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Category Archives: What’s Buzzin’

Robber Fly (family Asilidae), likely with a Green Comma (Polygonia faunus)

  • September 18, 2020

Green Commas are certainly tough themselves, overwintering as an adult, but they’re no match for a robber fly. Perfectly described in... Continue Reading

Small Minnow Mayfly (Callibaetis ferrugineus)

Small Minnow Mayfly (family Baetidae) nymphs are strong swimmers that live in rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. They feed on organic... Continue Reading

Signal Crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus)

We think this may be the first crustacean to grace What’s Buzzin’; thank you to Brenna for risking a pinch to... Continue Reading

Large Gray Dagger Moth Caterpillar (Acronicta insita)

This is an uncommon moth (previously named Acronicta dactylina), but is widely distributed throughout the United States and southern Canada. The caterpillars are... Continue Reading

Purplish Copper (Lycaena helloides)

These coppers are currently making their second and last appearance for the year in western Montana. We have two flights of... Continue Reading

Alfalfa Looper Moth (Autographa californica)

This beautiful moth, nectaring on a a late-season pollinator magnet (Smooth Blue Aster), is primarily found throughout much of the west... Continue Reading

Megasemum asperum (no common name)

This sizable beetle is about an inch in length. They can be found from June into September throughout western North America... Continue Reading

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Fritillaries can give you a headache when it comes to identification. Most individuals are orange in color with similar looking patterns... Continue Reading

Elm Sawfly Larva (Cimbex americanus)

The Elm Sawfly is the largest sawfly in North America, measuring up to an inch long. They may look like a fly (and... Continue Reading

Salt Marsh Tiger Moth Caterpillar (Estigmene acrea)

During the Bug Olympics Camp with the Missoula Family YMCA (grades 2-3), this caterpillar was demonstrating how to sprint. Campers had... Continue Reading