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Listing of North American Insects, Bugs and Spiders for Identification

North America is home to hundreds of thousands of insect and spider types - the perfect stage for casual observation, photography, research and education.

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The term 'bug' is often misused to represent all manner of insect (bug refers to an insect that can only use its mouthparts to bite or suck). With over 80,000 species categorically identified throughout the world, the term "bug" does not apply to insects as a whole.


Insects are both harmful and helpful for humans for they pollinate plants or make honey and even keep pest populations under control while they can also infect individuals, destroy crops and kill livestock. The circle of life, therefore, becomes a complicated formula and one can agree that there is more going on than meets the eye. As such, insects represent a vital part of our active ecosystem which requires respect.


The InsectIdentification.org database currently features 372 insects, bugs and spiders commonly found throughout North America. While primarily centering on the United States, the listing also includes insects found in Canada as well as Mexico.

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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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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3
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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4
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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5
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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6
American Dog Tick
Identifying Colors: ivory, brown, red, black
Ticks are 8-legged arachnids though they are not spiders. They do not have wings and cannot fly, but they are adept at latch...
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American House Spider
Identifying Colors: brown; tan; black, white
The webs created by American House Spiders are classic Halloween webs: tangled messes in all corners of the attic or windows....
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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 Oil Beetle
Identifying Colors: black; blue
American Oil Beetles are a type of Blister beetle. When threatened or put under pressure, they emit a chemical called cantha...
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10
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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11
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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12
Ant Mimic Spider
Identifying Colors: black; yellow; orange; red
With bodies shaped more like ants, at first glance, it may be difficult to tell that this creature is a spider. They walk wi...
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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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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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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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Arizona Desert Scorpion
Identifying Colors: brown, yellow, tan, ivory
The Arizona Desert Scorpion is largest species of scorpion known in the United States. Like most scorpions, it is nocturnal,...
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17
Arrowhead Orb Weaver
Identifying Colors: red; brown; yellow; white; pink
It is unusual to see a spider with an abdomen that it not round, especially an orbweaver. Orbweaver spiders belong to the fa...
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18
Arrow-shaped Micrathena Spider
Identifying Colors: red; yellow; black; orange; white
The spiny ridges on females are believed to ward off predators, but some sources believe they add to her ability to conceal h...
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19
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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20
Assassin Bug
Identifying Colors: red; orange; black; white; gray
The strong beak found on Assassin bugs is used to repeatedly, and violently, stab its prey to death, hence the name 'assassin...
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21
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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22
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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23
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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24
Banded Garden Spider
Identifying Colors: black; white; yellow; brown
This spider builds its orb-shaped web between plants in garden beds. It sits in the center of the spiral web with its, up-sid...
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25
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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26
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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Basilica Orb Weaver
Identifying Colors: green; orange; yellow; black; white; red
The colors, pattern and shape of the abdomen make this spider a real stand out. With shades of green, orange and yellow, it ...
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29
Bed Bug
Identifying Colors: red; brown; purple
Although it is best known for its ruthless biting on slumbering humans, the Bed Bug is a parasite of birds and bats as well. ...
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30
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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32
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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Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Identifying Colors: black, yellow, red, silver, orange, brown
Black and Yellow Garden Spiders are from the Argiope genus found throughout the United States of America and Canada. This spe...
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34
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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35
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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36
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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37
Black Tail Crab Spider
Identifying Colors: brown; black; red
Crab spiders have long front forelegs that sit more forward on the body. The back pairs of legs are so much shorter and furth...
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38
Black Vine Weevil
Identifying Colors: black, red
The Black Vine Weevil is a known pest to an expansive variety of plants and usually feeds at night. Leaves are chewed away, ...
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39
Black Widow
Identifying Colors: white, red, black, orange, brown, yellow, white
Female Black Widows are famous for their toxic venom. Males, however, lack such a weapon and are not really known to bite. ...
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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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41
Black-Legged Tick
Identifying Colors: brown; red; black
The Black-Legged Tick is a carrier of Lyme disease. This arachnid picks up the Lyme disease-causing bacteria from feeding on...
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42
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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43
Blister Beetle
Identifying Colors: black; red; brown
Blister Beetles are members of the family Melodiae. If squeezed, they eject a chemical toxin called cantharidin that is a ski...
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44
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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45
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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46
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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47
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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48
Bolas Spider
Identifying Colors: brown, white, ivory, yellow, red
The Bolas Spider is not a web spinner. Instead, it casts lines of silk strands with a heavy globule at the end called a bola...
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49
Bold Jumping Spider
Identifying Colors: black, white, green,gray
As a member of the Salticidae family, this small jumping spider has the ability to leap more than 4 times its own body length...
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50
Boll Weevil
Identifying Colors: brown; gray
Long the bane of cotton farmers, the Boll Weevil has finally been controlled with biotechnology. The only plant this particul...
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51
Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider
Identifying Colors: brown; ivory; white; black; yellow, red
The Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider is a member of the Sheet-Web family. The distinct shape of the web created by this species a...
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52
Boxelder Bug
Identifying Colors: red; black; gray; orange
Boxelder Bugs commonly form large congregations alongside homes,on trees and especially near Boxelder bushes. They also pref...
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53
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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54
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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55
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Identifying Colors: brown; gray; yellow; red; black
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a pest to a large variety of fruit-bearing trees and plants. Accidentally imported from As...
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Brown Recluse
Identifying Colors: orange; yellow; brown; gray
The Brown Recluse spider, also known as the Violin Spider, is generally found throughout the southern American states and wes...
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57
Brown Widow
Identifying Colors: brown, black, orange, , yellow, ivory, gray
The moment the bright orange hourglass on her belly is visible, most people recognize this spider as a type of Widow. The ov...
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58
Brown-Hooded Cockroach
Identifying Colors: brown, black
Not all cockroaches desire to live among humans. The Brown-Hooded Cockroach is a woodland cockroach that prefers the great ou...
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59
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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60
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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61
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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62
Cabbage White Butterfly
Identifying Colors: white; black; gray; yellow
The white wings of this species have charcoal gray tips. Males have 1 black spot on the center of each forewing, while female...
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63
California Timema
Identifying Colors: green; brown; pink; white
There are fewer than 25 known species of Timemas in North America. The can appear green or brown in color and have hints of ...
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64
California Trapdoor Spider
Identifying Colors: black; brown; yellow
California Trapdoor Spiders are native to Southern California. In many ways, they resemble smaller versions of tarantulas, bu...
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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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Candy-Striped Leafhopper
Identifying Colors: blue; red; green
The bold coloration on the Candy-Striped Leafhopper is not very common among insects. Though some may have patches of green,...
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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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68
Carolina Mantis
Identifying Colors: green; brown; black; gray
This is the most common mantis found across North America and it comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Some are very gre...
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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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70
Carpenter Ant
Identifying Colors: red, black, brown
Carpenter Ants are the largest ants on the continent. They are fond of tunneling through dead or decaying wood to build colo...
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71
Cat-Faced Spider
Identifying Colors: brown, white, yellow, ivory, red
The Cat-Faced Spider is a common name shared by this species and another North American spider. Its other common name, Jewel ...
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72
Cedar Beetle
Identifying Colors: black
The Cedar Beetle has a parasitic relationship with Cicada larvae. Female beetles will lay their eggs on trees so sightings o...
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73
Checkered Beetle
Identifying Colors: red; black; yellow
A strong banding pattern on the elytra (wing covering) helped to name this beetle. Checkered beetles are colorful and easy to...
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74
Chinese Mantis
Identifying Colors: green, brown, gray
The Chinese Mantis, or Mantid, is a member of the Praying Mantis family. Its coloration is mostly brown, though they can also...
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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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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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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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Comb-Clawed Spider
Identifying Colors: brown; tan; beige; white; black
Comb-clawed, or Comb-Footed, spiders are the most common type of house spider in North America. They come in a variety of col...
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Common Buckeye Butterfly
Identifying Colors: brown, orange, white, black, yellow, blue, tan
The Common Buckeye is a member of the diverse Brush-footed Butterfly family. This means it is related to the Monarch, Vicero...
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82
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 Eastern Bumble Bee
Identifying Colors: black, yellow
Fuzzy and loud, the Common Eastern Bumble Bee is an industrious workhorse. Like other bumble bees, it flies from flower to f...
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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 Pillbug
Identifying Colors: gray, black, yellow
With a plated armor similar to armadillos, it is no mystery how their Genus name was determined. The Common Pillbug has a di...
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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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Cow Killer
Identifying Colors: red; black
The Eastern Velvet Ant (aka: "Cow Killer") is not an ant at all, though it looks like a hairy one. It is actually a wasp and...
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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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Cribellate Orb Weaver
Identifying Colors: brown; tan; white
The legs of this spider are hairy with flared, feathery tufts of hair at the 'ankles'. The front pairs of legs are extremely...
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Cross Spider
Identifying Colors: brown, black, white
The white cross marking on the abdomen of the Cross Spider became its name and main identifier. Originally from Europe, it w...
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Cryptopid Centipede
Identifying Colors: brown; red; tan; orange
This lighter colored centipede can be found in the typical haunts of most other centipedes: under rocks, dead wood, leaf litt...
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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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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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Dark Jerusalem Cricket
Identifying Colors: black; white; yellow; brown
Dark Jerusalem Crickets are a slow-moving, wingless species of cricket common in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. They are r...
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Darkling Beetle
Identifying Colors: black
Darkling beetles tend to walk with their heads down, as if they cannot see where they are going. This results in their abdom...
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Desert Tarantula
Identifying Colors: gray, brown, black, beige, tan
Desert Tarantulas are a common sight in the Southwestern states and Mexico. They generally hide during the day, choosing ins...
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101
Devil's Coach Horse
Identifying Colors: black
The all-black body of the Devil's Coach Horse is just the one reason to think this a nefarious creature. Its elytra (wing co...
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102
Differential Grasshopper
Identifying Colors: beige, black, ivory, green, white, yellow/ pink
Most prevalent in the central U.S., this grasshopper has distinguishing stripes on its 'thighs'. The black herringbone patte...
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Dingy Cutworm Moth
Identifying Colors: brown, black, tan, white, gray, yellow
The unremarkable colors of this moth helped name it, but the pattern on it is distinctive. The yellowish kidney shaped spot ...
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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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Dog Day Cicada
Identifying Colors: green; black; yellow; gold
Seen frequently on the hottest days of the summer, the Dog-Day Cicada is a truly harmless insect that happens to be a delight...
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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
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108
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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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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Eastern Harvestman
Identifying Colors: brown; black
Harvestman are not spiders, though they resemble them in many ways. They are relatives of the spider in that they are both f...
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Eastern Hercules Beetle
Identifying Colors: ivory; black; beige; tan; brown
This massive beetle can be found in hardwood forests in the Eastern U.S.. Despite their immense size and heft, they can fly v...
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Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
Identifying Colors: brown, white, gray, black
The massive and spiny legs on the Eastern Leaf-footed Bug are usually the second feature noticed by an observer. The white s...
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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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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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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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European Earwig
Identifying Colors: brown; yellow; red; orange
Contrary to popular belief, earwigs do not typically crawl into human ears to make nests or lay eggs. They also do not bite ...
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European Mantis
Identifying Colors: green; brown
As the name suggests, the European Mantis was one native to Europe and was discovered in the United States in 1899. It is a ...
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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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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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Feather-Legged Spider
Identifying Colors: brown; ivory; red, black
Thick legs with long, feathery hairs on them make this spider unique. They make look ferocious, but they actually lack venom...
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Field Cricket
Identifying Colors: black; red; brown
Field Crickets are a common site throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. Warm summer nights bring them out en masse...
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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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Firebrat
Identifying Colors: white, yellow, gray , brown, black
Firebrats are part of the same order as Silverfish. They have a long and flat silvery body with spike-like hairs protruding f...
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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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Fishing Spider
Identifying Colors: brown, tan, gray
Fishing Spiders are large and look menacing. Their legspan can stretch more than 75mm (3 inches), making it possible to say ...
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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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131
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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Flower Longhorn Beetle
Identifying Colors: orange, black
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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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Formica Ant
Identifying Colors: black; brown; red
Ants in the Formica genus have only 1 knob (bump) between the thorax and abdomen. They feed on the honeydew created by aphid...
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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 Crab Spider
Identifying Colors: brown, black, white, gray
The Giant Crab Spider is also known as the Golden Huntsman Spider. This is one of the largest spiders in North America with ...
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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 Red Velvet Mite
Identifying Colors: red
The bright red coloration make the Giant Red Velvet Mite easy to spot a red velvet mite, which is useful considering its dimi...
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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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Giant Walkingstick
Identifying Colors: yellow, red, green, black, brown, pink
The Giant Walkingstick is the largest of all North American Walkingsticks. Walkingsticks, in general, have bodies that resemb...
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Giant Water Bug
Identifying Colors: brown; black
This is a large insect species with equally large and very noticeable foreleg pincers. They are used to catch underwater prey...
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Giant Whipscorpion
Identifying Colors: black, brown
The Giant Whipscorpion looks somewhat like a typical scorpion, but with a cord-like tail instead of a stinger. It lacks a st...
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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 Silk Orbweaver
Identifying Colors: orange; yellow; black; white; brown
The size of this spider can be frightening. While males remain quite small (up to 1/4 inch), females can grow to become 3 in...
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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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Goldenrod Crab Spider
Identifying Colors: Yellow; red
This species of spider uses camouflage as its primary defense as well as offense. It will bite to protect itself as well. Go...
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Grapevine Hoplia
Identifying Colors: yellow, brown, red, silver
The Grapevine Hoplia is a small rounded pesky beetle that has a hunger for vegetation - it will feed on the leaves of plants ...
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Grass Spider
Identifying Colors: yellow; gray; brown; ivory
Grass Spiders are common sights throughout North American summers and belong to a family of Funnel Web Weavers. Noted for...
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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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Gray Silverfish
Identifying Colors: gray, black, silver
These fast insects are usually found around dark, warm places inside a home (ovens, furnaces, fireplaces, bathroom vents, clo...
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Great Blue Skimmer
Identifying Colors: blue; black; white; brown; green; yellow
The brightly colored bodies of the Great Blue Skimmer are characteristic of most of the dragonflies in the Libellulidae famil...
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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 Crab Spider
Identifying Colors: green; red
The extremely long front legs of the Green Crab Spider help it grab insects like bees, butterflies and beetles that are eithe...
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Green June Beetle
Identifying Colors: green, brown, black
Green June Beetles are a lovely color and a hardy insect. They are active flyers and large enough to be mistaken for a carpen...
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Green Lynx Spider
Identifying Colors: green, white, yellow, black, orange
As its name might suggest, the Green Lynx Spider is a bright green spider of the Lynx spider family. Appearing an almost lea...
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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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Ground Crab Spider
Identifying Colors: brown; black; red; tan
Crab spiders get their name from the resemblance they share with the crustacean as they walk and when they sit at rest. Their...
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Ground Spider
Identifying Colors: black
Ground Spiders are technically a group of spiders that are ambush attackers and the species Zelotes duplex is one ex...
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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
Identifying Colors: orange; white; black; brown; silver
This tropical butterfly has short hairs on its front legs, making it part of the 'brush-footed' butterfly family. They are fa...
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Hacklemesh Weaver
Identifying Colors: brown, red, tan
This small brown spider is sometimes mistaken for a Brown Recluse, but it lacks the dark 'violin' silhouette. In addition, H...
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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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Hawaiian Garden Spider
Identifying Colors: yellow, white, black, brown, gray, orange
Though Hawaiian Garden Spiders can grow to great sizes, they are not poisonous to humans and make great bug-killers in the ga...
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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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Helmeted Squash Bug
Identifying Colors: brown, white
The Helmeted Squash Bug is considered a pest of plants in the squash family, like pumpkins, gourds and zucchini. Adults feed...
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Hentz Jumping Spider
Identifying Colors: brown; tan; yellow; white
Hentz Jumping Spider is a member of the Salticidae family. It is not very large; none of the jumping spiders are. Rather th...
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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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Hister Beetle
Identifying Colors: black
There are a large variety of Hister Beetles and most species have not been studied. These tiny beetles can be found making h...
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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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Honey Bee
Identifying Colors: red, brown, black, orange, yellow
Honey Bee occupations break down into one of three categories: the worker bees, the drones and the Queen Bee. Unlike wasps, ...
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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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House Centipede
Identifying Colors: black; brown; ivory; yellow; white
House Centipedes are covered with black and yellow to white coloring. Legs appear to surround the body which consists of 15 p...
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House Cricket
Identifying Colors: brown; black
House Crickets can appear very similar to their related cousins - the Grasshopper - but can be separated by the fact that com...
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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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Huntsman Spider
Identifying Colors: yellow; brown; black; tan; white
Although this species of spider is already established in the Southeast, sometimes they stow away on produce from Mexico or C...
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Ichneumon Wasp
Identifying Colors: brown; yellow; black; orange; red, white
There are several different species of Ichneumon Wasp, each with its own color variations. Some are black and yellow, others ...
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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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Japygid Dipluran
Identifying Colors: white, brown, red
Diplurans are beginning to no longer be considered insects in the taxonomic community. They are currently grouped in a subphy...
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Jerusalem Cricket
Identifying Colors: black; brown; amber; white; yellow. red
This slow-moving, humpbacked insect is often taken for a spider until one counts the number of legs. They are very slow in sp...
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Johnson Jumping Spider
Identifying Colors: black; red; white
The Johnson Jumping Spider does not build webs to catch its food. It seeks it out, wandering around until it happens upon a ...
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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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Jumping Bristletail
Identifying Colors: silver, gray
Jumping Bristletails are tiny insects that have a hunched back like shrimp, an abdomen like a Silverfish and three 'tails' at...
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Katydid
Identifying Colors: green
Katydids get their name from the perceived sound they make. Their repetitive clicks and calls sounded like someone saying, "...
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Kudzu Bug
Identifying Colors: green, brown, black
The Kudzu Bug is an Asian import that has helped curb the growth of the plant-suffocating Kudzu vine, which also originates f...
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Labyrinthine Orb Weaver Spider
Identifying Colors: brown; black; tan; gray; orange
The web of this spider is more like a starburst, rather than a typical orb, making it unique and easy to identify. It is a tw...
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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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Lattice Orbweaver Spider
Identifying Colors: yellow; brown; black; pink; ivory; orange
The characteristics of the web are useful in identifying the Lattice Orb Weaver Spider. It also has six defined black spots ...
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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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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-bodied Cellar Spider
Identifying Colors: brown
The shape of the abdomen aided in an alternate name for the Long-Bodied Cellar Spider. Although the name Daddy-Long-Legs is ...
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Long-Jawed Orb Weaver
Identifying Colors: brown, gray, silver, black, white
The Long-Jawed Orb Weaver has an incredibly long set of front of legs. The female's mouth part, the chelicerae, is also unusu...
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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-Legged Sac Spider
Identifying Colors: white; cream; tan; yellow
This pale spider is typically found in homes and offices (on ceilings, in corners, under beds, etc). They build thin silk te...
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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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Magnolia Green Jumping Spider
Identifying Colors: green, black, red
The bright Magnolia Green Jumping Spider is quite small. Unlike other jumping spiders, it is not furry and its legs are long...
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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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Marbled Orb Weaver
Identifying Colors: orange; yellow; black; brown; white
The unique 'marbling' pattern of colors on the abdomen, as well as the orange head and black and white legs make the Marbled ...
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Maritime Earwig
Identifying Colors: brown; orange; black
The habitat of the Maritime Earwig is uncommon for most insects. The close proximity to bays and the coast would be risky co...
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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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Metallic Crab Spider
Identifying Colors: brown; purple
The Metallic Crab Spider is a member of the Running Crab Spider family. They are long with skinny legs and incredibly fast. ...
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Mexican Orange-Kneed Tarantula
Identifying Colors: black, orange, gray, white
Tarantulas are magnificently large and extremely hairy. Including legs, some can grow as long as 150 mm. This particular spe...
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Midges
Identifying Colors: yellow, brown, black, white, gray
Midges are often mistaken for mosquitoes thanks to similar size and body shape. Because they do not take blood meals, they a...
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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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Millipede
Identifying Colors: black, brown, red, ivory, white
Millipedes differ from centipedes in that their legs are paired in each body segment (except for the first three). Centipedes...
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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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Mormon Cricket
Identifying Colors: brown; black; yellow; green
In 1848, this type of katydid nearly wiped out the crops planted by Mormon farmers trying to settle in Utah. They've been cal...
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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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Mutillid Wasp
Identifying Colors: red, yellow, black, brown
Though they look and act like ants, the solitary wasps known as Velvet Ants are anything but. Wingless females are capable o...
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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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North American Jumping Spider
Identifying Colors: black; brown; gray; white
Jumping spiders are opportunistic, ambush predators. They do not weave webs for catching prey though they can make spider si...
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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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Northern Walkingstick
Identifying Colors: green; brown
Northern Walkingsticks are a child's favorite type of bug, if they chose to be brave enough to handle the insect. Northern Wa...
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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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Nursery Web Spider
Identifying Colors: brown, gray, white, black
The Nursery Web Spider derives its name from the good care it takes of its egg sacs. Females carry the sac with their fangs ...
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Oleander Aphids
Identifying Colors: yellow, black
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Orb Weaver
Identifying Colors: orange, brown, yellow, black, white
Orb Weavers come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Common traits among some include the rounded abdomen and orange-to...
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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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Pale Windscorpion
Identifying Colors: brown; yellow
Windscorpions are not scorpions though they share similar physical features. Where scorpions have two body segments (head an...
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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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Parson Spider
Identifying Colors: black; brown; ivory
The white stripe on the abdomen of the black Parson Spider is said to resemble the cravat or ruffled neck tie commonly used b...
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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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Praying Mantis
Identifying Colors: green, yellow, white, red, brown
The large Praying Mantis (not 'Preying' although it does that very well) got its name from the position of its forelegs. Whe...
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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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Proturan
Identifying Colors: yellow, brown, red
The microscopic Proturans are 6-legged creatures that live in soil. They are shorter than a typed-out exclamation mark! Hund...
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Pseudoscorpion
Identifying Colors: brown
Although they look like really small scorpions, Pseudoscorpions lack a tail or stinger. They have venom glands in their claws...
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Putnam Jumping Spider
Identifying Colors: brown, black, tan
This spider is a member of the family Saliticidae. These are jumping spiders that can leap four to five times their own body...
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Red Ant-Mimic Spider
Identifying Colors: orange; red; brown
Red Ant-Mimic Spiders play both sides of the game: defense and offense. Their ability to be confused as red ants helps keep ...
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Red Folding Door Trapdoor Spider
Identifying Colors: red, brown, black
Folding Trapdoor spiders are related to members of the Trapdoor Spider family. They are also related to Tarantulas. The uni...
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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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Red Pavement Ant
Identifying Colors: red, brown
The colonies of the Red Pavement Ant are usually seen on sidewalks, or driveways, on concrete or asphalt. Stepping on on one ...
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Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider
Identifying Colors: black; red; white
The Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider acts like an ant to gain better positioning when attacking prey. It walks on its back 6 leg...
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Red Velvet Ant
Identifying Colors: black; red
Although they look like fuzzy little ants, Velvet ants are actually hairy wasps! They run around the ground like ants, but a...
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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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Repetitive Tachinid Fly
Identifying Colors: yellow, black
Few would think that flies would be such important members of an ecosystem. Tachinid flies, though somewhat unusual in appea...
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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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Ring-Legged Earwig
Identifying Colors: brown; yellow; orange; black
The Ring-Legged Earwig is a commonly seen insect throughout North America and gets it creepy name from the false idea that th...
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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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Rosy Apple Aphid
Identifying Colors: red; black; green; tan; purple; white
Rosy Apple Aphids are a huge pest in apple orchards and plantain farms. Their juice-sucking activity on the fruit trees both...
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Running Crab Spider
Identifying Colors: brown; black; tan; red
These fast-moving spiders are agile enough to outrun predators as well as human hands trying to collect them. Their camoufla...
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Running Spider
Identifying Colors: red; brown; white; tan
Running spiders, or sac spiders, do not form webs. Instead they hunt their prey with lightning-quick speed. They are fast an...
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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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Sac Spider
Identifying Colors: red; brown; tan; green; yellow
When it comes to catching prey, Sac Spiders are predatory hunters, not web weavers. They use their spider silk to weave tent...
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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 Malachite Beetle
Identifying Colors: black, red, green, white
Though the scarlet Malachite beetle can be found all over the Middle East and North America, efforts are underway in England ...
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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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Seashore Springtail
Identifying Colors: blue, black, gray
Seashore Springtails are microscopic hexapods with six legs and a fondness for a seaside landscape. They are as small as fle...
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Shamrock Spider
Identifying Colors: black, white, yellow, gray, purple
The bold black and white legs of the Shamrock Spider lend this species a classic Halloween-look. The bulbous abdomen can var...
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Signate Lady Beetle
Identifying Colors: black, red
Like most Lady Beetles, the Signate Lady Beetle eats many nuisance insects such as aphids, mealybugs and scales (white, cotto...
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Silver Garden Spider
Identifying Colors: silver; black; yellow; red; orange; brown
The Silver Garden Spider can be found in the warmer, southern parts of North America. Young spiders can survive a frost, but ...
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Silverfish
Identifying Colors: silver, gray
These little creatures can be found near the dark, warm places of the home (ovens, furnaces, fireplaces, bed, clothes dryer)....
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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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Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle
Identifying Colors: green, white, black
The metallic, vibrant green color on the Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle is punctuated by six white spots along the side edges of th...
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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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Sminthurid Springtail
Identifying Colors: white, yellow, brown, purple, black, red
The incredibly small Sminthurid Springtail has a round abdomen and, like all Springtails, the ability to jump quickly. This ...
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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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Southeastern Lubber Grasshopper
Identifying Colors: black; red; orange; brown; yellow; black
As a member of the Lubber Grasshopper family, this specimen is quite large compared to more common grasshoppers and crickets....
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Southeastern Wandering Spider
Identifying Colors: brown; tan; ivory; white; black
Spiders in the Ctenidae family resemble wolf spiders, but they are not the same. Wandering spiders are active hunters, not we...
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Southern Devil Scorpion
Identifying Colors: brown
The Southern Devil Scorpion is one of the few native scorpions found on the southeastern part of the U.S.. Most people assoc...
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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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Sowbug Killer Spider
Identifying Colors: brown; red; yellow; ivory; orange; purple; tan
This spider's favorite meal is the sowbug, also known as pill bug, wood louse, or roly poly, depending on where you live. Th...
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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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Spined Micrathena Spider
Identifying Colors: black; white; yellow; brown
The ridges on the abdomen of the female spider are believed to render it unappetizing to predators. The pointy spines would h...
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Spiny Backed Orb Weaver
Identifying Colors: orange; black; white; yellow; red
The spines on the side of this female spider make it unique and easy to recognize. Males are considerably smaller than femal...
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Spitting Spider
Identifying Colors: brown; black; yellow
This spider earned its name by spraying its prey with a sticky secretion. When a Spitting Spider approaches a possible meal, ...
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317
Spotted Camel Cricket
Identifying Colors: brown; black; yellow; red; tan
The high arching 'back' of this cricket helped name it. This species is found in forests, under rocks and even in basements....
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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 Orb Weaver
Identifying Colors: yellow, red, brown, ivory, tan, orange
Spotted Orb Weavers spin orb-shaped webs that are up to 2 feet in diameter. During the day, they usually hide in a curled lea...
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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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Tachinid Fly
Identifying Colors: orange, red, black, tan
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Tailless Whipscorpion
Identifying Colors: brown; black
Large, menacing pedipalps (claws) are meant to capture and crush prey as well as to aid in grooming. Though they have fangs, ...
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Tan Jumping Spider
Identifying Colors: tan; white; black; gray
A member of Salticidae, this spider jumps to ambush its prey instead of creating webs. They are fast runners and spring on to...
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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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Tengellid Spider
Identifying Colors:
The spiders in the Tengellidae family are mostly found in Mexico, but sometimes also in the bordering U.S. states. Many of 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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Thin-Legged Wolf Spider
Identifying Colors: black, gray, white
This genus of wolf spiders can be found throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. They are dark and can have striped,...
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334
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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Thread-Waisted Wasp
Identifying Colors: black; orange; red; gray
The incredibly skinny waistline of this wasp helped name it. As a Sphecid Wasp, it hunts and lives alone. Coloring on the ab...
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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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Tick
Identifying Colors: black; brown; orange; red; yellow; pink
Ticks are parasites that feed off the blood of a host. As they feed, they release anticoagulants, chemicals that prevent bloo...
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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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340
Trashline Orb Weaver
Identifying Colors: brown; black; white
The name of this spider stems from its thicker line of silk in the web (stabilimentum). The purpose of the stablimentum has n...
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341
Treehopper
Identifying Colors: black, yellow, white
Treehoppers come in a variety of colors. There are many genera and each has a color and pattern variation or region of domin...
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Triangulate Cob Web Spider
Identifying Colors: brown; black
The triangular pattern on the abdomen helped name this spider. It is a common house spider, hiding in dark corners of rooms ...
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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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Tuft-Legged Orb Weaver
Identifying Colors: brown; black; white
The fine, mesh web of the Tuft-Legged Orb Weaver is a bit different than other orb weavers. The tighter lace constructions ha...
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Turret Spider
Identifying Colors: green, brown, purple
Native to Northern California, the Turret Spider is part of the larger family of "Folding Trapdoor Spiders" that live in self...
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Two-Striped Walkingstick
Identifying Colors: brown, black, yellow
Like most walkingsticks, the Two-Striped Walkingstick is long and slender. It looks more like a dark stick or branch and is ...
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Varied Carpet Beetle
Identifying Colors: yellow; white; brown; black; tan; orange
Adults can be found outdoors where they feed on pollen from a variety of flowers. Their larvae, however, can become pests ins...
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Venusta Orchard Spider
Identifying Colors: green; teal; silver; red; black; white; yellow; brown
Common in forested areas, this colorful spider almost appears to be painted. The abdomen can be a variety of color combinatio...
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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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Water Springtail
Identifying Colors: blue, red, brown
This microscopic hexapod is tiny enough to require a microscope in order to see it in detail. A swarm of hundreds of them is...
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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 Spotted Orb Weaver
Identifying Colors: brown; yellow; white; purple; red
Like all Orb Weavers, the Western Spotted Orb Weaver spins a circular web. This species tends to create them in open areas ...
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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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Wolf Spider
Identifying Colors: brown; black; tan; yellow
The Wolf Spider hunts at night, spending the daytime hiding in a burrow under stones, logs or other undisturbed places. They ...
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Woodland Jumping Spider
Identifying Colors: black; brown; ivory; red; orange
Jumping spiders are known for their fantastic ability to leap across large air spaces. The Woodland Jumping Spider is an agil...
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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 Sac Spider
Identifying Colors: white; yellow; black; green
This albino-looking spider is commonly found in homes, high up on walls or crawling on ceilings. Yellow Sac Spiders usually ...
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Yellow Velvet Ant
Identifying Colors: yellow; black; white
Despite its name, the Velvet Ant isn't an ant at all! It is a type of wasp. True ants have bent antennae and a twice-constri...
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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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