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A Tussock Moth Caterpillar (probably genus Orgyia)

  • August 28, 2018

A Tussock Moth Caterpillar (probably genus Orgyia):  While this caterpillar appears very distinctive, we were not able to get a positive ID on it... Continue Reading

Praying Mantis (order Mantodea)

Praying Mantis (order Mantodea): Our summer campers spotted this mantis last week. We can’t say for certain from the photo, but it... Continue Reading

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa): This beautiful species of blue butterfly is one of the more widespread blues in the West, ranging from Canada... Continue Reading

Ten-lined June Beetle (Polyphylla decemlineata)

Ten-lined June Beetle (Polyphylla decemlineata):  At up to 1.5 inches in length, these beetles are hard to miss when they are around. These... Continue Reading

Robber Fly, bumble bee mimic (genus Laphria)

Robber Fly, bumble bee mimic (genus Laphria): At first glance, these extremely capable (and seemingly always hungry) predators look like a medium sized bumblebee.... Continue Reading

A Species of Thick-headed Fly

A Species of Thick-headed Fly (genus Physocephala, possibly Physocephala marginata): At first glance, you might think this little insect is a type of wasp. But check... Continue Reading

California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica)

California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica): This freshly emerged California Tortoiseshell never stopped pumping its wings for a decent photo. The brightly colored dorsal (upper) side of... Continue Reading

Snowberry Sphinx Moth Caterpillar (Sphinx vashti)

Snowberry Sphinx Moth Caterpillar (Sphinx vashti): Caterpillar identification can be difficult, but we’re pretty confident this is a snowberry sphinx moth caterpillar. They... Continue Reading

Nevada Bumble Bee (Bombus nevadensis)

  • August 23, 2018

Nevada Bumble Bee (Bombus nevadensis):  While we try not to repeat species sightings too much throughout the season, we could not help but... Continue Reading

California Root Borer, male and female (Prionus californicus)

California Root Borer, male and female (Prionus californicus):  This rather large species of long-horned beetle can grow to over 2 inches. The way... Continue Reading