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What’s Buzzin’? – Old World Swallowtail

  • May 24, 2018

Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon): These are among the first swallowtails we see in the spring, flying from late April to early... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Edith’s Checkerspot

Edith’s Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha): The Edith’s Checkerspot tends to be found in mountain grasslands, typically near rocky outcrops. The males will perch... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Weevil

Weevil in the genus Sphenophorus (likely Sphenophorus cicatristriatus, the Rocky Mountain Billbug): This rather large species of weevil feeds upon grasses and is considered a... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Goldenrod Crab Spider

Goldenrod Crab Spider (Misumena vatia): Goldenrod Crab spiders are masters at blending in. These spiders can change their color over several days... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Garden Tiger Moth caterpillar

Garden Tiger Moth caterpillar (Arctia caja):  Garden tiger moths love damp places, which is why they tend to be common in river valleys... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Crane Fly

Crane Fly (family Tipulidae): Crane flies in this family are referred to as “large crane flies”, because …well, they are pretty darn big. With... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug (in the genus Lethocerus, likely Lethocerus americanus): At up to about 3 inches in length, these water bugs really are giants. They... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Western Tiger Beetle

  • May 17, 2018

Western Tiger Beetle (Cicindela oregona): The western tiger is slightly smaller than our other tiger beetles in Montana (only 11 – 13 mm).... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus): This beautiful butterfly can be found from May into mid June in western Montana, along with a number of... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Ceanothus Silkmoth

Ceanothus Silkmoth (Hyalophora euryalus): This massive moth has a wingspan between 3.5 to 5 inches. It is found from British Columbia east to... Continue Reading