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What’s Buzzin’: Variegated Meadowhawk Dragonfly

  • August 9, 2016

Variegated meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum) – this dragonfly is often found far from water and at high elevations. They are a very... Continue Reading


What’s Buzzin’: Robber Fly

Robber Fly (family Asilidae) – as perfectly stated in the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, these incredible flies... Continue Reading


What’s Buzzin’: Mating Melissa Blues

Mating pair of melissa blue butterflies (Lycaeides melissa) – this beautiful species of blues is one of the more widespread blue... Continue Reading


What’s Buzzin’: Weidemeyer’s Admiral

Weidemeyer’s Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii) – These rather large butterflies can have up to a 3.75-inch wingspan. They tend to be found... Continue Reading


What’s Buzzin’: Two-tailed Swallowtail

Close-up of a Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudatus) – Many of our yellow swallowtails can be commonly found out in the woods... Continue Reading

Green Lacewing

What’s Buzzin’: Green Lacewing

Green Lacewing (family Chrysopidae) – While these beautiful and delicate looking insects are harmless to humans, they are very capable predators... Continue Reading

Knapweed Root Weevil

What’s Buzzin’: Knapweed Root Weevil

Knapweed Root Weevil (Cyphocleonus achates) – Similar to the European Skipper (included in this post), the knapweed root weevil is also... Continue Reading


What’s Buzzin’: Snakefly

Snakefly, female (order Raphidioptera) – These beautiful and seemingly elusive insects get their name from the long “neck” of the adults... Continue Reading

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Barklice: No they are not lice.

  • March 30, 2016

Here’s another example of why it’s important to move slowly when out looking for insects. It would have been incredibly easy... Continue Reading

How to open an insectarium

  • January 12, 2016

There’s a lot that goes on at the Insectarium that doesn’t get seen on the exhibit floor. Enjoy a sneak peak into... Continue Reading