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Flea Beetles in the genus Altica, likely Altica prasina or Altica bimarginata

  • October 16, 2020

Lily and company spotted this mass of beetles from the Clark Fork River. Lily first thought they were galls of some... Continue Reading

Banded Garden Spider (Argiope trifasciata)

First, thank you to Samantha for capturing both sides of this large and brightly colored female orb weaver! Like other female... Continue Reading

Forest Wolf Spider (Hogna frondicola)

  • October 9, 2020

Some of the largest spiders encountered in Montana are wolf spiders (family Lycosidae). Kelly’s chapstick, which is close to two inches... Continue Reading

A Sap-feeding Beetle (Glischrochilus vittatus)

Glenn saw these tiny beetles (3.5mm – 6mm) everywhere on the saddle of Mount Jumbo as the sun got low in... Continue Reading

Alfalfa Looper Moth (Autographa californica)

Unlike most moths, Alfalfa Loopers are active day and night. You may see them visiting flowers for nectar, as well as... Continue Reading

Red-legged Grasshopper (Melanoplus femurrubrum)

These grasshoppers are named for their striking, red hind tibiae. In much of North America, especially across the northern half of... Continue Reading

Maple Spanworm Moth (Ennomos magnaria)

Autumn leaf or living insect? These delicate looking moths are typically found flying from mid to late summer into early fall... Continue Reading

October Thorn (Tetracis jubararia)

This beautiful moth can be found from mid-August into November (depending on location and elevation). The twig-mimicking caterpillars feed on maple,... Continue Reading

Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis)

  • October 2, 2020

These insects will often enter your home this time of year, whether invited or not. They aren’t looking to eat anything,... Continue Reading

Western Boxelder Bugs (Boisea rubrolineata)

Western Box Elder Bugs tend to group up in the fall as they look for a protected place to overwinter. Sometimes,... Continue Reading