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Unidentified Bumblebee Queen

  • April 10, 2020

Bumblebees are often the first bees we see out and about in early spring. They are active in conditions where other... Continue Reading

Running Crab Spider (genus Philodromus)

Running Crab Spiders aren’t true crab spiders (Thomisidae family). For true crab spiders (look for one later in this report) you... Continue Reading

Walnut Spanworm Moth, male (Phigalia plumogeraria)

We can tell right away that this is a male, because (strangely enough) the females don’t have wings! Plus, check out... Continue Reading

Xelid Sawfly (family Xyelidae)

  • April 9, 2020

Sawflies get their name from the sawlike ovipositor that females of most species have to cut a slit into plant tissue... Continue Reading

Salt Marsh Moth Caterpillar (Estigmene acrea)

Caterpillars are not always easy to identify, but we believe this is a Salt Marsh Moth Caterpillar (Estigmene acrea). Don’t let... Continue Reading

Plume Moth (genus Emmelina)

These moths are members of the micromoth family and have unusually modified wings. At rest, these interesting moths look like a... Continue Reading

Skwala Stonefly (genus Skwala)

Doing a quick online search for these stoneflies will bring up a barrage of fishing websites, and for good reason. According... Continue Reading

Western Box Elder Bug (Boisea rubrolineata)

These insects primarily feed on the leaves and seeds of box-elder, maple, and ash trees, using their long “beak” to suck... Continue Reading

Mourning Cloak Butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa)

The mourning cloak is Montana’s state butterfly and one of the first butterflies we see each year (as early as March).... Continue Reading

Hoary Comma (Polygonia gracilis)

The angular edges of the wings, combined with the bark-like appearance of the underside of the wings, allow these butterflies to... Continue Reading