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Beewolf (genus Philanthus)

  • July 10, 2018

Beewolf (genus Philanthus): These amazing little wasps capture other stinging insects (especially small sweat bees) to feed to their larvae. The adults feed on... Continue Reading

Chryxus Arctic Butterfly (Oeneis chryxus)

Chryxus Arctic Butterfly (Oeneis chryxus): These mid to large sized butterflies can be found in mountain meadows, grasslands, and openings in coniferous forests.... Continue Reading

White-lined Sphinx Moth Caterpillar (Hyles lineata)

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