Western Colorado Insects

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Apple Flea Beetle
Altica foliaceae LeConte

Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Apple Flea Beetles
Blackhorned Pine Borer
Callidium antennatum hesperum (Casey)
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Blackhorned Pine Borer
Photograph courtsey of Bill Ciesla

Blister Beetles
Epicauta sp.

Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Black blister beetle
Brown-gray blister beetle
Bumble Flower Beetles
Euphoria inda (L.)
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Bumble Flower Beetes
Photograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Burying Beetle
Nicrophorus spp.
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Burying Beetle
Photograph courtesy of Joseph Berger
Checkered Melon Beetle
Paranapiacaba tricincta (Say)
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Checkered Melon BeetlePhotograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Cherry Curculio
Anthonomus consors Dietz
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Cherry Curculio
Photograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Clerid Beetles
(Checkered Beetles)
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) checkered beetle
Photograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Dermestid Beetles
(Hide and Carpet Beetles)
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Dermestid
Photograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
European Elm Flea Weevil
Orchestes alni (Linnaeus)
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) European Elm Flea Weevil
Photograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Fireflies
(Lightning Bugs
)
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Firefly
Photograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw

Folsom Era Weevils

These weevil abdomens were found in a Folsom era archaeological excavation near Gunnison, CO in the fall of 2006. Several hundred of them were found in a rock wall that was buried about 18" below the soil surface. They are in excellent condition considering the archaeological evidence suggests they may be 10,000 years old! They have been identified as Dyslobus (near) wasatchensis, a root weevil that is possibly an undescribed species.

  Acient Weevils

Giant Water Scavenger Beetle
Hydrophilus triangularis Say

Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Giant Water Scavenger Beetle
Photograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Golden Tortoise Beetle
Charidotella sexpunctata bicolor (F.)
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf)

Golden Tortoise Beetle
Photo by Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series

Hollyhock Weevil
Rhopalapion longirostre (Olivier)

Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Hollyhock WeevilPhotograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Locust Borer
Megacyllene robiniae
(Forster)

Colorado Insect of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf)

 

Locust BorerPhotograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Longhorn Beetle
Arhopalus asperatus (LeConte)
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Arhopalus asperatus
Photograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Milkweed Longhorns
Tetraopes sp.
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Milkweed Longhorn
Photograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Pine Sawyer
Monochamus sp.
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Pine Sawyer
Photograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Pleasing Fungus Beetle
Gibbifer californicus
(Lacordaire)
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Pleasing Fungus Beetle
Photograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Pole Borer
Parandra brunnea (Saussure)
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Pole BorerPhotograph courtsey of Whitney Cranshaw
Ponderous Borer
Ergates spiculatus neomexicanus Casey
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Ponderous BorerPhotograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw

Prairie Dog Dung Beetles
Aphodius (Aphodiinae)

Dung beetle feed partly or exclusively on the excrement of herbivores or omnivores. The dung is used as a food source or a brooding chamber. These beetles were found near Grand Junction, CO in a prairie dog town and are specific to prairie dog poo. They are shy and do not like to be disturbed.

Watch button a video of a dung beetle on prairie dog feces. Dung Beetle
Photograph courtesy of Melissa Franklin
Prionus Longhorn Beetle
Prionus spp.
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Prionus Longhorn Beetle
Photograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Puncture Tiger Beetle
(Sidewalk Tiger Beetle)

Cicindela punctulata punctulata Olivier
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Sidewalk Tiger BeetlePhotograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Rubber Rabbitbrush Beetle
Trirhabda nitidicollis LeConte
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Rubber Rabbitbrush Beetle
Photograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Soldier Beetle
Chauliognathus basalis LeConte
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Soldier BeetlePhotograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Southwestern Stag Beetle
Lucanus
(=Pseudolucanus) mazama (LeConte)
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Stag Beetle
Photograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw

Sphaeralcea weevils

These Apionid weevils were found attacking seed production fields of scarlet globemallow at Hotchkiss, CO in May 2007. This page contains photographs of all life stages and the most up to date information we have on the insect.

The Sphaeralcea weevil (shtml) Weevil Life Cycle
Spider Beetles Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Spider beetlePhotograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Sumac Flea Beetle
Blepharida rhois (Forster)
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Sumac Flea BeetlePhotograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw
Tenlined June Beetle
Polyphylla decemlineata (Say)
Colorado Insects of Interest Fact Sheet (pdf) Tenlined June BeetlesPhotograph courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw

This page was updated on March 3, 2016