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Wooly Aphid (Family Aphididae, Subfamily Eriosomatinae)

  • October 10, 2019

On sunny fall afternoons, it sometimes looks like it is snowing. But it’s not snow …it’s the annual fall swarming of... Continue Reading

Crane Fly (Family Tipulidae, Order Diptera)

There are hundreds of species of crane flies in North America. Their larvae (pictured here) range in color from tan to... Continue Reading

Green Comma (Polygonia faunus)

Green Commas (or anglewings) join at least 8 other butterfly species in Montana with the distinction of being “hardy little insects”.... Continue Reading

White-Spotted Sawyer, male (Monochamus scutellatus)

This long-horned beetle can be found in coniferous forests across North America, especially in the northern U.S., upper Midwest and much... Continue Reading

Stink Bug (Family Pentatomidae)

While we are not 100% sure, we believe the critter pictured here is in the genus Podisus, a genus of predatory stink... Continue Reading

Purplish Copper (Lycaena helloides)

  • September 26, 2019

These beautiful butterflies are currently making their second and last appearance for the year in western Montana. We have two flights... Continue Reading

Oil Beetle (genus Meloe)

Based on the time of year this strange looking beetle was found, we believe it might be Meloe impressus. During April and... Continue Reading

Fuzzy-horned Bumble Bee (Bombus mixtus)

This small species of bumble bee occurs in the Mountain West from the southern Sierra Nevada of California to British Columbia.... Continue Reading

European Dung Beetle (Aphodius fimetarius)

 While only about .25 inches in length, you should be thanking this and other dung beetle species for their tireless work.... Continue Reading

Orb Weaver Spider (genus Araneus)

Something looks a little different about this orb weaver. The males have already died off after mating. Females at this time... Continue Reading