What’s Buzzin’

What can you see around Western Montana right now?

Yellow Woollybear (Spilosoma virginica)

These beautiful moths (and their caterpillars) can be found throughout North America. Adult moths are almost all white on the wings with a beautiful coat of white fur on the thorax. The caterpillars […]

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Green Stonefly (family Chloroperlidae)

Green stoneflies, or sallflies if you are an angler, are unusual in that most species in the family are green or yellow. They may be mistaken for recently emerged individuals […]

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Pink-faced Jewel Beetle (Buprestis lyrata)

This beauty is a species of metallic wood-boring beetle or jewel beetle (family Buprestidae). A group so-named because many of its members sport shiny, irridescent colors. Buprestis is a genus of 18 […]

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Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata)

Initially we weren’t sure if this was a Two-tailed Swallowtail or a Western Tiger Swallowtail, but received some help from fellow butterfly enthusiasts. According to David J. Ferguson, Contributing Editor for BugGuide, “The […]

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Cross Orbweaver (Araneus diadematus)

The Cross Orbweaver, named for the white cross on the topside of the abdomen, was introduced to North America from Western and Northern Europe. It now ranges mostly in southern […]

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Marbled Orbweaver (Araneus marmoreus)

Marbled Orbweavers are also called Pumpkin Spiders for their typical orange form. But, incredible variation exists. Scroll down to the “Remarks” section to view some stunning examples. Marbles range from Alaska to Newfoundland, south to Oregon, Utah, southern […]

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