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One-eyed Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus cerisyi)

  • June 25, 2021

Lisa submitted a photo of a one-eyed sphinx moth in May, but you couldn’t see the gorgeous eyelike spots on the hindwings. Peekaboo,... Continue Reading

Western Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma californicum)

You may have seen these caterpillars during their earlier stages, with a bunch of their buddies in a silken tent in... Continue Reading

Robber Fly (genus Laphria)

At first glance, these extremely capable (and seemingly always hungry) predators look like a medium sized bumblebee. Their “bearded” face is... Continue Reading

Western Lynx Spider (Oxyopes scalaris)

  • June 18, 2021

Similar to wolf spiders and jumping spiders, western lynx spiders are active hunters that are fast runners and leapers with good... Continue Reading

Western Sculptured Pine Borer (Chalcophora angulicollis)

This metallic woodborer beetle is truly a work of art, with its textured upper side and iridescent bronze luster. An opening... 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, and... Continue Reading

Satin Moth Caterpillar (Leucoma salicis)

Beautiful both in their immature and adult forms, satin moths were introduced from Europe in 1920 and can now be found across Canada and in... Continue Reading

A Tumblebug (Canthon simplex)

While exploring the Willoughby 40 hiking area, Annie’s nine-year-old daughter spotted a dung beetle pushing a dung ball with its back... Continue Reading

Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata)

Two-tailed swallowtails are primarily on the wing in late spring and early summer in Montana. They’re the largest of all our... Continue Reading

Aphid Mummy

What looks like an aphid that’s ready to explode is actually what’s left over after being parasitized by a Braconid wasp (family Braconidae,... Continue Reading