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Golden Buprestid (Buprestis aurulenta)

  • August 12, 2022

The Golden Buprestid is arguably one of the most beautiful insects we have in Montana. These beetles range throughout the western U.S.... Continue Reading

Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata)

Tom’s granddaughter, Everli, has been enjoying the company of CeCe, a Two-tailed Swallowtail that comes to visit them everyday. Everli, who... Continue Reading

Robber Fly (family Asilidae)

A honey bee is the latest victim of this predatory fly. Perfectly described in the Kaufman Field Guide to North America, robber flies... Continue Reading

Sorrowful Lady Beetle (Hippodamia moesta bowditchi)

This is the first time we’ve seen this species. And although we couldn’t find a lot of information,  Hippodamia lady beetles and their “alligator-shaped”... Continue Reading

Pine Sawyer Beetle (Trichocnemis spiculatus

This is the largest beetle in Montana. They can be found in forested areas of Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine (their... Continue Reading

Goldenrod Crab Spider (Misumena vatia) and Bumble Bee (genus Bombus)

  • August 6, 2022

Goldenrod Crab Spiders are masters at blending in. These spiders can change their color over several days (ranging from yellow to... Continue Reading

Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla blackmorei); additionally a Lorquin’s Admiral (Limenitis lorquini) in the second photo

Our guess is that there is a scat pile under all these butterflies! Butterflies often congregate and sip from spots that... Continue Reading

Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

Kristi shares, “The female whitetail was laying eggs in some vegetation just under the surface. One of the pictures shows the... Continue Reading

Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla californica), male

Velvet Ants, named for their hairy ant-like bodies, are actually more closely related to many wasps than ants. The females are... Continue Reading

Small-eyed Sphinx (Paonias myops)

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