Here are a few more pictures of some of our "specimen's".This is the Cicada after molting - if you want to see an amazing video of it check this out!
More of the cottonwood borer beetle. This guy has some pretty impressive antennae.This is some kind of mite I think . . . not sure. They were found in a huddle under a planter and kept "hugging" each other really tightly (I had to pry them apart to pin them).
This is actually a pretty small spider, but the camera got us a great close-up picture and it was a good example of how spiders are different than insects.