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What’s Buzzin’? — Mariposa Copper (Lycaena mariposa)

  • July 26, 2017

Mariposa Copper (Lycaena mariposa) — This small butterfly can be found in moist meadows and openings in lodgepole pine forest, coniferous... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — Crimson-ringed Whiteface (Leucorrhinia glacialis)

Crimson-ringed Whiteface (Leucorrhinia glacialis) — James Needham (an early pioneer in the study of dragonflies) called this dragonfly a “singularly beautiful... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — Horned Spanworm Moth Caterpillar (Nematocampa resistaria)

Horned Spanworm Moth Caterpillar (Nematocampa resistaria) — Caterpillars are not always easy to identify …but we think we’ve got this one.... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — Great Grig (Cyphoderris monstrosa)

Great Grig (Cyphoderris monstrosa) — These bulky insects are in the same order (Orthoptera) as grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids. Males call... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — Rocky Mountain Parnassian Butterfly (Parnassius smintheus)

Rocky Mountain Parnassian Butterfly (Parnassius smintheus) — The individual shown here is a bit worn and faded. The circles on the... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — White-Spotted Sawyer, male (Monochamus scutellatus)

White-Spotted Sawyer, male (Monochamus scutellatus) — This long-horned beetle can be found in coniferous forests across North America, especially in the... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — Golden Buprestid (Cypriacis aurulenta)

Golden Buprestid (Cypriacis aurulenta) — These beautiful beetles can be found throughout the western U.S. and Canada. They tend to focus... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — Pine Sawyer Beetle (Trichocnemis speculates)

Pine Sawyer Beetle (Trichocnemis speculates) — This week we received two reports of this large beetle — the largest beetle in... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — Nuttall’s Blister Beetle (Lytta nuttalli)

Nuttall’s Blister Beetle (Lytta nuttalli) — This strikingly beautiful beetle is best viewed and not touched. If squeezed, the adults will... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — California Root Borer, female (Prionus californicus)

California Root Borer, female (Prionus californicus) — This rather large species of long-horned beetle can grow to over 2 inches. The... Continue Reading