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Crowned Hentzia Jumping Spider Fast, bright and light, Crowned Hentzia Jumping Spiders excel at pouncing on unsuspecting insect prey despite their tiny size. Cryptopid Centipede Multiple pairs of legs help the Crpytopid Centipede slink around with stealthy speed, startling people every.

Cuban Cockroach The pale green Cuban Cockroach expanded its range from small islands to the Southeast, where it enjoys warm weather even in winter. Cuckoo Bee The Cuckoo Bee, like its avian counterpart the Cuckoo Bird, wins the award for laziest, yet perhaps most clever parenting strategy.

Cuckoo Wasp The bright, metallic shades of Cuckoo Wasps make these little jewels easy to spot despite their small stature. Curve-Toothed Geometer Moth The wing tips of the Curve-Toothed Geometer Moth are unlike those of almost every other moth, pointing the way to its identity. Dark Brown Click Beetle The unassuming Dark Brown Click Beetle looks ordinary, but it has an extraordinary ability to flip itself upright with a simple flick. Dark Jerusalem Cricket The humpback, huge head, and large body size create wonder and confusion when first glimpsing the Dark Jerusalem Cricket.

Dark-Banded Geometer The rich, coffee-colored Dark-banded Geometer's creamy lines and streaks create a pattern that even the best barista could not copy.

Darkling Beetle Darkling Beetles may be slow and look unassuming, but the abdomen of these desert-dwellers harbors a secret weapon worth avoiding.

Deep Yellow Euchlaena Apart from their attraction to lights, Deep-Yellow Euchlaena are somewhat mysterious despite a range that covers half the continent. Deer Fly Female Deer Flies are a biting nuisance to both people and livestock as well as any other warm-blooded animal it comes across. Delicate Cycnia The Delicate Cycnia is also known as the Dogbane Tiger Moth, an ethereal gold and white moth with the uncommon ability to audibly communicate.

Desert Tarantula The famous Desert Tarantula is one of Hollywood's favorite creatures and has been featured in scary movies, old westerns, and television. Devil's Coach Horse The Devil's Coach Horse earned its name partly for its wicked bite and partly for its environmental hardiness.

Diana Fritillary The large and round Diana Fritillary is a butterfly that makes a different impression depending on its gender. Diaphania costata The smooth, satiny wings of Diaphania costata are edged in a golden hem that gleams in the light.

Differential Grasshopper The medium-sized Differential Grasshopper is known both for its chevron markings and its destructive appetite. Dingy Cutworm Moth The Dingy Cutworm Moth's caterpillar is a drab-colored eating machine with an appetite for staple crops. Dirt-Colored Seed Bug The ubiquitous Dirt-Colored Seed Bug camouflages itself well among its food source, escaping the attention and interest of most people. Dobsonfly The large jaws and long mandibles on a male Dobsonfly may cry 'caution', but it's the fierce bite from a female that should have you on guard.

Dog Day Cicada The Dog-Day Cicada cover neighborhoods in massive numbers desperate to reproduce before its short adult life ends. Dogbane Leaf Beetle The glimmering Dogbane Leaf Beetle may be a dog's best friend or a plant's nemesis, but it is always lovely to look at. Dragonhunter A fast and formidable flier, the Dragonhunter does just what its name suggests: Dreamy Duskywing The Dreamy Duskywing is a small, charming forest butterfly that may go unseen because it blends in so well with its woodland home.

Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle Earth-Boring Scarab Beetles are important environmental cleaners and take nutrients through a critical part of the cycle. Eastern Amberwing The orange Eastern Amberwing is a fiery dragonfly that adds a flash of raging color as it flies just above the water. Eastern Carpenter Bee The female Eastern Carpenter Bee bores holes into wood homes, fences and patios to place her eggs while her mate plays the part of bodyguard.

Eastern Harvestman The eight-legged Eastern Harvestman is a harmless type of arachnid that unfortunately suffers from its kinship to spiders. Eastern Hercules Beetle The speckled and horned Eastern Hercules Beetle is a Scarab Beetle that is as strong and large as a rhinoceros compared to other beetles. Eastern Leaf-footed Bug Flat, thick legs on the Eastern Leaf-footed Bug are used by males to fight for females during the mating season.

Eastern Pondhawk The Eastern Pondhawk is a adept predator of other flying insects, making full use of its territory. Eastern Shieldback Katydid The Eastern Shieldback is type of native katydid, always carrying an armored plate that seems to do little to protect it. Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth The popular and furry Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth picks the perfect tree to start a family where the offspring make a mess of things. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail The popular Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is a large butterfly that bears a proud honor in a variety of American states.

Eastern Yellowjacket Eastern Yellowjackets are members of an aggressive hornet family with painful stings and are best given wide berth if spotted. Ebony Jewelwing The gleaming, slender bodies and jet-black wings of the Ebony Jewelwing are traits to look out for when trekking near water. Eight-Spotted Forester Moth Saturated colors and bold patterns are a typical in butterflies, but the Eight-Spotted Forester Moth proves that moths can have a similar impact.

Elderberry Borer Beetle The yellow and blue colors on the Elderberry Borer Beetle are striking and unusual, just like the fruit of their host plant. Elm Seed Bug The name and large swarming tendencies of Elm Seed Bugs suggest it is dangerous, but the harmless insect is really just a seasonal nuisance.

Emerald Ash Borer The small Emerald Ash Borer Beetle has a justifiably bad reputation for destruction, radically deforesting neighborhoods in just a few years. European Earwig The exotic European Earwig has made North America its new home, comfortably living in a variety of habitats from coast to coast.

European Hornet More North Americans will eventually see the European Hornet firsthand as it expands its range westward across the continent. Evergreen Bagworm Moth The Evergreen Bagworm Moth is visually interesting, but its littered larval form really gets people's attention.

Fall Webworm The native Fall Webworm produces an active caterpillar that has expanded its geographical range across both oceans into two continents. False Bombardier Beetle Though it looks like its explosive cousin, the False Bombardier Beetle lacks the same firepower that can kill its enemies.

False Chinch Bug Pervasive pests like the False Cinch Bug roam from crop to crop, damaging new leaf growth wherever they land. False Underwing Moth A bright flash of orange on the hindwings of the False Underwing is usually hidden under its larger forewings.

Familiar Bluet The Familiar Bluet is a common damselfly with flexibility when choosing a habitat: Feather-Legged Spider Not one to shave, the Feather-Legged Spider uses its extra-long tufts of leg hair to comb its silk web. Field Cricket The famous chirping of the Field Cricket evokes memories of warm summer nights to those who had the time to listen.

Fiery Searcher Caterpillar Hunter The metallic green, gold and copper colors of the Fiery Searcher add beauty to function thanks to this Caterpillar Hunter's healthy appetite. Fiery Skipper The Fiery Skipper is a bright butterfly with big eyes and a flight posture that looks more like soaring than fluttering. Fig Sphinx Moth The warm weather is a preferred climate for the Fig Sphinx Moth, but it sometimes ventures north for the summer.

Firebrat The Firebrat is a heat-loving type of Silverfish that loves a good book. Fire-Colored Beetle Slow, yet elusive, Fire-Colored Beetles are content outside on flowers and plants where alarming colors may ward off predators. Firefly North America has a variety of Fireflies that light up the night with their cool blink of illumination. Fishing Spider The Fishing Spider is commonly found near bodies of water and, as any fisherman could tell you, it can grow to be 'this big'.

Five-Spotted Hawk Moth The Five-Spotted Hawk Moth is a large, strong flier that has a reputation for laying waste to fields and gardens trying to grow popular vegetables. Flatheaded Hardwood Borer The metallic sheen on Flatheaded Hardwood Borer Beetles encourages a closer look of this squat forest-dweller. Flatid Planthopper Some are as white as a snowflake, but all Flatid Planthoppers are challenging to catch as they flit about the foliage.

Flesh Fly Some Flesh Flies are found on dead and rotting animal tissue, making them useful forensics tools when determining time of death for human victims. Flower Fly Flower Flies are excellent bee mimics, able to hover over flowers and people, but despite the warning colors, they are completely harmless. Flower Fly The harmless, tiny, hovering Flower Fly is a clever mimic of bees and wasps that gets noticed every time it comes around.

Flower Fly The harmless Flower Fly mimics a more unsavory wasp, making life a bit easier by taking advantage of an aggressive reputation. Flower Fly Flower Flies in the Toxomerus genus look like tiny wasps, but these flies are interested in plant pests, not people. Flower Longhorn Beetle This slender Flower Longhorn Beetle may look starved, but the larvae's ubiquitous food supply makes it difficult to be undernourished.

Flower Longhorn Beetle Flower Longhorn Beetles from the genus Strangalia have tapered bodies and are frequently found walking among the petals of flowers. Flower Longhorn Beetle Patient and persistent attempts to lure this brightly colored species in front of a camera are usually rewarded.

Flower Longhorn Beetle Bright yellow and bold black bands suggest warning, but this Flower Longhorn Beetle genus is harmless, and even helpful, to people. Forage Looper Moth The understated, brown Forage Looper Moth can be found all across the continent, and unlike most moths, is active day and night. Forbes' Silk Moth The nocturnal Forbes' Silk Moth is a rare sight to behold in part to its late-night activity, large wingspan, handsome pattern, and small range.

Formica Ant Formica Ants do not sting, but they do have a few good defensive tricks up their sleeve thanks to internal chemistry and jagged 'teeth'.

Galium Sphinx Moth Knife-like clean lines and smooth edges on the wings of the Galium Sphinx help this moth cut through the air in flight. German Cockroach The German Cockroach is a well-established import widely known for its efficiency in infesting human spaces.

Giant Crab Spider The enormous Giant Crab Spider is an ambush predator usually found hanging out on walls, waiting for insect prey to pounce on. Giant Darner The longest and largest dragonfly in the U. Giant Ichnemon Wasp Females with long syringe-like ovipositors may strike fear in humans, but these 'tails' are designed to bring forth life, not ruin someone's day.

Giant Ichneumon Wasp Long, lean bodies of Giant Ichneumon Wasps bespeak speed, but it's the thin, bendable, needle-like ovipositor of females that make most people worry. Giant Ichneumon Wasp The long, syringe-like ovipositor on female Ichneumon Wasps looks like a mean stinger, but it's really all about the babies. Giant Ichneumon Wasp The intimidating female Ichneumon Wasp has a tremendously long ovipositor that is used for egg-laying, not for stinging.

Giant Leopard Moth The black and white wings of the Giant Leopard Moth hide a body that also sports a punch of bright red. Giant Mayfly Swarms of Giant Mayflies occur in the summer and are a sign of the season in the eastern part of the continent.

Giant Stonefly The Giant Stonefly is a sensitive and useful insect for anglers and biologists alike. Giant Walkingstick Walkingsticks are proven masters of camouflage, which is necessary for this slow, wingless walker.

The amphibious insect can bite and pinch prey and anything that threatens it. Giant Whipscorpion The Giant Whipscorpion is not poisonous, but its arsenal of offensive and defensive weapons make it a creature best looked at and not touched.. Globemallow Leaf Beetle The Globemallow Leaf Beetle changes colors from bold to bright as it matures all while retaining its metallic luster.

Glowworm An unusual beetle, the bioluminescent and beloved Glowworm has delighted generations and inspired song. Gold-and-Brown Rove Beetle Gold-and-Brown Rove Beetles may spend all their time in places of rot and decay, but they must go where there food grows.

Golden Silk Orbweaver The intimidating and multi-colored Golden Silk Orbweaver is not as mean as it looks and is far more docile than its Brazilian counterpart.

Golden Tortoise Beetle The lustrous Golden Tortoise Beetle gnaws on some garden favorites, but its unusual color often affords it a home in the backyard. It stills blends in with the flowers its sits on. Goldenrod Stowaway Goldenrod Stowaways use their sunny coloring to remain well-hidden as they rest on the various yellow parts of assorted flowers.

Grape Leaffolder Active during the day, the Grape Leaffolder can have an impact on grapevines in one summer and fruit production in the next. Grapevine Beetle A reasonable beetle, the Grapevine Beetle is not a major pest of the grapevines it feeds on, much to relief of vineyards and wine lovers across the continent.

Grapevine Epimenis Moth Often mistaken for a butterfly, Grapevine Epimenis Moths are springtime flyers with bold colors and a fondness for flowers. Grapevine Hoplia The Grapevine Hoplia is a beetle that hangs around the western part of the continent, from the coast to the Rocky Mountains.

Grass Spider Funnel-Web Spiders, or Grass Spiders, build a small vortex of web into the grass, lunging at any insect prey that has the misfortune of passing too closely. Gray Hairstreak Butterfly The small Gray Hairstreak Butterfly can be found all over the continent, flitting and flying in dizzying patterns. Gray Silverfish Gray Silverfish are usually spotted indoors, scurrying around floors and up walls, looking for a warm place to rest.

Great Black Wasp The iridescent Great Black Wasp pollinates flowers while feeding itself, and removes plant pests while feeding its young making it a great friend to gardens and fields. Great Oak Dagger Short black dashes seemingly cut into the wings of the Great Oak Dagger, creating a visual texture that may help hide them. Great Spangled Fritillary The Great Spangled Fritillary has a different hue in different parts of the continent, adding a bit more difficulty in identify it.

Great Tiger Moth The Great Tiger Moth is large, boldly patterned and more closely resembles a giraffe than its namesake. Green Crab Spider The lime Green Crab Spider is adept at ambushing insect prey in flowers, striking when they least expect it. Green Lacewing The minty, dainty Green Lacewing is a wonderful friend to the gardener.

They are visually appealing and voracious predators of pests. Green Lynx Spider The ferocious-looking Green Lynx Spider pounces on its insect prey, using camouflage to ensure a catch.

Green Mantisfly In a natural mash-up, Green Mantisflies have the head and front arms of a Praying Mantis, but the abdomen and wings more like that of a Lacewing.

Ground Spider Ground Spiders are traveling predators that run quickly after prey and away from danger. Gulf Fritillary Butterfly The widespread Gulf Fritillary Butterfly is colorful, fast, and a regional favorite in the warm and humid southern U. Gypsy Moth The unwelcome, exotic Gypsy Moth travels across a large range, and every few years, becomes a notorious pest in hardwood forests. Hackberry Emperor The warm weather of the southern U.

Hacklemesh Weaver The Hacklemesh Weaver spider builds a tangled mess of spider silk into a fluffy web that traps insects. Hag Moth The distinctive Hag Moth has an even more unusual caterpillar that rendered the need for its own name: Halloween Pennant The bright and flashy Halloween Pennant is a dragonfly that floats like a butterfly.

Hangingfly Sometimes mistaken for young Craneflies, Hangingflies have more wings and eat their meals with their feet. Hardwood Stump Borer Beetle The durable Hardwood Stump Borer Beetle male has quite a set of jaws on it, but its the larvae that do the most damage to trees. Harlequin Bug The many colors and varied patterns on the Harlequin Bug are attractive to observers, but their appetites are really destructive.

Harnessed Tiger Moth The Harnessed Tiger Moth could be mistaken for a butterfly with its stripes, contrasting colors and splashes of orange underneath. Harvestman The tiny body of a Harvestman sits low to the ground, carried by eight tremendously long, thin, and fragile legs. Hentz Jumping Spider Hentz Jumping Spider prefers to launch itself at its prey rather than build and maintain a web.

Hermit Flower Beetle Harmless yet stinky, the Hermit Flower Beetle is quiet, minds its own business and doesn't hurt anything, like some people in a way.

Spiky legs and a T-shaped stance are hallmarks of this unusual moth. Hister Beetle Hister Beetles do not hiss or make noise. They are tiny scavengers that take advantage of their situation.

Holly Borer Moth The Holly Borer Moth strikes a keen resemblance to a wasp, but the hairy moth is more dangerous to plants than people.

Honey Bee The helpful Honey Bee is a mainstay in the world of agriculture and an icon of efficiency for many businesses. Horace's Duskywing The brown color, similar spots and regional variations in shade make Horace's Duskywing easy to mistake for other Duskywings. Horntail Wasp Horntail Wasps look like they can deliver a wicked sting, but that stout syringe is actually for laying eggs.

Horse Fly Large, robust Horse Flies are perfectly sized for their irksome feeding habits on both equine and human targets. House Centipede The helpful, fast and frenzied House Centipede makes short work of ridding homes from unwanted pests. House Cricket The familiar chirp of the House Cricket is a summertime staple that doesn't mind being indoors on hot days. House Spider One of many types of House Spiders, Metaltella simoni actually came a long way to make itself at home in yours.

Hover Fly A great bee mimic and pollinator, a Hover Fly does not have a stinger and is only a threat to pesky aphids that attack plants. Hummingbird Moth The delightful Hummingbird Moth is often first thought to be a bird, making potential predators as well as humans take a second look.

Huntsman Spider The enormous Huntsman Spider could give anyone arachnophobia. Imperial Moth Imperial Moths are bright and beautiful members of a family known for its giants.

Io Moth The large and conspicuous Io Moth comes in two shades, one for each gender, and has a visually striking caterpillar that can leave a painful impression. Iron Cross Blister Beetle Native to the Sonoran desert, the Iron Cross Blister Beetle is dangerous to touch and poisonous to eat, making it hazardous to people, pets and livestock.

Ironweed Borer The larvae of the Ironweed Borer feed on and dig into the stems of ironweed, a native flowering shrub, making them just as rare to see as adults. Its larvae bore deep into trees, possibly emerging years later from furniture. Japanese Beetle The invasive Japanese Beetle wreaks havoc on roses, hibiscus and other showy flowers and is incredibly difficult to get rid of.

Japygid Dipluran Japygid Diplurans are one of a variety of Bristletails that are native to North America, predate the dinosaurs and are rarely ever seen.

Jerusalem Cricket The Jerusalem cricket is a North American camel cricket that leaves an impression on observers as well as a depression in the soil. Jewel Beetle The metallic, gleaming color of Jewel Beetles is mesmerizing though little is known about the life and musings of these little gems. Jewel Weevil The Jewel Weevil is a bright and gleaming newcomer to North America, looking like its precious namesake but with potential to become a pest.

Johnson Jumping Spider The petite Johnson Jumping Spider can launch itself distances over 5 times the length of its own body. Julia Longwing Butterfly Alligator tears are a welcome sight to the Julia Longwing Butterfly, a Brazilian transplant that thrives in the heat. Jumping Bristletail The elusive Jumping Bristletail is not easily found, though in fairness, it is also not usually sought out either. Jumping Spider Small bodies belie the power of Jumping Spiders, an amazing group of hunters that go above and beyond what others can do.

Jumping Spider Identifying this species of Jumping Spider is as easy as black-and-white thanks to clear markings, small stature, and powerful legs. Juvenal's Duskywing One of many Duskywings, the Juvenal's Duskywing is a larger yet more varied species that is commonly found in eastern and southwestern states. Katydid The Katydid looks like a leaf and has a chirp like no other. They create a double web and use their surroundings to camouflage themselves. Lace-Bug Piercing mouthparts allow Lace Bugs to drain needed fluids from leaves, damaging the appearance of plants but little else.

Large Maple Spanworm Moth Thanks to grand variation between individual Large Maple Spanworm Moths, it is possible to think several species are present in the same area.

Larger Elm Leaf Beetle Some are orange, some are yellow, some have spots, some do not, and sometimes Larger Elm Leaf Beetles are considered a small pest.

Laudable Arches The minty green color of the small Laudable Arches Moth accentuates the various patterns on the wings with good contrast. Laurel Sphinx The Laurel Sphinx is streamlined and sleek, always impressing with its wide wingspan and aerodynamic styling. Leaf Miner Fly Leaf Miner Fly larvae burrow into and between layers of plant tissue, blemishing foliage and compromising plant health.

Leafcutter Ants Hard-working Leafcutter Ants work as a team, taking shade under their umbrellas of foliage. Leaf-Footed Bug Leaf-Footed Bugs are moving into and spending more time in backyards and that may mean a bit more work for the gardener. Leaf-Footed Bug Flattened 'thighs' that shaped like leaves, often with ridges of spiky teeth, are hallmarks of Leaf-footed Bugs and this species is no exception. Leaf-Footed Bug The stout and sturdy Leaf-Footed Bug will fight with males of its own species, but takes flight at the first sign of danger.

Leafhopper Assassin Bug Leafhopper Assassin Bugs are efficient predators with varied diets, eating more than just leaf, plant and tree hopping insects. Least Skipper The Least Skipper is a small butterfly that prefers humid regions and tall grasses. Lesser Maple Spanworm Moth A frequent guest in deciduous and evergreen forests, the Lesser Maple Spanworm has one-of-a-kind markings to help identify it.

Lesser Meadow Katydid Apart from their smaller size, members of the Lesser Meadow Katydids are just like their larger relatives in most every other way. Leucospid Wasp The round bottom of a Leucospid Wasp helps differentiate it from similar-looking mason bees. Longhorn Bee The exceptionally long antennae, or "horns" on males help differentiate them from other bees. Long-Horned Slug Moth The name for the Long-horned Slug Moth stems from its caterpillar's long antennae at the head that are double the size of the protrusions at its rear.

They hang up-side-down, silently waiting for a meal to drop in. Long-legged Fly The metallic Long-Legged Fly is fast and friendly, eating some annoying insects instead of human food. Long-Legged Fly The fast, jumping movement of the Long-Legged Fly makes is difficult to catch, by predators and photographers alike.

Their bites can be a bit painful. It blends in flawlessly and has likely helped it expand its range. Manto Tussock Moth A marbled mess of color and pattern, the caterpillars of the Manto Tussock Moth have a hankering for certain evergreens. Marbled Orb Weaver The ubiquitous and multicolored Marbled Orb Weaver is a spider that works hard and looks good doing it. March Brown Mayfly The March Brown Mayfly adult is short-lived, but its very presence is a sign that the water is clean and the fish will be biting.

Margined Blister Beetle The Margined Blister Beetle is as black as ebony, but for a thin white line that runs down the middle of the elytra. Margined Burying Beetle A type of Sexton beetle, the Margined Burying Beetle works to break down decomposing animals to the benefit of everyone and everything.

Margined Leatherwing Beetle A firefly mimic, the Margined Leatherwing Beetle is a springtime pollinator and its larvae are voracious predators. Maritime Earwig Maritime Earwigs live by the ocean, but they don't go in the water. They work the coastline, sweeping the sandy beaches for food. Masked Hunter The Masked Hunter may be a predator to small insects, but that doesn't stop it from inflicting painful bites on careless handlers.

May Beetle May Beetles are a frequent visitor during summer evenings, bumping into windows and hanging out in groups. Meadow Fritillary Butterly True to its name, the Meadow Fritillary can be found in meadows and flower fields, often with others, taking in nectar and the sun. Meal Moth Meal Moth larvae dine on stored grains and can be found gorging themselves in silos, warehouses, and pantries around the world. Mealy Bug Destroyer Larvae Mealy Bug Destroyers are imported help that has successfully controlled a pest, making plants everywhere very happy.

Metallic Crab Spider The sheen on the abdomen of the Metallic Crab Spider can be mesmerizing, if stops moving long enough for you to see it. Mexican Orange-Kneed Tarantula The endangered Mexican Orange-Kneed Tarantula is protected by international laws so it can remain a part of its natural ecosystem for generations to come. Mexican Tiger Moth The seemingly two-toned Mexican Tiger Moth is happy to pose and surprise observers with an unexpected flash of bright color.

Midges Midges in the Chironomidae family do not bite like the pesky mosquitoes they resemble. That doesn't mean they don't sometimes ruin outdoor fun. Milkweed Bug There are plenty of Milkweed Bugs to be found in the eastern states with a variety of looks at different life stages. Milkweed Tussock Moth Sometimes a bit of youthful color spills over into adulthood as is the case with the Milkweed Tussock Moth.

Millipede Millipedes live in the dark, moist places of the earth, searching for food and hiding from view. Mini Bagworm Covered in dead grasses, Mini Bagworm larvae take up very little space, but they can be found in all sorts of places. Mint-Loving Pyrausta Moth The pretty pink and golden Mint-loving Pyrausta varies in its mottling, but maintains constant affection for Mentha. Mischievous Bird Grasshopper Mischievous Bird Grasshoppers are strong fliers with large bodies, and may also fly in swarms like their avian namesake.

It reigns over the entire continent and has even moved to Hawaii. Mormon Cricket The flightless Mormon Cricket can devastate food crops and threatened early western pioneers.

Morning-glory Prominent A light tan, coffee bean-shaped mark on the sides of the Morning Glory Prominent stands out among a dark brown splash of color. Mosquito The ubiquitous Mosquito ranges from a valuable food source to a human nuisance in rainy and wet areas around the world. Mottled Grass Veneer Moth A tubular body and a long furry snout make the Mottled Grass Veneer Moth peculiar when compared to more familiar moth physiology.

Mottled Gray Carpet Moth While the pattern design remains the same, the color scheme varies per individual of the aptly named Mottled Gray Carpet Moth. Mottled Tortoise Beetle The Mottled Tortoise Beetle looks like a smaller, metallic version of its namesake though the edges of their 'shells' are clear. Mournful Thyris Moth Easy to see in the daytime, a mix of creamy white dashes, dots, and spots contrast with the deep black wings and body of the Mournful Thyris.

Mourning Cloak Butterfly The dark, velvety wing of the Mourning Cloak Butterfly helps warm this sun-loving species after a long winter's nap.

Mutillid Wasp The female Mutillid Wasp is a cunning ant-mimic. This solitary wasp can issue one of the most painful insect stings known to humans. Mydas Fly The Mydas Fly does not turn anything to gold, but there are only a few types in North America, making it somewhat precious. Nason's Slug The oblong, spiky, green larvae of Nason's Slug garner far more attention than its brown adult form.

Nessus Sphinx Moth Its large size, day-time flying habit and bright twin yellow abdominal stripes make it hard to miss the Nessus Sphinx Moth. Northern Black Widow The Northern Black Widow shares a lot in common with its southern cousin, including an increasingly painful bite and an urgent visit to the doctor. Northern Caddisfly Northern Caddisflies are a group of highly beneficial insects that split their lives between water, land and air.

Northern Mole Cricket The mud-loving Northern Mole Cricket has short wings and strong back legs allowing it to fly and jump whenever it likes. Northern Paper Wasp The very social Northern Paper Wasp can make a nest in unusual and unexpected places, requiring only a bit of wood of get started. Northern Walkingstick The fragile and gentle Northern Walkingstick is a harmless insect that makes a big impact. Nursery Web Spider The female Nursery Web Spider is a dedicated parental caretaker, usually seen with its egg sac until the spiderlings hatch.

Nysa Roadside Skipper True to their name, Nysa Roadside Skippers are commonly seen fluttering along highways and thoroughfares early in the day.

Oak Timberworm Weevil A long beak, narrow body and clean antennae set the Oak Timberworm Weevil apart from others, but it can be just as bothersome.

Oak Treehopper With or without a horn, the Oak Treehopper still charms with its bright colors and giant leaps. Oil Beetle An Oil Beetle may seem like an ordinary black garden bug but it has a secret weapon making it capable of blistering human skin. Oldwife Underwing The Oldwife Underwing seems drab and ordinary until seen in flight where its bright orange hindwings are exposed in a marvelous flash of color.

Oleander Aphids The tiny Oleander Aphid is a huge pest for ornamental flowers thanks to fast breeding and fast development. Oleander Hawk Moth The Oleander Hawk Moth is a large green moth that thrives in warm climates and hides among dense lush green foliage.

Orange Assassin Bug The nymphs of the Orange Assassin Bug bear bold alarm colors that tell prudent observers they are best left undisturbed. Orange Meadowhawk A long abdomen and bright orange body contrasts with the natural habitat of Orange Meadowhawks making it easier to spot them in the wild.

Orange Sulphur When spied in nature, the many similarities the Orange Sulphur shares with its close relatives sometimes clouds a sure identification. Orange Virbia Moth Some are dusky, some have dots and bands, but all Orange Virbia Moths are some shade of orange and have large, curious eyes. Orange-Tipped Oakworm Moth The Orange-tipped Oakworm ranges over much of the eastern part of the continent, nibbling on the plethora of oak trees growing across states and provinces.

Orb Weaver Orb Weavers come in a variety of colors and patterns or lack thereof. Their spiral shaped webs and rounded abdomen may help in identifying this helpful garden spider. Ox Beetle The hefty Ox Beetle makes a grand first impression, though their larvae are quite ordinary. Painted Lady Butterfly A commonly seen native butterfly ranging across the entire continent, the flashy Painted Lady is as pretty as its name suggests.

Painted Lichen Moth The Painted Lichen Moth warns predators with its alarming colors while its larval form feeds on the slow-growing lichens across the continent. Painted-Grasshopper Harboring all the colors of a sunset, it seems fitting that the splendidly colored Painted Grasshopper is native to the western part of the continent. Pale Beauty The Pale Beauty's sculpted hindwings, misty green hues, and pearly luster fuse together in this comely moth.

Pale Green Weevil The light green body of the Pale Green Weevil helps hide it while it feasts for a short time on the leaves of various hardwood trees. Pale Metarranthis The Pale Metarranthis is one of the lighter moths of its genus, perhaps hiding as a light spot on the trunks of its favorite host plants.

Pale Windscorpion The Pale Windscorpion has a diet that is as diverse as its range. Paper Wasp Paper Wasps come in a variety of colors and patterns, but all of them let people know its best to keep a safe distance from a nest. Parson Spider A houseguest like the black and white Parson Spider is a blessing to some and a bother to others.

Parthenice Tiger Moth A mosaic of black panes and ivory veins cut sharp lines across the wings of the Parthenice Tiger Moth. Pearl Crescent Butterfly The small white crescent moon on the wing of the Pearl Crescent Butterfly is a good indicator to use for identifying it. Pennsylvania Firefly Summer evenings are made brighter by the Pennsylvania Firefly, but that doesn't mean better for every male firefly in the area.

Sora Porzana carolina 2 — Reported Jun 01, Sora Porzana carolina 1 — Reported Jun 01, Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus 1 — Reported May 30, Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis 1 — Reported May 30, Cerulean Warbler Setophaga cerulea 1 — Reported May 31, Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata 1 — Reported May 23, Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda 1 — Reported May 21, Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota 2 — Reported May 22, Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus 2 — Reported May 21, Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius 1 — Reported May 21, American Wigeon Mareca americana 2 — Reported May 21, Greater Scaup Aythya marila 1 — Reported May 21, Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis 6 — Reported May 21, Coarser markings on mantle.

I was out kayaking this morning, May 21, and got a very good look at four Whimbrels standing on a log on the edge of Lakefield Marsh. This is the pond which held several rare geese in April and early May. Sanderling and Dunlin on breakwall rocks close to harbour in Port Hope. This morning, May 21, I had a visit at my feeder from a male and female Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Derry Fairweather, Buckhorn Lake. I took this owlet picture yesterday, May 17, at a nest 1 km west of Springbrook, Ontario.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea 1 — Reported May 17, As seen by previously. Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera 1 — Reported May 17, At the small clearing immediately east of the lower gate. Sora Porzana carolina 3 — Reported May 13, This robin was in the backyard at 71 Pellissier St. We have had these Red-bellied Woodpeckers coming back to nest for about five years. They are here all through the winter at the feeder.

I think that they nest in the maple in front of the house. We are located at Blezard Line. We spotted this Brown Thrasher in our Peterborough yard this lovely May 5 morning. Helen and Larry Keller. Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope 1 — Reported May 03, Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator 20 — Reported Apr 28, Sora Porzana carolina 1 — Reported Apr 27, Found earlier in the afternoon by Scott Gibson.

Digiscoped from around m. This morning, April 27, I saw a female Eastern Towhee scratching around in the leaf litter below one of my feeders. Redhead Aythya americana 2 — Reported Apr 26, Blue-winged Teal Spatula discors 2 — Reported Apr 26, Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus 2 — Reported Apr 25, Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius 1 — Reported Apr 23, Green Heron Butorides virescens 1 — Reported Apr 23, Seen flying across the playing fields and then again flying across the water to the cemetery.

Pileated Woodpecker — Woke up this morning April 22 with a tapping sound and looked outside to see the Pileated Woodpecker. Derry Fairweather, Upper Buckhorn Lake. Northern Pintail Anas acuta 2 — Reported Apr 22, Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis 40 — Reported Apr 22, Don Munro of Campbellford and Mike Faught of Peterborough shared the following pictures taken this month.

Long-tailed Duck in breeding plumage — April — Don Munro. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii 1 — Reported Apr 19, Individual had an aluminum band in left leg. Photo taken about 10 m away. Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena 1 — Reported Apr 19, Seen in the cove near Parks Canada building.

Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus 1 — Reported Apr 17, Almost completely white on back but seen at speed. Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus 1 — Reported Apr 13, Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus 2 — Reported Apr 13, One of our Red Squirrels was enjoying maple sugar time in mid-March, licking the sap on our Silver Maple.

It returned to the tree periodically over several days, presumably scoring the surface bark to allow the sap to drain, then returning later to enjoy the sugary residue on the bark. Just now, we have our returning pair of Canada Geese , the male keeping a watchful eye for unwanted competitors from our old dock, two pairs of Hooded Mergansers , one pair of Common Mergansers , and three male Buffleheads vying for the attention of a single female.

A lone female Ring-Necked Duck arrived on March 24th and stayed for a few days, keeping close to either a pair of Mallards or the pair of Canada Geese. Possibly there was safety in numbers. One Osprey was sitting on a nest and this one brought a fish. A third bird was circling around. Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus 1 — Reported Apr 10, Vesper Sparrow — note rufous on shoulders not always visible — Wikimedia. Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus 1 — Reported Apr 10, Click here to see a compilation of sightings updated to January, of fauna of Jack Lake Apsley, Ontario and its watershed.

Baseline information has been obtained from published books which delineate the distribution of various amphibians, birds, crustaceans, fishes, insects, mammals, molluscs, and reptiles. I am also grateful to Drew Monkman, Martin Parker,and Bob Bowles for their assistance in providing additional information from their records and archives. Four pairs of American Robins were checking out the property. He has bee n back several times over the month.

Each time, he amazes us. You can walk right under his tree and he will not move. After you leave he will be a couple of branches up in the same tree. On March 3, a River Otter scooted through the property, down on the edge of the Otonabee. The following day was the return of our two pairs of what might be Brant geese.

I can tell them by their odd honk, more so than by colour. They come in the early part of March, stay a day or two on the river and then head north. They then do a fly over around Thanksgiving.

Quite consistent in their time of coming and their time of going. Gord Young, Armour Road, Peterborough. If these were indeed Brant, it would be a very rare sighting indeed — especially a pair of birds and so early in the spring. Darian Bacon, a renowned wilderness instructor, has created the website 7winds. Over the past several years, he has volunteered his time focusing on nature skills and connection for Trent University, Durham College, University of Guelph, Sir Sandford Fleming College, Hillside Festival and the Harvest Gathering, a wilderness event created by Bacon himself in , and since handed off to the next generation of nature lovers.

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People are able to gain the basics from these online modules before venturing out into the great outdoors for more experiential hands-on learning with traditional schools and courses. Once students feel they are ready, they can check out our adventure directory which has an interactive map of outings, adventures and beautiful places all over Ontario.

We all find our own path to walk, but need the same knowledge to find our own paths to blaze. For more information on courses, speaking engagements and customized educational products, please check out www. Looks like a male. Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus 1 — Reported Apr 05, Our 2 Sandhill Cranes have returned to Rockcroft, north of Buckhorn. Observed in my folks backyard this morning, April 3, at Warbler with white throat and yellow rump.

Feeding alongside water just south of Beavermead beach. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii 7 — Reported Apr 02, Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus 1 — Reported Apr 02, I saw a pair of Sandhill Cranes on March 23 at about 6: I photographed this Merlin this morning, February 13, in Lakefield. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus 1 — Reported Feb 12, Seemed small, possibly suggesting a male.

One was sitting on a limb in a small tree on the park side of the bridge. Mate arrived on tree beside it, then flew to the same tree. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis 2 — Reported Feb 12, A pair of Eastern Bluebirds — male at upper right — Wikimedia.

I sighted two Bald Eagles soaring in the cold winds above Lakefield arena today, February They were fairly high up. Bald Eagle — Lakefield — Feb.

On Feb 5: Barred Owl Strix varia 1 — Reported Feb 09, There is an abundance of Snowy Owls in our area this year. Most any concession in the Lindsay area will yield a Snowy.

The bird photographed here is the closest to home I have sighted. Carl Welbourn, Kawartha Camera Club. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus 1 — Reported Feb 09, It was on a Rock Pigeon.

The bird feeder is high up — at the back of the house. I live at Creekwood Drive in Peterborough. Carolina Wren — Feb. Barred Owl Strix varia 1 — Reported Feb 04, Sitting on the hydro line above the driveway. Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra 4 — Reported Feb 03, Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos 1 — Reported Feb 02, Watched for 5 minutes as it was kiting to the S and then slowly glided to the N not too far above trees. Golden nape visible, long tail-short head. No white at base of tail or at base of primaries.

For the first few seconds I thought it was a dark RLHA as it was kiting, the golden head looked pale in the light, the dark carpal marks contrasted with paler flight feathers, and the tail looked like it had a broad terminal band…but then it turned showing size and broad eagle shaped wings although not as barn board like as BAEA. It proceeded to put on a fantastic show for 5 minutes and came close enough for decent pictures. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus 1 — Reported Feb 01, During one session a second owl joined in so there were definately two.

A saw-whet was reported very close to this site within the past few days. My wife, 3 kids, 3 dogs and I just moved to Buckhorn from Toronto at Christmas. My dogs discovered on January 10 of this year that we share the forest with numerous animals including unfortunately for my curious pointers, who discovered her the hard way this big Porcupine out of her den taking in some milder weather. Porcupine — Buckhorn — Jan. The milder weather seems to be bringing out more waterfowl. Trumpeter Swans — Jan.

Thu, 25 Jan Perhaps a few will arrive this weekend. Not unexpectedly, many of the relatively uncommon birds that have kept showing up in recent weeks have also been sighted this week. The feeders at 83 Bayshore Road have attracted a few welcome over-wintering birds in the past few days: Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid that is available at the Park gate. Visitors to Gull Island not using a boat should be aware that the ice between Owen Point and the islandmay or may not support the weight of a human.

They may also encounter aslippery coating of ice on the rocks. Ice cleats are recommended. It then turned and crossed the road ahead of me and came to land briefly on a utility pole, before taking flight gain and heading far out to the west until it finally disappeared from my view. This was my third of the winter and first of Hmm… three Snowies and still no good pictures.

Will keep watching and hoping! I was filling my bird feeders this morning Jan. The chatter stops, lasting maybe 10 seconds or so. I have the usual birds — chickadees, finches, cardinals, etc.

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator 3 — Reported Jan 24, It sure scared the jogger who happened by! Leo Condon, Douro 4th Line. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus 1 — Reported Jan 23, Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator 1 — Reported Jan 22, Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator 2 — Reported Jan 21, Northern Pintail Anas acuta 1 — Reported Jan 21, Harper Park in the south end of Peterborough is a natural treasure — Drew Monkman. Only general location given.

I had 16 Purple Finches on my property on January White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera 4 — Reported Jan 18, They were singing the varied pitch song from spruce trees next to the trail before flying off. Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra 2 — Reported Jan 18, There was no white at all for either bird on the solid dark wings. The gip gip gip calls were in groups of 2 to 6. Northern Pintail Anas acuta 2 — Reported Jan 19, Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator 3 — Reported Jan 16, Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus 1 — Reported Jan 16, I had a couple of firsts today: I saw an eBird posting at Black-backed Woodpecker Picoides arcticus 1 — Reported Jan 15, Spotted about meters beyond the park gate.

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator 3 — Reported Jan 15, Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus 1 — Reported Jan 14, Found earlier in the day by Warren Dunlop. I read your recent column on the winter bird counts. What you say about grouse is accurate. I saw one grouse today, whereas normally I would scare up six. I wanted to comment on the grouse mystery. Habitat has been reduced in some areas but not in others so what has changed? Coyotes have arrived in great numbers all across southern Ontario. We continually have tracks in our yard.

Would be interested to know if other ground nesting birds such as the Killdeer have seen declines. Always enjoy your columns and just to let you know I stopped hunting 50 years ago. Al Mace, Westview Dr. Least Sandpiper — Wikimedia. Pectoral Sandpiper — Wikimedia. Semipalmated Sandpipers — Drew Monkman. Backyard hummingbird action in Peterborough I just had to send you these photos I managed to get last evening August 24 from a feeder hung in our birch tree by the deck.

Wendy Marrs, Ridgewood Road Note: Ruby-throated Hummingbird — Wendy Marrs. Common Nighthawk — Wikimedia. Great Egret Ardea alba 1 — Reported Aug 21, I found this Pandora Sphinx moth caterpillar on the woody part of a grape vine on August 20 in Bridgenorth.

I have seen the odd one here over the years but this sighting was unprecedented. The skies were clear and there was very little wind , thus making it ideal for hawking.

In my opinion, this is the best year for Monarchs in the last half dozen. Sightings from the Indian River near Warsaw. Sightings have been fairly quiet this summer but August is proving much more interesting. The couple raised two offspring and the nest was empty by July One egg was punctured and did not hatch.

The eggs are so tiny. An Osprey has found a handy perch on a dead branch across the river and when we first saw it back on June 30 it was being harassed by a couple of Red-Winged Blackbirds, though the Osprey held its ground and is still using the perch occasionally. We also saw a female Scarlet Tanager spotted eating a Common Whitetail Dragonfly in a spruce close to the house. Our first migrating Yellow-rumped Warbler looking for insects in a large White Pine.

Had a great sighting today, as well as an audio. Both of these events happened on the Kawartha Golf and Country Club property. The first was a sighting last Tuesday, August 7.

As I started up the driveway from Clonsilla, I glanced up the fairway to my left and noticed two kittens playing about yards away. As I stood there another joined them, then another and another and so on. This continued as more came. Some returned then disappeared again making it difficult to count, but I would guess 12 to 15 were there at a time. I mentioned this to a groundskeeper and was told because of the Coyotes there were no cats on the grounds, so he thought they were probably young Coyotes.

The problem, however, is that all were light tan or beige in colour so I think they were Red Fox kits. The audio happened today, August 15, and sent chills up my spine. While walking up the driveway, I heard a sound of probably a police car using its siren in a short beeping sort of way.

No sooner had it stopped when a large pack of Coyotes began to howl. It was quite unnerving. These Coyotes were behind me near the entrance. When it ceased another pack in front of me began howling. It also seemed to be large and now I was in the between the two with a hiking pole as my protection.

While on the driveway I have seen many singular Coyotes watching me watching them but never a pack and today, there two packs. Coyotes in field on Stewart Line Randy Therrien. Semipalmated Plover — Wikimedia. Olive-sided Flycatcher — Wikimedia. Common Tern — Wikimedia. Bay-breasted Warbler — Wikimedia. Another fox in city dining on Gray Squirrels There was a large number of squirrels in our neighbourhood.

Black-billed Cuckoo — Wikimedia. Black-crowned Night-Heron — Wikimedia. Mother Mallard and eight ducklings — Dianne Tyler. Sandhill Crane with chick — Barb Evett — Buckhorn.

Photinus pyralis — a common firefly — Art Farmer. Himalayan Balsam, an invasive species in Ontario — Wikimedia. Northern Mockingbird — Gord Mallory. Peter Gulliver, Peterborough Note: Snapper no 2 — June — Stephenie Armstrong. House Wren nest — June — Stephenie Armstrong.

Lots of American Redstart activity along the bike trail behind Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School on Armour Road. Unable to catch a photo of females.

House Wren — June 20, — Carl Welbourn. House Wren fledgling — June — Carl Welbourn. Purple Finches since early May This year, for the first time, we have Purple Finches coming to our feeder. House Finch for comparison — Karl Egressy.

American Robin fledglings on nest — Murray Lincoln. We watched it as a caterpillar until one day it just simply disappeared! Then, later in August or September we noticed a clump of leaves stuck together and concluded it might be that it had wrapped itself up for the winter. It was moving its very large wings so perhaps it will be gone by morning.

They stayed attached all day and last evening were both gone without a trace. After a whole fall, winter and spring, we had grown quite attached to our little guest but that just how it goes in nature: Mating Cecropia moths — Wendy Marrs.

After separation of the male and female moths, the female will very often lay a few to several eggs right on the same shrub or tree that she had dined upon the year before as a larva. Look for evidence of the next generation on your sand cherry in the autumn.

You might just find another cocoon or two! Blue-winged Warbler — Wikimedia. Yellow-billed Cuckoo — Greg Piasetzki. Polyphemus — Barb Evett — June 1 If she does not fly off outright, she will begin to scent for a male. She will do this by dropping her. If successful, in the. They will remain paired like this until dusk the following evening.

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