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Cow Path Tiger Beetle (Cicindela purpurea audubonii)

  • April 24, 2020

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

Orange Underwing Carpet Moth (Epirrhoe plebeculata)

A tiny member of the family Geomedridae, these day-flying moths can be seen on the wing from March through May. This... Continue Reading

Satin Stowaway Moth or Banana Moth (Antichloris viridis)

Luke writes, “We found this insect on the wall in our house. It may have come from a silky cocoon we... Continue Reading

Dot-and-Dash Swordgrass Moth (Xylena curvimacula)

  • April 17, 2020

If a Swordgrass Moth landed in a bed of bark chips, it would pretty much disappear. These moths range across the... Continue Reading

Water Striders (in the family Gerridae)

Striders are a common sight on ponds, quiet pools in streams, and even in Missoula canals. These true bugs (order Hemiptera)... Continue Reading

Midge (in the family Chironomidae)

At first glance you might mistake this small, non-biting fly for a mosquito. The quickest way to tell the two apart... Continue Reading

Mayfly (order Ephemeroptera)

Mayflies are the only insects where a winged form undergoes a further molt. When they first emerge from the water they... Continue Reading

Brown Lacewing (family Hemerobiidae)

There are 60 species of brown lacewings in North America. They range in size from about .25 to .5 inches in... Continue Reading

Stilt Bug (in the family Berytidae) on yellow bells (Fritillaria pudica)

Stilt bugs are in the order Hemiptera (true bugs). As you can see, stilt bugs are insects with legs and bodies... Continue Reading

Common Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)

Thanks to Kristi for this stunning series. This common and abundant species is originally from Europe but is now widespread and... Continue Reading