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White-Tailed Deer

Scientific Name: Odocoileus virginianus

Family: Cervidae

Native Range: North, Central, and northern South America, Pennsylvania

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Active:

Color and Appearance:

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Eastern Gray Squirrel

Scientific Name: Sciurus carolinensis

Family: Sciuridae

Native Range: Eastern North America, Pennsylvania

Size: Head and Body: 23 – 30 cm (9.1 – 11.8 in); Tail: 19 – 25 cm (7.5 – 9.8 in); Adult weight: 400 – 600 g (14 – 21 oz)*

Active: Year round

Color and Appearance: Grayish fur with a white underside, color morphs include predominantly black or white individuals

Notes: Gray squirrels are an ecologically important forest regenerator in their native range. They are highly adaptable and have been introduced to across the world, particularly Europe. Outside their native range they care considered highly invasive.

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Flat-Tailed Leafcutter Bee

Scientific Name: Megachile mendica  

Family: Megachilidae 

Native Range: United States, Pennsylvania

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Active: Spring – fall

Color and Appearance: Black body with thin lines of hair along abdomen.

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Explicit Arches Moth

Scientific Name: Lacinipolia explicata

Family: Noctuidae

Native Range: Southeastern United States, Pennsylvania rarely*

Size: 28–30 mm (1.10 – 1.18 in)*

Active: April and September*

Color and Appearance:

Larva eat clover and dandelion.*

*From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacinipolia_explicata)

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Smoky Tentanolita Moth

Scientific Name: Tetanolita mynesalis

Family: Erebidae

Native Range: Eastern North America, Pennsylvania*

Size: Wingspan: 20–25 mm (0.79 – 1.0 in)*

Active: May – November*

Color and Appearance:

*From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetanolita_mynesalis)

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Garden Webworm Moth

Scientific Name: Achyra rantalis

Family: Crambidae 

Native Range: Canada, United States, and Mexico; Pennsylvania*

Size: Wingspan:  17–23 mm (0.67–0.91 in)*

Active: Spring – Fall*

Color and Appearance: “Yellowish, pale green or dark greenish body and a yellowish-brown head and reach a length of about 24 mm.”*

*From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achyra_rantalis)

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Bent Winged Owlet Moth

Scientific Name: Bleptina caradrinalis

Family: Erebidae

Native Range: North, Central and northern South America, Pennsylvania*

Size: Wingspan: 22–32 millimetres (0.87–1.26 in)*

Active: June to August*

Color and Appearance: Drab browns and gray.

August 14, 2020: Wikipedia notes that “larva feed on barberry, clover, and hickory.”* Since we have lots of clover in our lawn they seem to be a common moth when I am cutting the grass. I photographed this one when it jumped out of the way of the lawn mower.

*From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleptina_caradrinalis)

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European Paper Wasp

Scientific Name: Polistes dominula

Family: Vespidae

Native Range: Europe. Invasive in North America, Pennsylvania

Size: Male wing length: 9.5 – 13.0 mm (0.37 to 0.51 in); Females wing length: 8.5 – 12.0 mm (0.33 to 0.47 in)

Active: Over-wintering queens begin nest building in early spring and start laying eggs in early March or April. Nests disperse in late summer. Founder queens and males overwinter.

Color and Appearance: Black and yellow

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Mexican Grass-Carrying Wasp

Scientific Name: Isodontia mexicana

Family: Sphecidae

Native Range: North America, Pennsylvania*

Size: 18–20 millimetres (0.71–0.79 in)*

Active: Early summer – early fall*

Color and Appearance: “The body is completely black, the thorax is quite hairy and the wings have a smoky-brown color.”*

From iNaturalist (https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/203340-Isodontia-mexicana)

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Rusty Spider Wasp

Scientific Name: Tachypompilus ferrugineus

Family: Pompilidae

Native Range: North, Central, and South America, Pennsylvania*

Size: 15–25 mm (0.59–0.98 in)*

Active:

Color and Appearance: “A mostly reddish-brown wasp, with four narrow dark bands circling the abdomen, and with violet-blue wings.”*

Rusty spider wasps prey on spiders, especially wolf spiders.*

*From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tachypompilus_ferrugineus)