Specimen NC 1554 | Red Velvet Ant

Specimen NC 1554 | Red Velvet Ant

Favorite 0 Specimen 1554 | Red Velvet Ant [dasymutilla occidentalis] Although the winged males are harmless, the wingless females can inflict a severe sting-—one to be avoided. The sting, though extremely painful, is rarely dangerous. Velvet ants may also produce a...
Specimen NC 215 | Hercules Beetle

Specimen NC 215 | Hercules Beetle

Favorite 0 Specimen NC 215 | Hercules Beetle [dynastes hercules] Male Hercules beetle typically use their large horns to settle mating disputes; these fights can cause significant physical damage to the combatants. During fights, the males attempt to grab and pin...
Specimen NO. 917 | Saddleback Caterpillar

Specimen NO. 917 | Saddleback Caterpillar

Favorite 0 Specimen NO. 917 | Saddleback Caterpillar [acharia stimulea] The caterpillar is primarily green with brown at either end and a prominent white-ringed brown dot in the center which resembles a saddle. Contact with their bristly hairs causes a painful,...
Specimen NC 259 | Clouded Yellow Butterfly

Specimen NC 259 | Clouded Yellow Butterfly

Favorite 1 Specimen NC 259 | Clouded Yellow Butterfly [colias croceus] These Butterflies have a wingspan of 1.8–2.1 in. This strong-flying butterfly always settles with its wings closed and so the dark borders on the uppersides of the wings are only visible when in...
Specimen NC 2027 | Stag Beetle

Specimen NC 2027 | Stag Beetle

    Favorite 0 Specimen 2027 | Stag Beetle [lucanus capreolus] The resemblance of the male’s mandibles to the horns of a stag, and their use in combat between males, much like with deer, gives the species its scientific and common names. SPECIAL THANKSto the...