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American Dagger Moth Caterpillar (Acronicta americana)

  • September 27, 2018

American Dagger Moth Caterpillar (Acronicta americana):  These colorful caterpillars are primarily found in the central and eastern states, but can be found in... Continue Reading

Waterscorpion (genus Ranatra)

Waterscorpion (genus Ranatra): This unusual looking insect is likely a brown waterscorpion (Ranatra fusca). This elusive type of true bug (order... Continue Reading

Funnel Weaver Spider (family Agelenidae)

  • September 13, 2018

Funnel Weaver Spider (family Agelenidae): There are 116 species of funnel weavers in North America. If you see their webs, you’ll quickly realize... Continue Reading

Western Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus)

Western Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus): Since she’s not fully grown and all-black in color yet, you might not recognize this beautiful spider as... Continue Reading

Gold-and-brown Rove Beetle (Ontholestes cingulatus)

Gold-and-brown Rove Beetle (Ontholestes cingulatus): This beautiful beetle is one of our largest rove beetles (at 19mm) and appears to be a rare... Continue Reading

Cellar Spider (family Pholcidae)

Cellar Spider (family Pholcidae):  While it’s tough to say from the photo we believe this might be the Longbodied Cellar Spider (Pholcus... Continue Reading

Giant Water Bug (in the genus Lethocerus, likely Lethocerus americanus)

Giant Water Bug (in the genus Lethocerus, likely Lethocerus americanus):  At up to about 3 inches in length, these water bugs really are giants. They are... Continue Reading

European Mantis (Mantis religiosa)

European Mantis (Mantis religiosa):  Similar to past years, this summer we’ve received lots of reports of European Mantis sightings …so many that we... Continue Reading

Stink Bug (family Pentatomidae)

Stink Bug (family Pentatomidae): There are over 250 species of stink bugs in North America …and this is one of them. We tried to... Continue Reading

Paper Wasp (family Vespidae)

Paper Wasp (family Vespidae): We can’t say for sure from this beautiful photo, but believe this is a European Paper Wasp (Polistes dominula). The... Continue Reading