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Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lophocampa maculata)

  • September 8, 2020

These caterpillars can be found across southern Canada, in the western US, and in the Appalachians to South Carolina and Kentucky.... Continue Reading

Antlion (Dendroleon speciosus)

  • September 4, 2020

The term “antlion” applies to the immature (larval) stages of this incredible insect. While the adults (pictured here) feed on nectar... Continue Reading

Morning-glory Prominent (Schizura ipomoeae)

If you spend enough time looking at clouds you will start seeing shapes. The same goes for this caterpillar. Larvae of... Continue Reading

Small Wood-nymph (Cercyonis oetus)

Unlike the Common Wood-nymph (Cercyonis pegala) that was featured last week and has two eyespots on the forewing about the same size... Continue Reading

Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinus)

While it’s nearly impossible to follow any hairstreak’s rapid flight, flitting from side to side or in circles, a stop at... Continue Reading

Orb Weaver in the Araneus genus

Title photo: Female. Photo by Gwendolyn Gunn on 8/24/20 near Red Lodge, MT. There are approximately 3,500 species of orb weavers... Continue Reading

Cat-faced Spider, female (Araneus gemmoides)

Many people refer to all orb weaver spiders as “Cat-faced Spiders” or “Barn Spiders”…but we believe this species is THE actual... Continue Reading

Fierce Orb Weaver, female (Araneus saevus)

This spider’s common name is Fierce Orbweaver, yet it’s the complete opposite, other than their coloration (or if you are the... Continue Reading

Jagged Ambush Bug in the genus Phymata, possibly Phymata americana

Finally, five or more years after learning about ambush bugs, our Development Director, Glenn, found not one, but two. Or, more... Continue Reading

Western Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar (Papilio rutulus)

While it is not always easy to tell the caterpillars of swallowtails apart, we believe this is a Western Tiger Swallowtail... Continue Reading