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Bald-faced Aerial Yellowjacket (Dolichovespula maculata)

  • September 3, 2021

This species of yellowjacket goes by many names across its range, including the Bald-faced Hornet. In the U.S., they are most common in the southeast,... Continue Reading

Achemon Sphinx (Eumorpha achemon)

We were thrilled to see this species, since it’s not one you can find here in western Montana. Achemon caterpillars may be... Continue Reading

Casey’s Lady Beetles (Hippodamia caseyi)

We’ve only seen one of these beetles for the first time this year and had no idea that they congregated like... Continue Reading

Cat-faced Spider (Araneus gemmoides)

Many people refer to all orb weaver spiders as “Cat-faced Spiders” or “Barn Spiders”…but we believe this species is THE actual... Continue Reading

Milbert’s Tortoiseshell (Aglais milberti)

After emerging in late July and August and taking a short “summer hibernation,” Milbert’s are resuming activity before they overwinter. They,... Continue Reading

A Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus ophthalmica)

We received quite a few submissions of the large sphinx moths over the summer, but this is the first representative of the next... Continue Reading

Banded Garden Orbweaver (Argiope trifasciata)

  • August 27, 2021

This orbweaver managed to capture a mating pair of dragonflies. An unfortunate end for the pair …but more evidence that it’s a... Continue Reading

Parenthesis Lady Beetle (Hippodamia parenthesis)

There are 18 species of lady beetle in the Hippodamia genus, one of which is introduced. You may be most familiar with the Convergent... Continue Reading

Silver-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene)

These exquisitely patterned butterflies are on the wing in marshes, bogs, and sedge meadows throughout Canada and the northern U.S., extending southward along... Continue Reading

Fireweed Clearwing Moth (Albuna pyramidalis)

Clearwing moths (family Sesiidae) are weird and wonderful, mimicking wasps in surprising detail. In many, the wings have large areas free... Continue Reading