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Robber Fly, bumble bee mimic (genus Laphria)

  • August 28, 2018

Robber Fly, bumble bee mimic (genus Laphria): At first glance, these extremely capable (and seemingly always hungry) predators look like a medium sized bumblebee.... Continue Reading

A Species of Thick-headed Fly

A Species of Thick-headed Fly (genus Physocephala, possibly Physocephala marginata): At first glance, you might think this little insect is a type of wasp. But check... Continue Reading

California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica)

California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica): This freshly emerged California Tortoiseshell never stopped pumping its wings for a decent photo. The brightly colored dorsal (upper) side of... Continue Reading

Snowberry Sphinx Moth Caterpillar (Sphinx vashti)

Snowberry Sphinx Moth Caterpillar (Sphinx vashti): Caterpillar identification can be difficult, but we’re pretty confident this is a snowberry sphinx moth caterpillar. They... Continue Reading

Nevada Bumble Bee (Bombus nevadensis)

  • August 23, 2018

Nevada Bumble Bee (Bombus nevadensis):  While we try not to repeat species sightings too much throughout the season, we could not help but... Continue Reading

California Root Borer, male and female (Prionus californicus)

California Root Borer, male and female (Prionus californicus):  This rather large species of long-horned beetle can grow to over 2 inches. The way... Continue Reading

Pine Sawyer Beetle (Trichocnemis speculates)

Pine Sawyer Beetle (Trichocnemis speculates):  This is the largest beetle in Montana. They can be found in forested areas of Douglas Fir and... Continue Reading

Police Car Moth (Gnophaela vermiculata)

  • August 10, 2018

Police Car Moth (Gnophaela vermiculata): A “black and white” moth …you can certainly see where the common name for this moth stemmed from.... Continue Reading

A Species of Robber Fly (family Asilidae)

A Species of Robber Fly (family Asilidae): As described in the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, robber flies “are to other... Continue Reading

Evidence of a Net-spinning Caddisfly Larvae (order Trichoptera, family Hydropsychidae)

Evidence of a Net-spinning Caddisfly Larvae (order Trichoptera, family Hydropsychidae): Rather than build a protective case of small stones or other materials, these interesting caddisflies build... Continue Reading