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Polyphemus Silkmoth, male (Antheraea polyphemus)

  • June 11, 2021

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

Small-eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops)

  • June 7, 2021

The name of this sphinx moth is a bit misleading. The moth has normal eyes, not small at all, but the eyelike... Continue Reading

Tachinid Fly (genus Gymnosoma)

  • June 4, 2021

Tachinid flies are mostly robust flies with spiny abdomens. This group lacks spines on the abdomen, with Gymnosoma meaning “naked body.” Adults sip... Continue Reading

Plume Moth Larva (family Pterophoridae)

We believe this is a plume moth caterpillar, a distinctive group of moths that look like a capital “T” or like a... Continue Reading

Spring Field Cricket (Gryllus veletis)

Spring field crickets are the most common black cricket with a slowish chirp in the spring in many regions—ranging roughly through... Continue Reading