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Flying Insects

Wings can be a hidden or utterly obvious quality of some insects, allowing them to fly for short durations or very long distances.

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There are a total of 212 Flying Insects in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order.

1
Acorn Weevil
Identifying Colors: brown, black
Like all weevils, Acorn Weevils have a long snout reminiscent of an elephant's trunk. This snout is a hollow tube and is use...
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2
Ailanthus Webworm Moth
Identifying Colors: orange; white; black
The definitive coloring and stripes on this moth make it unique among Webworm Moths. They tuck and roll their wings close to ...
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American Bumble Bee
Identifying Colors: black; yellow
Similar to Golden Northern Bumblebee (Bombus fervidus) but larger, this Bumble Bee has black coloring just behind the wings. ...
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American Carrion Beetle
Identifying Colors: black, tan, ivory, yellow
The American Carrion Beetle earns its name by eating decaying flesh in both larval and adult form. Sometimes adults may be s...
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American Cockroach
Identifying Colors: brown; red; yellow
The American Cockroach is actually not native to the United States. Instead it originates from Africa. It was transplanted t...
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American Lady Butterfly
Identifying Colors: white; black; brown; gray; orange; pink; blue
The American Lady Butterfly is a member of the Brush-footed butterfly family. She is related to the Painted Lady, the Red Ad...
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American Pelecinid Wasp
Identifying Colors: black; yellow
The long abdomen ('tail') of the female invokes trepidation among humans, but its primary purpose is not to sting. It is act...
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American Salmonfly
Identifying Colors: brown, red, black, gray, green
As a member of the Stonefly family, the American Salmonfly is a useful bio-indicator. The larvae of the American Salmonfly l...
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Antlion
Identifying Colors: black, white, gray, silver
The harmless adult Antlion is hard to miss. This species is the biggest of all North American Antlions Its wingspan (not li...
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Antlion
Identifying Colors: black, white, gray, brown
Antlions get their name thanks to the diet of their larvae. A small Antlion larva is also known an a 'doodlebug'. Doodlebugs...
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Aphids
Identifying Colors: green; black; yellow
Tiny and light, lime-green in color, these insects suck the juice of plants to the point where the plants dehydrate and possi...
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Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle
Identifying Colors: orange; yellow; black; tan
Historically, Lady Beetles, were recognized as a beneficial insect because of their diet. They are known to eat aphids, plan...
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13
Augochlora Sweat Bee
Identifying Colors: green; black
The shiny, metallic green color of this bee are vivid and uncommon compared to the typical yellow and black image of bees. Th...
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Bald-Faced Hornet
Identifying Colors: black, white, yellow
Bald-faced Hornets are related to yellow jackets, but are not "true" hornets themselves. This species features a rather stout...
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Banded Alder Borer Beetle
Identifying Colors: black; white; gray
The Banded Alder Borer Beetle is a member of the Longhorn Beetle family Cerambycidae. Their antennae are quite long, sometim...
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Banded Horntail
Identifying Colors: black, yellow, brown
The prominent yellow bands at the end of the stout abdomen of the Banded Horntail are easily overlooked thanks to the 'hornta...
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Banded Longhorn Beetle
Identifying Colors: red, yellow, black
Banded Longhorn Beetles are members of Cerambycidae, so they have extremely long antennae (horns) like their other relatives....
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Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Moth
Identifying Colors: yellow, brown, black, pink, red
The Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Moth gets its descriptive name from the appearance of the caterpillar, not the adult moth. ...
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Beech Blight Aphid
Identifying Colors: white, brown
Beech Blight Aphids can be found on the twigs, leaves and branches of a variety of deciduous trees, but the beech tree is a p...
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Bee-Like Tachinid Fly
Identifying Colors: black, red, orange, yellow
Bee-Like Tachinid Fly larvae are lethal predators to insects people may find problematic. Most of these fly larvae feed on th...
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21
Big Dipper Firefly
Identifying Colors: black; red; yellow;
Fireflies are famous for their nighttime displays in the summer. These friendly beetles delight children and adults alike wi...
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22
Black Carpenter Ant
Identifying Colors: black, brown, yellow, gray
Black Carpenter Ants are relatively large compared to other ant species. Recognized mostly by size and color, this type of an...
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23
Black Saddlebags Skimmer
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; green; brown
The Black Saddlebags is a type of dragonfly known as a skimmer. Their bodies are shorter than their wingspan. In line with ...
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Black Swallowtail
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; orange; blue; white,red
The Black Swallowtail looks almost identical to the pungent-tasting Pipevine Swallowtail. This mimicry is a good defense agai...
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Black Witch Moth
Identifying Colors: black, brown, gray, blue, yellow, white, green, violet
A member of the Lesser Underwing Moth family, the Black Witch makes up for a lack of flashy wing color by growing to an enorm...
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Black-Tailed Bee Fly
Identifying Colors: yellow, black, white, brown
The Black-Tailed Bee Fly is a fuzzy, hovering, buzzing look-a-like to a bumble bee. The long proboscis ('tongue'), however q...
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Blue Dasher
Identifying Colors: blue; black; yellow; green
Blue Dashers are one of the most abundant dragonflies in the U.S. and can be found near slow moving water sources, marshes an...
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Blue-Eyed Darner
Identifying Colors: blue, brown, gray, black, purple, green, yellow; silver
Thanks to their large size and beautiful blue eyes, the Blue-Eyed Darner is easy to spot and identify. The blue and black co...
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29
Blue-fronted Dancer
Identifying Colors: blue; black; brown; gray; red
Dancers flight patterns are not straight-lined; this pond damsel appears to dance, or bounce, along its way. Damselflies are ...
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Blue-Winged Wasp
Identifying Colors: black, orange, yellow
This non-aggressive Japanese wasp may not have blue wings in the brightest sense of the color, but at certain angles, the win...
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31
Broad-Necked Root Borer
Identifying Colors: black, brown, yellow
This forest-dwelling beetle is at home in the eastern part of the continent. The 'neck' of the Broad-Necked Root Borer is qu...
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Brown Mantidfly
Identifying Colors: brown; yellow; black
At first glance, Brown Mantidflies can be mistaken for a wasp. The colorful bands, the hairless body and obvious wings are si...
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Buffalo Treehopper
Identifying Colors: green; yellow; white; pink
Easily recognizable by its greenish-yellow color and its humpback-like appearance, Buffalo Treehoppers have large heads that ...
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34
Burrowing Mayfly
Identifying Colors: yellow, brown, black, white
Due to their sensitivity to pollution in the early stages of life, the presence of Burrowing Mayflies has long been used as a...
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Burying Beetle
Identifying Colors: black, red, yellow, orange
Adult Burying Beetles will bury a dead bird or small mammal, removing feathers and hair. It is then formed into a ball shape ...
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Camel Cricket
Identifying Colors: brown, black, tan
The Camel Cricket gets its name from the rounded hump back. The hump does not aid in water retention. They consume a variet...
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37
Carolina Locust
Identifying Colors: black; brown; yellow
The Carolina Locust is another in the line of Short-horned Grasshoppers and can be identified by their short antenna and roug...
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Carolina Tiger Beetle
Identifying Colors: green, white, ivory, black
Carolina Tiger Beetles are bright and colorful, therefore they are unfortunately collected for display as seen with butterfli...
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39
Cicada Killer
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; brown; orange
Cicada Killers earned their common name for good reason. They will hunt down flying Cicadas and attack them in-flight. The ...
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40
Clouded Sulphur
Identifying Colors: yellow; white; brown; red; black; pink; greenish
The medium-sized Clouded Sulphur butterfly can be seen flying in meadows, near puddles, along roads, in parks, crop fields, g...
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Clymene Haploa Moth
Identifying Colors: white; brown; black; yellow
Unlike most moths, the Clymene Haploa Moth does not shy away from sunshine. It is equally active both day and night. They al...
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Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle
Identifying Colors: black, brown
The large Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle bores holes into coconut palm trees. A female will lay her fertilized eggs inside the ho...
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43
Coffinfly
Identifying Colors: white, black, gray
At first glance, the Coffinfly appears physically similar to its other Mayfly relatives. A long abdomen is tipped with long ...
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44
Common Coneheads
Identifying Colors: green, yellow, brown
The pointed heads of some species in this genus of Katydids may even have a knob at the 'nose'. Like other Katydids though, C...
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Common Green Darner
Identifying Colors: blue, gray, green, yellow, black, brown
Common Green Darners are beautiful dragonflies with transparent wings. They are large specimens that are common throughout No...
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Common Sanddragon
Identifying Colors: black, brown, yellow, white
The Common Sanddragon is a dragonfly that prefers moving water. They can be found by streams, creeks and small rivers, flying...
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Common Thread Waisted Wasp
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; orange; red
The incredibly thin 'waist' on this wasp led to its name. It is an ambush attacker, immobilizing insect prey with a swift st...
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Common Whitetail Skimmer
Identifying Colors: brown; white; black; yellow
This typical dragonfly hovers over standing or slow water (ponds, creeks, streams, marshes, lakes, etc.). Older males de...
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Cottonwood Borer
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; white
The Cottonwood Borer is part of the large Long-Horned Beetle family that makes its way throughout the summertime months destr...
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50
Cranefly
Identifying Colors: brown; gray; gold
Though they look like giant mosquitoes, they are not mosquitoes. Craneflies do not bite, they do not have a long proboscis (s...
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Cuban Cockroach
Identifying Colors: green; yellow
The Cuban Cockroach originated from Cuba and the Caribbean islands. They prefer living outdoors in humid and hot air, but th...
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52
Cuckoo Bee
Identifying Colors: black; red
This sweat bee gets its name from its parasitic behavior. Females Cuckoo Bees enter another species' nest and change out the...
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Cuckoo Wasp
Identifying Colors: green, black, blue, gold, red
Cuckoo Wasps get their name thanks to their parenting technique. Similar to the Cuckoo bird, whose females lay eggs in anoth...
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54
Dobsonfly
Identifying Colors: black; brown; gray; white
Male Dobsonflies appear to be quite fearsome, having what appears to be tentacle-like appendages for mouth parts. In fact, th...
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55
Dogbane Leaf Beetle
Identifying Colors: copper; green; brown;
Metallic green and coppery hues make this beetle stand out from the rest. Its tiny size mean it might get overlooked in natu...
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Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle
Identifying Colors: orange, black
As their name suggests, Earth-Boring Scarab Beetles dig into the ground, sometimes up to 2-3 meters (6-9 feet) deep. An egg i...
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Eastern Amberwing
Identifying Colors: orange, red, white, brown
This dragonfly stays low, close to the water's surface, as it flies, feeding on small insects. Males stake a claim on a shor...
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58
Eastern Carpenter Bee
Identifying Colors: black; yellow
Though it looks like a Bumble Bee, the Carpenter Bee does not have a fuzzy abdomen, though it may have a few short hairs here...
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59
Eastern Pondhawk
Identifying Colors: blue, green, black, white
Pondhawks attack their insect prey with similar agility seen in their avian namesake. They are very good predators and can t...
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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth
Identifying Colors: brown; white
The Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth gets its name based on the behavior of its caterpillars. Together, a cluster of young cate...
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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; brown; orange; blue
Eastern Tiger Swallowtails have a bright tiger-like striping pattern on their wings. Males have a mostly-yellow coloring wit...
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Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle
Identifying Colors: black; white; gray
This species of click beetle has two large black 'eyespots' on its pronotum. They are surrounded by a thick, white ring. The...
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Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly
Identifying Colors: blue, black, gray, brown, white, orange
The Eastern-Tailed Blue Butterfly is a member of the Gossamer-Winged Butterfly group. They appear light and airy, floating t...
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64
Edwards Glassy Wing Moth
Identifying Colors: brown; red; pink; yellow; black
The wings on this moth shimmer in the light, giving them the appearance of glass. Its pinkish red abdomen is visible when win...
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65
Emerald Ash Borer
Identifying Colors: green, metallic, gold
The Emerald Ash Borer is a recent addition to the line of destructive tree-boring beetles in North America. As recently as Ju...
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Evergreen Bagworm Moth
Identifying Colors: black, brown, tan
What at first looks like a moving pine cone, then becomes a complete mystery to most observers unfamiliar with this family of...
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67
False Bombardier Beetle
Identifying Colors: black, orange
The False Bombardier Beetle is described more by what it cannot do than by what it can. True to its name, this beetle greatl...
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68
Familiar Bluet
Identifying Colors: blue, black, brown
The Familiar Bluet is one of the brightest blue damselflies. This makes them easy to spot as they quickly dart from plant to ...
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69
Fiery Skipper
Identifying Colors: yellow; orange; brown; black
This species can be seen flying on grass (lawns), fields, bushes and forest openings. Though a butterfly, this small species ...
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70
Fishfly
Identifying Colors: black; gray; brown
Fishflies are part of the Alderfly and Dobsonfly group of winged insects. They are generally noticed for their large size, co...
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Five-Banded Tiphiid Wasp
Identifying Colors: black; yellow
This medium-sized wasp is highly beneficial because they prey on a variety of beetles that destroy trees and flowers. The fe...
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Flower Fly
Identifying Colors: black; white; yellow
This fly looks like a wasp and is a fine mimic. Despite similar physical appearance and even flight behavior, the Flower Fly ...
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Forage Looper Moth
Identifying Colors: brown; ivory; white
The Forage Looper Moth is brown on both forewing and hindwing. Some member of its family have brilliant and brightly colored...
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Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid
Identifying Colors: green, yellow
Katydids get their name from the sound of the chirps they make. It was akin to someone calling "Katy-did, Katy-didn't" and t...
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Four-Toothed Mason Wasp
Identifying Colors: black, yellow, white
The solitary Four-Toothed Mason Wasp is a beneficial insect to have in the garden, just like its doppelganger, the Bald-Faced...
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German Cockroach
Identifying Colors: brown; black
Smaller than American and Oriental cockroaches, German cockroaches are notorious household and industrial pests. Infesting ho...
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Giant Darner
Identifying Colors: green, tan, black, blue
The Giant Darner is hailed as the largest example of dragonfly found in the United States of America. This dragonfly can meas...
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Giant Leopard Moth
Identifying Colors: black; white; orange; red
This white tiger moth has distinct black rings as well as black spots along its wings. They can grow to enormous sizes compa...
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Giant Mayfly
Identifying Colors: yellow, brown
Giant Mayflies are common in the Eastern United States and can appear in large quantities in the summer months. They represen...
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Giant Mesquite Bug
Identifying Colors: brown, white, black, orange, red, green
The Giant Mesquite Bug is very large and conspicuous. This gives it an advantage over possible insect predators, but it also...
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Giant Stonefly
Identifying Colors: black; brown; gray
Giant Stoneflies are a narrow-bodied insect that are identifiable by their highly veined wings. These wings are very long and...
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Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; orange; blue
This is the largest species of butterfly in North America. The Giant Swallowtail is immense for butterflies. Seeing one can ...
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Globemallow Leaf Beetle
Identifying Colors: black, green, yellow, red, orange
The Globemallow Leaf Beetle may look like a type of Lady Bug, or Lady Beetle, but it is not. As a member of the Leaf Beetle ...
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Golden Northern Bumble Bee
Identifying Colors: black; gray; yellow; white
The Golden Northern Bumble Bee features an all-black head and dark wings. A black band runs across the mostly yellow thorax a...
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Golden Tortoise Beetle
Identifying Colors: gold, green, black, white, brown
Few insects boast a gold body. This is one that can actually change its coloring at will thanks to the microscopic cavities ...
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Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
Identifying Colors: gray; black; orange; white; blue
Adult Gray Hairstreak Butterflies can be seen in open fields, parks, woods and gardens in every state and province. When rest...
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Great Golden Digger Wasp
Identifying Colors: red, yellow, black, orange
Despite its vivid alarm coloration, the Great Golden Digger Wasp is not an aggressive species of wasp. They tend to mind the...
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Great Tiger Moth
Identifying Colors: brown, white, orange, blue, black
One would never expect a moth with the name Tiger to have coloration more in line with a giraffe. The Great Tiger Moth is a m...
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Greater Arid-Land Katydid
Identifying Colors: green, black, gray, blue, pink
Greater Arid-land Katydids are relatives of the grasshopper. Katydids have long antennae while grasshoppers have shorter one...
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Green Stink Bug
Identifying Colors: green, black, yellow, white, red
This popular garden and farm pest has a hearty appetite for all the same things people enjoy eating. Both adults and young ny...
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Green-Lacewing
Identifying Colors: green, white
Green Lacewings are widespread across North America. They are small and look very delicate. They are nocturnal as adults an...
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Hag Moth
Identifying Colors: brown, black, white, tan
The Hag Moth is a member of the Slug Caterpillar Moth family. Many of the larvae (caterpillars) of these moths are visual od...
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Halloween Pennant
Identifying Colors: orange, black, red
Bright orange and black spotted wings make the Halloween Pennant an easy dragonfly to spot. The coloring is similar to butte...
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Hardwood Stump Borer Beetle
Identifying Colors: black; brown
Large thick pincers (jaws) on the males are quite intimidating. Males have larger, thicker mouth parts than females. They al...
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Hazelnut Lace Bug
Identifying Colors: black, brown
Most Lace Bugs are very partial to one type of plant. For this species, it seems to prefer the Hazelnut tree. They are smal...
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Himmelman's Plume Moth
Identifying Colors: brown, white, ivory, yellow, black
Himmelman's Plume Moths have many distinct physical features helping observers make an identification. The long antennae are ...
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Hoary Edge Skipper
Identifying Colors: brown, orange, white, gray, black, tan
This small butterfly can be found at the edges of forests or clearings from spring to autumn. "Hoary" means grayish-white an...
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Horntail Wasp
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; orange; brown
Despite the warning colors, Horntail wasps are generally non-aggressive and (one source says) harmless. Both genders of Hornt...
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Horse Lubber Grasshopper
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; pink
Lubber grasshoppers boast a much larger size than other grasshoppers and crickets. This particular species is known to have s...
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Horse-Bean Longhorn Beetle
Identifying Colors: yellow, black, orange
The Horse-Bean Longhorn Beetle lays its eggs on a variety of trees commonly found in southern U.S. states and Mexico. Citrus...
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101
Hover Fly
Identifying Colors: brown; black; yellow
Although it looks like a wasp or bee, this species of fly cannot bite or sting. The Hover Fly is able to stay in one place as...
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Hummingbird Moth
Identifying Colors: brown; yellow; white; pink; orange; black; green; gray
Fast beating wings and a furry body give the Hummingbird Moth the appearance of a small hummingbird, but the moth lacks the l...
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Imperial Moth
Identifying Colors: yellow, pink, purple, gray, orange, brown, white
Few moths have both the size and colors of the Imperial Moth. That said, the two genders tend to have different ratios of ye...
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Iron Clad Beetle
Identifying Colors: black; white; yellow
The exoskeletons of the Ironclad Beetle is extremely thick, hence their name. Ironclad beetles are nocturnal and will play de...
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Ivory Marked Beetle
Identifying Colors: brown; ivory; white; yellow; black
The defining ivory spots on the top of this beetle come in pairs. They are usually found in forests or lumberyards. Adults e...
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Japanese Beetle
Identifying Colors: green, brown, red, white, copper, black
The Japanese Beetle is a pest not native to the United States, let alone North America. It is believed to have arrived by way...
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Julia Longwing Butterfly
Identifying Colors: orange, black, white
The Julia Longwing Butterfly is a member of the diverse Brush-footed Butterfly family. This means it is related to the Monar...
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Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer Beetle
Identifying Colors: black, gray, brown, blue, green
The long common name of this wood borer aptly describes much about it. It prefers coniferous forests and, particularly, the ...
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Large Tolype Moth
Identifying Colors: white, brown
The Large Tolype Moth is a type of Lappet Moth. A lappet is a fold or flap historically seen on the white 'bonnet's worn by ...
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Leaf-Footed Bug
Identifying Colors: brown; gray; black; red; yellow; orange; white
The males of this large plant-eating family have usually thick thighs, often edged with spikes. Their lower legs may be shape...
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Least Skipper
Identifying Colors: orange; brown; yellow; white; gray; black
Unlike other grass skippers, the Least Skipper is not an excellent flyer. It flutters about, as if it is struggling to stay a...
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Leucospid Wasp
Identifying Colors: black, yellow, white
While most wasps have abdomen that come to a point, this type of wasp seems to have rounded it out. They still possess sting...
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Locust Borer Beetle
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; red
Adult Locust Borer Beetles are often seen on the yellow flowers of goldenrod plants, feeding on its pollen in autumn. They c...
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Long-legged Fly
Identifying Colors: green, black, red, brown
This metallic green, copper or blue fly with bright red eyes can be found wandering between leaves in a forest, flowers in a ...
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Long-Tailed Skipper
Identifying Colors: brown; blue; tan; white; black
The long 'tail's on the tips of each of Long-Tailed Skipper's forewings helped name this butterfly. It is the most prevalent ...
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Luna Moth
Identifying Colors: green; yellow; white; pink; purple
This large, pale green Giant Silkmoth can be found in hardwood forests. Luna Moths are unique to North America. Their bright...
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Lunate Zale Moth
Identifying Colors: brown
Lunate Zales are extremely widespread throughout North America. They are large moths in the Owlet family. Their brown bodies...
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Many-Spotted Tiger Moth
Identifying Colors: white, black
This species of moth is in the Tiger Moth family. Most members of this family have vivid coloring or bold patterns on their ...
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Masked Hunter
Identifying Colors: black, gray
The Masked Hunter is a type of Assassin Bug. This family of insects is known for its ability to inflict painful bites on peo...
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Mealy Bug Destroyer Larvae
Identifying Colors: white, black, brown
The unique white 'hairs' on this tiny bug often draw attention from people. These larvae are extremely useful in pest manage...
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Megetra cancellata
Identifying Colors: black, red
As a member of the Blister Beetle family, Meloidae, this southwest species has the ability to give handlers great pain for th...
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Milkweed Bug
Identifying Colors: black; orange; red
Adult Milkweed Bugs do not seem to damage flowers, vegetable gardens or field crops, but they are usually found in large clus...
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Mimosa Yellow Sulphur
Identifying Colors: yellow; black; brown; pink
The Mimosa Yellow closely resembles the Barred Yellow Sulphur, which lacks dark dots that the Mimosa Yellow has. It also loo...
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Monarch Butterfly
Identifying Colors: orange; black; white
Monarch Butterflies are a common sight throughout North America, with the exception of the extreme northern regions. Their or...
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Mottled Tortoise Beetle
Identifying Colors: gold, black, brown, green, orange, yellow
The Mottled Tortoise Beetle is a member of the Leaf Beetle family. It is found on morning glory flowers, leaves and vines as...
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Mourning Cloak Butterfly
Identifying Colors: black, white, brown, yellow, blue, red
The Mourning Cloak Butterfly has very short front legs, like all its Brush-Footed kin. They are covered in short hairs akin ...
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Mydas Fly
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; orange; red
This family of flies comprises some of the largest flies in North America. Some of the species can get as long as 60mm (2 in...
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Net-Winged Beetle
Identifying Colors: orange; black
This beetle resembles the firefly, but the ridges and net-like pattern of veins on their wings place them in the Lycidae fami...
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Northern Caddisfly
Identifying Colors: brown
While Northern Caddisflies resemble moths, they are not related. A Caddisfly has a life cycle more similar to dragonflies. ...
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Northern Mole Cricket
Identifying Colors: brown
Mole Crickets are a breed of cricket commonly found east of the Rocky Mountains with a broad range reaching from southern Can...
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Northern Paper Wasp
Identifying Colors: yellow, red, black
Northern Paper Wasps are most commonly found in the Midwest states. They are likely to build nests near humans as that is wh...
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Notch-Tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; brown; tan
The Notch-Tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle has long antennae ('horns') and feeds on pollen from a variety of flowers. They have...
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Oil Beetle
Identifying Colors: black
Oil Beetles are a type of Blister Beetle. This group of beetles can secrete a caustic chemical called cantharidin from their...
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Ox Beetle
Identifying Colors: black; brown
The male Ox beetle has horns growing off of the pronotum ('shoulder plate'). In young males, they are more like bumps. Fema...
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Pandorus Sphinx Moth
Identifying Colors: brown; tan; white; pink; yellow; green; olive; gray
This hawk moth boasts a healthy size. Some hawk moths are occasionally mistaken for small birds. They are fast fliers and no...
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Pearl Crescent Butterfly
Identifying Colors: orange; black; brown; yellow; white; gray; blue
Color variations within the species is usual, though all tend to be orange with brown and black markings. The small white sp...
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Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle
Identifying Colors: orange; black; yellow; brown
The texture on the elytra (wing covering) of the Pennsylvania Leatherwing is smooth and shiny, giving it the appearance of le...
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Periodical Cicada
Identifying Colors: green; black; silver; red; yellow; gold
The Periodical Cicada is generally more well known in the Midwest as the Seventeen-Year Cicada due to their periodical emerge...
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Picture-Winged Fly
Identifying Colors: black, white, pink, yellow, brown
Delphinia picta is one of central and eastern North America's most common Picture-Winged Flies. Its wings are mostly...
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Pigeon Tremex
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; brown; red; orange
Although they look intimidating, the Pigeon Tremex is a horntail and is not naturally aggressive, unlike wasps. The thick, l...
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Pine Sawyer Beetle
Identifying Colors: brown; black
Pine Sawyer Beetles are found in coniferous forests at elevations over 1,200 meters. Ponderosa Pine tree and Douglas Firs are...
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Pipevine Swallowtail
Identifying Colors: black; blue; white; orange; yellow; red
This butterfly mimics the coloring the Spicebush and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. They have elongated 'tails' at the tips of th...
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Planthopper
Identifying Colors: green, white
Planthoppers look a lot like Leafhoppers, but they have fewer leg spines and more interesting heads. Their bodies are shaped ...
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Pleasing Fungus Beetle
Identifying Colors: gray, black, blue, purple
This species of Pleasing Fungus beetle is found in the mountains of select western states. Their steely gray elytra (wing cov...
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Plume Moth
Identifying Colors: White; gray
Their thin body and 'T' shape make the Plume Moth unique. Their wings have the appearance of a bird's plume (feathers) and w...
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Polka Dot Wasp Moth
Identifying Colors: red; white; blue; black
Polka Dot Wasp Moths are common to tropical climates and make their North American home in the Southeastern United States, ap...
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Polyphemus Moth
Identifying Colors: brown; white; tan; yellow; black; blue; orange; pink; ivory
This member of the Giant Silk Moth family is both large and furry. The antennae are also feathery. Eyespots on the wing are ...
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Potter Wasp
Identifying Colors: cream, black, yellow, white, purple
Potter Wasps have nests that look like ceramic jugs or pots. They create these mud nests on twigs, branches or on the trunks...
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Predaceous Diving Beetle
Identifying Colors: brown; yellow; black; green
Found in or near large ponds and lakes, the Predaceous Diving Beetle is hydrodynamic for a life mostly spent in water. It may...
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Red Headed Ash Borer
Identifying Colors: yellow; white; black; red; orange
Red Headed Ash Borer beetles are related to the Long Horned Borer beetles. They mimic wasps in appearance only and harmless t...
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Red Oak Borer
Identifying Colors: red; brown; orange; tan; ivory
The larvae of this beetle bore into weak, but still living, Red Oak and White Oak wood. Oak trees that have been cut down fo...
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Reddish Potato Beetle
Identifying Colors: red, black
The bright Reddish Potato Beetle is a close cousin to the very destructive Colorado Potato Beetle. Though it is named after ...
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Red-Legged Grasshopper
Identifying Colors: brown, black, white, red, pink, green, tan
The Red-Legged Grasshopper flies as part of a swarm and, when they land on crops, they can decimate the field leaving the far...
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Regal Moth
Identifying Colors: brown, orange, blue, white, yellow, gray
Both striped and spotted, the Regal Moth can also add "large" to the list of characteristics to identify it. The orange and b...
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Reticulated Netwinged Beetle
Identifying Colors: black; orange
This beetle somewhat resembles a firefly, but the ridges and pattern of veins on their wings as well as the inability to fluo...
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Robber Fly (Diogmites)
Identifying Colors: brown; red; green; black
Robber flies eat biting flies and other flying insects like bees, butterflies and wasps. This species likes bees and dragonf...
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Robber Fly (Efferia)
Identifying Colors: white; black; gray; brown
Robberflies are considered 'hanging thieves' becaue they use their arms to suspend themselves from twigs and branches and ste...
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Robberfly (Promachus)
Identifying Colors: brown, black, white, orange, ivory
Robberflies eat all sorts of other flies as well as bees, wasps, beetles and butterflies. If it flies and they can catch it, ...
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Rose Chafer
Identifying Colors: yellow, red, black, ivory
These small and slender members of the beetle family are a common pest usually associated with roses though they do eat other...
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Rustic Sphinx Moth
Identifying Colors: black, white, gray, brown, yellow
This striking, mammoth-sized moth is a member of the Sphinx family. The rich black and white speckled coloration of the Rust...
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Saddleback Caterpillar
Identifying Colors: green; brown; white; black
The Saddleback Caterpillar is covered in short hairs that sting when touched and contact can sometimes leave a rash on its hu...
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Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth
Identifying Colors: red, black, blue
Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moths are members of the Tiger moth family. Like their relatives, they are colorful and brightly patterne...
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Silver-Spotted Skipper
Identifying Colors: brown; white; black; yellow; orange
This ubiquitous skipper can be found in a diverse variety of habitats. They are very common everywhere in eastern North Ameri...
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Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly
Identifying Colors: orange, black, white
The medium-sized Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly has common orange/black/white coloration seen in many Crescent butterflies. A...
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Slug Caterpillar Moth
Identifying Colors: green, white, brown
The larval form (caterpillar) of the Slug Caterpillar Moth is unlike the typical, tubular caterpillar. Its flattened body is...
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Small Carpenter Bee
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; green; blue; gold
This small bee resembles a wingless-ant. They are industrious and hard-working all spring and summer long. They can be found...
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Small House Fly
Identifying Colors: black; red
Male Small House Flies form swarms in the summer. Females lay their eggs in animal/human feces or on dead and decaying anima...
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Small Minnow Mayfly
Identifying Colors: white, brown, gray
Small Minnow Mayflies are a favorite among trout. The fish gobble the Mayflies up in the process of surfacing. Because of th...
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Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth
Identifying Colors: brown; yellow; black; orange; blue; white
A member of the Hawk Moth family, the size of this species is startling. Females can average 3" while males are usually smal...
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Snakefly
Identifying Colors: brown; red
Long necks make this insect look like it has the head of a snake. Snakeflies have wings that are longer than their actual bod...
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Snow Mosquito
Identifying Colors: brown, black
The Snow Mosquito is a special species of mosquito commonly limited to northern portions of the United States. The Snow Mosqu...
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Snowberry Clearwing Moth
Identifying Colors: yellow; black; brown
Though this species looks and flies like a bee, it does not land on flowers as bees do. And though it has hair on it that may...
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Soldier Beetle
Identifying Colors: yellow; orange; brown; black
Commonly found in parks and fields, this genus of beetle feeds on aphids. They are usually spotted on flowers, especially Gol...
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Southern Emerald Moth
Identifying Colors: green, white, yellow, black
This moth is a type of Geometer Moth, one of the largest moth families in North America. This particular species is quite co...
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Southwestern Eyed Click Beetle
Identifying Colors: black, white, cream, gray
This species of click beetle has two large black 'eyespots' on its pronotum. They are surrounded by a thin, white ring. Thei...
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Spangled Flower Beetle
Identifying Colors: black, white
Spangled Flower Beetles are a type of Scarab Beetle. The members of this family love flowers and have varied reputations; so...
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Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly
Identifying Colors: black; blue; orange; white; yellow; green
This species of butterfly can be found in gardens and at the edges of forests. Its coloration resembles that of the Pipevine ...
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Spider Wasp
Identifying Colors: black, orange
Spider Wasps are wasps that hunt spiders. This species will attack a jumping spider and paralyze it. The wasp may even pull...
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Spotted Cucumber Beetle
Identifying Colors: yellow, black, green
Despite its attractive appearance, the Spotted Cucumber Beetle is a bane to those growing food. Both adults and larvae of th...
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Spotted Tree Borer Beetle
Identifying Colors: white; black; gray
Eggs for the Spotted Tree Borer are laid by females on a variety of weakened trees like oak, maple, willow, apple, pear and p...
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Spur-throated Grasshopper
Identifying Colors: green; brown; black
Spur-Throated Grasshoppers (part of the Short-horned Grasshopper family) are the most common species of grasshopper in all of...
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Squash Bug
Identifying Colors: gray; black; brown; orange; yellow
Squash bugs are similar in appearance to Stink bugs. Both emit an odor when crushed, but squash bugs tend to feed on melons ...
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Stag Beetle
Identifying Colors: red; black; orange; yellow
Common east of the Mississippi, Stag Beetles are noted for their large size and ferocious appearance, complete with a durable...
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Striped Blister Beetle
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; orange; red
When threatened, this blister beetle secretes an acidic yellowish fluid onto its legs. Predators and people that come into c...
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Swamp Cicada
Identifying Colors: brown
These completely harmless insects are known for the loud buzzing noise the males make in the summer. The mating call attract...
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Tachinid Fly
Identifying Colors: red; black; brown; orange
Tachinid Fly larvae are efficient pest controllers for certain moth species. This particular species parasitizes some tiger m...
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Tarantula Hawk
Identifying Colors: black; blue; green; orange; red; yellow; brown
Adult Tarantula Hawks feed primarily on nectar though the females will actively hunt tarantulas for more nefarious reasons. T...
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Tersa Sphinx Moth
Identifying Colors: brown; white; ivory; black; green; yellow
The large, stiff wings of this moth may give it the appearance of a small bird. Tersa Sphinx Moths are hairy and angular, lik...
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Thistle Down Velvet Ant
Identifying Colors: white; black; gray; yellow
Although it looks and walks like an ant, this hairy little creature is a wasp! The color of the hairs may vary from stark whi...
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Three Lined Potato Beetle
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; red; orange
This species larvae feed on the leaves of potato plants, nightshades like peppers, eggplant and tomatoes as well as tomatillo...
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Tiger Bee Fly
Identifying Colors: black, white
The widespread Tiger Bee Fly has a long proboscis that could make it easy to mistake for a mosquito. The large size and fuzzy...
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Tobacco Hornworm Moth
Identifying Colors: black; gray; brown; white
The name of the Tobacco Hornworm Moth originate from its appearance as a caterpillar. The green bodied, chubby, hairless cat...
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Tri-Colored Bumble Bee
Identifying Colors: yellow, orange, black, red
While most bumble bees adhere to the typical yellow/black coloration, this particular species has a flourish of bright orange...
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Two-Lined Spittlebug
Identifying Colors: black, yellow, orange
Two-Lined Spittlebugs have two orange or yellow lines, or stripes, crossing their black wings. They are quite small and are o...
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Vine Sphinx Moth
Identifying Colors: brown; tan; white; pink; yellow
The Vine Sphinx Moth has a sleek, striking pattern of lines and stripes on its forewings that is best observed when they are ...
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Walnut Sphinx Moth
Identifying Colors: brown; white; pink
Native to deciduous woodlands, Walnut Sphinx Moths are highly common throughout Missouri with limited appearances in certain ...
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Wasp Moth
Identifying Colors: red; black; yellow
This moth mimics the coloring of a wasp as a measure of protection. Predators are less likely to attack if they believe they...
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Weevil Wasp
Identifying Colors: black, yellow
Members of the genus Cerceris are hunters and gatherers of weevils and other beetles. Females dig nests in the ground along ...
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Western Conifer Seed Bug
Identifying Colors: brown, yellow, black, white, orange, red
Western Conifer Seed Bugs originated on the West Coast of the U.S., but have migrated east all the way to Atlantic states and...
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Western Flying Adder
Identifying Colors: green; black; yellow
The Western Flying Adder is part of the very common summer flying insect generically grouped as "dragonflies". They appear qu...
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Western Hercules Beetle
Identifying Colors: tan; yellow; brown; black
Western Hercules Beetles are a horned Scarab Beetle found most commonly in Arizona and the surrounding arid states. Spots on...
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Western Wood Cockroach
Identifying Colors: brown
This species of cockroach prefer to live in the open wilderness. They can be found in woods, grasslands, dried-up riverbanks...
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Wheel Bug
Identifying Colors: brown; gray; blue; red; black
This large insect is well-noted for its incredibly painful bite when disturbed or nonchalantly handled. A member of the Assas...
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White Oak Borer Beetle
Identifying Colors: white; black
This species of beetle is partial to white oak trees, sometimes becoming serious pests. The adult female will lay her eggs on...
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White-lined Sphinx Moth
Identifying Colors: brown; white; black; ivory; pink; tan
Sphinx moths are larger than most moths. The White-Lined Sphinx Moth is no exception. Their forewings are mostly brown but ...
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White-Spotted Sawyer Beetle
Identifying Colors: black; white
One white spot at the top of the elytra (wing covering) marks this black beetle. Smaller white speckling may be visible on t...
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Widow Skimmer
Identifying Colors: white, black, blue, yellow, brown
Widow Skimmers live near warm waters. The water source could be a pond, marsh, small lake or lagoon. Water is necessary for...
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Yellow Jacket
Identifying Colors: yellow, black, white
Yellow Jackets are easily distinguishable by their yellow and black coloring. They area common sight throughout all of North...
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Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee
Identifying Colors: black; yellow
Yellow-Faced Bumble Bees have yellow hair on the head and face as well as a single yellow band on the abdomen. Huge pollen b...
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Yellow-Fly
Identifying Colors: yellow, black, brown, green, blue, purple
Sometimes mistaken for a Deer Fly, Yellow Flies are just as unwelcome by both humans and animals. The female attacks exposed...
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Yucca Plant Bug
Identifying Colors: black, red, orange, brown
Yucca Plant Bugs are small red and black insects that live on yuccas, a drought-tolerant ornamental plant. The bugs survive b...
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Zebra Butterfly
Identifying Colors: black; white; yellow
A common sight in moist, tropical environments, the Zebra Butterfly can be found in that habitat all year round. It is highly...
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