Category Archives: Insects

Boisduval’s Blue

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Boisduval’s blue (Plebejus icarioides) is a butterfly that ranges from British Columbia to Baja and east to the western edge of the Great Plains. It can be found in mountain meadows, forest openings and sagebrush areas, wherever there is a … Continue reading

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Female Sara Orangetip

The taxonomy of Sara orangetip butterflies (Anthocaris sara) is in flux. There are several subspecies of A sara and some taxonomists have elevated these subspecies (stella and julia, in particular) to full species status. This butterfly, which occurs along the … Continue reading

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Hairy Gall Wasp

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Canyon live oaks (Quercus chrysolepis) are plentiful on Spring Hill (a “satellite” volcanic cone) at the base of Mount Shasta (Shasta County CA). When young, the evergreen, leathery leaves have spiny margins while older leaves are usually entire. Both leaf … Continue reading

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Vosnesensky Bumble Bee

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In the United States there are about 40 species of bumble bees (Bombus), most native to North America. Bumble bees are generalist foragers, feeding on a diverse suite of pollen and nectar sources. Although bumble bees do not produce commercial … Continue reading

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Lustrous Copper

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Lustrous copper butterflies (Lycaena cupreus) fly in the mountains of Washington, central and southeastern Oregon, the Sierra Nevada of California and across the Rocky Mountains. They can be found in mountain meadows, sagebrush flats, glacial cirques, rocky treeless areas and … Continue reading

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Willow Stem Galls

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The second gall Leonard and I found on willows along the Lower Hat Creek Trail (Shasta County CA) is the willow stem gall. I discussed the willow rosette galls that infect leaf buds in my last post (“Willow Rosette Gall” … Continue reading

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Willow Rosette Gall

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Along the Lower Hat Creek Trail (Shasta County CA) is a cluster of willows heavily infected with two different gall forms. These galls appear along the length of approximately three-fourths of the stems. One form is a thick-walled, smooth, elongated, … Continue reading

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