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Alfalfa Looper Moth (Autographa californica)

  • August 2, 2019

This beautiful moth is primarily is found throughout much of the west (west of the Mississippi), from Alaska south to northern... Continue Reading

Hemlock Looper Moth (Lambdina fiscellaria)

These moths can be found coast to coast in Canada and adjacent parts of US. Females lay eggs from late July... Continue Reading

Horned Spanworm Moth (Nematocampa resistaria)

These beautifully patterned moths can be found across much of the US, except for the southwestern states. Since they are found... Continue Reading

Great Tiger Moth (Arctia caja)

This beautiful moth can be found across much of the northern US and the southwestern states. The larvae feed on a... Continue Reading

Western Conifer Looper (Caripeta aequaliaria)

This beautiful moth can be found from mid summer into early fall. The larvae feed on pines, including Douglas-fir, Lodgepole, Ponderosa,... Continue Reading

Antlion Larval Pits (family Myrmeleontidae)

The term “antlion” applies to the immature (larval) stages of this incredible insect. While the adults feed on nectar and pollen,... Continue Reading

Arctic Blue Butterfly (Plebejus glandon)

  • July 25, 2019

This tiny little butterfly was found at 9,200 ft., above treeline, near the top of St. Mary’s Peak in the Selway-Bitterroot... Continue Reading

Short-Faced Scorpionfly (male) in the genus Brachypanorpa

This one had us stumped for a while. It was not until we saw the upturned genital bulb at the end... Continue Reading

Yellow Velvet Flower Beetle (Cosmosalia chrysocoma)

These golden, fuzzy-looking beetles can be found from Canada to Northern Mexico, mainly in the western part of North America. They... Continue Reading

Metallic Wood-boring Beetle (genus Anthaxia)

There are about 40 different species of beetle in this genus across the United States. The individuals pictured here might be... Continue Reading