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Insect Winter Ecology: Freeze Avoidance

  • November 19, 2020

Last week, we kicked off our series on insect winter ecology with a look into a well-known overwintering strategy: Migration. But not... Continue Reading

Insect Winter Ecology: Migration

  • November 12, 2020

With the amount of snow we’ve gotten in the last couple weeks, you might find yourself wondering what happens to insects... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: The Cutest Roaches Around

  • November 5, 2020

When you think of cockroaches, “cute” isn’t usually the first word that comes to mind. Yet that is how Therea petiveriana, or the... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: I Vant to Suck Your Blood

  • October 29, 2020

Welcome Back to the Lab! And a Happy Halloween to you all! We’re wrapping up this month’s spooky topics with the vampires of... Continue Reading

Vancouver Looper (Erannis vancouverensis), male

  • October 23, 2020

We know this particular moth is a male because the females have no wings! Vancouver Loopers are found from northwestern British Columbia south... Continue Reading

Isabella Tiger Moth Caterpillar or Woolly Bear (Pyrrharctia isabella)

This is the iconic woolly bear that is said to predict the severity of the upcoming winter. While we support the... Continue Reading

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)

Kelly didn’t notice this moth’s neatly grouped eggs until after reviewing her photos; a very exciting discovery! Large Yellow Underwings are... Continue Reading

Western Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus)

This female black widow is certainly beautiful …but take that red hourglass marking on her underside as a warning. While they... Continue Reading

Large Gray Dagger Moth Caterpillar (Acronicta insita; includes as synonyms Acronicta dactylina and Acronicta hesperida)

These stunning caterpillars were both found near bodies of water within a couple days of each other (separated by 200 miles).... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Rise from Your Grave

  • October 22, 2020

I live for horror movies. So it should come as no surprise that October is my favorite time of year. This... Continue Reading