Monthly Archives: July 2016

Mexican Jumping Beans – Do you know what makes them jump?

In reality, Mexican Jumping Beans are not beans at all; they are seed pods of a shrub found along the rocky slopes of Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico.  Each spring, Cydia deshaisiana or as it is more commonly known the Jumping Bean Moth lays eggs on the seed pods of the shrub.  Upon hatching, the larva […]

Ground Beetles

Ground beetles are a larger category of beetles that encompasses several species.  These beetles are most commonly found out doors under leaf litter, debris and other items in direct contact with the ground during the day.  From dusk to dawn however, these beetles are active and some may be attracted to lights of the home.  […]

Spittle Bugs

Found throughout the United States, spittle bug adults normally go unnoticed due to their tiny ¼ inch size and their green to brown coloration.  Their young however are much less inconspicuous in their activity and tend to unmeaning fully draw attention to their presence with their spit like masses in which they shelter during feeding.  […]

Insect Collections – Kids love bugs!

Although most parents tend to discourage children from bringing bugs into the house from outdoors, this time of year is the perfect time to encourage your child’s creativity, thirst for knowledge and exploration.  Taking hikes, trips to the park and even a walk through your own back yard can result in a vast selection of […]

Cicada Killer Wasps

Cicada killers are large predatory wasps that hunt cicada in order to paralyze them to be placed in chambers as a food source for their young.  Areas that are typically inhabited by cicada killer wasps are typically ones with well drained soil near trees or shrubs where cicadas are present with a sandy loose soil.  […]


Cicadas are large, robust insects most commonly know for the species that have periodical emergences causing mass population outbreaks at set intervals of 13 and 17 years.  Not every species of cicada follow these patterns however and none of which inhabit our state.  In Colorado, cicada often take two to five years to complete development.  […]

Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB)

Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) is a commonly known destructive beetle native to the western portion of North America.  Although outbreaks typically start in stressed, diseased or damaged trees; however, once an outbreak has been established, MPB will also infest healthy trees.  Mountain Pine beetle are considered the most important pest involving pine trees in Colorado.  […]

Ponderosa Borer Beetles

The largest of Colorado’s beetle species, the Ponderosa Borer Beetle adults are roughly 45-60mm in length.  Their elongated bodies are dark brown with lighter brown areas on their wing covers.  Larvae are very large when full grown, often extending the length of the palm of an average sized hand.  They are creamy off-white in color […]

Pine Sawyer Beetles

As their name indicates, the Pine Sawyer Beetle’s hosts are pine trees.  Several species of their long horned wood boring beetles attach and breed in various conifers.  The term sawyer is actually in relation to the loud noises created by the larvae as they feed on the tree.  Both adults and larvae most frequently infest […]

Ips Beetles

A small brown beetle associated with pines, spruce and common in firewood, Ips Beetles are considered a minor pest to living trees.  These beetles have a short, stubby body measuring approximately 4-6mm in length.  The rear of the beetle has a rough or jagged appearance unlike a majority of beetle species that have a smooth […]