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Plant Bug (Paradacerla downesi), Female

  • July 23, 2021

How much around us is not as it seems? This incredible ant-mimc, about the size of a medium-sized ant, might not... Continue Reading

Western Giant Ichneumon (Megarhyssa nortoni), Female

This wasp’s ovipositor, the structure at the tip of the abdomen used for laying eggs, is impressive—about two times its body... Continue Reading

Ten-lined June Beetle (Polyphylla decemlineata)

  • July 16, 2021

Whether on land or in the air, these up to 1.5 inch long beetles are hard to miss when they are... Continue Reading

Four-spotted Skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata)

Four-spotted Skimmers are one of the earlier dragonflies on the scene. They are quite large, at up to two inches long,... Continue Reading

Bumblebees in the genus Bombus

Peter found these bumbleebees grouped up at the trailhead. He noted that the ground was perfectly dry, but wondered if someone peed... Continue Reading

Tortricid Moth in the genus Choristoneura

We believe this is likely the Western Spruce Budworm Moth (Choristoneura occidentalis). It is common in forests throughout the Rocky Mountain... Continue Reading

Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)

Like most skippers, the adult butterflies rest with their wings closed, but you can often find them basking in the sun... Continue Reading

Bagworm Moth Larval Case (family Psychidae)

Bagworm moth larvae spend most of their lives inside a “bag” or case. Made of silk and covered with bits of plant material... Continue Reading

Dimorphic Flower Longhorn (Anastrangalia laetifica)

This striking species of longhorn flower beetle appears to be happily feeding on aster pollen and/or nectar. They are found in western... Continue Reading

Cicada (genus Okanagana)

While we are not 100% sure, we believe this is the Mountain Cicada (Okanagana bella). They can be found from June through... Continue Reading