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A Blister Beetle (family Meloidae)

  • July 31, 2018

A Blister Beetle (family Meloidae): We can say with certainty that this is a blister beetle. Based on its shiny appearance, it may... Continue Reading

Ceanothus Silkmoth Caterpillar (Hyalophora euryalus)

Ceanothus Silkmoth Caterpillar (Hyalophora euryalus): Caterpillars can be difficult to identify, but we’re pretty sure this is the larva of a Ceanothus Silkmoth.... Continue Reading

Nevada Bumble Bee (Bombus Nevadensis)

Nevada Bumble Bee (Bombus Nevadensis): It’s hard to miss a Nevada Bumble Bee — they are massive. Workers (pictured here) range from .7... Continue Reading

Once-married Underwing Moth (Catocala unijuga)

Once-married Underwing Moth (Catocala unijuga):  We’re sure there’s an interesting story behind how this moth got it’s name …but these large moths can... Continue Reading

Snakefly, female (order Raphidioptera, genus Agulla)

  • July 24, 2018

These beautiful and seemingly elusive insects get their name from the long “neck” of the adults (part of their thorax). Snakeflies... Continue Reading

Solitary Wasp in the genus Tachysphex

These little wasps were very busy digging tunnels in which to lay their eggs. The sharply pointed abdomen and back and... Continue Reading

Small-eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops)

This beautiful moth can be found throughout the US, southern Canada, and northern Mexico. Like many species of moths, after emerging... Continue Reading

One-eyed Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus cerisyi)

These beautiful moths can be found coast to coast in the northern United States, plus all of Canada (including the arctic)... Continue Reading

Queen Alexandra’s Sulphur (Colias alexandra)

The underside of the hindwing on this sulphur tends to be a softer green in color. The cell spot on the... Continue Reading

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)

This is one of our most common and widespread sulphurs. Notice the double cell-spot that is typically found on the hindwing.... Continue Reading