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Flying Insects

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/23/2015

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.

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There are a total of 232 Flying Insects in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order.



1
Acorn Weevil
Like all weevils, Acorn Weevils have a long snout reminiscent of an elephant's trunk. This snout is a hollow tube and is use...
2
Ailanthus Webworm Moth
The definitive coloring and stripes on this moth make it unique among Webworm Moths. They tuck and roll their wings close to ...
3
American Bumble Bee
Similar to Golden Northern Bumblebee (Bombus fervidus) but larger, this Bumble Bee has black coloring just behind the wings. ...
4
American Carrion Beetle
The American Carrion Beetle earns its name by eating decaying flesh in both larval and adult form. Sometimes adults may be s...
5
American Cockroach
The American Cockroach is actually not native to the United States. Instead it originates from Africa. It was transplanted t...
6
American Lady Butterfly
The American Lady Butterfly is a member of the Brush-footed butterfly family. She is related to the Painted Lady, the Red Ad...
7
American Pelecinid Wasp
The long abdomen ('tail') of the female invokes trepidation among humans, but its primary purpose is not to sting. It is act...
8
American Salmonfly
As a member of the Stonefly family, the American Salmonfly is a useful bio-indicator. The larvae of the American Salmonfly l...
9
Antlion
Antlions get their name thanks to the diet of their larvae. A small Antlion larva is also known an a 'doodlebug'. Doodlebugs...
10
Antlion
The harmless adult Antlion is hard to miss. This species is the biggest of all North American Antlions Its wingspan (not li...
11
Aphids
Tiny and light, lime-green in color, these insects suck the juice of plants to the point where the plants dehydrate and possi...
12
Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle
Historically, Lady Beetles, were recognized as a beneficial insect because of their diet. They are known to eat aphids, plan...
13
Augochlora Sweat Bee
The shiny, metallic green color of this bee are vivid and uncommon compared to the typical yellow and black image of bees. Th...
14
Bald-Faced Hornet
Bald-faced Hornets are related to yellow jackets, but are not "true" hornets themselves. This species features a rather stout...
15
Banded Alder Borer Beetle
The Banded Alder Borer Beetle is a member of the Longhorn Beetle family Cerambycidae. Their antennae are quite long, sometim...
16
Banded Horntail
The prominent yellow bands at the end of the stout abdomen of the Banded Horntail are easily overlooked thanks to the 'hornta...
17
Banded Longhorn Beetle
Banded Longhorn Beetles are members of Cerambycidae, so they have extremely long antennae (horns) like their other relatives....
18
Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Moth
The Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Moth gets its descriptive name from the appearance of the caterpillar, not the adult moth. ...
19
Beech Blight Aphid
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...
20
Bee-Like Tachinid Fly
Bee-Like Tachinid Fly larvae are lethal predators to insects people may find problematic. Most of these fly larvae feed on th...
21
Big Dipper Firefly
Fireflies are famous for their nighttime displays in the summer. These friendly beetles delight children and adults alike wi...
22
Big Poplar Sphinx Moth
Sphinx Moths are first recognized for their great size. They are the biggest of the Hawk Moths in western North America. Des...
23
Black and Yellow Mud Dauber
The alarming yellow and black coloration on the Black and Yellow Mud Dauber causes many observers to slowly back away. While...
24
Black Carpenter Ant
Black Carpenter Ants are relatively large compared to other ant species. Recognized mostly by size and color, this type of an...
25
Black Saddlebags Skimmer
The Black Saddlebags is a type of dragonfly known as a skimmer. Their bodies are shorter than their wingspan. In line with ...
26
Black Swallowtail
The Black Swallowtail looks almost identical to the pungent-tasting Pipevine Swallowtail. This mimicry is a good defense agai...
27
Black Witch Moth
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...
28
Black-Tailed Bee Fly
The Black-Tailed Bee Fly is a fuzzy, hovering, buzzing look-a-like to a bumble bee. The long proboscis ('tongue'), however q...
29
Blue Dasher
Blue Dashers are one of the most abundant dragonflies in the U.S. and can be found near slow moving water sources, marshes an...
30
Blue-Eyed Darner
Thanks to their large size and beautiful blue eyes, the Blue-Eyed Darner is easy to spot and identify. The blue and black co...
31
Blue-fronted Dancer
Dancers flight patterns are not straight-lined; this pond damsel appears to dance, or bounce, along its way. Damselflies are ...
32
Blue-Winged Wasp
This non-aggressive Japanese wasp may not have blue wings in the brightest sense of the color, but at certain angles, the win...
33
Bordered Plant Bug
The Bordered Plant Bug is native to the Pacific Northwest and Southwest regions of North America. It can be found walking al...
34
Broad-Necked Root Borer
This forest-dwelling beetle is at home in the eastern part of the continent. The 'neck' of the Broad-Necked Root Borer is qu...
35
Brown Mantidfly
At first glance, Brown Mantidflies can be mistaken for a wasp. The colorful bands, the hairless body and obvious wings are si...
36
Buffalo Treehopper
Easily recognizable by its greenish-yellow color and its humpback-like appearance, Buffalo Treehoppers have large heads that ...
37
Burrowing Mayfly
Due to their sensitivity to pollution in the early stages of life, the presence of Burrowing Mayflies has long been used as a...
38
Burying Beetle
Adult Burying Beetles will bury a dead bird or small mammal, removing feathers and hair. It is then formed into a ball shape ...
39
Camel Cricket
The Camel Cricket gets its name from the rounded hump back. The hump does not aid in water retention. They consume a variet...
40
Carolina Locust
The Carolina Locust is another in the line of Short-horned Grasshoppers and can be identified by their short antenna and roug...
41
Carolina Tiger Beetle
Carolina Tiger Beetles are bright and colorful, therefore they are unfortunately collected for display as seen with butterfli...
42
Cassius Blue
Cassius Blues are members of the Lycaenidae, or Gossamer-Wing family of butterflies. Gossamer refers to their fine, delicate...
43
Cicada Killer
Cicada Killers earned their common name for good reason. They will hunt down flying Cicadas and attack them in-flight. The ...
44
Clouded Sulphur
The medium-sized Clouded Sulphur butterfly can be seen flying in meadows, near puddles, along roads, in parks, crop fields, g...
45
Clymene Haploa Moth
Unlike most moths, the Clymene Haploa Moth does not shy away from sunshine. It is equally active both day and night. They al...
46
Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle
The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle bores holes into the young, upper fronds of coconut palm trees. They drink the sap that is rel...
47
Coffinfly
At first glance, the Coffinfly appears physically similar to its other Mayfly relatives. A long abdomen is tipped with long ...
48
Common Coneheads
The pointed heads of some species in this genus of Katydids may even have a knob at the 'nose'. Like other Katydids though, C...
49
Common Green Darner
Common Green Darners are beautiful dragonflies with transparent wings. They are large specimens that are common throughout No...
50
Common Sanddragon
The Common Sanddragon is a dragonfly that prefers moving water. They can be found by streams, creeks and small rivers, flying...
51
Common Thread Waisted Wasp
The incredibly thin 'waist' on this wasp led to its name. It is an ambush attacker, immobilizing insect prey with a swift st...
52
Common Whitetail Skimmer
This typical dragonfly hovers over standing or slow water (ponds, creeks, streams, marshes, lakes, etc.). Older males de...
53
Cottonwood Borer
The Cottonwood Borer is part of the large Long-Horned Beetle family that makes its way throughout the summertime months destr...
54
Cranefly
Though they look like giant mosquitoes, they are not mosquitoes. Craneflies do not bite, they do not have a long proboscis (s...
55
Cuban Cockroach
The Cuban Cockroach originated from Cuba and the Caribbean islands. They prefer living outdoors in humid and hot air, but th...
56
Cuckoo Bee
This sweat bee gets its name from its parasitic behavior. Females Cuckoo Bees enter another species' nest and change out the...
57
Cuckoo Wasp
Cuckoo Wasps get their name thanks to their parenting technique. Similar to the Cuckoo bird, whose females lay eggs in anoth...
58
Dobsonfly
Male Dobsonflies appear to be quite fearsome, having what appears to be tentacle-like appendages for mouth parts. In fact, th...
59
Dogbane Leaf Beetle
Metallic green and coppery hues make this beetle stand out from the rest. Its tiny size mean it might get overlooked in natu...
60
Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle
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...
61
Eastern Amberwing
This dragonfly stays low, close to the water's surface, as it flies, feeding on small insects. Males stake a claim on a shor...
62
Eastern Carpenter Bee
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...
63
Eastern Pondhawk
Pondhawks attack their insect prey with similar agility seen in their avian namesake. They are very good predators and can t...
64
Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth
The Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth gets its name based on the behavior of its caterpillars. Together, a cluster of young cate...
65
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtails have a bright tiger-like striping pattern on their wings. Males have a mostly-yellow coloring wit...
66
Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle
This species of click beetle has two large black 'eyespots' on its pronotum. They are surrounded by a thick, white ring. The...
67
Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly
The Eastern-Tailed Blue Butterfly is a member of the Gossamer-Winged Butterfly group. They appear light and airy, floating t...
68
Edwards Glassy Wing Moth
The wings on this moth shimmer in the light, giving them the appearance of glass. Its pinkish red abdomen is visible when win...
69
Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer is a recent addition to the line of destructive tree-boring beetles in North America. As recently as Ju...
70
Evergreen Bagworm Moth
What at first looks like a moving pine cone, then becomes a complete mystery to most observers unfamiliar with this family of...
71
False Bombardier Beetle
The False Bombardier Beetle is described more by what it cannot do than by what it can. True to its name, this beetle greatl...
72
Familiar Bluet
The Familiar Bluet is one of the brightest blue damselflies. This makes them easy to spot as they quickly dart from plant to ...
73
Fiery Skipper
This species can be seen flying on grass (lawns), fields, bushes and forest openings. Though a butterfly, this small species ...
74
Fishfly
Fishflies are part of the Alderfly and Dobsonfly group of winged insects. They are generally noticed for their large size, co...
75
Five-Banded Tiphiid Wasp
This medium-sized wasp is highly beneficial because they prey on a variety of beetles that destroy trees and flowers. The fe...
76
Flesh Fly
Knowledge of the life cycle of certain genera of Flesh Flies can be valuable information. The presence of adults and larvae ...
77
Flower Fly
This fly looks like a wasp and is a fine mimic. Despite similar physical appearance and even flight behavior, the Flower Fly ...
78
Flower Longhorn Beetle
The long antennae, or horns, help place this species in teh family Cerambycidae. Its narrow abdomen inspired its name. The s...
79
Flower Longhorn Beetle
The long antennae of this species and its bright orange elytra make it a lovely specimen to photograph. They are usually fou...
80
Forage Looper Moth
The Forage Looper Moth is brown on both forewing and hindwing. Some member of its family have brilliant and brightly colored...
81
Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid
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...
82
Four-Toothed Mason Wasp
The solitary Four-Toothed Mason Wasp is a beneficial insect to have in the garden, just like its doppelganger, the Bald-Faced...
83
German Cockroach
Smaller than American and Oriental cockroaches, German cockroaches are notorious household and industrial pests. Infesting ho...
84
Giant Darner
The Giant Darner is hailed as the largest example of dragonfly found in the United States of America. This dragonfly can meas...
85
Giant Leopard Moth
This white tiger moth has distinct black rings as well as black spots along its wings. They can grow to enormous sizes compa...
86
Giant Mayfly
Giant Mayflies are common in the Eastern United States and can appear in large quantities in the summer months. They represen...
87
Giant Mesquite Bug
The Giant Mesquite Bug is very large and conspicuous. This gives it an advantage over possible insect predators, but it also...
88
Giant Stonefly
Giant Stoneflies are a narrow-bodied insect that are identifiable by their highly veined wings. These wings are very long and...
89
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
This is the largest species of butterfly in North America. The Giant Swallowtail is immense for butterflies. Seeing one can ...
90
Globemallow Leaf Beetle
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 ...
91
Gold-Backed Snipe Fly
Not much is known about the Gold-Backed Snipe Fly. It is a member of the Snipe Fly family, which are large flies that are us...
92
Golden Northern Bumble Bee
The Golden Northern Bumble Bee features an all-black head and dark wings. A black band runs across the mostly yellow thorax a...
93
Golden Tortoise Beetle
Few insects boast a gold body. This is one that can actually change its coloring at will thanks to the microscopic cavities ...
94
Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
Adult Gray Hairstreak Butterflies can be seen in open fields, parks, woods and gardens in every state and province. When rest...
95
Great Golden Digger Wasp
Despite its vivid alarm coloration, the Great Golden Digger Wasp is not an aggressive species of wasp. They tend to mind the...
96
Great Tiger Moth
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...
97
Greater Arid-Land Katydid
Greater Arid-land Katydids are relatives of the grasshopper. Katydids have long antennae while grasshoppers have shorter one...
98
Green Stink Bug
This popular garden and farm pest has a hearty appetite for all the same things people enjoy eating. Both adults and young ny...
99
Green-Lacewing
Green Lacewings are widespread across North America. They are small and look very delicate. They are nocturnal as adults an...
100
Hag Moth
The Hag Moth is a member of the Slug Caterpillar Moth family. Many of the larvae (caterpillars) of these moths are visual od...
101
Halloween Pennant
Bright orange and black spotted wings make the Halloween Pennant an easy dragonfly to spot. The coloring is similar to butte...
102
Hardwood Stump Borer Beetle
Large thick pincers (jaws) on the males are quite intimidating. Males have larger, thicker mouth parts than females. They al...
103
Harlequin Bug
The bodies of nymphs and adults of the Harlequin Bug are bursting with color and intricate patterns. This makes them easy to...
104
Hazelnut Lace Bug
Most Lace Bugs are very partial to one type of plant. For this species, it seems to prefer the Hazelnut tree. They are smal...
105
Himmelman's Plume Moth
Himmelman's Plume Moths have many distinct physical features helping observers make an identification. The long antennae are ...
106
Hoary Edge Skipper
This small butterfly can be found at the edges of forests or clearings from spring to autumn. "Hoary" means grayish-white an...
107
Holly Borer Moth
The transparent wings of the Holly Borer Moth, coupled with the bold black and yellow body patterns, make it look like a stin...
108
Horntail Wasp
Despite the warning colors, Horntail wasps are generally non-aggressive and (one source says) harmless. Both genders of Hornt...
109
Horse Lubber Grasshopper
Lubber grasshoppers boast a much larger size than other grasshoppers and crickets. This particular species is known to have s...
110
Horse-Bean Longhorn Beetle
The Horse-Bean Longhorn Beetle lays its eggs on a variety of trees commonly found in southern U.S. states and Mexico. Citrus...
111
Hover Fly
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...
112
Hummingbird Moth
Fast beating wings and a furry body give the Hummingbird Moth the appearance of a small hummingbird, but the moth lacks the l...
113
Imperial Moth
Few moths have both the size and colors of the Imperial Moth. That said, the two genders tend to have different ratios of ye...
114
Iron Clad Beetle
The exoskeletons of the Ironclad Beetle is extremely thick, hence their name. Ironclad beetles are nocturnal and will play de...
115
Ivory Marked Beetle
The defining ivory spots on the top of this beetle come in pairs. They are usually found in forests or lumberyards. Adults e...
116
Japanese Beetle
The Japanese Beetle is a pest not native to the United States, let alone North America. It is believed to have arrived by way...
117
Julia Longwing Butterfly
The Julia Longwing Butterfly is a member of the diverse Brush-footed Butterfly family. This means it is related to the Monar...
118
Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer Beetle
The long common name of this wood borer aptly describes much about it. It prefers coniferous forests and, particularly, the ...
119
Large Tolype Moth
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 ...
120
Leaf-Footed Bug
The males of this large plant-eating family have usually thick thighs, often edged with spikes. Their lower legs may be shape...
121
Least Skipper
Unlike other grass skippers, the Least Skipper is not an excellent flyer. It flutters about, as if it is struggling to stay a...
122
Leucospid Wasp
While most wasps have abdomen that come to a point, this type of wasp seems to have rounded it out. They still possess sting...
123
Locust Borer Beetle
Adult Locust Borer Beetles are often seen on the yellow flowers of goldenrod plants, feeding on its pollen in autumn. They c...
124
Long-legged Fly
This metallic green, copper or blue fly with bright red eyes can be found wandering between leaves in a forest, flowers in a ...
125
Long-Tailed Skipper
The long 'tail's on the tips of each of Long-Tailed Skipper's forewings helped name this butterfly. It is the most prevalent ...
126
Luminescent Click Beetle
If ever there was a beetle made for a circus, it would be the Luminescent Click Beetle. It may look like any other brown bee...
127
Luna Moth
This large, pale green Giant Silkmoth can be found in hardwood forests. Luna Moths are unique to North America. Their bright...
128
Lunate Zale Moth
Lunate Zales are extremely widespread throughout North America. They are large moths in the Owlet family. Their brown bodies...
129
Many-Spotted Tiger Moth
This species of moth is in the Tiger Moth family. Most members of this family have vivid coloring or bold patterns on their ...
130
Masked Hunter
The Masked Hunter is a type of Assassin Bug. This family of insects is known for its ability to inflict painful bites on peo...
131
May Beetle
May Beetles are also called Junebugs as they are particularly active and visible during this month across most of the contine...
132
Mealy Bug Destroyer Larvae
The unique white 'hairs' on this tiny bug often draw attention from people. These larvae are extremely useful in pest manage...
133
Megetra cancellata
As a member of the Blister Beetle family, Meloidae, this southwest species has the ability to give handlers great pain for th...
134
Milkweed Bug
Adult Milkweed Bugs do not seem to damage flowers, vegetable gardens or field crops, but they are usually found in large clus...
135
Mimosa Yellow Sulphur
The Mimosa Yellow closely resembles the Barred Yellow Sulphur, which lacks dark dots that the Mimosa Yellow has. It also loo...
136
Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterflies are a common sight throughout North America, with the exception of the extreme northern regions. Their or...
137
Mottled Tortoise Beetle
The Mottled Tortoise Beetle is a member of the Leaf Beetle family. It is found on morning glory flowers, leaves and vines as...
138
Mourning Cloak Butterfly
The Mourning Cloak Butterfly has very short front legs, like all its Brush-Footed kin. They are covered in short hairs akin ...
139
Mydas Fly
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...
140
Net-Winged Beetle
This beetle resembles the firefly, like its close cousin C. reticulatum, but the ridges and net-like pattern of vei...
141
Northern Caddisfly
While Northern Caddisflies resemble moths, they are not related. A Caddisfly has a life cycle more similar to dragonflies. ...
142
Northern Mole Cricket
Mole Crickets are a breed of cricket commonly found east of the Rocky Mountains with a broad range reaching from southern Can...
143
Northern Paper Wasp
Northern Paper Wasps are most commonly found in the Midwest states. They are likely to build nests near humans as that is wh...
144
Notch-Tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle
The Notch-Tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle has long antennae ('horns') and feeds on pollen from a variety of flowers. They have...
145
Oak Treehopper
Oak Treehoppers are a light blue with red stripes or yellow speckles. There is some variation within the species and as indiv...
146
Oil Beetle
Oil Beetles are a type of Blister Beetle. This group of beetles can secrete a caustic chemical called cantharidin from their...
147
Ox Beetle
The male Ox beetle has horns growing off of the pronotum ('shoulder plate'). In young males, they are more like bumps. Fema...
148
Pandorus Sphinx Moth
This hawk moth boasts a healthy size. Some hawk moths are occasionally mistaken for small birds. They are fast fliers and no...
149
Pearl Crescent Butterfly
Color variations within the species is usual, though all tend to be orange with brown and black markings. The small white sp...
150
Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle
The texture on the elytra (wing covering) of the Pennsylvania Leatherwing is smooth and shiny, giving it the appearance of le...
151
Periodical Cicada
The Periodical Cicada is generally more well known in the Midwest as the Seventeen-Year Cicada due to their periodical emerge...
152
Picture-Winged Fly
Delphinia picta is one of central and eastern North America's most common Picture-Winged Flies. Its wings are mostly...
153
Pigeon Tremex
Although they look intimidating, the Pigeon Tremex is a horntail and is not naturally aggressive, unlike wasps. The thick, l...
154
Pine Sawyer Beetle
Pine Sawyer Beetles are found in coniferous forests at elevations over 1,200 meters. Ponderosa Pine tree and Douglas Firs are...
155
Pipevine Swallowtail
This butterfly mimics the coloring the Spicebush and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. They have elongated 'tails' at the tips of th...
156
Planthopper
Planthoppers look a lot like Leafhoppers, but they have fewer leg spines and more interesting heads. Their bodies are shaped ...
157
Pleasing Fungus Beetle
This species of Pleasing Fungus beetle is found in the mountains of select western states. Their steely gray elytra (wing cov...
158
Plume Moth
Their thin body and 'T' shape make the Plume Moth unique. Their wings have the appearance of a bird's plume (feathers) and w...
159
Polka Dot Wasp Moth
Polka Dot Wasp Moths are common to tropical climates and make their North American home in the Southeastern United States, ap...
160
Polyphemus Moth
This member of the Giant Silk Moth family is both large and furry. The antennae are also feathery. Eyespots on the wing are ...
161
Potter Wasp
Potter Wasps have nests that look like ceramic jugs or pots. They create these mud nests on twigs, branches or on the trunks...
162
Predaceous Diving Beetle
Found in or near large ponds and lakes, the Predaceous Diving Beetle is hydrodynamic for a life mostly spent in water. It may...
163
Promethea Moth
The generous size of the Promethea Moth first attracts attention, but the details on its wings help maintain interest. It has...
164
Red Headed Ash Borer
Red Headed Ash Borer beetles are related to the Long Horned Borer beetles. They mimic wasps in appearance only and harmless t...
165
Red Oak Borer
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...
166
Reddish Potato Beetle
The bright Reddish Potato Beetle is a close cousin to the very destructive Colorado Potato Beetle. Though it is named after ...
167
Red-Legged Grasshopper
The Red-Legged Grasshopper flies as part of a swarm and, when they land on crops, they can decimate the field leaving the far...
168
Regal Moth
Both striped and spotted, the Regal Moth can also add "large" to the list of characteristics to identify it. The orange and b...
169
Reticulated Netwinged Beetle
This beetle somewhat resembles a firefly with its head almost completely hidden. They have visible ridges on their soft wing...
170
Robber Fly (Diogmites)
Robber flies eat biting flies and other flying insects like bees, butterflies and wasps. This species likes bees and dragonf...
171
Robber Fly (Efferia)
Robberflies are considered 'hanging thieves' becaue they use their arms to suspend themselves from twigs and branches and ste...
172
Robberfly (Promachus)
Robberflies eat all sorts of other flies as well as bees, wasps, beetles and butterflies. If it flies and they can catch it, ...
173
Rose Chafer
These small and slender members of the beetle family are a common pest usually associated with roses though they do eat other...
174
Rosy Maple Moth
The colors of the Rosy Maple Moth make it easy to spot on a maple tree. The wings range from purple to pink with a white to ...
175
Rustic Sphinx Moth
This striking, mammoth-sized moth is a member of the Sphinx family. The rich black and white speckled coloration of the Rust...
176
Saddleback Caterpillar
The Saddleback Caterpillar is covered in short hairs that sting when touched and contact can sometimes leave a rash on its hu...
177
Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth
Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moths are members of the Tiger moth family. Like their relatives, they are colorful and brightly patterne...
178
Silver-Spotted Skipper
This ubiquitous skipper can be found in a diverse variety of habitats. They are very common everywhere in eastern North Ameri...
179
Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly
The medium-sized Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly has common orange/black/white coloration seen in many Crescent butterflies. A...
180
Slug Caterpillar Moth
The larval form (caterpillar) of the Slug Caterpillar Moth is unlike the typical, tubular caterpillar. Its flattened body is...
181
Small Carpenter Bee
This small bee resembles an ant, but with wings. They are industrious and hard-working all spring and summer long. They can ...
182
Small House Fly
Male Small House Flies form swarms in the summer. Females lay their eggs in animal/human feces or on dead and decaying anima...
183
Small Minnow Mayfly
Small Minnow Mayflies are a favorite among trout. The fish gobble the Mayflies up in the process of surfacing. Because of th...
184
Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth
A member of the Hawk Moth family, the size of this species is startling. Females can average 3" while males are usually smal...
185
Snakefly
Long necks make this insect look like it has the head of a snake. Snakeflies have wings that are longer than their actual bod...
186
Snow Mosquito
The Snow Mosquito is a special species of mosquito commonly limited to northern portions of the United States. The Snow Mosqu...
187
Snowberry Clearwing Moth
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...
188
Soldier Beetle
Commonly found in parks and fields, this genus of beetle feeds on aphids. They are usually spotted on flowers, especially Gol...
189
Southern Emerald Moth
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tachinid Fly larvae are efficient pest controllers for certain moth species. This particular species parasitizes some tiger m...
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Tarantula Hawk
Adult Tarantula Hawks feed primarily on nectar though the females will actively hunt tarantulas for more nefarious reasons. T...
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Tawny Mole Cricket
Introduced to the coastal states of the American Southeast sometime around 1900, this species of mole cricket creates problem...
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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 are hairy and angular, lik...
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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 hairs may vary from stark whi...
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Three Lined Potato Beetle
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
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
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
While most bumble bees adhere to the typical yellow/black coloration, this particular species has a flourish of bright orange...
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True Katydid
True Katydids, or Northern Katydids, are great leaf mimics. The veins on their oval-shaped green wings helps camouflage them...
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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 tree bark. Its wings remain...
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Two-Lined Spittlebug
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
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
Native to deciduous woodlands, Walnut Sphinx Moths are highly common throughout Missouri with limited appearances in certain ...
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Wasp Moth
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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Wee Harlequin Bug
The Wee Harlequin Bug is shaped like shield or armor (armour). Its red and black coloring should be sufficient warning to tho...
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Weevil Wasp
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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-Marked Tussock Moth
The long, spiky tufts of hairs give fair warning to anyone or anything that tries to touch this species' larva. The caterpil...
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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 speckling may be visible on t...
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Widow Skimmer
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
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
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
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
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
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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