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Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina auripennis)

  • May 13, 2022

This stunning beetle’s name, auripennis, means “golden winged,” although they range from iridescent green to gold, with an uncommon black form. They... Continue Reading

Julia Orangetip (Anthocharis julia)

Move over Sara! Up until a few years ago, this beautiful butterfly was typically referred to as the Sara Orangetip (and... Continue Reading

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)

These small butterflies can be found in western Montana from May to mid-June in a variety of habitats, including mixed conifer/deciduous... Continue Reading

A Tumblebug (Canthon simplex)

According to Pacific Northwest Insects author Merrill A. Peterson, “Although we have many dung feeders, only one of those species (Canthon simplex) performs... Continue Reading

Echo Azure (Celastrina echo)

We featured the Echo Azure about a month ago; since then they’ve been busy ensuring the next generation takes wing. This species of... Continue Reading

Giant Water Bug (Lethocerus americanus)

At up to about 3 inches in length, they truly are giant. They are commonly called “toe biters,” because as a... Continue Reading

Anteater Scarab Beetle (Cremastocheilus sp.)

We think this genus of beetles would be the perfect subject for a future Bug Bytes episode. These nondescript beetles spend much of their life... Continue Reading

Salt Marsh Moth (Estigmene acrea)

  • May 9, 2022

The name of this elegant moth reflects its frequency in coastal salt marshes (tidal marshes) along the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf... Continue Reading

Western Tent Caterpillars (Malacosoma californicum)

  • May 7, 2022

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

European Honey Bee or Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

The honey bee was one of the first domesticated insects and is the primary species kept by beekeepers for honey production... Continue Reading