Latest posts

Praying Mantis, male (order Mantodea)

  • August 30, 2018

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

Eumenes crucifera

Eumenes crucifera: This species of wasp is a type of potter wasp. While not much information was found about this specific species,... Continue Reading

Herald Moth (Scoliopteryx libatrix)

Herald Moth (Scoliopteryx libatrix): These beautiful moths can be found from May through September across the United States and Canada, but appear to... Continue Reading

Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium)

  • August 28, 2018

Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium):  Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium) — This beautiful little butterfly was found on the edge of an old burn. Females... Continue Reading

Spittlebugs, adults (family Cercopidae)

Spittlebugs, adults (family Cercopidae): In late June we shared a photo described as looking like “a fresh loogie someone just hocked up”. Spittlebugs... Continue Reading

Crimson-ringed Whiteface, mating pair (Leucorrhinia glacialis)

Crimson-ringed Whiteface, mating pair (Leucorrhinia glacialis): James Needham (an early pioneer is the study of dragonflies) called this dragonfly a “singularly beautiful insect”.... Continue Reading

A Tussock Moth Caterpillar (probably genus Orgyia)

A Tussock Moth Caterpillar (probably genus Orgyia):  While this caterpillar appears very distinctive, we were not able to get a positive ID on it... Continue Reading

Praying Mantis (order Mantodea)

Praying Mantis (order Mantodea): Our summer campers spotted this mantis last week. We can’t say for certain from the photo, but it... Continue Reading