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Spittlebugs, adults (family Cercopidae)

  • August 28, 2018

Spittlebugs, adults (family Cercopidae): In late June we shared a photo described as looking like “a fresh loogie someone just hocked up”. Spittlebugs... Continue Reading

Crimson-ringed Whiteface, mating pair (Leucorrhinia glacialis)

Crimson-ringed Whiteface, mating pair (Leucorrhinia glacialis): James Needham (an early pioneer is the study of dragonflies) called this dragonfly a “singularly beautiful insect”.... Continue Reading

A Tussock Moth Caterpillar (probably genus Orgyia)

A Tussock Moth Caterpillar (probably genus Orgyia):  While this caterpillar appears very distinctive, we were not able to get a positive ID on it... Continue Reading

Praying Mantis (order Mantodea)

Praying Mantis (order Mantodea): Our summer campers spotted this mantis last week. We can’t say for certain from the photo, but it... Continue Reading

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa): This beautiful species of blue butterfly is one of the more widespread blues in the West, ranging from Canada... Continue Reading

Ten-lined June Beetle (Polyphylla decemlineata)

Ten-lined June Beetle (Polyphylla decemlineata):  At up to 1.5 inches in length, these beetles are hard to miss when they are around. These... Continue Reading

Robber Fly, bumble bee mimic (genus Laphria)

Robber Fly, bumble bee mimic (genus Laphria): At first glance, these extremely capable (and seemingly always hungry) predators look like a medium sized bumblebee.... Continue Reading

A Species of Thick-headed Fly

A Species of Thick-headed Fly (genus Physocephala, possibly Physocephala marginata): At first glance, you might think this little insect is a type of wasp. But check... Continue Reading

California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica)

California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica): This freshly emerged California Tortoiseshell never stopped pumping its wings for a decent photo. The brightly colored dorsal (upper) side of... Continue Reading

Snowberry Sphinx Moth Caterpillar (Sphinx vashti)

Snowberry Sphinx Moth Caterpillar (Sphinx vashti): Caterpillar identification can be difficult, but we’re pretty confident this is a snowberry sphinx moth caterpillar. They... Continue Reading