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Anise Swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon
Cabbage White, Pieris rapae
California Dogface, Colias eurydice
California Sister, Adelpha bredowii californica
Cloudless Sulphur, Phoebis sennae
Common Buckeye, Junonia coenia
Fiery Skipper, Hylephila phyleus
Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae
Hermes Copper, Lycaena hermes
Melissa Blue, Lycaeides melissa
Monarch, Danaus plexippus
Mourning Cloak, Nymphalis antiopa
Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui
Queen, Danaus gilippus
Quino Checkerspot, Euphydryas editha quino
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
West Coast Lady, Vanessa anabella


Sesiidae Family
Beard-tongue borer, Penstemonia hennei
Buckwheat Root Borer, Synanthedon polygoni
Sycamore Borer, Synanthedon resplendens
Western Poplar Clearwing, Paranthrene robiniae


Agrarian Sac, Cheiracanthium inclusum
Black Widow, Latrodectus hesperus
Brown Widow, Latrodectus geometricus
Comb-footed, Tidarren sisyphoides
Crab, Misumenops sp.
Crab, Xysticus sp.
Crevice Weavers, Kukulcania sp.
False Black Widow, Steatoda grossa
Family Dictynidae, Mallos pallidus
Funnel Weaving, Hololena curta
Golden Garden, Argiope aurantia
Grass, Agelenopsis aperta
Green Lynx, Peucetia viridans
Lynx, Hamataliwa grisea
Family Amphinectidae, Metaltella simoni
Orb Weaver, Araneus andrewsi
Orb Weaver, Araneus gemma
Orb Weaver, Neoscona crucifera
Red Banded Crab, Misumenoides formosipes
Silver Argiope, Argiope argentata
Tarantula, Aphonopelma
Western Lynx, Oxyopes scalaris
Wolf, Pardosa sp.


Darkling Beetle
Figeater Beetle
Jerusalem Cricket
Kissing Bug
Rain Beetles
Velvet Ant

Supplemental Information


Glossary of Entomology Terms
Frequently Asked Questions
Recommended Reading


Butterflies of San Diego County
Spiders of San Diego County
Spiders of Baja California

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Africanized Honey Bees
Butterflies: A Picture Guide to Butterfly Families
Butterflies: Gabb's Checkerspot and Quino Checkerspot Comparison
Butterflies of our Region by Color
Butterfly Identification Quiz
Monarca sources: Additional links

Research Explorations

Agua Verde–Punta Mechudo Expedition of 2003

Photo credit: Anise Swallowtail by Bob Parks.

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