Looking for resources to deepen your understanding of the wild world of arthropods? Looking to help your children or students engage in a range of science topics through bugs? You’ve come to the right place!
Online Bug Encounters
Online Bug Encounters is our exciting new Facebook Live series featuring all of your favorite Bug Ambassadors. We’ll be going live from our Facebook Page every Wednesday at 1:00pm (MDT) to showcase all of our cool bugs! Each video session will be archived on our Online Bug Encounters web page along with an accompanying activity you can do together with your family at home.
What’s Buzzin’ in your Backyard?
Throughout the spring, summer and early fall we will introduce you to some insects and other arthropods you might find as you explore the outdoors in Montana. We’ll also provide some instructions to help you find them.
Field Trips & Distance Learning
In a changing world we are working to make sure teachers and families still have access to our engaging field trip opportunities. Learn more about the Distance Learning programing options we have available.
Give Us a Listen on Montana Public Radio
Thanks to our partnership with MTPR you can catch us on the radio airwaves every Monday at 4:56pm for our podcast, Bug Bytes. On the last Wednesday of every month you can catch us when we make a guest appearance on their show, Pea Green Boat.
Bug Ambassador Bios
Learn more about your favorite Bug Ambassadors through these in-depth profiles.
Our Blogs: “What’s Buzzin’?” & “Notes from the Lab”
Our What’s Buzzin’ blog catalogues fun arthropod sightings our fans have had over the seasons in Montana. You can read about everything from the delicate Green Lacewing spotted near Wise River, MT, to the pair of common Melissa Blues found right here in Missoula. Check out the posts!
The Notes from the Lab blog brings you behind-the-scenes access to our lab and all of the cool creatures that call it home. Check in weekly for posts from Bug Wrangler Brenna as she gives you a look into the lives of our Bug Ambassadors. Check out the posts!
Are you interested in learning more about the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium as a whole? Check out our past newsletters for more bug facts and insight into our organization.
Resources for Plants Important to Pollinators
- Caras Nursery
- Marchie’s Nursery
- Pipilo Native Plants
- Montana Native Plant Society
- Native Ideals Seed Farm
- Learn how to attract pollinators to your yard
- Learn how important pollinators are to the food we eat
- Building a butterfly garden in your own backyard (link submitted by a Girl Scout Troop in Idaho, thanks girls!)
Family Friendly Resources
- The Bug Chicks are two entomologists based in Oregon that create great videos and have a cool online Junior Entomologist program!
- SciShow is a locally produced video series that covers a wide range of topics. Here are a few of our favorites:
- The New York Times has a great video series called “ScienceTake.” The videos are about two to three minutes long, you’ll be surprised how much you learn in such a short amount of time! Some of our favorite videos of theirs include:
- Another great resource is the PBS series Deep Look. They have a ton of really impressive videos. A few of our favorites are:
- The “It’s OK To Be Smart” series is another great one from PBS. A few of our favorites:
- Byron Weber, namesake of our classroom, was a consummate naturalist and bug lover who even discovered a new species of butterfly in the Sweet Grass Hills of Montana. Byron was profiled on an episode of Backroads of Montana, discussing some of Montana’s beautiful butterflies.
Observation Bee Hive
We loved having our observation beehive at our Front Street location and are looking forward to installing it again when our new facility is complete. In the meantime, you can visit our Observation Beehive page to learn more about the hive and what you can look forward to at the facility!