Latest posts

Notes from the Lab: Blue Death Feigning Beetles

  • July 15, 2021

Welcome back to the Lab! As we hit a high point in our summer with both community science projects and our... Continue Reading

A Brown Lacewing (Micromus variegatus)

  • July 10, 2021

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

River Jewelwing (Calopteryx aequabilis), Female (top) Male (bottom)

With their metallic bodies and often dark marking on the wings, Jewelwings (genus Calopteryx) are show-stopping stunners. River Jewelwings of either... Continue Reading

Large Looper Moth (Autographa ampla)

The Large Looper Moth, also called the Brown-patched Looper Moth and Broken-banded Y, flies most commonly in June and July in... Continue Reading

Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula), Female

Damselflies may be smaller, thinner, and weaker fliers than dragonflies, but they have no problem catching lunch — in this case... Continue Reading

Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula), Male

This Pacific Forktail was more straightforward to identify compared to the previous one. Forktails (genus Iscnura) are so-called for a a small... Continue Reading

Small-eyed Sphinx (Paonias myops)

The name of this sphinx moth is a bit misleading. The moth has normal eyes, not small at all, but the eyelike... Continue Reading

A Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus ophthalmica)

Photos by: Nicki Boje on 7/4/21 in Missoula, MT Continue Reading

Isabelline Mound Ant (Formica ravida)

A banana for scale isn’t going to cut it for this large, mounded, thatch nest …luckily there is a person. Without... Continue Reading

Mason Wasp (subfamily Eumeninae)

This is a strong contender, if not outright winner, for the What’s Buzzin’ photo submission of the year. Wow! Kyle went to move a... Continue Reading