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Ranchman’s Tiger Moth (Platyprepia virginalis)

  • June 11, 2021

Like other tiger moth caterpillars, the Ranchman’s is densely hairy …and downright adorable. They are not picky eaters, feeding on foliage... Continue Reading

Click Beetle (Prosternon bombycinum)

We couldn’t find a lot of information for this beetle, but we do know that it can perform the family’s signature click trick.... Continue Reading

Oblique-lined Tiger Beetle (Cicindela tranquebarica kirbyi)

These insects are FAST. Tiger beetles have been clocked running at 1.38 feet per second (about 29 body lengths). That may not sound... Continue Reading

Western Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma californicum)

As you can see, unlike many caterpillars that venture out on their own to feed, these guys like company and spend a large... Continue Reading

Polyphemus Silkmoth, male (Antheraea polyphemus)

Kristi discovered a Polyphemus outside her home, while Rose found one downtown outside A Carousel for Missoula. This is our most... Continue Reading

Zebra Jumping Spider (Salticus scenicus)

If you spend time outside gardening, you’ve likely run into this beautiful spider before. Like other jumping spiders, Zebras have great... Continue Reading

Ceanothus Silkmoth (Hyalophora euryalus)

This massive moth can be found from British Columbia east to western Montana, south through Washington, western Oregon, and California to... Continue Reading

Cicada Molt (family Cicadidae)

We’re not sure what cicada species this shed exoskeleton belongs to, but it is a very cool find that marks the... Continue Reading

Trashline Orbweaver (genus Cyclosa)

Trashline orbweaver spiders get their common name because they’re not the tidiest of spiders, decorating their web with a line of... Continue Reading

No Common Name (Greya mitellae)

This moth’s life is closely tied to Smallflower Miterwort (also known as Side-flower Mitrewort), a plant in the Saxifrage family with intricate... Continue Reading