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Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

  • September 10, 2021

The Mourning Cloak is Montana’s state butterfly and one of the first butterflies we see each year (as early as March). After overwintering... Continue Reading

White-spotted Sawyer (Monochamus scutellatus), Female

This long-horned beetle can be found in coniferous forests across North America, especially in the northern U.S., upper Midwest and much... Continue Reading

White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata)

These large moths are often mistaken for hummingbirds since their rapid wing movement resembles a hummer in flight (hovering over flowers... Continue Reading

Red-femured Milkweed Borer (Tetraopes femoratus)

Find a good patch of milkweed (Asclepias spp.) and you are likely to spot these boldly colored longhorn beetles. As the name suggests,... Continue Reading

Paddle-tailed Darner (Aeshna palmata)

Kristi managed to get this lucky shot, showing how the front and rear wings oppose each other in flight. Paddle-tailed Darners are... Continue Reading

Once-married Underwing (Catocala unijuga)

Underwing moths (genus Catocala) are hard to tell apart; our best guess is the Once-married Underwing. We’re sure there’s an interesting story behind... Continue Reading

California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica)

This, and the next photo, were taken on the other side of Lolo Pass along the Wild and Scenic Lochsa River. So... Continue Reading

The Chevron (Eulithis testata)

  • September 3, 2021

The Chevron is on the wing from June to September in acidic bogs in northern forests—Newfoundland to New Jersey, west to... Continue Reading

Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata americana)

The Jagged Ambush Bug’s forelegs are thick and shaped like those of a praying mantis — perfect for grabbing and holding... Continue Reading

Ants Tending Aphids

If you find a group of aphids on a plant, you will often find an ant(s) that are “herding” them like cattle. The ants feed on... Continue Reading