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Red Fir Cone Maggot

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A previous post (Red Fir 09-29-2014) discussed the red fir (Abies magnifica). As I mentioned before, red fir cones are rarely seen on the ground. The female cones are borne erect on 1 year old branches in the uppermost crown … Continue reading

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Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

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Butterflies and moths go through four stages in their life cycle – egg, several larvae or caterpillar phases (called instars), pupae and adult. Sphinx moth Pachysphinx occidentalis) caterpillars are beginning to burrow underground where they will pupate in shallow burrows before eventually metamorphosing … Continue reading

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West Coast Painted Lady

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Painted ladies have the distinction of being the most widely distributed butterflies in the world. Because of their wide range, another common name for painted ladies is cosmopolitans.  The West Coast painted lady, one of three or four species found … Continue reading

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Wooly Bear

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At the Big Lake (Shasta County CA) boat launch hundreds of wooly bears were crawling on the ground and nearby low vegetation. Wooly bears are the caterpillar or larval stage of the various tiger moths, characterized by dense hairs over their … Continue reading

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