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Category Archives: What’s Buzzin’

Mason Wasp (subfamily Eumeninae)

  • July 10, 2021

This is a strong contender, if not outright winner, for the What’s Buzzin’ photo submission of the year. Wow! Kyle went to move a... Continue Reading

Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula), Female

Damselflies may be smaller, thinner, and weaker fliers than dragonflies, but they have no problem catching lunch — in this case... Continue Reading

Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula), Male

This Pacific Forktail was more straightforward to identify compared to the previous one. Forktails (genus Iscnura) are so-called for a a small... Continue Reading

River Jewelwing (Calopteryx aequabilis), Female (top) Male (bottom)

With their metallic bodies and often dark marking on the wings, Jewelwings (genus Calopteryx) are show-stopping stunners. River Jewelwings of either... Continue Reading

A Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus ophthalmica)

Photos by: Nicki Boje on 7/4/21 in Missoula, MT Continue Reading

Wolf Spider (Schizocosa sp.)

Aptly named, wolf spiders are fast, ground-dwelling hunters. Many species live in burrows. You may often see a female carrying her cream-colored egg sack... Continue Reading

A Brown Lacewing (Micromus variegatus)

There are 60 species of brown lacewings in North America. They range in size from about .25 to .5 inches in length. They are... Continue Reading

Large Looper Moth (Autographa ampla)

The Large Looper Moth, also called the Brown-patched Looper Moth and Broken-banded Y, flies most commonly in June and July in... Continue Reading

A False Long-horned Beetle (Cephaloon tenuicorne)

  • July 9, 2021

False long-horned beetles (Stenotrachelidae) are a small family, with just 10 species in North America and only two of those living... Continue Reading

Metallic Green Sweat Bee (Agapostemon sp.)

As suggested by the name, these native bees are typically a metallic green or blue color (especially the head and thorax).... Continue Reading