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White-lined Sphinx Moth Caterpillar (Hyles lineata)

  • July 10, 2018

White-lined Sphinx Moth Caterpillar (Hyles lineata):  These moths, and their striking caterpillars, can be found from Central America to southern Canada. The caterpillars... Continue Reading

Modest Sphinx Moth (Pachysphinx modesta)

Modest Sphinx Moth (Pachysphinx modesta): These sphinx moths are found along rivers and on moist mountainsides; generally, anywhere the host plants grow. The... Continue Reading

Western Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus melanops)

Western Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus melanops): These large beetles (with noticeable eyespots) inhabit coniferous forests and are typically found from June through July.... Continue Reading

Square-Spotted Blue (Euphilotes battoides) or Dotted Blue (Euphilotes enoptes)

  • June 26, 2018

This one is difficult. This may be a Square-Spotted or a Dotted Blue. Both of these blues focus on buckwheats to... Continue Reading

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)

These small butterflies can be found in western MT from May to mid-June in a variety of habitats, including mixed conifer... Continue Reading

Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)

You can find these beautiful butterflies flying in western MT from June to mid-July. They frequent a wide variety of habitats,... Continue Reading

Pine Tussock Moth (Dasychira grisefacta)

  • June 14, 2018

Pine Tussock Moth (Dasychira grisefacta): As the name would suggest, this wild looking caterpillar feeds upon the needles of fir, pines, western hemlock,... Continue Reading

Many-spotted Tiger Moth (Hypercompe permaculata)

Many-spotted Tiger Moth (Hypercompe permaculata): This heavily spotted species of tiger moth is also known as the Western Leopard Moth. They can be... Continue Reading

A moth in the genus Fercula

A moth in the genus Fercula: We’re still trying to confirm the identification of this beautiful moth, but are confident it is... Continue Reading

Cottonwood Leaf Beetle (Chrysomela scripta)

Cottonwood Leaf Beetle (Chrysomela scripta): The adults and larvae (pictured here) of this beetle like to feed on willows, poplars, and (as you... Continue Reading