Category Archives: Bugs

Bombus Impatiens

We found a vibrating fuzzy mass in our croquet set bag this past weekend. A few bumblebees flew out of the mass so we were sure that it was a bumblebee nest. Earlier this spring we had plans to build … Continue reading

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Black swallowtail butterfly from larva to adult

We discovered this swallowtail caterpillar on our dill in the garden just after its second instar phase.  Interestingly the chrysalis color depends upon where the caterpillar is attached.  It can be green if the swallowtail pupa is going to be … Continue reading

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American pelecinid wasp

These wasps, species Pelecinus polyturator are almost always female, and when you see one with this elongated abdomen, you can be sure it’s female.  Since males are so rare, they mainly reproduce by parthogenesis, which is a process by which … Continue reading

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Colorado Potato Beetle

Infamous for its insecticide resistance-building abilities.  Overwinters as an adult 12-18 inches under soil in potato fields.  Emerges in late spring, finds itself a potato plant, and mates.

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