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Snow Scorpionfly in the genus Boreus, possibly Boreus californicus

  • January 8, 2021

Snow scorpionflies are active in winter and are most often seen crawling over the surface of the snow. Sort of resembling... Continue Reading

Winter Caddisfly in the genus Psychoglypha

At first glance, caddisflies look much like their closest living relatives — the moths and butterflies. How to tell the two... Continue Reading

Snow Fleas in the genus Hypogastrura

While snow fleas are active all year round, these tiny little guys are much easier to see after the snow flies,... Continue Reading

Winter Crane Fly in the genus Trichocera

There are close to 30 species of winter crane flies in North America. Compared to some of the massive crane flies... Continue Reading

Vancouver Looper (Erannis vancouverensis), male

  • October 23, 2020

We know this particular moth is a male because the females have no wings! Vancouver Loopers are found from northwestern British Columbia south... Continue Reading

Isabella Tiger Moth Caterpillar or Woolly Bear (Pyrrharctia isabella)

This is the iconic woolly bear that is said to predict the severity of the upcoming winter. While we support the... Continue Reading

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)

Kelly didn’t notice this moth’s neatly grouped eggs until after reviewing her photos; a very exciting discovery! Large Yellow Underwings are... Continue Reading

Western Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus)

This female black widow is certainly beautiful …but take that red hourglass marking on her underside as a warning. While they... Continue Reading

Large Gray Dagger Moth Caterpillar (Acronicta insita; includes as synonyms Acronicta dactylina and Acronicta hesperida)

These stunning caterpillars were both found near bodies of water within a couple days of each other (separated by 200 miles).... Continue Reading

Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis)

  • October 16, 2020

Sometimes a different view of an insect will stump you for a moment. Case in point, this Western Conifer Seed Bug,... Continue Reading