Crawlies with Cri

Crawlies with Cri: Tule bluet damselfly

Tule bluet damselfly (Enallagma carunculatum) Many do not know what it’s like behind blue eyes, but this week we’ll try to get some insight into what’s behind the particular set on the tule bluet damselfly (Enallagma carunculatum).First: It’s pronounced “too-lay”.Bluets comprise the Genus Enallagma and unsurprisingly are called bluets because[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Wooly bear caterpillar

Wooly bear caterpillar (Pyrrharctia Isabella) This week’s crawly is wooly, but it is not a bear and it cannot predict the weather. Meet the wooly bear caterpillar (Pyrrharctia Isabella). Before we learn about the moth the wooly bear morphs into, let’s talk about the weather.The popular folklore around wooly bears[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Jagged ambush bug (Genus Phymata)

You may not have known it, but we’ve been waiting eight years to meet this week’s crawly. Meet the jagged ambush bug (Genus Phymata).I first saw a photo of one on Twitter around 2014 and have been searching for one ever since. They’re tricky to find for several reasons. First,[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri – Buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia)

Buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) This week we are both revisiting our featured flitter and meeting them for the first time. How are we going to pull off that neat trick? Strap yourselves in! This is a fun one!Now, this week’s crawly is a buckeye butterfly; that hasn’t changed.The last time[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Shield-backed bug (Stethaulax marmorata)

Shield-backed bug (Stethaulax marmorata) This week’s crawly has a familiar shape and is part of a familiar family but is quite unique. Meet the Stethaulax marmorata – shield-backed bug. We’ll call them “marmor” for short.Don’t panic. These are not marmorated stink bugs. “Marmorated” means “To be veined or streaked like[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Common blue mud-dauber (Chalybion californicum)

Common blue mud-dauber (Chalybion californicum) This week’s crawly is positively waptastic and she wants you to know, “Don’t panic” if you see her. Meet the common blue mud-dauber (Chalybion californicum).At three-quarters of an inch to one inch in size, common blues are good-sized wasps and their wicked cool metallic blue[Read More…]