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Brown Lacewing (family Hemerobiidae)

  • April 17, 2020

There are 60 species of brown lacewings in North America. They range in size from about .25 to .5 inches in... Continue Reading

Stilt Bug (in the family Berytidae) on yellow bells (Fritillaria pudica)

Stilt bugs are in the order Hemiptera (true bugs). As you can see, stilt bugs are insects with legs and bodies... Continue Reading

Common Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)

Thanks to Kristi for this stunning series. This common and abundant species is originally from Europe but is now widespread and... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

  • April 16, 2020

Horseshoe crabs: Xiphosura This one surprised even me. I knew crustaceans were arthropods but… arachnids? Well, therein lies the confusion. Horseshoe crabs... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

Solifugids: Solifugae  Like the harvestmen we covered last week, the solifugids (better known as camel spiders, wind scorpions, or sun spiders) are subject... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: April Arachnid Roundup

Scorpions: Scorpiones Scorpions are similar to spiders in that they are one of the most charismatic orders of arachnids – which... Continue Reading

European Ground Beetle (Carabus nemoralis)

  • April 10, 2020

These European transplants, introduced roughly 150 years ago, are now widespread in their North American range. Flightless and nocturnal, they prowl... Continue Reading

Zebra Jumping Spider (Salticus scenicus)

If you spend time outside gardening, you’ve likely run into this beautiful spider before. Like other jumping spiders, Zebras have great... Continue Reading

Ground Crab Spider (genus Xysticus)

Perhaps you’ve seen a crab spider that perfectly matches a flower, waiting to ambush a pollinator. Ground crab spiders come in... Continue Reading

Ichneumon Wasp (genus Spilichneumon)

We believe this is an Ichneumon Wasp in the genus Spilichneumon. These wasps overwinter as an adult inside a rotten log... Continue Reading