Unknown species used for fly-fishing
Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata)
Blue dasher - Pachydiplax longipennis
Orange skimmer - Libellula saturata
Unknown species of stonefly.
American cockroach - Periplaneta americana egg through adult stage pictured.
Often emerge from drains in Tucson in July. Simply cover all sink and bathtub drains with cups to prevent them from coming into the house.
Desert encruster termite - Gnathamitermes perplexus. Encrusting a saguaro (L).
Grasshoppers and Crickets (Orthoptera)
Gray bird locust - Schistocerca nitens
Rainbow grasshopper - Dactylotum bicolor
Horse lubber - Taeniopoda eques
Jerusalem cricket - Stenopelmatus spp.
Praying mantis - Stagmomantis limbata
Stick Insects (Phasmatodea)
Creosote walkingstick - Diapheromera arizonensis sway gently as they walk on creosote to appear as a twig in the breeze.
Shore earwig - Labidura riparia
True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Cochineal scales - Dactylopius confusus
Cicada - Diceroprocta semicincta the juvenile exoskeleton (R) took 3-5 years to develop.
The adults are better known for their ceaseless summer buzz.
Unknown aphid species. Photo by Scott Bauer.
Giant Mesquite bug - Thasus neocalifornicus
Bee killer - Apiomerus flaviventris
Opuntia bug - Chelinidea vittiger
Leaf-footed bug - Acanthocephala thomasi
Seed bug - Lygaeus kalmii
Spittle bug - Clastoptera arizonana
Web spinners (Embiidina)
Webspinner - Oligotoma nigra
Antlions and Lacewings (Neuroptera)
Antlion - Scotoleon niger
Green lacewing - Chrysoperla carnea
Unknown dobsonfly species.
Female snakefly - Agulla sp.
Dung beetle - Canthon imitator
Fig beetle - Cotinus mutabilis
Iron-cross blister beetle - Tegrodera aloga
Palo verde rootborer -Derobrachus geminatus larva (L), adult (R)
Jewel scarab beetle - Chrysina gloriosa. Photo by Alex Wild.
Predatory ground beetle - Calosoma peregrinator
Tiger beetle - Cicindela lemniscata
Crane fly - Tipula spp. are not mosquitoes nor do they eat them. They feed on nectar.
Hover fly - Volucella isabellina look like bees but are actually important fly pollinators.
Robber fly - Efferia sp. pictured here eating a termite are good "natural enemies" to find in your garden.
Mosquito life cycle. Culex sp. Check any standing water for ~5mm larvae.
Unknown flea species.
Unknown caddifly species.
Moths and Butterflies (Lepidoptera)
White-lined spinx moth - Hyles lineata have long probosci and hover at flowers evening feedings.
An Arizona sister sunning itself. Photo by K. Prudic
Ants, Bees and Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Harvester ant - Pogonomyrmex barbatus. Photo by Alex Wild.
Carpenter bee - Xylocopa californica. Larvae in an old stem (L). Adult at a flower (R).
Honeybee - Apis mellifera. Photo by David Capaert
Velvet ant - Dasymutilla magnifica. These wingless wasps have a powerful sting.
Paper wasp - Polistes flavus create fine nests of paper from chewed wood fibers.
Tarantula hawk - Pepsis thisbe wasps drag the tarantulas that they paralyze to a pre-made burrow and lay an egg on it.
The wasp larva develops to adulthood in about 300 days.
bee - Megachile
Oak gall wasps - Atrusca bella, tiny wasps, develop inside plant galls.
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