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Hover Fly (family Syrphidae, possibly in the genus Syrphus)

  • October 1, 2021

Many Syrphid Flies do a great job at making you think you’re dealing with a wasp, hornet, or bee. Often seen... Continue Reading

Woolly Aphid (subfamily Eriosomatinae)

On sunny fall afternoons, it sometimes looks like it is snowing. But it’s not snow …it’s the annual fall swarming of... Continue Reading

Ants Tending Aphids

If you find a group of aphids on a plant, you will often find an ant(s) that are “herding” them like... Continue Reading

Banded Garden Spider (Argiope trifasciata)

  • September 24, 2021

Female orbweavers (family Araneidae) construct intricate, circular webs to ensnare their insect prey. Adult male orbweavers are typically smaller and not often seen. They... Continue Reading

A Checkered White (Pontia sp.), Female

Without a ventral (underside) view of this butterfly, we were unable to decide if this is a Western White (Pontia occidentalis) or a Checkered White... Continue Reading

Douglas-fir Spittlebug (Aphrophora permutata)

As adults, spittlebugs leave their protective, foamy (spit-like) mass behind and continue their diet of plant sap out in the open.... Continue Reading

Small Ranunculus (Hecatera dysodea)

This beautiful Eurasian moth was accidentally introduced into North America on the east side of the Cascades in Oregon around 2003.... Continue Reading

Western Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar (Papilio rutulus)

We are not 100% sure, but believe this is a Western Swallowtail Caterpillar. The Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata) looks very similar in appearance. We’ve read that “The best... Continue Reading

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lophocampa maculata)

These caterpillars look like the well-known “woolly bear” caterpillar, but with the addition of long, white hairs coming from the body.... Continue Reading

Obelisk Dart (Euxoa obeliscoides)

  • September 17, 2021

Kristi remarked that this is “One of the more pretty dart moths, and this was an especially bright individual.” Pretty, indeed. Flying... Continue Reading