Author: Christy Solo

Crawlies with Cri – Townsend’s chipmunk

Townsend’s chipmunk (Neotamias townsendii) There are five species of chipmunk here in Oregon. All of them are adorable and each fills a slightly different niche. This week we’ll meet Townsend’s chipmunk (Neotamias townsendii).Fun fact: All five species have one thing in common, they can all be spotted in Crater Lake[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri – Ironclad beetle

Ironclad beetle (Phellopsis porcata) Strap yourselves in, kids! This week’s crawly is a marvel of engineering. Meet the ironclad beetle (Phellopsis porcata).The ironclads did not get their name because of their rusted-out coloration. In fact, porcatas come in a variety of earth tones from olive to the pictured rusty color[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Black-tailed bumblebee

This week’s crawly is a big, boldly colored bumble. Meet the black-tailed bumblebee (Bombus melanopygus)!Looking at our pictured black-tailed, “black-tailed” is surely not the first mark that catches your eye and would lead you to give this fuzzy buzzer that common name.Black-tailed do also have the less common common name[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Merriam’s ground squirrel

Merriam’s ground squirrel (Urocitellus canus) This week’s crawly may win the coveted title of “Cutest Crawly Ever!” Meet Merriam’s ground squirrel (Urocitellus canus).Unfortunately, your chance to see one this summer has probably just passed because these cuties go into hibernation in early August.Next year though, you can catch them out[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Tipula lanei crane fly.

Tipula lanei crane fly. This week’s crawly reminds us that there are a lot of species of crane flies. A lot. And some of them are positively goth. Meet the Tipula lanei crane fly.Little is known about lanei, which you’d expect when it comes to such a mysterious-looking fly. There[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Red admiral butterfly

Red admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) If you happen upon this week’s crawly, give them a quick salute; it’s only proper. Meet the red admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta).Unlike Lorquin’s admiral, who we’ve previously met, the red admiral is an officer amongst ladies.Lorquin’s are in the Subfamily Limenitidinae along with other admirals.Reds[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri:

Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) in Eastern Oregon. Top: male; bottom: two females in “confuse them with camo” stance. “Oh, give me a home, where the buffalo bison roam! And the deer and the antelope pronghorn play!”We’ll circle back to bison one day. For now, let’s meet the pronghorn (Antilocapra americana), who[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: American beaver

American beaver (Castor canadensis) This week’s crawly is long overdue for an introduction. Meet the American beaver (Castor canadensis), our very own state animal and the largest rodent in North America.Fun fact: While Oregon got the nickname “The Beaver State” around 1849 and the American beaver was on the state[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Pinyon Jay

Pinyon Jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus) Fun fact: Oregon is home to nine species of corvid (crows, ravens, jays). We’ve met several species so far, and this week’s crawly is a jay you may not have heard of. Meet the pinyon jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus).Pinyon jays may be one of Oregon’s best kept[Read More…]