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  • Access by Shuttle Bus Only

    Through October 27, 2014 all access to the most visited part of the park, Frijoles Canyon, will be via a mandatory shuttle bus from the nearby community of White Rock from 9 AM - 3 PM daily. Private cars may drive in before 9 AM or after 3 PM. More »

Identification of Bandelier Insects/Spiders

boxelder bugs

Boxelder Bugs are extremely common within the park.

Photo by Sally King

The diversity of insect and spider species within the park is incredible. The great variability within insect groups makes positive identification even more difficult. Some insects will be identified only by their group, whereas with others, species may be identified. Another section is available for identification of common butterflies.
 
golden orb weaver

Photo by Sally King

GOLDEN ORB WEAVER
 
crab or flower spider

Photo by Sally King

CRAB OR FLOWER SPIDER
 
crab or flower spider

Photo by Sally King

CRAB OR FLOWER SPIDER
 
Harvestman spiders

Photo by Sally King

HARVESTMAN SPIDER OR DADDY LONGLEGS
 
diguetia canities
DIGUETUA CANITIES
 
JUMPING SPIDER

Photo by Sally King

JUMPING SPIDER
 
long-jawed orb weaver

Photo by Sally King

LONG-JAWED ORB WEAVER
 
ogre-faced spider

Photo by Sally King

OGRE-FACED SPIDER
 
Meadow Spider

Photo by Sally King

MEADOW SPIDER (ACULEPEIRA SP)
 
tarantula

Photo by Sally King

HAIRY MYGALOMORPH OR TARANTULA
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wolf spider

Photo by Sally King

BURROWING WOLF SPIDER
 
oakworm moth caterpillars

Photo by Sally King

ANISOTA OSLARI OR OSLAR'S OAKWORM MOTH CATERPILLARS
 
ctenucha cressonana

Photo by Sally King

CTENUCHA CRESSONANA
 
hummingbird moth

Photo by Sally King

WHITE-LINED SPHINX MOTH OR HUMMINGBIRD MOTH
 
Forester Moth

Photo by Sally King

FORESTER MOTH
 
angle winged katydid

Photo by Sally King

ANGLE-WINGED KATYDID
 
capnobotes occidentalis

Photo by Sally King

JUVENILE CAPNOBOTES OCCIDENTALIS KATYDID

 
snowy tree cricket

Photo by Sally King

SNOWY TREE CRICKET
 
leaf hopper

Photo by Sally King

LEAF HOPPER
 
praying mantis

Photo by Sally King

PRAYING MANTIS
 
Ambush Bug

Photo by Sally King

AMBUSH BUG
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walking stick and closeup of face

Photos by Sally King

WALKING STICK
 

Did You Know?

Scorpionweed blooms

Scorpionweed gets its name from the shape of the flowers, which unfold like a scorpion's tail as they prepare to bloom.