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Goldenrod Crab Spider (Misumena vatia)

  • June 5, 2020

We included one of these spiders in a recent report, but this close-up photo makes you really appreciate those longer and... Continue Reading

Western Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma californicum)

You may have seen these caterpillars during their earlier stages, with a bunch of their buddies in a silken tent in... Continue Reading

Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa cardui)

Painted ladies migrate from northwestern Mexico. Their migration varies tremendously from year to year depending on rainfall amounts and breeding success.... Continue Reading

Nevada Bumble Bee (Bombus nevadensis)

  • May 29, 2020

It’s hard to miss a Nevada Bumble Bee — they are massive. Workers range from .7 to .8 inches in length,... Continue Reading

Jumping Spider (Habronattus jucundus)

This unique-looking, male jumper belongs to a genus whose males take courtship displays to the extreme. Movement, bright colors, and substrate-borne... Continue Reading

False Black Widow (Steatoda grossa)

As the name suggests, this species is not a true widow, but it is in the same family of cobweb spiders... Continue Reading

Golden Net-wing Beetle (Dictyoptera aurora)

This strikingly beautiful, red beetle has a name to match, aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn. The bright red color suggests... Continue Reading

Click Beetle (Danosoma brevicornis)

There are nearly 1,000 species of click beetles (family Elateridae) in North America. If you’ve never seen a click beetle and... Continue Reading

Hollyhock Weevil (Apion longirostre)

Picture an elephant with its trunk permanently extended. Shrink it into a 1/8-inch insect, with the trunk — now a snout... Continue Reading

Common Alpine Butterfly (Erebia epipsodea)

It’s a sure sign that spring is well underway when these beautiful butterflies take flight. They can be found from moist... Continue Reading