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One-eyed Sphinx (Smerinthus cerisyi)

  • May 21, 2021

With a wingspan of up to 3.5 inches, these moths are impressive in both appearance and size. They can be found... Continue Reading

Carrion Beetle Larva (likely Thanatophilus lapponicus)

  • May 14, 2021

Glenn offered his bug guiding services as an item for the Five Valleys Land Trusts’ annual auction. Accompanied by about 13... Continue Reading

Damselfly Nymph (Suborder Zygoptera)

Before taking to the sky, damselflies, and their close relatives the dragonflies, develop in still water such as ponds, lakes, marshes,... Continue Reading

Predaceous Diving Beetle (Rhantus consimilis)

As their name suggests, predaceous diving beetles are capable predators both in their larval and adult stages, feeding on aquatic invertebrates... Continue Reading

Red-Cross Shield Bug (Elasmostethus cruciatus)

After overwintering as adults beneath leaf litter, bark, or other sheltered places, Red-cross Shield Bugs are active again. Their family is... Continue Reading

Cicada (genus Platypedia)

We have 17 different species of cicadas in Montana that spend two to five years living underground in the nymph stage,... Continue Reading

Crane Flies (family Tipulidae)

Kelly managed to snap photos of two species of crane flies, with one nectaring. With their slender body and stilt-like legs, crane... Continue Reading

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta)

Photo by: Kelly Dix near the Selway River in Idaho Continue Reading

Margined White Butterfly (Pieris marginalis)

Margined Whites can be found west of the Great Plains from British Columbia and Alberta south to central California, southern Arizona,... Continue Reading

Nomad Bee (genus Nomada)

There are about 280 species of Nomad Bees in North America. They are evolutionarily unique because they do not collect pollen... Continue Reading