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Short-Faced Scorpionfly (male) in the genus Brachypanorpa

  • July 25, 2019

This one had us stumped for a while. It was not until we saw the upturned genital bulb at the end... Continue Reading

Yellow Velvet Flower Beetle (Cosmosalia chrysocoma)

These golden, fuzzy-looking beetles can be found from Canada to Northern Mexico, mainly in the western part of North America. They... Continue Reading

Metallic Wood-boring Beetle (genus Anthaxia)

There are about 40 different species of beetle in this genus across the United States. The individuals pictured here might be... Continue Reading

Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis)

  • September 27, 2018

Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis):  This species of true bug (order Hemiptera) is native to North America west of the Rocky Mountains... Continue Reading

American Dagger Moth Caterpillar (Acronicta americana)

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