Crawlies with Cri

Crawlies with Cri: Pileated Woodpeckers

This week we’re going to meet a rare bird and learn what made her so unique. Warning: science content ahead!Both birds in our collage photo are juvenile pileated woodpeckers who were born in 2015 (they may or may not be siblings). The one on the right is a female; the[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: The Inchworm

Inchworm (Family Geometridae) This week we’re going to meet a group of crawlies with a singular name. Meet the inchworm (Family Geometridae).Inchworms aren’t worms; they are caterpillars of geometridae (AKA geometrid) moths. The family got their name from the caterpillars. “Geometridae” is from the Greek geo, meaning earth, and metron,[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Mountain beaver

Mountain beaver Aplodontia rufa, temperate rain forest, British Columbia, Canada This week we’re introducing you to a bonus PNW critter outside of Crawlies. First, because these critters are super cool; second, because Crawlies is all about critters I’ve personally met, and this featured critter is elusive, to say the least.Let’s[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Speckled gall wasp

Speckled gall wasp (Cynips mirabilis) – Photos by Christy Solo If you have white oak trees, and there’s a good chance you do, you’ve probably seen this week’s crawly. Meet the speckled gall wasp (Cynips mirabilis).Let’s get the “don’t panic” portion out of the way. While galls on plants and[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Acorn Weevil (Curculio glandium)

Acorn Weevil (Curculio glandium) Photo by Christy My, what a big nose you have! Meet the acorn weevil (Curculio glandium).Let’s get a couple “need to know” facts out of the way – while acorn weevil larvae do kill the single acorn they feed on, management of these weevils is not[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri – Diving beetle

Diving beetle (Acilius abbreviatus predacious) This week’s crawly is an excellent swimmer and one good-looking little beetle. Meet the Acilius abbreviatus predacious diving beetle. We’ll call them “Aci” for short. Aci is a western species, found along the West Coast and as far east as Idaho.At just one-half inch in[Read More…]