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Paper Wasp (family Vespidae)

  • September 13, 2018

Paper Wasp (family Vespidae): We can’t say for sure from this beautiful photo, but believe this is a European Paper Wasp (Polistes dominula). The... Continue Reading

Crane Fly (family Tipulidae)

Crane Fly (family Tipulidae): With their slender body and stilt-like legs, crane flies kind of look like mosquitos on steroids. But not to worry,... Continue Reading

Tussock Moth (genus Orgyia)

Tussock Moth (genus Orgyia): Caterpillars can be difficult to properly identify to species as their colors and patterns change as they grow. We’re not... Continue Reading

Spotted Tussock Moth (Lophocampa maculate)

Spotted Tussock Moth (Lophocampa maculate): These moths can be found across southern Canada, in the western US, and in the Appalachians to South... Continue Reading

Hunt’s Bumble Bee (Bombus huntii)

Hunt’s Bumble Bee (Bombus huntii): Hunt’s Bumble bees are one the first bumbles we see out and about in early spring and they... Continue Reading

White-Shouldered Bumble Bee (Bombus appositus)

White-Shouldered Bumble Bee (Bombus appositus): Bumble bees are not always easy to identify, but we think we’ve got the identification correct on this... Continue Reading

A beetle in the genus Donacia

  • August 30, 2018

A beetle in the genus Donacia: This beautiful beetle was observed skimming across the surface of a mountain lake. The adult beetles feed... Continue Reading

Praying Mantis, male (order Mantodea)

Praying Mantis, male (order Mantodea): Last week we shared a photo of a brown/tan colored mantis found by our summer campers. This week,... Continue Reading

Mourning Cloak Butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa)

Mourning Cloak Butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa): The mourning cloak is Montana’s state butterfly and one of the first butterflies we see each year (as... Continue Reading

Masked Hunter (Reduvius personatus)

Masked Hunter (Reduvius personatus): Masked Hunters are a type of assassin bug, using a pointed “beak” to impale and consume their prey. While... Continue Reading