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A cicada killer (Sphecius speciosus) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans. This is a species of digger wasp.

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A pleasing fungus beetle (Megalodacne fasciata) at the Insectarium in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A caterpillar of the Gulf fritillary butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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Convergent lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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Formosan subterranean termites (Coptotermes formosanus) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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Notch-mouthed ground beetle (Dicaelus purpuratus) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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Notch-mouthed ground beetle (Dicaelus purpuratus) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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Greater arid-land katydid (Neobarrettia spinosa) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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Arizona bark scorpion (Centruroides exilicauda) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A seven spotted cockroach (Therea petiveriana) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A darkling beetle (Eleodes sp.) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A red-spotted assasin bug (Platymeris rhadamanthus) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A rainbow scarab (Phanaeus igneus) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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Two spotted ground beetle (Anthia thoracica) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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Dead-leaf mantis (Deroplatys dessicata) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A dead-leaf mantis (Deroplatys desiccata) on the hand of an assistant at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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Great plains giant tiger beetle (Amblycheila cylindriforms) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A Carolina tiger beetle (Tetracha carolina) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A fiery searcher beetle (Calosoma scrutator) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A fiery searcher beetle (Calosoma scrutator) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A jewel beetle (Chrysina beyeri) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A jewel beetle (Chrysina beyeri) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A frog beetle (Sagra sp.) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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An Asian flower beetle (Agestrata orichalca) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A dead leaf mantis (Deroplatys dessicata) at the Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A darkling beetle (Eleodes armata) at the Houston Zoo.

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Wild caught palmetto weevil (Rhynchophorus cruentatus) at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.

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A partula snail (Partula nodosa) at the St. Louis Zoo’s Monsanto Insectarium.

This species is listed as extinct in the wild on the IUCN Red List.

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American painted lady (Vanessa virginiensis) from a prairie woodland near Cross Lake, Minnesota.

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American painted lady (Vanessa virginiensis) from a prairie woodland near Cross Lake, Minnesota.

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Female Halictus ligatus. They are important pollinators due to their wide distribution and great abundance.

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Female Halictus ligatus. They are important pollinators due to their wide distribution and great abundance.

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Red backswimmer (Notonecta lobata) at the Bugarium at the Albuquerque BioPark.

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A studio portrait of a platte river caddisfly, (Ironoquia plattensis), a candidate for the endangered species list.

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A Platte River caddisfly (Ironoquia plattensis) a candidate for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

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A Platte River caddisfly (Ironoquia plattensis) a candidate for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

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