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Category Archives: What’s Buzzin’

Oil Beetle (genus Meloe)

  • April 16, 2021

This strange looking beetle is likely the Black Meloe (Meloe niger). They are active primarily in April and May. As you... Continue Reading

Morning-glory Plume Moth (Emmelina monodactyla)

If you see a moth in an “airplane” or “T” perching posture, you can be certain it is a type of... Continue Reading

Richardson’s False Marsh and Bog Beetle (Opisthius richardsoni)

Allison and her son Rowan found a lot of these beetles hanging out under rocks on the banks of the Clark... Continue Reading

Green Lacewing (family Chrysopidae)

While these beautiful and delicate looking insects are harmless to humans, they are very capable predators that always seem to be... Continue Reading

Stonefly (order Plecoptera)

If you scour along the riverbank you’re likely to find molts (or exuviae) of dragonfly, damselfly, stonefly nymphs (naiads) clinging to... Continue Reading

Mayfly (order Ephemeroptera)

Peter discovered this mayfly going through its final molt in his kitchen. It must have flown into his house, which may give... Continue Reading

An Owlet Moth (Annaphila danistica)

  • April 9, 2021

These day-flying moths are very small, only about the size of a fingernail. They fly early in the spring, from March... Continue Reading

Flea Beetle (Altica sp.)

As far as beetles go, these guys are pretty small (ranging from 1/16 to a whopping 1/4 of an inch). Thanks... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’: Early Season Butterflies

There are eight butterflies that you can find with regularity in western Montana this time of year: the Mourning Cloak, three... Continue Reading

Plume Moth in the family Pterophoroidea

  • April 2, 2021

Plume moths are members of the micromoth group and have unusually modified wings. At rest, they look like a capital “T”... Continue Reading