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Parenthesis Lady Beetle (Hippodamia parenthesis)

  • August 27, 2021

There are 18 species of lady beetle in the Hippodamia genus, one of which is introduced. You may be most familiar with the Convergent... Continue Reading

Mormon Cricket (Anabrus simplex), Female

The Mormon Cricket, actually a type of katydid, is so-called for their invasion of agricultural lands farmed by Mormon settlers in... Continue Reading

Silver-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene)

These exquisitely patterned butterflies are on the wing in marshes, bogs, and sedge meadows throughout Canada and the northern U.S., extending southward along... Continue Reading

Yellow-haired Dagger (Acronicta impleta)

We initially thought this was a type of tussock moth caterpillar, with all of the tufts of hair, but arrived at a species whose... Continue Reading

Notes from the Lab: Walking Sticks

  • August 26, 2021

Welcome back to the Lab! Keeping in theme with our classroom pets and European mantis issues, it’s time to take a look at an insect... Continue Reading

Moss Ground Hunter (Gnaphosa muscorum)

  • August 20, 2021

We’re not 100% sure, but we believe this is Gnaphosa muscoum, a species of ground spider. Ground spiders hunt at night and rest under stones or... Continue Reading

Western Boxelder Bug (Boisea rubrolineata)

Western Boxelder Bugs seem to be having a banner year in western Montana …and as we head into fall they will tend to... Continue Reading

Collared Arches Moth (Lacinipolia strigicollis)

Collared Arches are on the wing during late summer and fall, typically from mid-July to early September. You may spot one sipping... Continue Reading

Spider Wasp (family Pompilidae)

This spider wasp, having stung and paralyzed a spider, is now on a mission to stash it in a burrow, cavity,... Continue Reading

Shamrock Orbweaver (Araneus trifolium)

These orbweavers’ abdomens can range in color from dark red, orange, yellow, brown, green, or any color in between. They can be found... Continue Reading