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3/8-5/8″ (9-15 mm) including abdominal forceps. Body reddish brown to almost black. Antennae, legs, and elytra yellow. Underside yellowish brown. Forceps reddish brown; male’s curved, female’s almost straight and parallel. Short wings do not cover abdomen. Antennae have 15 or fewer segments; 2nd tarsal segment lobed beneath.
Black Widow Spider
Male 1/8″ (3-4 mm), female 3/8″ (8-10 mm). Black. Male’s abdomen elongate with white and red markings on sides. Female’s abdomen almost spherical, usually with red hourglass mark below or with 2 transverse red marks separated by black. Legs of male much longer in proportion to body than those of female. Spiderling is orange, brown, and white, gaining more black at each molt.
California Carpenter Bee
3/4-1″ (20-25 mm). Robust, resembling a bumble bee but abdomen short-haired and bare in places, and head is nearly as wide as thorax. Black with greenish or bluish reflections. Male’s face has yellowish-white center. Males’ pronotum bears white, orange, or yellow hair; abdominal segment 1 covered with white hair. Pollen brush of short stiff hair on hind tibia.
Black Blister Beetle
The Black Blister Beetle is a member of the family Meloidae. Blister beetles have soft, elongate bodies, 3/8-1 1/8″ (9-28 mm) long. Their broad head is usually wider than the prothorax and connected by a narrow “neck.” Plant eaters, adults are commonly found on flowers and leaves; some are important crop pests. The larvae undergo a complex development, hypermetamorphosis, and appear in several forms: they are first slender and long-legged, later grublike. Some parasitize grasshopper eggs, others ride bees from flowers to the nest, where they attack bee larvae.
Varied Carpet Beetle
1/16-1/8″ (2-4mm). small, round, and slightly elongated. variable pattern of white, brownish, and yellowish scales. (larva bristly, with series of light and dark brown bands; 1/8″(4-5mm).
Indian Meal Moth
Wingspan 3/8-5/8″ (11-16mm). Fore wings silvery-gray, outer 2/3 coppery brown. Hind wings dirty white. Caterpillar is yellow-green or pinkish with brown head and cervical shield.
3/8-1/2″ (9-13 cm). Tapering, carrot-shaped. Silver-gray, coated with scales. Threadlike antennae and 3 tail filaments, all shorter than body. Small black eyes. Maxillary palps.
5/8-1″ (15-25 mm). Black to dark reddish brown. Black antennae longer than body; cerci hairy, longer than head and prothorax combined. Wings do not project beyond cerci.
1/8-1/4″ (4-7 mm). Very flat, usually 2/3 as wide as long, covered with short hairs. Rusty red to brown or purplish (brighter red after a blood meal) . Antennae slender, 4 segments. Sides of pronotum flangelike; deeply notched in front, broadly expanded at sides, fringed with straight hairs. Legs relatively short with 3 tarsal segments. Wings vestigial, represented by stubs.
1/2-5/8″ (12-16 mm). Body stout, slightly wider than head. Abdomen narrow where attached to thorax with short “waist” (pedicel). 1st antennal segment yellow, 2nd and subsequent segments black. Head, thorax, and abdomen black and yellow or white. Wings smoky.
Yellow Garden Spider
Male 1/4-3/8″ (5-9 mm), female 3/4-1 1/8″ (19-28 mm). Large and conspicuous. Cephalothorax has short silvery hair. Legs black with reddish or yellow bands near body. Abdomen egg-shaped, conspicuous marked with yellow or orange in black.
Thin-legged Wolf Spider
Male 1/8-3/8″ (4-10 mm), female 1/4-3/8″ (5-10 mm). Slender, long-legged. Dark or with lengthwise dark-and-light stripes. Covered with long hair. Upper row of large eyes occupies major area on the front of the head. Spines on legs relatively long.
Male 5/8-3/4″ (15-19 mm), female 5/8-7/8″ (15-21 mm). Stout, almost cylindrical. Yellowish brown. Hind wings at rest project beyond abdomen and cerci.
To 2″ (50mm). Flattened and shiny reddish brown. 15-segmented body. Alternating body segments distinctly shorter. Back legs long, resembling antennae.
Worker 1/16 – 1/8″ (2-3mm). Small and light to dark brown. Waist has 1 distinct knob. 10-segmented antennae have 2-segmented club at tip.
1 1/2-2″ (38-50 mm). Reddish brown with yellowish edges and markings on pronotum. Yellowish stripe along front margin of each fore wing. Slender antennae are longer than body.
Western Yellow Jacket
3/8-1/2″ (11-14mm). Black and yellow; robust and short-waisted. Black, unstriped thorax. Eyes completely encircled in yellow.
1-1 3/8″ (25-34mm). Large; dull or weakly shiny black or reddish brown. Distinctly grooved elytra.
1/2-5/8″ (12-16 mm). Pale to dark brown with 2 longitudinal brown marks on pronotum. Wings of adult usually conceal continuation of dark stripes from pronotum ont thorax, but these marks are visible in nymphs.
Banded Garden Spider
Male 1/8-1/4″ (4-6mm); female 5/8-1″ (15-25mm). Large and brightly colored. Abdomen has many thin bands of black, yellow, and silvery white. Carapace covered with silvery hairs. Male smaller and paler.
Black-and-Yellow Mud Dauber
1-1 1/8″ (25-30 mm). Slender. Cylindrical 1-segmented “waist” (pedicel) between thorax and abdomen. Black with large yellow area on prothorax; yellow markings on thorax, pedicel, and 1st abdominal segment. Legs mostly yellow. Wings brown to black.
Worker 1/2-5/8″ (12-15mm); queen 3/4″ (18-20mm). Head much shorter than wide; neck and “waist” (pedicel) about equally constricted. Black and white patterns on face, thorax, abdomen, and 1st antennal segment. Wings smoky.
Male 1″ (25mm); Female 1 1/4″ (32mm) Shiny black to a dark reddish-brown in color. During the warmer is when you will typically find the Oriental roach. Neither the male nor female is capable of flight