What’s Buzzin’

What can you see around Western Montana right now?

Cat-faced Spider (Araneus gemmoides)

Female Cat-faced Spiders are hard to miss this time of year. Not only for their size, but also for their stunning wheel-shaped webs. We can just see a peek of her identifying […]

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Velvet Ant (likely Dasymutilla bioculata)

This Velvet Ant, along with others, were observed clambering around on the stems and leaves of Common Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) during a bug survey on the Rock Creek Confluence property. According to “Bug Eric” (Eric Eaton), […]

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Pine White (Neophasia menapia), male

These beautiful butterflies are all over the place right now …you just need to look up. From August through September you will notice these white butterflies flying around the tops […]

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Common Wood Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

These butterflies can be found in southern Canada and across most of the United States except much of the Southwest and Texas, southern peninsular Florida, and northern Maine. Their appearance […]

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Carolina Grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

In flight they may be mistaken for Mourning Cloak Butterflies because of their similar size, bobbing flight, and wing coloring. Carolina grasshoppers are abundant across the U.S. and Canada in all habitats, including roadsides, vacant […]

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Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata americana)

The Jagged Ambush Bug’s forelegs are thick and shaped like those of a praying mantis—perfect for grabbing and holding prey. In the same family as assassin bugs (Reduviidae), they have […]

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