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What’s Buzzin’? — Uhler’s Arctic (Oeneis uhleri)

  • May 31, 2017

Uhler’s Arctic (Oeneis uhleri): These butterflies can be found from mid May to early July. They overwinter as fourth-stage (L4) caterpillars... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — Rocky Mountain Parnassian Butterfly (Parnassius smintheus)

Rocky Mountain Parnassian Butterfly (Parnassius smintheus): After spending the winter as an egg, this beautiful caterpillar has already grown a lot... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — Cowpath tiger beetle (Cicindela purpurea)

Cowpath tiger beetle (Cicindela purpurea): These beautiful tiger beetles can be found from grassy hillsides to forest clearings (anywhere vegetation is... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Sheridan’s Hairstreak (Callophrys sheridanii)

Sheridan’s Hairstreak (Callophrys sheridanii): This individual has likely been around for a few weeks since it appears to be a bit... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – White-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata)

White-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata): We heard of several reported sightings of this beautiful moth last week, which is often referred... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — Oreas Comma (Polygonia oreas)

  • May 16, 2017

Oreas Comma (Polygonia oreas). After overwintering as an adult, comma butterflies are typically tattered and faded in color a bit. However,... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — Long-lipped tiger beetle (Cicindela longgilabris)

Long-lipped tiger beetle (Cicindela longgilabris) — As you can see from the incredible mandibles on this beautiful tiger beetle, they are... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)

Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon). Pretty soon, we’ll have a number of species of the “Blues” taking wing …but the first blue... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — Sara Orangetip (Anthocharis sara)

Sara Orangetip (Anthocharis sara) — There are at least 9 subspecies of this beautiful, and constantly flying, butterfly throughout the west.... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? — Brown Elfin (Callophys augustinus)

Brown Elfin (Callophys augustinus). Elfins are small, essentially tailless hairstreaks. They are often the first non-hibernating butterflies to appear in the... Continue Reading