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

  • September 13, 2018

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

Crane Fly (family Tipulidae)

Crane Fly (family Tipulidae): With their slender body and stilt-like legs, crane flies kind of look like mosquitos on steroids. But not to worry,... Continue Reading

Tussock Moth (genus Orgyia)

Tussock Moth (genus Orgyia): Caterpillars can be difficult to properly identify to species as their colors and patterns change as they grow. We’re not... Continue Reading

Spotted Tussock Moth (Lophocampa maculate)

Spotted Tussock Moth (Lophocampa maculate): These moths can be found across southern Canada, in the western US, and in the Appalachians to South... Continue Reading

Hunt’s Bumble Bee (Bombus huntii)

Hunt’s Bumble Bee (Bombus huntii): Hunt’s Bumble bees are one the first bumbles we see out and about in early spring and they... Continue Reading

White-Shouldered Bumble Bee (Bombus appositus)

White-Shouldered Bumble Bee (Bombus appositus): Bumble bees are not always easy to identify, but we think we’ve got the identification correct on this... Continue Reading

A beetle in the genus Donacia

  • August 30, 2018

A beetle in the genus Donacia: This beautiful beetle was observed skimming across the surface of a mountain lake. The adult beetles feed... Continue Reading