Category Archives: Insects

Variegated Meadowhawk

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Variegated meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum corruptum) have variable coloration. Variegated meadowhawks begin with olive green,  reddish and greyish markings which turn more red as the dragonflies mature. These members of the Skimmer Family (Libellulidae) have cranberry eyes, a bi-colored stigma (wing … Continue reading

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White-lined Sphinx Caterpillar

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  White-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata) caterpillars occur in a wide range of color phenotypes. These color patterns are so different that it sometimes is difficult to believe they all belong to the same species. The caterpillars have four basic … Continue reading

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Barn Owl Pellets

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A continuation of my previous post, “The Owl Man” on 06-10-20: With a large population of barn owls (Tyto alba), and an occasional great horned owl, on our property in Lookout CA (Modoc County), I only have to step out … Continue reading

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Field Crescent

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There do not seem to be as many moths and butterflies this year. Of course, that is not an observation backed by scientific data. So I was pleased to see this field crescent (Phyciodes pulchellus) when Leonard and I were … Continue reading

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Sponge Gall Midge

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One of the most common galls found on tall sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) is a spongy gall induced by the sponge gall midge (Rhopalomyia pomum).  Tall sagebrush, also commonly called Great Basin or big sagebrush, is found between 4,000 and 10,000 … Continue reading

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