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White Underwing (Catocala relicta)

  • August 27, 2021

This is the only underwing (genus Catocala) in North America with white and black hindwings. Others are usually black with brightly-colored bands... Continue Reading

Yellow-haired Dagger (Acronicta impleta)

We initially thought this was a type of tussock moth caterpillar, with all of the tufts of hair, but arrived at a species whose... Continue Reading

Geometrid Moth Caterpillar (family Geometridae)

Geometrid caterpillars are frequently called “inchworms.” An inchworm only has two pairs of fleshy prolegs near the tip of its abdomen,... Continue Reading

Mormon Cricket (Anabrus simplex), Female

The Mormon Cricket, actually a type of katydid, is so-called for their invasion of agricultural lands farmed by Mormon settlers in... Continue Reading

White-spotted Sawyer (Monochamus scutellatus), Male

This long-horned beetle can be found in coniferous forests across North America, especially in the northern United States, upper Midwest and... Continue Reading

Flea Beetles (genus Altica)

As far as beetles go, these guys are pretty small (ranging from 1/16 to a whopping 1/4 of an inch). Thanks... Continue Reading

Spotted Knapweed Root Weevil (Cyphocleonus achates)

Following closely on the heels of the European Praying Mantis, this beetle is our second highest reported insect as of late.... Continue Reading

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

This is only the second Monarch submission we’ve received this year. Monarch butterfly populations are not doing well, especially for the western population... Continue Reading

Yellow Woolybear (Spilosoma virginica)

These beautiful moths (and their caterpillars) can be found throughout North America. Adult moths are almost all white on the wings with a... Continue Reading

Yellow-horned Horntail (Urocerus flavicornis)

Despite their large size (about 1.5 inches) and their appearance, these wasps are harmless. They don’t bite or sting. They can... Continue Reading