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Banded Garden Spider (Argiope trifasciata)

  • September 17, 2021

Female orbweavers (family Araneidae), like these beauties, construct intricate, circular webs to ensnare their insect prey. Adult male orbweavers are typically smaller and not often... Continue Reading

October Thorn Moth (Tetracis jubararia)

Sometimes our subjects make it easy to find them …Glenn found this beautiful moth on the office door as he headed into work. October Thorns... Continue Reading

Salt Marsh Tiger Moth Caterpillar (Estigmene acrea)

Ellen observed this large caterpillar crawling along the sidewalk at the edge of her house. She writes, “It looked entirely black until I... Continue Reading

Yellow Woollybear (Spilosoma virginica)

These beautiful moths (and their caterpillars) can be found throughout North America. Adult moths are almost all white on the wings with a... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Spotted Lanternfly

  • September 16, 2021

Welcome back to the Lab! When a young contestant at the Kansas State Fair submitted his insect collection for exhibition, he... Continue Reading

Maple Spanworm Moth (Ennomos magnaria)

  • September 10, 2021

Autumn leaf or living insect? These delicate looking moths are typically found flying from mid to late summer into early fall... Continue Reading

California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica)

This, and the next photo, were taken on the other side of Lolo Pass along the Wild and Scenic Lochsa River. So... Continue Reading

White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata)

These large moths are often mistaken for hummingbirds since their rapid wing movement resembles a hummer in flight (hovering over flowers... Continue Reading

Paddle-tailed Darner (Aeshna palmata)

Kristi managed to get this lucky shot, showing how the front and rear wings oppose each other in flight. Paddle-tailed Darners are... Continue Reading

White-spotted Sawyer (Monochamus scutellatus), Female

This long-horned beetle can be found in coniferous forests across North America, especially in the northern U.S., upper Midwest and much... Continue Reading