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Small-eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops)

  • June 24, 2022

The name of this sphinx moth is a bit misleading. The moth has normal eyes, not small at all, but the eyelike... Continue Reading

Snakefly (order Raphidioptera)

These beautiful and seemingly elusive insects get their name from the long “neck” of the adults (part of their thorax). You... Continue Reading

Meadow Fly (genus Chrysotoxum)

At first glance, this Meadow Fly could be mistaken for a yellowjacket. Despite its wasp-like markings, there are characteristics that give... Continue Reading

American Idia Moth (Idia americalis)

Karen discovered two of these moths resting under the lid of her compost tumbler. One flew to a nearby tree and... Continue Reading

Glover’s Silkmoth (Hyalophora columbia gloveri)

Minnette and her daughter Emma, an enthusiastic bug hunter, spotted this beauty while they were shopping at Caras for some new plants! The Glover’s Silkmoth can... Continue Reading

American Lappet Moth (Phyllodesma americana)

These moths look almost pettable, with their thick long scales. Besides their “fur,” you may notice how they hold their wavy-edged,... Continue Reading

Ponderous Borer or Pine Sawyer (Trichocnemis spiculatus)

Ponderous Borers can be found in forested areas of Douglas fir and ponderosa pine (their principle hosts) throughout the Rocky Mountain... Continue Reading

Salt Marsh Tiger Moth (Estigmene acrea)

The name of this elegant moth reflects its frequency in coastal salt marshes (tidal marshes) along the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf... Continue Reading

Spotted Tussock Moth (Lophocampa maculata)

These beautiful moths can be found across southern Canada, in the western US, and in the east as far south as... Continue Reading

White-dotted Prominent (Nadata gibbosa)

Aptly named, White-dotted Prominents have a pair of white dots at the end of a kidney-shaped spot on their smooth yellow... Continue Reading