Insects of Wisconsin

Below are insects of Wisconsin that can be found while walking trails, working in the garden and flower beds, or they just wandered right into your paths.

 

Insects of Wisconsin & Beyond


A running list of all that insects that have been found in Wisconsin. It may not look like much now; but eventually, it can be used as a go to guide to help you ID some of the insects you may come across.


Caterpillars, Worms & Grubs


Moths & Skippers


Butterflies

An orange, black and white speckled butterfly in Wisconsin.

Gulf Fritillary

The Gulf Fritillary butterfly or passion butterfly  is a bright orange butterfly with black ribbing and white spots. The butterflies release odorous chemicals in response to predator sightings.

 


Beetles

Colorado Potato Beetle

The Colorado Potato Beetle is a major pest of plants in the nightshade family.

Including potato crops, eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes. The beetle has and bright yellow and sometimes tinted orange body along with bold, dark brown stripes that almost look black to the eye that run the length of its body.


Flies


Bees

Augochlora Pura Bee - A metallic green bee thats name means pure magnificent green - which is fitting.

Augochlora Pura Bee

A metallic green bee thats name means pure magnificent green – which is fitting. You will see this bee out pollinating flowers until late October in Wisconsin when it goes into hibernation under tree bark or in logs until spring.

All species of sweat bees have a metallic green or blue sheen to them.  The bees are ground dwellers nesters. Why are they called sweat bees? Bees in this family are attracted to human sweat, and they use the salt from the sweat for nutrition. Only the females can sting.

Sweat Bee

There are 42 species of sweat bees worldwide. All species have a metallic green or blue sheen to them. The bees are ground dwelling nesters.

Why are they called sweat bees? Bees in this family are attracted to human sweat, and they use the salt from the sweat for nutrition. Only the females can sting.


Spiders & Spider Like

Dragonflies & Damselflies

Awe, shucks. I haven’t added anything under this category. Soon. Promise.


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