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European Paper Wasp (Polistes dominula)

  • May 1, 2020

This wasp is likely a female that has overwintered. Soon she will find a place to construct a new nest using... Continue Reading

Cimbicid Sawfly (Abia americana)

  • April 24, 2020

This may look like a fly (and have “fly” in its name), but it is actually in the order Hymenoptera (wasps,... Continue Reading

Subdued Quaker (Orthosia revicta)

Cryptically patterned and nocturnal, these spring-flying moths range across northern North America to the East Coast. In the Rocky Mountain region... Continue Reading

Twice-stabbed Ladybug (Chilocorus stigma)

This unique species of lady beetle has a descriptive, but gruesome, common name. Being all black in color, except for two... Continue Reading

Broad-nosed Weevil (in the subfamily Entiminae)

This weevil was a whopping ⅛ inch long and was positioned on our development director’s wrist for scale. The broad-nosed weevils... Continue Reading

Rove Beetle (in the family Staphylinidae)

There are nearly 5,000 species of Rove Beetles in North America. No wonder we had trouble narrowing it down further than... Continue Reading

European Honey Bee or Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

The honey bee was one of the first domesticated insects and is the primary species kept by beekeepers for honey production... Continue Reading

Shoreline Wolf Spider (Arctosa littoralis)

Jenah Mead photographed this beautiful spider near Jacob’s Island in Missoula. These wolf spiders live in sandy habitats (beaches, riverbanks, etc.)... Continue Reading

Oil Beetle (genus Meloe)

As you might guess from their short-stubby wings, the adults are flightless ground-dwellers. With their comically bloated abdomens, it would be... Continue Reading

Cow Path Tiger Beetle (Cicindela purpurea audubonii)

This shiny beetle can range in color from green to purple, and is often called the Purple Tiger Beetle. They are... Continue Reading