Insect Identification
Insect Identification

Flying Insects

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/23/2015

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





There are a total of (242) Flying Insects in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order.



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Achemon Sphinx Moth
Achemon Sphinx Moths are members of the hawkmoth family. They are large, strong and fast. This spec... [Read More]
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Acorn Weevil
Like all weevils, Acorn Weevils have a long snout reminiscent of an elephant's trunk. This snout is... [Read More]
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Ailanthus Webworm Moth
The definitive coloring and stripes on this moth make it unique among Webworm Moths. They tuck and r... [Read More]
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American Bumble Bee
Similar to Golden Northern Bumblebee (Bombus fervidus) but larger, this Bumble Bee has black colorin... [Read More]
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American Carrion Beetle
The American Carrion Beetle earns its name by eating decaying flesh in both larval and adult form. ... [Read More]
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American Cockroach
The American Cockroach is actually not native to the United States. Instead it originates from Afric... [Read More]
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American Lady Butterfly
The American Lady Butterfly is a member of the Brush-footed butterfly family. She is related to the... [Read More]
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American Pelecinid Wasp
The long abdomen ('tail') of the female invokes trepidation among humans, but its primary purpose is... [Read More]
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American Salmonfly
As a member of the Stonefly family, the American Salmonfly is a useful bio-indicator. The larvae of... [Read More]
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Antlion
Antlions get their name thanks to the diet of their larvae. A small Antlion larva is also known an ... [Read More]
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Antlion
The harmless adult Antlion is hard to miss. This species is the biggest of all North American Antli... [Read More]
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Aphids
Tiny and light, lime-green in color, these insects suck the juice of plants to the point where the p... [Read More]
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Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle
Historically, Lady Beetles, were recognized as a beneficial insect because of their diet. They are ... [Read More]
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Augochlora Sweat Bee
The shiny, metallic green color of this bee are vivid and uncommon compared to the typical yellow an... [Read More]
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Bald-Faced Hornet
Bald-faced Hornets are related to yellow jackets, but are not "true" hornets themselves. This specie... [Read More]
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Banded Alder Borer Beetle
The Banded Alder Borer Beetle is a member of the Longhorn Beetle family Cerambycidae. Their antenna... [Read More]
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Banded Horntail
The prominent yellow bands at the end of the stout abdomen of the Banded Horntail are easily overloo... [Read More]
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Banded Longhorn Beetle
Banded Longhorn Beetles are members of Cerambycidae, so they have extremely long antennae (horns) li... [Read More]
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Banded Tiger Moth
Though each species of Tiger Moth has its own pattern, it can be hard to see the differences between... [Read More]
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Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Moth
The Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Moth gets its descriptive name from the appearance of the caterpil... [Read More]
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Beech Blight Aphid
Beech Blight Aphids can be found on the twigs, leaves and branches of a variety of deciduous trees, ... [Read More]
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Bee-Like Tachinid Fly
Bee-Like Tachinid Fly larvae are lethal predators to insects people may find problematic. Most of th... [Read More]
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Big Dipper Firefly
Fireflies are famous for their nighttime displays in the summer. These friendly beetles delight chi... [Read More]
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Big Poplar Sphinx Moth
Sphinx Moths are first recognized for their great size. They are the biggest of the Hawk Moths in w... [Read More]
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Black and Yellow Mud Dauber
The alarming yellow and black coloration on the Black and Yellow Mud Dauber causes many observers to... [Read More]
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Black Carpenter Ant
Black Carpenter Ants are relatively large compared to other ant species. Recognized mostly by size a... [Read More]
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Black Saddlebags Skimmer
The Black Saddlebags is a type of dragonfly known as a skimmer. Their bodies are shorter than their... [Read More]
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Black Swallowtail
The Black Swallowtail looks almost identical to the pungent-tasting Pipevine Swallowtail. This mimic... [Read More]
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Black Witch Moth
A member of the Lesser Underwing Moth family, the Black Witch makes up for a lack of flashy wing col... [Read More]
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Black-Tailed Bee Fly
The Black-Tailed Bee Fly is a fuzzy, hovering, buzzing look-a-like to a bumble bee. The long probos... [Read More]
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Blue Dasher
Blue Dashers are one of the most abundant dragonflies in the U.S. and can be found near slow moving ... [Read More]
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Blue Morpho
The large, tropical Blue Morpho butterfly common in the tropical parts of Central America, but its r... [Read More]
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Blue-Eyed Darner
Thanks to their large size and beautiful blue eyes, the Blue-Eyed Darner is easy to spot and identif... [Read More]
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Blue-fronted Dancer
Dancers flight patterns are not straight-lined; this pond damsel appears to dance, or bounce, along ... [Read More]
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Blue-Winged Wasp
This non-aggressive Japanese wasp may not have blue wings in the brightest sense of the color, but a... [Read More]
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Bordered Plant Bug
The Bordered Plant Bug is native to the Pacific Northwest and Southwest regions of North America. I... [Read More]
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Broad-Necked Root Borer
This forest-dwelling beetle is at home in the eastern part of the continent. The 'neck' of the Broa... [Read More]
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Brown Mantidfly
At first glance, Brown Mantidflies can be mistaken for a wasp. The colorful bands, the hairless body... [Read More]
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Buffalo Treehopper
Easily recognizable by its greenish-yellow color and its humpback-like appearance, Buffalo Treehoppe... [Read More]
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Burrowing Mayfly
Due to their sensitivity to pollution in the early stages of life, the presence of Burrowing Mayflie... [Read More]
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Burying Beetle
Adult Burying Beetles will bury a dead bird or small mammal, removing feathers and hair. It is then ... [Read More]
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Camel Cricket
The Camel Cricket gets its name from the rounded hump back. The hump does not aid in water retentio... [Read More]
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Carolina Locust
The Carolina Locust is another in the line of Short-horned Grasshoppers and can be identified by the... [Read More]
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Carolina Tiger Beetle
Carolina Tiger Beetles are bright and colorful, therefore they are unfortunately collected for displ... [Read More]
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Cassius Blue
Cassius Blues are members of the Lycaenidae, or Gossamer-Wing family of butterflies. Gossamer refer... [Read More]
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Cicada Killer
Cicada Killers earned their common name for good reason. They will hunt down flying Cicadas and att... [Read More]
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Clouded Sulphur
The medium-sized Clouded Sulphur butterfly can be seen flying in meadows, near puddles, along roads,... [Read More]
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Clymene Haploa Moth
Unlike most moths, the Clymene Haploa Moth does not shy away from sunshine. It is equally active bo... [Read More]
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Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle
The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle bores holes into the young, upper fronds of coconut palm trees. They ... [Read More]
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Coffinfly
At first glance, the Coffinfly appears physically similar to its other Mayfly relatives. A long abd... [Read More]
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Common Coneheads
The pointed heads of some species in this genus of Katydids may even have a knob at the 'nose'. Like... [Read More]
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Common Green Darner
Common Green Darners are beautiful dragonflies with transparent wings. They are large specimens that... [Read More]
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Common Sanddragon
The Common Sanddragon is a dragonfly that prefers moving water. They can be found by streams, creeks... [Read More]
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Common Thread Waisted Wasp
The incredibly thin 'waist' on this wasp led to its name. It is an ambush attacker, immobilizing in... [Read More]
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Common Whitetail Skimmer
This typical dragonfly hovers over standing or slow water (ponds, creeks, streams, marshes, lakes, e... [Read More]
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Cottonwood Borer
The Cottonwood Borer is part of the large Long-Horned Beetle family that makes its way throughout th... [Read More]
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Cranefly
Though they look like giant mosquitoes, they are not mosquitoes. Craneflies do not bite, they do not... [Read More]
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Cuban Cockroach
The Cuban Cockroach originated from Cuba and the Caribbean islands. They prefer living outdoors in ... [Read More]
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Cuckoo Bee
This sweat bee gets its name from its parasitic behavior. Females Cuckoo Bees enter another species... [Read More]
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Cuckoo Wasp
Cuckoo Wasps get their name thanks to their parenting technique. Similar to the Cuckoo bird, whose ... [Read More]
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Dobsonfly
Male Dobsonflies appear to be quite fearsome, having what appears to be tentacle-like appendages for... [Read More]
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Dogbane Leaf Beetle
Metallic green and coppery hues make this beetle stand out from the rest. Its tiny size mean it mig... [Read More]
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Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle
As their name suggests, Earth-Boring Scarab Beetles dig into the ground, sometimes up to 2-3 meters ... [Read More]
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Eastern Amberwing
This dragonfly stays low, close to the water's surface, as it flies, feeding on small insects. Male... [Read More]
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Eastern Carpenter Bee
Though it looks like a Bumble Bee, the Carpenter Bee does not have a fuzzy abdomen, though it may ha... [Read More]
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Eastern Pondhawk
Pondhawks attack their insect prey with similar agility seen in their avian namesake. They are very... [Read More]
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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth
The Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth gets its name based on the behavior of its caterpillars. Together... [Read More]
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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtails have a bright tiger-like striping pattern on their wings. Males have a m... [Read More]
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Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle
This species of click beetle has two large black 'eyespots' on its pronotum. They are surrounded by... [Read More]
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Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly
The Eastern-Tailed Blue Butterfly is a member of the Gossamer-Winged Butterfly group. They appear l... [Read More]
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Edwards Glassy Wing Moth
The wings on this moth shimmer in the light, giving them the appearance of glass. Its pinkish red ab... [Read More]
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Elderberry Borer Beetle
The bright yellow and metallic blue colors on this species are uncommon among most beetles. The blue... [Read More]
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Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer is a recent addition to the line of destructive tree-boring beetles in North A... [Read More]
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Evergreen Bagworm Moth
What at first looks like a moving pine cone, then becomes a complete mystery to most observers unfam... [Read More]
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False Bombardier Beetle
The False Bombardier Beetle is described more by what it cannot do than by what it can. True to its... [Read More]
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Familiar Bluet
The Familiar Bluet is one of the brightest blue damselflies. This makes them easy to spot as they qu... [Read More]
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Fiery Skipper
This species can be seen flying on grass (lawns), fields, bushes and forest openings. Though a butte... [Read More]
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Fishfly
Fishflies are part of the Alderfly and Dobsonfly group of winged insects. They are generally noticed... [Read More]
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Five-Banded Tiphiid Wasp
This medium-sized wasp is highly beneficial because they prey on a variety of beetles that destroy t... [Read More]
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Flesh Fly
Knowledge of the life cycle of certain genera of Flesh Flies can be valuable information. The prese... [Read More]
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Flower Fly
This fly looks like a wasp and is a fine mimic. Despite similar physical appearance and even flight ... [Read More]
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Flower Longhorn Beetle
The long antennae, or horns, help place this species in teh family Cerambycidae. Its narrow abdomen ... [Read More]
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Flower Longhorn Beetle
The long antennae of this species and its bright orange elytra make it a lovely specimen to photogra... [Read More]
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Forage Looper Moth
The Forage Looper Moth is brown on both forewing and hindwing. Some member of its family have brill... [Read More]
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Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid
Katydids get their name from the sound of the chirps they make. It was akin to someone calling "Kat... [Read More]
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Four-Toothed Mason Wasp
The solitary Four-Toothed Mason Wasp is a beneficial insect to have in the garden, just like its dop... [Read More]
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German Cockroach
Smaller than American and Oriental cockroaches, German cockroaches are notorious household and indus... [Read More]
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Giant Darner
The Giant Darner is hailed as the largest example of dragonfly found in the United States of America... [Read More]
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Giant Leopard Moth
This white tiger moth has distinct black rings as well as black spots along its wings. They can gro... [Read More]
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Giant Mayfly
Giant Mayflies are common in the Eastern United States and can appear in large quantities in the sum... [Read More]
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Giant Mesquite Bug
The Giant Mesquite Bug is very large and conspicuous. This gives it an advantage over possible inse... [Read More]
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Giant Stonefly
Giant Stoneflies are a narrow-bodied insect that are identifiable by their highly veined wings. Thes... [Read More]
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Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
This is the largest species of butterfly in North America. The Giant Swallowtail is immense for butt... [Read More]
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Globemallow Leaf Beetle
The Globemallow Leaf Beetle may look like a type of Lady Bug, or Lady Beetle, but it is not. As a m... [Read More]
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Gold-Backed Snipe Fly
Not much is known about the Gold-Backed Snipe Fly. It is a member of the Snipe Fly family, which ar... [Read More]
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Golden Northern Bumble Bee
The Golden Northern Bumble Bee features an all-black head and dark wings. A black band runs across t... [Read More]
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Golden Tortoise Beetle
Few insects boast a gold body. This is one that can actually change its coloring at will thanks to ... [Read More]
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Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
Adult Gray Hairstreak Butterflies can be seen in open fields, parks, woods and gardens in every stat... [Read More]
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Great Golden Digger Wasp
Despite its vivid alarm coloration, the Great Golden Digger Wasp is not an aggressive species of was... [Read More]
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Great Tiger Moth
One would never expect a moth with the name Tiger to have coloration more in line with a giraffe. Th... [Read More]
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Greater Arid-Land Katydid
Greater Arid-land Katydids are relatives of the grasshopper. Katydids have long antennae while gras... [Read More]
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Green Stink Bug
This popular garden and farm pest has a hearty appetite for all the same things people enjoy eating.... [Read More]
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Green-Lacewing
Green Lacewings are widespread across North America. They are small and look very delicate. They a... [Read More]
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Hag Moth
The Hag Moth is a member of the Slug Caterpillar Moth family. Many of the larvae (caterpillars) of ... [Read More]
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Halloween Pennant
Bright orange and black spotted wings make the Halloween Pennant an easy dragonfly to spot. The col... [Read More]
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Hardwood Stump Borer Beetle
Large thick pincers (jaws) on the males are quite intimidating. Males have larger, thicker mouth par... [Read More]
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Harlequin Bug
The bodies of nymphs and adults of the Harlequin Bug are bursting with color and intricate patterns.... [Read More]
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Hazelnut Lace Bug
Most Lace Bugs are very partial to one type of plant. For this species, it seems to prefer the Haze... [Read More]
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Himmelman's Plume Moth
Himmelman's Plume Moths have many distinct physical features helping observers make an identificatio... [Read More]
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Hoary Edge Skipper
This small butterfly can be found at the edges of forests or clearings from spring to autumn. "Hoar... [Read More]
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Holly Borer Moth
The transparent wings of the Holly Borer Moth, coupled with the bold black and yellow body patterns,... [Read More]
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Horntail Wasp
Despite the warning colors, Horntail wasps are generally non-aggressive and (one source says) harmle... [Read More]
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Horse Lubber Grasshopper
Lubber grasshoppers boast a much larger size than other grasshoppers and crickets. This particular s... [Read More]
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Horse-Bean Longhorn Beetle
The Horse-Bean Longhorn Beetle lays its eggs on a variety of trees commonly found in southern U.S. s... [Read More]
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Hover Fly
Although it looks like a wasp or bee, this species of fly cannot bite or sting. The Hover Fly is abl... [Read More]
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Hummingbird Moth
Fast beating wings and a furry body give the Hummingbird Moth the appearance of a small hummingbird,... [Read More]
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Imperial Moth
Few moths have both the size and colors of the Imperial Moth. That said, the two genders tend to ha... [Read More]
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Iron Clad Beetle
The exoskeletons of the Ironclad Beetle is extremely thick, hence their name. Ironclad beetles are n... [Read More]
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Ivory Marked Beetle
The defining ivory spots on the top of this beetle come in pairs. They are usually found in forests... [Read More]
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Japanese Beetle
The Japanese Beetle is a pest not native to the United States, let alone North America. It is believ... [Read More]
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Julia Longwing Butterfly
The Julia Longwing Butterfly is a member of the diverse Brush-footed Butterfly family. This means i... [Read More]
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Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer Beetle
The long common name of this wood borer aptly describes much about it. It prefers coniferous forest... [Read More]
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Large Tolype Moth
The Large Tolype Moth is a type of Lappet Moth. A lappet is a fold or flap historically seen on the... [Read More]
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Leaf-Footed Bug
The males of this large plant-eating family have usually thick thighs, often edged with spikes. Thei... [Read More]
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Least Skipper
Unlike other grass skippers, the Least Skipper is not an excellent flyer. It flutters about, as if i... [Read More]
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Leucospid Wasp
While most wasps have abdomen that come to a point, this type of wasp seems to have rounded it out. ... [Read More]
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Locust Borer Beetle
Adult Locust Borer Beetles are often seen on the yellow flowers of goldenrod plants, feeding on its ... [Read More]
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Long-legged Fly
This metallic green, copper or blue fly with bright red eyes can be found wandering between leaves i... [Read More]
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Long-Tailed Skipper
The long 'tail's on the tips of each of Long-Tailed Skipper's forewings helped name this butterfly. ... [Read More]
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Luminescent Click Beetle
If ever there was a beetle made for a circus, it would be the Luminescent Click Beetle. It may look... [Read More]
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Luna Moth
This large, pale green Giant Silkmoth can be found in hardwood forests. Luna Moths are unique to No... [Read More]
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Lunate Zale Moth
Lunate Zales are extremely widespread throughout North America. They are large moths in the Owlet fa... [Read More]
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Many-Spotted Tiger Moth
This species of moth is in the Tiger Moth family. Most members of this family have vivid coloring o... [Read More]
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Masked Hunter
The Masked Hunter is a type of Assassin Bug. This family of insects is known for its ability to inf... [Read More]
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May Beetle
May Beetles are also called Junebugs as they are particularly active and visible during this month a... [Read More]
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Mealy Bug Destroyer Larvae
The unique white 'hairs' on this tiny bug often draw attention from people. These larvae are extrem... [Read More]
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Megetra cancellata
As a member of the Blister Beetle family, Meloidae, this southwest species has the ability to give h... [Read More]
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Milkweed Bug
Adult Milkweed Bugs do not seem to damage flowers, vegetable gardens or field crops, but they are us... [Read More]
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Mimosa Yellow Sulphur
The Mimosa Yellow closely resembles the Barred Yellow Sulphur, which lacks dark dots that the Mimosa... [Read More]
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Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterflies are a common sight throughout North America, with the exception of the extreme n... [Read More]
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Mottled Tortoise Beetle
The Mottled Tortoise Beetle is a member of the Leaf Beetle family. It is found on morning glory flo... [Read More]
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Mourning Cloak Butterfly
The Mourning Cloak Butterfly has very short front legs, like all its Brush-Footed kin. They are cov... [Read More]
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Mydas Fly
This family of flies comprises some of the largest flies in North America. Some of the species can ... [Read More]
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Net-Winged Beetle
This beetle resembles the firefly, like its close cousin C. reticulatum, but the ridges an... [Read More]
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Northern Caddisfly
While Northern Caddisflies resemble moths, they are not related. A Caddisfly has a life cycle more ... [Read More]
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Northern Mole Cricket
Mole Crickets are a breed of cricket commonly found east of the Rocky Mountains with a broad range r... [Read More]
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Northern Paper Wasp
Northern Paper Wasps are most commonly found in the Midwest states. They are likely to build nests ... [Read More]
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Notch-Tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle
The Notch-Tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle has long antennae ('horns') and feeds on pollen from a varie... [Read More]
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Oak Treehopper
Oak Treehoppers are a light blue with red stripes or yellow speckles. There is some variation within... [Read More]
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Oil Beetle
Oil Beetles are a type of Blister Beetle. This group of beetles can secrete a caustic chemical call... [Read More]
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Ox Beetle
The male Ox beetle has horns growing off of the pronotum ('shoulder plate'). In young males, they a... [Read More]
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Pandorus Sphinx Moth
This hawk moth boasts a healthy size. Some hawk moths are occasionally mistaken for small birds. Th... [Read More]
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Paper Wasp
Paper Wasps are part of the Vespid Wasp family. They form nests by chewing wood, forming a sort of ... [Read More]
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Pearl Crescent Butterfly
Color variations within the species is usual, though all tend to be orange with brown and black mark... [Read More]
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Pennsylvania Firefly
On dry summer nights, the Pennsylvania Firefly emits a yellow-green glimmer of light every few secon... [Read More]
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Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle
The texture on the elytra (wing covering) of the Pennsylvania Leatherwing is smooth and shiny, givin... [Read More]
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Periodical Cicada
The Periodical Cicada is generally more well known in the Midwest as the Seventeen-Year Cicada due t... [Read More]
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Picture-Winged Fly
Delphinia picta is one of central and eastern North America's most common Picture-Winged Fl... [Read More]
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Pigeon Tremex
Although they look intimidating, the Pigeon Tremex is a horntail and is not naturally aggressive, un... [Read More]
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Pine Sawyer Beetle
Pine Sawyer Beetles are found in coniferous forests at elevations over 1,200 meters. Ponderosa Pine ... [Read More]
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Pipevine Swallowtail
This butterfly mimics the coloring the Spicebush and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. They have elongated ... [Read More]
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Planthopper
Planthoppers look a lot like Leafhoppers, but they have fewer leg spines and more interesting heads.... [Read More]
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Pleasing Fungus Beetle
This species of Pleasing Fungus beetle is found in the mountains of select western states. Their ste... [Read More]
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Plume Moth
Their thin body and 'T' shape make the Plume Moth unique. Their wings have the appearance of a bird... [Read More]
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Polka Dot Wasp Moth
Polka Dot Wasp Moths are common to tropical climates and make their North American home in the South... [Read More]
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Polyphemus Moth
This member of the Giant Silk Moth family is both large and furry. The antennae are also feathery. ... [Read More]
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Potter Wasp
Potter Wasps have nests that look like ceramic jugs or pots. They create these mud nests on twigs, ... [Read More]
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Predaceous Diving Beetle
Found in or near large ponds and lakes, the Predaceous Diving Beetle is hydrodynamic for a life most... [Read More]
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Promethea Moth
The generous size of the Promethea Moth first attracts attention, but the details on its wings help ... [Read More]
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Rainbow Scarab Beetle
Rainbow Scarab Beetles are extremely good at degrading feces. When breeding, these tunneling insects... [Read More]
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Red Headed Ash Borer
Red Headed Ash Borer beetles are related to the Long Horned Borer beetles. They mimic wasps in appea... [Read More]
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Red Oak Borer
The larvae of this beetle bore into weak, but still living, Red Oak and White Oak wood. Oak trees t... [Read More]
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Reddish Potato Beetle
The bright Reddish Potato Beetle is a close cousin to the very destructive Colorado Potato Beetle. ... [Read More]
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Red-Legged Grasshopper
The Red-Legged Grasshopper flies as part of a swarm and, when they land on crops, they can decimate ... [Read More]
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Regal Moth
Both striped and spotted, the Regal Moth can also add "large" to the list of characteristics to iden... [Read More]
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Reticulated Netwinged Beetle
This beetle somewhat resembles a firefly with its head almost completely hidden. They have visible ... [Read More]
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Robber Fly (Diogmites)
Robber flies eat biting flies and other flying insects like bees, butterflies and wasps. This speci... [Read More]
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Robber Fly (Efferia)
Robberflies are considered 'hanging thieves' becaue they use their arms to suspend themselves from t... [Read More]
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Robberfly (Promachus)
Robberflies eat all sorts of other flies as well as bees, wasps, beetles and butterflies. If it flie... [Read More]
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Rose Chafer
These small and slender members of the beetle family are a common pest usually associated with roses... [Read More]
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Rosy Maple Moth
The colors of the Rosy Maple Moth make it easy to spot on a maple tree. The wings range from purple... [Read More]
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Rustic Sphinx Moth
This striking, mammoth-sized moth is a member of the Sphinx family. The rich black and white speckl... [Read More]
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Rusty-Tipped Page
Rusty-Tipped Pages are common in Central America, where they live in small groups at elevations over... [Read More]
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Saddleback Caterpillar
The Saddleback Caterpillar is covered in short hairs that sting when touched and contact can sometim... [Read More]
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Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth
Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moths are members of the Tiger moth family. Like their relatives, they are color... [Read More]
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Silver-Spotted Skipper
This ubiquitous skipper can be found in a diverse variety of habitats. They are very common everywhe... [Read More]
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Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly
The medium-sized Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly has common orange/black/white coloration seen in many... [Read More]
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Slug Caterpillar Moth
The larval form (caterpillar) of the Slug Caterpillar Moth is unlike the typical, tubular caterpilla... [Read More]
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Small Carpenter Bee
This small bee resembles an ant, but with wings. They are industrious and hard-working all spring a... [Read More]
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Small House Fly
Male Small House Flies form swarms in the summer. Females lay their eggs in animal/human feces or o... [Read More]
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Small Minnow Mayfly
Small Minnow Mayflies are a favorite among trout. The fish gobble the Mayflies up in the process of... [Read More]
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Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth
A member of the Hawk Moth family, the size of this species is startling. Females can average 3" whi... [Read More]
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Snakefly
Long necks make this insect look like it has the head of a snake. Snakeflies have wings that are lon... [Read More]
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Snow Mosquito
The Snow Mosquito is a special species of mosquito commonly limited to northern portions of the Unit... [Read More]
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Snowberry Clearwing Moth
Though this species looks and flies like a bee, it does not land on flowers as bees do. And though i... [Read More]
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Soldier Beetle
Commonly found in parks and fields, this genus of beetle feeds on aphids. They are usually spotted o... [Read More]
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Soldier Fly
This species of Soldier Fly can be found in woods, gardens and parks, with populations of adults hov... [Read More]
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Southern Emerald Moth
This moth is a type of Geometer Moth, one of the largest moth families in North America. This parti... [Read More]
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Southwestern Eyed Click Beetle
This species of click beetle has two large black 'eyespots' on its pronotum. They are surrounded by... [Read More]
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Spangled Flower Beetle
Spangled Flower Beetles are a type of Scarab Beetle. The members of this family love flowers and ha... [Read More]
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Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly
This species of butterfly can be found in gardens and at the edges of forests. Its coloration resemb... [Read More]
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Spider Wasp
Spider Wasps are wasps that hunt spiders. This species will attack a jumping spider and paralyze it... [Read More]
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Spotted Cucumber Beetle
Despite its attractive appearance, the Spotted Cucumber Beetle is a bane to those growing food. Bot... [Read More]
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Spotted Tree Borer Beetle
Eggs for the Spotted Tree Borer are laid by females on a variety of weakened trees like oak, maple, ... [Read More]
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Spur-throated Grasshopper
Spur-Throated Grasshoppers (part of the Short-horned Grasshopper family) are the most common species... [Read More]
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Squash Bug
Squash bugs are similar in appearance to Stink bugs. Both emit an odor when crushed, but squash bug... [Read More]
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Stag Beetle
Common east of the Mississippi, Stag Beetles are noted for their large size and ferocious appearance... [Read More]
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Striped Blister Beetle
When threatened, this blister beetle secretes an acidic yellowish fluid onto its legs. Predators an... [Read More]
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Swamp Cicada
These completely harmless insects are known for the loud buzzing noise the males make in the summer.... [Read More]
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Tachinid Fly
Tachinid Fly adults are usually seen visiting flowers and feeding on nectar. Though they look like ... [Read More]
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Tachinid Fly
Tachinid Fly larvae are efficient pest controllers for certain moth species. This particular species... [Read More]
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Tarantula Hawk
Adult Tarantula Hawks feed primarily on nectar though the females will actively hunt tarantulas for ... [Read More]
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Tawny Mole Cricket
Introduced to the coastal states of the American Southeast sometime around 1900, this species of mol... [Read More]
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Tersa Sphinx Moth
The large, stiff wings of this moth may give it the appearance of a small bird. Tersa Sphinx Moths a... [Read More]
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Thistle Down Velvet Ant
Although it looks and walks like an ant, this hairy little creature is a wasp! The color of the hair... [Read More]
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Three Lined Potato Beetle
This species larvae feed on the leaves of potato plants, nightshades like peppers, eggplant and toma... [Read More]
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Tiger Bee Fly
The widespread Tiger Bee Fly has a long proboscis that could make it easy to mistake for a mosquito.... [Read More]
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Tobacco Hornworm Moth
The name of the Tobacco Hornworm Moth partially stems from its caterpillar form. The green bodied, ... [Read More]
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Tri-Colored Bumble Bee
While most bumble bees adhere to the typical yellow/black coloration, this particular species has a ... [Read More]
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True Katydid
True Katydids, or Northern Katydids, are great leaf mimics. The veins on their oval-shaped green wi... [Read More]
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Tulip-Tree Beauty Moth
The brown and ivory coloring on this moth make it almost impossible to see when it is resting on tre... [Read More]
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Two-Lined Spittlebug
Two-Lined Spittlebugs have two orange or yellow lines, or stripes, crossing their black wings. They ... [Read More]
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Vine Sphinx Moth
The Vine Sphinx Moth has a sleek, striking pattern of lines and stripes on its forewings that is bes... [Read More]
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Walnut Sphinx Moth
Native to deciduous woodlands, Walnut Sphinx Moths are highly common throughout Missouri with limite... [Read More]
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Wasp Moth
This moth mimics the coloring of a wasp as a measure of protection. Predators are less likely to at... [Read More]
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Wee Harlequin Bug
The Wee Harlequin Bug is shaped like shield or armor (armour). Its red and black coloring should be ... [Read More]
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Weevil Wasp
Members of the genus Cerceris are hunters and gatherers of weevils and other beetles. Females dig n... [Read More]
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Western Conifer Seed Bug
Western Conifer Seed Bugs originated on the West Coast of the U.S., but have migrated east all the w... [Read More]
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Western Flying Adder
The Western Flying Adder is part of the very common summer flying insect generically grouped as "dra... [Read More]
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Western Hercules Beetle
Western Hercules Beetles are a horned Scarab Beetle found most commonly in Arizona and the surroundi... [Read More]
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Western Wood Cockroach
This species of cockroach prefer to live in the open wilderness. They can be found in woods, grassl... [Read More]
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Wheel Bug
This large insect is well-noted for its incredibly painful bite when disturbed or nonchalantly handl... [Read More]
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White Oak Borer Beetle
This species of beetle is partial to white oak trees, sometimes becoming serious pests. The adult fe... [Read More]
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White-lined Sphinx Moth
Sphinx moths are larger than most moths and the White-Lined Sphinx Moth is no exception. Their forew... [Read More]
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White-Marked Tussock Moth
The long, spiky tufts of hairs give fair warning to anyone or anything that tries to touch this spec... [Read More]
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White-Spotted Sawyer Beetle
One white spot at the top of the elytra (wing covering) marks this black beetle. Smaller white spec... [Read More]
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Widow Skimmer
Widow Skimmers live near warm waters. The water source could be a pond, marsh, small lake or lagoon... [Read More]
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Yellow Jacket
Yellow Jackets are easily distinguishable by their yellow and black coloring. They area common sigh... [Read More]
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Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee
Yellow-Faced Bumble Bees have yellow hair on the head and face as well as a single yellow band on th... [Read More]
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Yellow-Fly
Sometimes mistaken for a Deer Fly, Yellow Flies are just as unwelcome by both humans and animals. T... [Read More]
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Yucca Plant Bug
Yucca Plant Bugs are small red and black insects that live on yuccas, a drought-tolerant ornamental ... [Read More]
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Zebra Butterfly
A common sight in moist, tropical environments, the Zebra Butterfly can be found in that habitat all... [Read More]