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Golden Garden Spider

Golden Garden Spider

Common Names: Black-and-yellow argiope; writing spider; golden garden spider Scientific Name: Argiope aurantia Size: Females: 0.75-1.125” (19-28 mm)Males: 0.25-0.375 “ (5-9 mm) Type of Beneficial: Insect predator.  Prey includes mosquitos, moths, flies, and other...
Butterfly

Butterfly

Common Name: Butterfly Order/ Suborder: Lepidoptera/ Rhopalocera Size: 0.5-12.0” (13-305 mm) Type of Metamorphosis: Complete Type of Beneficial: Pollinator Geographic Distribution: North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia Butterflies are beautiful,...
Spiny Orb Weaver

Spiny Orb Weaver

Common names: Spiny orb weaver; spiny-backed orbweaver; crab-like orbweaver Scientific Name: Gasteracantha cancriformis Size: 0.06-0.38” (1.5-9.5 mm) Type of Beneficial: Insect predator; prey includes flying insects such as whiteflies, mosquitoes, and wasps Geographic...
Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Common Names: Dragonfly, Mosquito hawk, Skimmer Genus/ Species: Many including Anax junius and Epitheca cynosure Size: 0.75 to 2.0 inches (19.1-50.8 mm) Type of Metamorphosis: Complete metamorphosis Type of Beneficial: Insect predator; prey includes mosquitoes, flies,...
Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Common Name: Praying mantis; Carolina mantis Genus/ Species: Stagmomantus carolina Size: 1.89 to 2.36 inches (48-60 mm) Type of Metamorphosis: Immature stages are similar in appearance to the adult stage (i.e., simple metamorphosis) Type of Beneficial: Insect...
Honey Bee

Honey Bee

Common Name: Honey Bee Genus / Species: Apis mellifera Size: On average, from 12 to 16 millimeters (about ½ to 5/8 inch for workers. Queens and Drones are longer. Life Cycle: Queens complete development in 15 ½ days, drones in 24 days and workers in 21 days for larvae...
Ladybug

Ladybug

Common Names: Ladybug, Lady Bug, Lady Beetle, Lady Bird and Lady Bird Beetle Genus / Species: 450 native and introduced species in North America Size: 0.63/16 to 6.30/16 inch (1mm to 10mm) Type of Beneficial: Insect predator Type of Metamorphosis: Immature stages...
Green 'Lynx' Spider

Green 'Lynx' Spider

Common Name: Green ‘Lynx’ Spider Genus / Species: Peucetia viridans Size: Females range from ½ to 5/8 inches (12 to 22 mm) in length, averaging approximately .63 inches (16 mm); males more slender and average .47 inches (12 mm) in length. Webs: A hunting...
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