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Entomology

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Tettigoniidae

Katydids

(Family: Tettigoniidae)
These cryptic insects are closely related to crickets and grasshoppers.

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Diaspididae

Armored Scale

(Family: Diaspididae)
Armored scale insects are known as one of the more frustrating pests and often don’t look like insects at all. These tiny sap-suckers create protective, waterproof coverings to fend off the elements and predators.

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Coreidae

Leaf-Footed Bugs

Leaf-footed Bugs get their common name from the leaf-like extension found on the hind legs of many species.

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Dermaptera

Earwigs

(Order Dermaptera)
Earwigs are small, long insects that are most easily identified by their abdominal pincers and short wings that cover a small portion of their body.

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Polistinae

Paper Wasps

(Subfamily Polistinae)
Though these wasps can be known for stings, they are not usually aggressive unless they are protecting their nests. They are also not scavengers such as yellow jackets, so they are less likely to aggravate your next picnic. However, they are fantastic pollinators and predators.

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Braconidae

Braconid Wasps

(Family: Braconidae)
Braconids are usually small wasps that are often black or brown in color. The antenna have 16 segments or more and the females generally have long ovipositors (egg laying organs).

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