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Banded Pebble Moth (Gluphisia severa)

  • May 8, 2020

In the Pacific Northwest, this moth can be found from March through June in coastal rainforests, mixed hardwood forests west of... Continue Reading

Mining Bee (possibly a Carlin’s Mining Bee, Andrena carlini)

Andrenas are commonly referred to as “mining bees,” because they construct underground nests. In mid-March, if you scour the ground along... Continue Reading

Sweat Bee (in the family Halictidae)

First, let’s address their unique name. Some species of sweat bees are attracted to our sweat, alighting on our skin and... Continue Reading

Oil Beetle Larvae on a male Mining Bee (Andrena sp.)

After hatching, these Oil Beetle larvae, called triungulins, gather together at the top of a plant and begin emitting pheromones that attract... Continue Reading

Blue Orchard Mason Bee, male (Osmia lignaria)

  • May 1, 2020

There are about 150 species of mason bees in North America. They tend to be metallic green, blue-black, or blue-green in... Continue Reading

Spider in the genus Sergiolus (likely Sergiolus montanus)

Sometimes you don’t have to go far to snap a picture of our smallest wildlife. This beauty was in our development... Continue Reading

Rove Beetle (in the family Staphylinidae)

The rove beetle strikes again! Although we featured one in last week’s report, repetition is certainly a useful tool for identifying... Continue Reading

European Paper Wasp (Polistes dominula)

This wasp is likely a female that has overwintered. Soon she will find a place to construct a new nest using... Continue Reading

Cimbicid Sawfly (Abia americana)

  • April 24, 2020

This may look like a fly (and have “fly” in its name), but it is actually in the order Hymenoptera (wasps,... Continue Reading

Subdued Quaker (Orthosia revicta)

Cryptically patterned and nocturnal, these spring-flying moths range across northern North America to the East Coast. In the Rocky Mountain region... Continue Reading