edged,... Continue Reading

Fuzzy-horned Bumblebee (Bombus mixtus)

This small species of bumble bee occurs in the Mountain West from the southern Sierra Nevada of California to British Columbia.... Continue Reading

Banded Pebble Moth (Gluphisia severa)

In the Pacific Northwest, this moth can be found from March through June in coastal rainforests, mixed hardwood forests west of... Continue Reading

Mining Bee (possibly a Carlin’s Mining Bee, Andrena carlini)

Andrenas are commonly referred to as “mining bees,” because they construct underground nests. In mid-March, if you scour the ground along... Continue Reading

Sweat Bee (in the family Halictidae)

First, let’s address their unique name. Some species of sweat bees are attracted to our sweat, alighting on our skin and... Continue Reading

Oil Beetle Larvae on a male Mining Bee (Andrena sp.)

After hatching, these Oil Beetle larvae, called triungulins, gather together at the top of a plant and begin emitting pheromones that attract... Continue Reading

Blue Orchard Mason Bee, male (Osmia lignaria)

  • May 1, 2020

There are about 150 species of mason bees in North America. They tend to be metallic green, blue-black, or blue-green in... Continue Reading

Spider in the genus Sergiolus (likely Sergiolus montanus)

Sometimes you don’t have to go far to snap a picture of our smallest wildlife. This beauty was in our development... Continue Reading