What’s Buzzin’

What can you see around Western Montana right now?

Spurge Hawkmoth (Hyles euphorbiae)

These large hawkmoths (sphinx moths) are a non-native species that’s been released in the fight against leafy spurge (the food source for their beautiful caterpillars). They can be found in several […]

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Western Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus melanops)

These large beetles (with noticeable eyespots) inhabit coniferous forests and are typically found from June through July. Their larvae live in dead or dying trees and feed on the larvae of woodborers […]

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Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides)

These small, tawny orange butterflies start to emerge in mid to late summer and can be found in just about any habitat; including sagebrush, woodland clearings, gardens, and small streams. Caterpillars […]

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Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium)

This is our most common brown hairstreak in the west, and a regular visitor to flowers. Since they perch with wings closed, you may only glimpse their bright orange upper […]

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European Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa)

Mantis sightings are starting to trickle in, unlike last year, which was more of a flood. European Mantises, as their name suggests, are not native. Each year gardeners purchase their egg cases (called […]

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