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Ornate Checkered Beetle (Trichodes ornatus)

  • June 24, 2022

These boldly patterned beetles are common visitors on flowers in western North America (Alaska-California to Northwest Territories-Saskatchewan-Texas). Adults feed primarily on pollen and... Continue Reading

Cow Path Tiger Beetle (Cicindela purpurea)

  • June 20, 2022

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

Nevada Bumble Bee (Bombus nevadensis)

  • June 17, 2022

It’s hard to miss a Nevada Bumble Bee—they are massive. Workers range from .7 to .8 inches in length, while queens... Continue Reading

Dogwood Calligrapha (Calligrapha philadelphica)

This leaf beetle was found during a bug hunt along the Clark Fork River. Shoutout to the students/bug hunters from Broadwater... Continue Reading

Wild Cherry Sphinx Moth (Sphinx drupiferarum)

Jill’s boys had fun with a few photos before returning this beautiful and docile moth to its resting spot. Wild Cherry... Continue Reading

Glover’s Silkmoth (Hyalophora columbia gloveri)

The Glover’s Silkmoth can be found on both the eastern and western slopes of the Rockies, typically in or near riparian... Continue Reading

Tiger Moth Caterpillar (genus Apantesis)

Moths in this genus are striking, owing to their very dark forewings. While we’re not sure what species this this is,... Continue Reading

Western Pine Elfin (Callophrys eryphon)

he Western Pine Elfin is a nickel-sized butterfly, stunningly banded with rich reddish-brown and black. After overwintering in its chrysalis stage, it... Continue Reading

Giant Stonefly (genus Pteronarcys)

Lisa included this quick note with her three photos, “Went to the swinging bridge up Rock Creek. Salmon Fly hatch was... Continue Reading

Goldenrod Crab Spider (Misumena vatia

Goldenrod Crab Spiders are masters at blending in. These spiders can change their color over several days (ranging from yellow to... Continue Reading