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Category Archives: What’s Buzzin’

Rocky Mountain Parnassian (Parnassius smintheus)

  • July 16, 2021

Parnassians are part of the swallowtail family (Papilionidae), but don’t look like the typical bold, black and yellow or white-winged ones. They lack tails... Continue Reading

Sinuous Snaketail (Ophiogomphus occidentis), Female

This beautiful dragonfly is uncommon in the northern part of the Northern Rockies. It has a longer flight period than most... Continue Reading

Thick-headed Fly (Physocephala burgessi)

At first glance, you might think this little insect is a type of wasp. But look at those stubby antennae (coming... Continue Reading

Northern Blue (Plebejus idas)

If you’re trying to identify a “blue” (subfamily Polyommatinae) make sure to get a photo of their underside, where most of their... Continue Reading

Western Pond Fly (Sericomyia chalcopyga)

This fly landed on a hiking pole, making for a perfect photo op! The Western Pond Fly is a type of... Continue Reading

Arctic Blue (Agriades glandon)

The last time this butterfly graced a What’s Buzzin’ report (7/25/19) it was found at a much higher elevation …9,200 ft., above... Continue Reading

Common Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia)

The eyespot on the underside of the forewing can often help identify this relatively small butterfly, but as with all things,... Continue Reading

Western Sculptured Pine Borer (Chalcophora angulicollis)

The Metallic Woodborer Beetle is truly a work of art, with its textured upper side and iridescent bronze luster. An opening of... Continue Reading

Small-eyed Sphinx (Paonias myops)

  • July 10, 2021

The name of this sphinx moth is a bit misleading. The moth has normal eyes, not small at all, but the eyelike... Continue Reading

Isabelline Mound Ant (Formica ravida)

A banana for scale isn’t going to cut it for this large, mounded, thatch nest …luckily there is a person. Without... Continue Reading