What’s Buzzin’

What can you see around Western Montana right now?

Damselfly (suborder Zygoptera)

We believe this damselfly may have just emerged, as the the wings do not look fully “inflated” and dried. Before taking to the sky, damselflies, and their close relatives, the dragonflies, develop […]

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Salt Marsh Caterpillar (Estigmene acrea)

Salt Marsh Caterpillars are not always easy to identify, and vary widely in color—from blond to brown to black. And, don’t let the name fool you, these balls of fuzz are […]

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Tachinid Fly (genus Gymnosoma)

Tachinid flies are mostly robust flies with spiny abdomens. This group lacks spines on the abdomen, with Gymnosoma meaning “naked body.” Adults sip nectar from flowers, but larvae prefer protein. Of the […]

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Banded Garden Spider (Argiope trifasciata)

Female orbweavers (family Araneidae), like this beauty, construct intricate, circular webs to ensnare their insect prey. Adult male orbweavers are typically smaller and not often seen. They generally do not spin webs, but wander […]

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