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Ichneumon Wasp (family Ichneumonidae)

  • May 8, 2021

There are well over 3,300 species of Ichneumon wasps north of Mexico, making their identification difficult. Placing them in the family... Continue Reading

Slender Crab Spider (genus Tibellus)

We believe this may be Tibellus oblongus, one of seven species of Tibellus in North America north of Mexico. Slender crab spiders are ambush... Continue Reading

Sigmoid Prominent (Clostera albosigma)

These elegant-looking moths can be found coast-to-coast in the US and southern Canada, but tend to be rare in the southeastern... Continue Reading

The Joker (Feralia jocosa)

After developing in a pupa prior to winter, these green beauties are now on the wing (from March to June). Not... Continue Reading

Giant Water Bug (Lethocerus americanus)

At up to about 3 inches in length, they truly are giant. They are commonly called “toe biters,” because as a... Continue Reading

Pine Needle Weevil (Pachyrhinus elegans)

The Pine Needle Weevil is a type of broad-nosed weevil, like the beetle featured at the beginning of the report. This... Continue Reading

Giant Salmonfly (Pteronarcys californica)

With bright orange coloration behind the head and underneath the abdomen, this species of giant stonefly can grow up to 3... Continue Reading

Broad-nosed Weevil (Otiorhynchus raucus)

This beetle resides in the snout and bark beetle family (Curculionidae), the most speciose family, boasting more than 60,000 species worldwide.... Continue Reading

Aphodiine Dung Beetle (subfamily Aphodiinae)

Living up to its name, this beetle was found on dung (of the dog variety). You’ll also note there are some... Continue Reading

Mining Bee, male (genus Andrena)

  • April 30, 2021

Andrenas are commonly referred to as “mining bees,” because they construct underground nests. If you scour the ground along park trails,... Continue Reading