Small Wonders Archive

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Small Wonders is an ongoing series of articles that explore Minnesota's arthropods. Articles are written by UMN Department of Entomology staff, faculty, grad students, post docs, undergrads, and those outside the department with a particular interest in entomology. The purpose of Small Wonders is to educate and foster interest in entomology.

Come explore Minnesota's fascinating, bizarre, and amazing arthropods with us!


Candy-striped leafhopper, Graphocephala coccinea

Winter midge, Diamesa mendotae

Burying beetles, Nicrophorus spp.

Jagged ambush bug, Phymata spp.

Great black wasp, Sphex pensylvanicus

Oil-collecting bee, Macropis nuda

Common scorpionflies, Panorpa spp.

Bethany Beach firefly, Photuris bethaniensis

Giant water bug, Lethocerus americanus

Wasp mantidfly, Climaciella brunnea

Common green darner dragonfly, Anax junius

Rusty patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis

Blacklegged tick, Ixodes Scapularis

Six-spotted tiger beetle, Cicindela sexguttata

Mourning cloak, Nymphalis antiopa

Snow flea, Hypogastrura nivicola

Western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis