Insect Identification
Insect Identification

253 Insects and Other Bugs of the State of Nevada

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/31/2016

Listing of insects and other bugs that can be found in the Insect Identification database for the great state of Nevada.





Note: Understand that insects do not adhere to man-drawn borders on a map and as such they may be found beyond their listed "reach" showcased on our website. Insects are typically drawn to a given area by available food supply, weather, environmental factors (pollution, etc...), water supply, mating patterns, etc... and can be territorial. Therefore consider the list below as a general indicator of the insects, bugs and spiders that may be found in a given state.


There are a total of (253) Insects related to the state of Nevada in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order.


Sort List By: Beetles | Bees and Ants | Butterflies | Grasshoppers | Dragonflies | True Bugs



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Achemon Sphinx Moth
Achemon Sphinx Moths are members of the hawkmoth family. They are large, strong and fast. This spec... [Read More]
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Acorn Weevil
Like all weevils, Acorn Weevils have a long snout reminiscent of an elephant's trunk. This snout is... [Read More]
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American Bumble Bee
Similar to Golden Northern Bumblebee (Bombus fervidus) but larger, this Bumble Bee has black colorin... [Read More]
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American Carrion Beetle
The American Carrion Beetle earns its name by eating decaying flesh in both larval and adult form. ... [Read More]
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American Cockroach
The American Cockroach is actually not native to the United States. Instead it originates from Afric... [Read More]
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American Dog Tick
Ticks are 8-legged arachnids though they are not spiders. They do not have wings and cannot fly, bu... [Read More]
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American House Spider
The webs created by American House Spiders are classic Halloween webs: tangled messes in all corners... [Read More]
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American Lady Butterfly
The American Lady Butterfly is a member of the Brush-footed butterfly family. She is related to the... [Read More]
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American Salmonfly
As a member of the Stonefly family, the American Salmonfly is a useful bio-indicator. The larvae of... [Read More]
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Antlion
Antlions get their name thanks to the diet of their larvae. A small Antlion larva is also known an ... [Read More]
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Antlion
The harmless adult Antlion is hard to miss. This species is the biggest of all North American Antli... [Read More]
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Aphids
Tiny and light, lime-green in color, these insects suck the juice of plants to the point where the p... [Read More]
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Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle
Historically, Lady Beetles, were recognized as a beneficial insect because of their diet. They are ... [Read More]
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Assassin Bug
The strong beak found on Assassin bugs is used to repeatedly, and violently, stab its prey to death,... [Read More]
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Bald-Faced Hornet
Bald-faced Hornets are related to yellow jackets, but are not "true" hornets themselves. This specie... [Read More]
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Banded Alder Borer Beetle
The Banded Alder Borer Beetle is a member of the Longhorn Beetle family Cerambycidae. Their antenna... [Read More]
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Banded Garden Spider
This spider builds its orb-shaped web between plants in garden beds. It sits in the center of the sp... [Read More]
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Banded Horntail
The prominent yellow bands at the end of the stout abdomen of the Banded Horntail are easily overloo... [Read More]
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Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Moth
The Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Moth gets its descriptive name from the appearance of the caterpil... [Read More]
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Bark Crab Spider
Bark Crab Spiders are usually found in woods, forests and parks on tree bark, short plants, the fore... [Read More]
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Bed Bug
Although it is best known for its ruthless biting on slumbering humans, the Bed Bug is a parasite of... [Read More]
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Bee-Like Tachinid Fly
Bee-Like Tachinid Fly larvae are lethal predators to insects people may find problematic. Most of th... [Read More]
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Big Poplar Sphinx Moth
Sphinx Moths are first recognized for their great size. They are the biggest of the Hawk Moths in w... [Read More]
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Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Black and Yellow Garden Spiders are from the Argiope genus found throughout the United States of Ame... [Read More]
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Black and Yellow Mud Dauber
The alarming yellow and black coloration on the Black and Yellow Mud Dauber causes many observers to... [Read More]
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Black Carpenter Ant
Black Carpenter Ants are relatively large compared to other ant species. Recognized mostly by size a... [Read More]
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Black Saddlebags Skimmer
The Black Saddlebags is a type of dragonfly known as a skimmer. Their bodies are shorter than their... [Read More]
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Black Tail Crab Spider
Crab spiders have long front forelegs that sit more forward on the body. The back pairs of legs are ... [Read More]
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Black Vine Weevil
The Black Vine Weevil is a known pest to an expansive variety of plants and usually feeds at night. ... [Read More]
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Black Widow
Female Black Widows are famous for their toxic venom. Males, however, lack such a weapon and are no... [Read More]
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Black-Tailed Bee Fly
The Black-Tailed Bee Fly is a fuzzy, hovering, buzzing look-a-like to a bumble bee. The long probos... [Read More]
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Blister Beetle
Blister Beetles are members of the family Melodiae. If squeezed, they eject a chemical toxin called ... [Read More]
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Blue Dasher
Blue Dashers are one of the most abundant dragonflies in the U.S. and can be found near slow moving ... [Read More]
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Blue Death-Feigning Beetle
Blue Death-Feigning Beetles are native to the Mojave and Sonoran Desert regions in the Southwest U.S... [Read More]
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Blue-Eyed Darner
Thanks to their large size and beautiful blue eyes, the Blue-Eyed Darner is easy to spot and identif... [Read More]
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Blue-Winged Wasp
This non-aggressive Japanese wasp may not have blue wings in the brightest sense of the color, but a... [Read More]
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Bold Jumping Spider
As a member of the Salticidae family, this small jumping spider has the ability to leap more than 4 ... [Read More]
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Bordered Plant Bug
The Bordered Plant Bug is native to the Pacific Northwest and Southwest regions of North America. I... [Read More]
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Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider
The Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider is a member of the Sheet-Web family. The distinct shape of the web ... [Read More]
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Brown Mantidfly
At first glance, Brown Mantidflies can be mistaken for a wasp. The colorful bands, the hairless body... [Read More]
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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a pest to a large variety of fruit-bearing trees and plants. Acci... [Read More]
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Buffalo Treehopper
Easily recognizable by its greenish-yellow color and its humpback-like appearance, Buffalo Treehoppe... [Read More]
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Burying Beetle
Adult Burying Beetles will bury a dead bird or small mammal, removing feathers and hair. It is then ... [Read More]
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Cabbage White Butterfly
The white wings of this species have charcoal gray tips. Males have 1 black spot on the center of ea... [Read More]
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California Timema
There are fewer than 25 known species of Timemas in North America. The can appear green or brown in... [Read More]
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Candy-Striped Leafhopper
The bold coloration on the Candy-Striped Leafhopper is not very common among insects. Though some m... [Read More]
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Carolina Locust
The Carolina Locust is another in the line of Short-horned Grasshoppers and can be identified by the... [Read More]
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Carolina Mantis
This is the most common mantis found across North America and it comes in a variety of colors and pa... [Read More]
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Carolina Tiger Beetle
Carolina Tiger Beetles are bright and colorful, therefore they are unfortunately collected for displ... [Read More]
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Carolina Wolf Spider
The Carolina Wolf Spider is a hunter like its namesake, not a weaver like other spiders. This speci... [Read More]
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Carpenter Ant
Carpenter Ants are the largest ants on the continent. They are fond of tunneling through dead or de... [Read More]
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Cat-Faced Spider
The Cat-Faced Spider is a common name shared by this species and another North American spider. Its ... [Read More]
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Cedar Beetle
The Cedar Beetle has a parasitic relationship with Cicada larvae. Female beetles will lay their egg... [Read More]
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Clouded Sulphur
The medium-sized Clouded Sulphur butterfly can be seen flying in meadows, near puddles, along roads,... [Read More]
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Comb-Clawed Spider
Comb-clawed, or Comb-Footed, spiders are the most common type of house spider in North America. They... [Read More]
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Common Buckeye Butterfly
The Common Buckeye is a member of the diverse Brush-footed Butterfly family. This means it is relat... [Read More]
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Common Coneheads
The pointed heads of some species in this genus of Katydids may even have a knob at the 'nose'. Like... [Read More]
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Common Green Darner
Common Green Darners are beautiful dragonflies with transparent wings. They are large specimens that... [Read More]
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Common Pillbug
With a plated armor similar to armadillos, it is no mystery how their Genus name was determined. Th... [Read More]
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Common Thread Waisted Wasp
The incredibly thin 'waist' on this wasp led to its name. It is an ambush attacker, immobilizing in... [Read More]
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Common Whitetail Skimmer
This typical dragonfly hovers over standing or slow water (ponds, creeks, streams, marshes, lakes, e... [Read More]
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Cow Killer
The Eastern Velvet Ant (aka: "Cow Killer") is not an ant at all, though it looks like a hairy one. ... [Read More]
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Cranefly
Though they look like giant mosquitoes, they are not mosquitoes. Craneflies do not bite, they do not... [Read More]
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Cross Spider
The white cross marking on the abdomen of the Cross Spider became its name and main identifier. Ori... [Read More]
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Cuckoo Bee
This sweat bee gets its name from its parasitic behavior. Females Cuckoo Bees enter another species... [Read More]
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Cuckoo Wasp
Cuckoo Wasps get their name thanks to their parenting technique. Similar to the Cuckoo bird, whose ... [Read More]
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Dark Jerusalem Cricket
Dark Jerusalem Crickets are a slow-moving, wingless species of cricket common in the southwestern U.... [Read More]
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Dentate Stink Beetle
Most Darkling Beetles like this one are completely black. Their heads are round and wide and their ... [Read More]
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Devil's Coach Horse
The all-black body of the Devil's Coach Horse is just the one reason to think this a nefarious creat... [Read More]
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Differential Grasshopper
Most prevalent in the central U.S., this grasshopper has distinguishing stripes on its 'thighs'. Th... [Read More]
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Dingy Cutworm Moth
The unremarkable colors of this moth helped name it, but the pattern on it is distinctive. The yell... [Read More]
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Dobsonfly
Male Dobsonflies appear to be quite fearsome, having what appears to be tentacle-like appendages for... [Read More]
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Eastern Pondhawk
Pondhawks attack their insect prey with similar agility seen in their avian namesake. They are very... [Read More]
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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtails have a bright tiger-like striping pattern on their wings. Males have a m... [Read More]
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Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly
The Eastern-Tailed Blue Butterfly is a member of the Gossamer-Winged Butterfly group. They appear l... [Read More]
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Edwards Glassy Wing Moth
The wings on this moth shimmer in the light, giving them the appearance of glass. Its pinkish red ab... [Read More]
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European Earwig
Contrary to popular belief, earwigs do not typically crawl into human ears to make nests or lay eggs... [Read More]
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False Bombardier Beetle
The False Bombardier Beetle is described more by what it cannot do than by what it can. True to its... [Read More]
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Familiar Bluet
The Familiar Bluet is one of the brightest blue damselflies. This makes them easy to spot as they qu... [Read More]
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Feather-Legged Spider
Thick legs with long, feathery hairs on them make this spider unique. They may look ferocious, but ... [Read More]
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Field Cricket
Field Crickets are a common site throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. Warm summer night... [Read More]
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Fiery Skipper
This species can be seen flying on grass (lawns), fields, bushes and forest openings. Though a butte... [Read More]
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Firebrat
Firebrats are part of the same order as Silverfish. They have a long and flat silvery body with spik... [Read More]
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Fishfly
Fishflies are part of the Alderfly and Dobsonfly group of winged insects. They are generally noticed... [Read More]
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Flesh Fly
Knowledge of the life cycle of certain genera of Flesh Flies can be valuable information. The prese... [Read More]
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Flower Fly
This fly looks like a wasp and is a fine mimic. Despite similar physical appearance and even flight ... [Read More]
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Flower Longhorn Beetle
The long antennae of this species and its bright orange elytra make it a lovely specimen to photogra... [Read More]
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Forage Looper Moth
The Forage Looper Moth is brown on both forewing and hindwing. Some member of its family have brill... [Read More]
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Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid
Katydids get their name from the sound of the chirps they make. It was akin to someone calling "Kat... [Read More]
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Formica Ant
Ants in the Formica genus have only 1 knob (bump) between the thorax and abdomen. They feed on the ... [Read More]
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Four-Spot Sap Beetle
Four-Spot Sap Beetles feed on the larvae of tree-boring beetles. This makes them somewhat of an abor... [Read More]
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Four-Toothed Mason Wasp
The solitary Four-Toothed Mason Wasp is a beneficial insect to have in the garden, just like its dop... [Read More]
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German Cockroach
Smaller than American and Oriental cockroaches, German cockroaches are notorious household and indus... [Read More]
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Giant Crab Spider
The Giant Crab Spider is also known as the Golden Huntsman Spider. This is one of the largest spide... [Read More]
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Giant Darner
The Giant Darner is hailed as the largest example of dragonfly found in the United States of America... [Read More]
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Giant Red Velvet Mite
The bright red coloration make the Giant Red Velvet Mite easy to spot a red velvet mite, which is us... [Read More]
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Giant Stonefly
Giant Stoneflies are a narrow-bodied insect that are identifiable by their highly veined wings. Thes... [Read More]
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Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
This is the largest species of butterfly in North America. The Giant Swallowtail is immense for butt... [Read More]
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Giant Water Bug
This is a large insect species with equally large and very noticeable foreleg pincers. They are used... [Read More]
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Globemallow Leaf Beetle
The Globemallow Leaf Beetle may look like a type of Lady Bug, or Lady Beetle, but it is not. As a m... [Read More]
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Golden Northern Bumble Bee
The Golden Northern Bumble Bee features an all-black head and dark wings. A black band runs across t... [Read More]
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Golden Tortoise Beetle
Few insects boast a gold body. This is one that can actually change its coloring at will thanks to ... [Read More]
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Goldenrod Crab Spider
This species of spider uses camouflage as its primary defense as well as offense. It will bite to pr... [Read More]
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Grapevine Hoplia
The Grapevine Hoplia is a small rounded pesky beetle that has a hunger for vegetation - it will feed... [Read More]
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Grass Spider
Grass Spiders are common sights throughout North American summers and belong to a family of Funnel W... [Read More]
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Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
Adult Gray Hairstreak Butterflies can be seen in open fields, parks, woods and gardens in every stat... [Read More]
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Gray Silverfish
These fast insects are usually found around dark, warm places inside a home (ovens, furnaces, firepl... [Read More]
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Great Golden Digger Wasp
Despite its vivid alarm coloration, the Great Golden Digger Wasp is not an aggressive species of was... [Read More]
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Green Stink Bug
This popular garden and farm pest has a hearty appetite for all the same things people enjoy eating.... [Read More]
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Green-Lacewing
Green Lacewings are widespread across North America. They are small and look very delicate. They a... [Read More]
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Ground Crab Spider
Crab spiders get their name from the resemblance they share with the crustacean as they walk and whe... [Read More]
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Ground Spider
Ground Spiders are technically a group of spiders that are ambush attackers and one of the example s... [Read More]
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Helmeted Squash Bug
The Helmeted Squash Bug is considered a pest of plants in the squash family, like pumpkins, gourds a... [Read More]
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Himmelman's Plume Moth
Himmelman's Plume Moths have many distinct physical features helping observers make an identificatio... [Read More]
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Hister Beetle
There are a large variety of Hister Beetles and most species have not been studied. These tiny beet... [Read More]
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Honey Bee
Honey Bee occupations break down into one of three categories: the worker bees, the drones and the Q... [Read More]
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Horntail Wasp
Despite the warning colors, Horntail wasps are generally non-aggressive and (one source says) harmle... [Read More]
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Horse-Bean Longhorn Beetle
The Horse-Bean Longhorn Beetle lays its eggs on a variety of trees commonly found in southern U.S. s... [Read More]
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House Centipede
House Centipedes are covered with black and yellow to white coloring. Legs appear to surround the bo... [Read More]
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House Cricket
House Crickets can appear very similar to their related cousins - the Grasshopper - but can be separ... [Read More]
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Hover Fly
Although it looks like a wasp or bee, this species of fly cannot bite or sting. The Hover Fly is abl... [Read More]
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Hummingbird Moth
Fast beating wings and a furry body give the Hummingbird Moth the appearance of a small hummingbird,... [Read More]
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Ichneumon Wasp
There are several different species of Ichneumon Wasp, each with its own color variations. Some are ... [Read More]
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Imperial Moth
Few moths have both the size and colors of the Imperial Moth. That said, the two genders tend to ha... [Read More]
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Iron Clad Beetle
The exoskeletons of the Ironclad Beetle is extremely thick, hence their name. Ironclad beetles are n... [Read More]
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Ivory Marked Beetle
The defining ivory spots on the top of this beetle come in pairs. They are usually found in forests... [Read More]
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Japanese Beetle
The Japanese Beetle is a pest not native to the United States, let alone North America. It is believ... [Read More]
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Japygid Dipluran
Diplurans are beginning to no longer be considered insects in the taxonomic community. They are curr... [Read More]
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Johnson Jumping Spider
The Johnson Jumping Spider does not build webs to catch its food. It seeks it out, wandering around... [Read More]
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Jumping Bristletail
Jumping Bristletails are tiny insects that have a hunched back like shrimp, an abdomen like a Silver... [Read More]
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Katydid
Katydids get their name from the perceived sound they make. Their repetitive clicks and calls sound... [Read More]
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Labyrinthine Orb Weaver Spider
The web of this spider is more like a starburst, rather than a typical orb, making it unique and eas... [Read More]
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Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer Beetle
The long common name of this wood borer aptly describes much about it. It prefers coniferous forest... [Read More]
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Large Tolype Moth
The Large Tolype Moth is a type of Lappet Moth. A lappet is a fold or flap historically seen on the... [Read More]
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Lattice Orbweaver Spider
The characteristics of the web are useful in identifying the Lattice Orb Weaver Spider. It also has... [Read More]
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Leaf-Footed Bug
The males of this large plant-eating family have usually thick thighs, often edged with spikes. Thei... [Read More]
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Least Skipper
Unlike other grass skippers, the Least Skipper is not an excellent flyer. It flutters about, as if i... [Read More]
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Leucospid Wasp
While most wasps have abdomen that come to a point, this type of wasp seems to have rounded it out. ... [Read More]
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Locust Borer Beetle
Adult Locust Borer Beetles are often seen on the yellow flowers of goldenrod plants, feeding on its ... [Read More]
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Long-bodied Cellar Spider
The shape of the abdomen aided in an alternate name for the Long-Bodied Cellar Spider. Although the... [Read More]
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Longhorn Bee
Longhorn Bees have antennae that are about twice as long as usual. The genus has at least 100 differ... [Read More]
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Long-Jawed Orb Weaver
The Long-Jawed Orb Weaver has an incredibly long set of front of legs. The female's mouth part, the ... [Read More]
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Long-legged Fly
This metallic green, copper or blue fly with bright red eyes can be found wandering between leaves i... [Read More]
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Long-Legged Sac Spider
This pale spider is typically found in homes and offices (on ceilings, in corners, under beds, etc).... [Read More]
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Lunate Zale Moth
Lunate Zales are extremely widespread throughout North America. They are large moths in the Owlet fa... [Read More]
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Many-Spotted Tiger Moth
This species of moth is in the Tiger Moth family. Most members of this family have vivid coloring o... [Read More]
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Marbled Orb Weaver
The unique 'marbling' pattern of colors on the abdomen, as well as the orange head and black and whi... [Read More]
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Masked Hunter
The Masked Hunter is a type of Assassin Bug. This family of insects is known for its ability to inf... [Read More]
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May Beetle
May Beetles are also called Junebugs as they are particularly active and visible during this month a... [Read More]
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Mealy Bug Destroyer Larvae
The unique white 'hairs' on this tiny bug often draw attention from people. These larvae are extrem... [Read More]
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Metallic Crab Spider
The Metallic Crab Spider is a member of the Running Crab Spider family. They are long with skinny l... [Read More]
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Mexican Orange-Kneed Tarantula
Tarantulas are magnificently large and extremely hairy. Including legs, some can grow as long as 15... [Read More]
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Midges
Midges are often mistaken for mosquitoes thanks to similar size and body shape. Because they do not... [Read More]
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Milkweed Bug
Adult Milkweed Bugs do not seem to damage flowers, vegetable gardens or field crops, but they are us... [Read More]
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Millipede
Millipedes differ from centipedes in that their legs are paired in each body segment (except for the... [Read More]
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Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterflies are a common sight throughout North America, with the exception of the extreme n... [Read More]
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Mormon Cricket
In 1848, this type of katydid nearly wiped out the crops planted by Mormon farmers trying to settle ... [Read More]
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Mottled Tortoise Beetle
The Mottled Tortoise Beetle is a member of the Leaf Beetle family. It is found on morning glory flo... [Read More]
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Mourning Cloak Butterfly
The Mourning Cloak Butterfly has very short front legs, like all its Brush-Footed kin. They are cov... [Read More]
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Mydas Fly
This family of flies comprises some of the largest flies in North America. Some of the species can ... [Read More]
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Net-Winged Beetle
This beetle resembles the firefly, like its close cousin C. reticulatum, but the ridges an... [Read More]
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North American Jumping Spider
Jumping spiders are opportunistic, ambush predators. They do not weave webs for catching prey thoug... [Read More]
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Northern Caddisfly
While Northern Caddisflies resemble moths, they are not related. A Caddisfly has a life cycle more ... [Read More]
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Northern Mole Cricket
Mole Crickets are a breed of cricket commonly found east of the Rocky Mountains with a broad range r... [Read More]
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Northern Walkingstick
Northern Walkingsticks are a child's favorite type of bug, if they chose to be brave enough to handl... [Read More]
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Nursery Web Spider
The Nursery Web Spider derives its name from the good care it takes of its egg sacs. Females carry ... [Read More]
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Oil Beetle
Oil Beetles are a type of Blister Beetle. This group of beetles can secrete a caustic chemical call... [Read More]
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Orb Weaver
Orb Weavers come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Common traits among some include the roun... [Read More]
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Pale Windscorpion
Windscorpions are not scorpions though they share similar physical features. Where scorpions have t... [Read More]
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Parson Spider
The white stripe on the abdomen of the black Parson Spider is said to resemble the cravat or ruffled... [Read More]
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Pearl Crescent Butterfly
Color variations within the species is usual, though all tend to be orange with brown and black mark... [Read More]
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Periodical Cicada
The Periodical Cicada is generally more well known in the Midwest as the Seventeen-Year Cicada due t... [Read More]
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Pine Sawyer Beetle
Pine Sawyer Beetles are found in coniferous forests at elevations over 1,200 meters. Ponderosa Pine ... [Read More]
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Pipevine Swallowtail
This butterfly mimics the coloring the Spicebush and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. They have elongated ... [Read More]
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Plume Moth
Their thin body and 'T' shape make the Plume Moth unique. Their wings have the appearance of a bird... [Read More]
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Polyphemus Moth
This member of the Giant Silk Moth family is both large and furry. The antennae are also feathery. ... [Read More]
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Praying Mantis
The large Praying Mantis (not 'Preying' although it does that very well) got its name from the posit... [Read More]
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Proturan
The microscopic Proturans are 6-legged creatures that live in soil. They are shorter than a typed-o... [Read More]
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Pseudoscorpion
Although they look like really small scorpions, Pseudoscorpions lack a tail or stinger. They have ve... [Read More]
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Putnam Jumping Spider
This spider is a member of the family Saliticidae. These are jumping spiders that can leap four to ... [Read More]
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Red Headed Ash Borer
Red Headed Ash Borer beetles are related to the Long Horned Borer beetles. They mimic wasps in appea... [Read More]
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Red Oak Borer
The larvae of this beetle bore into weak, but still living, Red Oak and White Oak wood. Oak trees t... [Read More]
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Red Pavement Ant
The colonies of the Red Pavement Ant are usually seen on sidewalks, or driveways, on concrete or asp... [Read More]
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Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider
The Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider acts like an ant to gain better positioning when attacking prey. I... [Read More]
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Red Velvet Ant
Although they look like fuzzy little ants, Velvet ants are actually hairy wasps! They run around th... [Read More]
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Red-Legged Grasshopper
The Red-Legged Grasshopper flies as part of a swarm and, when they land on crops, they can decimate ... [Read More]
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Repetitive Tachinid Fly
Few would think that flies would be such important members of an ecosystem. Tachinid flies, though ... [Read More]
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Reticulated Netwinged Beetle
This beetle somewhat resembles a firefly with its head almost completely hidden. They have visible ... [Read More]
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Ring-Legged Earwig
The Ring-Legged Earwig is a commonly seen insect throughout North America and gets it creepy name fr... [Read More]
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Robber Fly (Diogmites)
Robber flies eat biting flies and other flying insects like bees, butterflies and wasps. This speci... [Read More]
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Robber Fly (Efferia)
Robberflies are considered 'hanging thieves' becaue they use their arms to suspend themselves from t... [Read More]
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Robberfly (Laphria)
Robberflies are aerial hunters. They hang on twigs and branches, waiting for a meal to fly by. Rob... [Read More]
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Robberfly (Promachus)
Robberflies eat all sorts of other flies as well as bees, wasps, beetles and butterflies. If it flie... [Read More]
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Rosy Apple Aphid
Rosy Apple Aphids are a huge pest in apple orchards and plantain farms. Their juice-sucking activit... [Read More]
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Running Crab Spider
These fast-moving spiders are agile enough to outrun predators as well as human hands trying to coll... [Read More]
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Running Spider
Running spiders, or sac spiders, do not form webs. Instead they hunt their prey with lightning-quic... [Read More]
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Sac Spider
When it comes to catching prey, Sac Spiders are predatory hunters, not web weavers. They use their ... [Read More]
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Scarlet Malachite Beetle
Though the scarlet Malachite beetle can be found all over the Middle East and North America, efforts... [Read More]
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Shamrock Spider
The bold black and white legs of the Shamrock Spider lend this species a classic Halloween-look. Th... [Read More]
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Signate Lady Beetle
Like most Lady Beetles, the Signate Lady Beetle eats many nuisance insects such as aphids, mealybugs... [Read More]
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Silverfish
These little creatures can be found near the dark, warm places of the home (ovens, furnaces, firepla... [Read More]
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Silver-Spotted Skipper
This ubiquitous skipper can be found in a diverse variety of habitats. They are very common everywhe... [Read More]
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Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly
The medium-sized Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly has common orange/black/white coloration seen in many... [Read More]
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Slug Caterpillar Moth
The larval form (caterpillar) of the Slug Caterpillar Moth is unlike the typical, tubular caterpilla... [Read More]
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Small Carpenter Bee
This small bee resembles an ant, but with wings. They are industrious and hard-working all spring a... [Read More]
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Small House Fly
Male Small House Flies form swarms in the summer. Females lay their eggs in animal/human feces or o... [Read More]
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Small Minnow Mayfly
Small Minnow Mayflies are a favorite among trout. The fish gobble the Mayflies up in the process of... [Read More]
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Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth
A member of the Hawk Moth family, the size of this species is startling. Females can average 3" whi... [Read More]
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Snakefly
Long necks make this insect look like it has the head of a snake. Snakeflies have wings that are lon... [Read More]
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Soldier Beetle
Commonly found in parks and fields, this genus of beetle feeds on aphids. They are usually spotted o... [Read More]
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Southeastern Wandering Spider
Spiders in the Ctenidae family resemble wolf spiders, but they are not the same. Wandering spiders a... [Read More]
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Southwestern Eyed Click Beetle
This species of click beetle has two large black 'eyespots' on its pronotum. They are surrounded by... [Read More]
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Sowbug Killer Spider
This spider's favorite meal is the sowbug, also known as pill bug, wood louse, or roly poly, dependi... [Read More]
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Spiny Backed Orb Weaver
The spines on the side of this female spider make it unique and easy to recognize. Males are consid... [Read More]
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Spitting Spider
This spider earned its name by spraying its prey with a sticky secretion. When a Spitting Spider app... [Read More]
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Spotted Orb Weaver
Spotted Orb Weavers spin orb-shaped webs that are up to 2 feet in diameter. During the day, they usu... [Read More]
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Spotted Tree Borer Beetle
Eggs for the Spotted Tree Borer are laid by females on a variety of weakened trees like oak, maple, ... [Read More]
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Spur-throated Grasshopper
Spur-Throated Grasshoppers (part of the Short-horned Grasshopper family) are the most common species... [Read More]
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Squash Bug
Squash bugs are similar in appearance to Stink bugs. Both emit an odor when crushed, but squash bug... [Read More]
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Stag Beetle
Common east of the Mississippi, Stag Beetles are noted for their large size and ferocious appearance... [Read More]
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Sweat Bee
Sweat Bees are hard-working and mission-orientated. They pollinate a variety of plants in urban, su... [Read More]
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Tachinid Fly
Tachinid Fly adults are usually seen visiting flowers and feeding on nectar. Though they look like ... [Read More]
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Tarantula Hawk
Adult Tarantula Hawks feed primarily on nectar though the females will actively hunt tarantulas for ... [Read More]
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Tersa Sphinx Moth
The large, stiff wings of this moth may give it the appearance of a small bird. Tersa Sphinx Moths a... [Read More]
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Thin-Legged Wolf Spider
This genus of wolf spiders can be found throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. They are d... [Read More]
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Thistle Down Velvet Ant
Although it looks and walks like an ant, this hairy little creature is a wasp! The color of the hair... [Read More]
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Three Lined Potato Beetle
This species larvae feed on the leaves of potato plants, nightshades like peppers, eggplant and toma... [Read More]
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Tick
Ticks are parasites that feed off the blood of a host. As they feed, they release anticoagulants, ch... [Read More]
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Tiger Bee Fly
The widespread Tiger Bee Fly has a long proboscis that could make it easy to mistake for a mosquito.... [Read More]
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Trashline Orb Weaver
The name of this spider stems from its thicker line of silk in the web (stabilimentum). The purpose ... [Read More]
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Treehopper
Treehoppers come in a variety of colors. There are many genera and each has a color and pattern var... [Read More]
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Triangulate Cob Web Spider
The triangular pattern on the abdomen helped name this spider. It is a common house spider, hiding ... [Read More]
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Tri-Colored Bumble Bee
While most bumble bees adhere to the typical yellow/black coloration, this particular species has a ... [Read More]
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Varied Carpet Beetle
Adults can be found outdoors where they feed on pollen from a variety of flowers. Their larvae, howe... [Read More]
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Venusta Orchard Spider
Common in forested areas, this colorful spider almost appears to be painted. The abdomen can be a va... [Read More]
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Vine Sphinx Moth
The Vine Sphinx Moth has a sleek, striking pattern of lines and stripes on its forewings that is bes... [Read More]
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Wasp Moth
This moth mimics the coloring of a wasp as a measure of protection. Predators are less likely to at... [Read More]
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Water Springtail
This microscopic hexapod is tiny enough to require a microscope in order to see it in detail. A swa... [Read More]
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Wee Harlequin Bug
The Wee Harlequin Bug is shaped like shield or armor (armour). Its red and black coloring should be ... [Read More]
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Weevil Wasp
Members of the genus Cerceris are hunters and gatherers of weevils and other beetles. Females dig n... [Read More]
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Western Conifer Seed Bug
Western Conifer Seed Bugs originated on the West Coast of the U.S., but have migrated east all the w... [Read More]
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Western Flying Adder
The Western Flying Adder is part of the very common summer flying insect generically grouped as "dra... [Read More]
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Western Wood Cockroach
This species of cockroach prefer to live in the open wilderness. They can be found in woods, grassl... [Read More]
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White-lined Sphinx Moth
Sphinx moths are larger than most moths and the White-Lined Sphinx Moth is no exception. Their forew... [Read More]
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White-Spotted Sawyer Beetle
One white spot at the top of the elytra (wing covering) marks this black beetle. Smaller white spec... [Read More]
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Widow Skimmer
Widow Skimmers live near warm waters. The water source could be a pond, marsh, small lake or lagoon... [Read More]
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Wolf Spider
The Wolf Spider hunts at night, spending the daytime hiding in a burrow under stones, logs or other ... [Read More]
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Woodland Jumping Spider
Jumping spiders are known for their fantastic ability to leap across large air spaces. The Woodland ... [Read More]
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Yellow Jacket
Yellow Jackets are easily distinguishable by their yellow and black coloring. They area common sigh... [Read More]
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Yellow Sac Spider
This albino-looking spider is commonly found in homes, high up on walls or crawling on ceilings. Ye... [Read More]
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Yellow Velvet Ant
Despite its name, the Velvet Ant isn't an ant at all! It is a type of wasp. True ants have bent ant... [Read More]
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Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee
Yellow-Faced Bumble Bees have yellow hair on the head and face as well as a single yellow band on th... [Read More]
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Yucca Plant Bug
Yucca Plant Bugs are small red and black insects that live on yuccas, a drought-tolerant ornamental ... [Read More]