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Band-winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum)

  • October 2, 2020

A beautiful addition to the fall colors, the band-winged meadowhawk is the only meadowhawk with really defined and large, rusty patches... Continue Reading

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lophocampa maculata)

This isn’t the famous “Woolly Bear,” the caterpillar of the Isabella Tiger Moth (Pyrrharctia isabella), whose width of its orange band is said... Continue Reading

October Caddis (Dicosmoecus atripes)

At first glance, caddisflies look much like their closest living relatives — the moths and butterflies. How to tell the two groups... Continue Reading

A Ghost Moth (Gazoryctra novigannus)

While this particular ghost moth does appear to have a ghost “face” on its forewings, it is unrelated to the common... Continue Reading

Spined Assassin Bug (Sinea diadema)

  • September 25, 2020

It’s a bug eat bug world out there …and this scene was the latest proof. This species of assassin bug is... Continue Reading

A Shield-backed Bug (Homaemus aeneifrons)

One of the more noticeable features of a “true bug” (order Hemiptera) is a triangular piece of the thorax, called the scutellum.... Continue Reading

Red-femured Milkweed Borer (Tetraopes femoratus)

Find a good patch of Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) and you are likely to spot these boldly colored longhorn beetles. As the name... Continue Reading

European Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa)

Mantis sightings aren’t necessarily common in Missoula, but certainly not unheard of. On this particular afternoon during our bug walk with... Continue Reading

A Backswimmer (Notonecta undulata)

Aptly named, backswimmers swim upside down, propelled by long oarlike legs fringed with hair (setae). Their pale uppersides and dark undersides... Continue Reading

Wooly Aphid (family Aphididae, subfamily Eriosomatinae)

On sunny fall afternoons, it sometimes looks like it is snowing. But it’s not snow …it’s the annual fall swarming of... Continue Reading