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Pepper & Salt Geometer Moth Caterpillar or Cleft-headed Looper (Biston betularia)

  • October 16, 2020

Although a bit difficult to see in this photo, this caterpillar does have a unique cleft-shaped head, almost lending it a cat-like... Continue Reading

Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis)

This species of lady beetle was introduced to the US in the early 1900’s to help control aphids. Although non-native, they... Continue Reading

Giant Golden Stonefly (Hesperoperla pacifica)

Giant Golden Stonefly nymphs are common in rivers and streams of the west. This particular one was found in Rock Creek... Continue Reading

Oil Beetle in the genus Meloe

Based on the time of year this strange looking beetle was found, we believe it might be Meloe impressus. During April and... Continue Reading

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

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