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Notes from the Lab: Weird Science

  • September 29, 2022

Welcome back to the Lab! For the last several weeks, our Barcoding US Ants participants have been actively involved in the... Continue Reading

Golden Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria), male

  • September 23, 2022

Luckily for our identification efforts, this is a male Golden Dung Fly. They are a bit easier to identify than the grayer... Continue Reading

Four-spotted Tree Cricket (Oecanthus quadripunctatus), male

If you find a green tree cricket in North America, you can be certain it is in the genus Oecanthus. Most can... Continue Reading

Cat-faced Spider (Araneus gemmoides)

Female Cat-faced Spiders are hard to miss this time of year. Not only for their size, but also for their stunning wheel-shaped webs.... Continue Reading

Western Polished Lady Beetle (Cycloneda polita)

This blood red beetle certainly looks like it has been polished to a shine. As the name suggests, this species ranges... Continue Reading

Velvet Ant (likely Dasymutilla bioculata)

This Velvet Ant, along with others, were observed clambering around on the stems and leaves of Common Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) during a bug survey on the... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Skimming the Globe

  • September 22, 2022

Welcome back to the Lab! Happy first day of fall! As temperatures cool off and day length wanes, many animals are... Continue Reading

Pine White (Neophasia menapia), male

  • September 16, 2022

These beautiful butterflies are all over the place right now …you just need to look up. From August through September you... Continue Reading

Common Wood Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

These butterflies can be found in southern Canada and across most of the United States except much of the Southwest and... Continue Reading

Bald-faced Aerial Yellowjacket (Dolichovespula maculata)

This species of yellowjacket goes by many names across its range, including the Bald-faced Hornet. In the U.S., they are most common in the southeast,... Continue Reading