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Notes from the Lab: Mushiking

  • October 7, 2021

Welcome back to the Lab! When Beatlemania swept across the planet in the early and mid-60’s, beetlemania was already alive and well... Continue Reading

Hover Fly (family Syrphidae, possibly in the genus Syrphus)

  • October 1, 2021

Many Syrphid Flies do a great job at making you think you’re dealing with a wasp, hornet, or bee. Often seen... Continue Reading

Cat-faced Orbweaver (Araneus gemmoides)

The Cat-faced Orbweaver is our #1 submission as of late. The chunky females, combined with their spiral, wheel-shaped webs, are hard... Continue Reading

Band-winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum)

A beautiful addition to the fall colors, the Band-winged Meadowhawk is the only meadowhawk with really defined and large, rusty patches... Continue Reading

Ants Tending Aphids

If you find a group of aphids on a plant, you will often find an ant(s) that are “herding” them like... Continue Reading

Woolly Aphid (subfamily Eriosomatinae)

On sunny fall afternoons, it sometimes looks like it is snowing. But it’s not snow …it’s the annual fall swarming of... Continue Reading

Crane Fly (family Tipulidae)

With their slender body and stilt-like legs, crane flies kind of look like mosquitoes on steroids. But not to worry, they... Continue Reading

A False Owlet Moth (Ceranemota tearlei)

These handsome, medium-sized moths fly from late August to October in forest habitats, including higher elevation spruce-fir and mixed-conifer forests, lower... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Revisiting “Murder Hornets”

  • September 30, 2021

Welcome back to the Lab! It’s been over a year since our issue on the Vespa mandarinia, aka the Asian Giant Hornet... Continue Reading

Small Ranunculus (Hecatera dysodea)

  • September 24, 2021

This beautiful Eurasian moth was accidentally introduced into North America on the east side of the Cascades in Oregon around 2003.... Continue Reading