Specimen Spot – Hymenoptera

Valley Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa varipuncta) While you may refer to it as a bumblebee, this large fuzzy critter is actually a Valley Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa varipuncta). Found throughout the western United States and Mexico, their genus boasts the largest insect eggs in the world. While their size intimidates their competitors for nectar and pollen, they…

Specimen Spot – Lepidoptera

Pacific Orangetip (Anthocharis sara) The Pacific Orangetip butterfly (Anthocharis sara) is a native species to the Pacific coast, though rarely seen. Emerging in late March and flying until around mid-May, the Pacific Orangetip can be found along the west coast from Northern Mexico to Alaska in grassy hillsides and other dry habitats. Pacific Orangetips feed…