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Great Spangled Fritillary, female (Speyeria cybele)

  • September 6, 2019

With a wingspan of up to 4 inches, the Great Spangled is one of our larger Greater Fritillaries (genus Speyeria) in MT.... Continue Reading

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillars (Lophocampa maculate)

Identification of these two, very different looking, caterpillars had us stumped for a bit …but we believe these are actually the... Continue Reading

Spur-throated Grasshoppers (genus Melanoplus)

As far as the grasshoppers, we think they might be Migratory Grasshoppers (Melanoplus sanguinipes). What’s interesting is the fact that they appear... Continue Reading

Bedstraw Hawkmoth Caterpillar (Hyles gallii)

If the caterpillar is big, you can guess the adult moth will be big too. Bedstraw Hawkmoths have a wingspan of... Continue Reading

Urbane Digger Bees (Anthophora urbana)

While this is a solitary species of bee (don’t work together as a colony), they typically make their nests in close... Continue Reading

Redspotted Antmimic (Castianeira descripta)

  • August 2, 2019

Now here’s a unique looking spider. As De’Ara probably did, if you google “spider with red on its back”, you might... Continue Reading

Western Lynx Spider, female (Oxyopes scalaris)

We’re not 100% sure, but believe that this is an extremely gravid (filled with eggs) female Western Lynx Spider. Similar to... 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