Category Archives: Bug of the Week

Bug of the Week: Bumble Bee Identification and Citizen Science

While much of North America has had cold and snow, here it was warm enough that some local bumble bees were collecting pollen and nectar from desert mallow flowers. Unfortunately the bees were landing and leaving so fast that I … Continue reading

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Bug of the Week: Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly

After the giant rustic sphinx caterpillar and moth last week, let’s take a look at some tiny little butterflies. How tiny are these butterflies? To put things in perspective, do you see the winged aphid under the flower petal to … Continue reading

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Bug of the Week: Another Rustic Sphinx

The signs were there on the ground under the desert willow tree (frass pellets), and sure enough: We spotted a large rustic sphinx caterpillar, Manduca rustica. Looking back, I posted about a similar one on October 31 in 2012. It … Continue reading

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