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6 Unique California Insects You Had No Idea Existed

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By Molly Paws on August, 16 2017
A bunch of caterpillar cocoons and butterflies on a single branch

After a long day at work, you decide to take your dog for a walk around your neighborhood, your dog comes to a sudden stop. Next, you notice your dog sniffing something on your neighbor’s lawn. You start walking closer to scope it out. Low and behold it’s an unusual creature that you have never seen before. You ask yourself what in the world is that?! Here are 6 interesting and unique California insects that you might encounter one day.

California Insects Identified

  1. Banded Alder Borer Beetle has over 1,200 species of Longhorn Beetle on the continent. The beetle can be found in other states including Arizona, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington.
    California Insects
  2. Assassin Bug can be spotted on shrubs, ground cover, and garden plants as they search for their prey.
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  3. Ground Spider are fast runners and are known to startle humans if you observe too closely.
    California Insects
  4. Luna Moth are mostly found in the Eastern United States, these colorful moths can also be found in forest areas of California.
    California Insects
  5. Repetitive Tachinid Fly is a parasitoid for a type of moth. These flies can help keep caterpillars in check, sparing food producing plants.
    California Insects
  6. Venusta Orchard Spider are beautiful and colorful spiders can be found in shrubs or trees. These spiders are tiny but quick! You may also find them running around the foliage.
    California Insects

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