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What’s Buzzin’? – Garden Tiger Moth caterpillar

  • May 24, 2018

Garden Tiger Moth caterpillar (Arctia caja):  Garden tiger moths love damp places, which is why they tend to be common in river valleys... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Crane Fly

Crane Fly (family Tipulidae): Crane flies in this family are referred to as “large crane flies”, because …well, they are pretty darn big. With... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug (in the genus Lethocerus, likely Lethocerus americanus): At up to about 3 inches in length, these water bugs really are giants. They... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Western Tiger Beetle

  • May 17, 2018

Western Tiger Beetle (Cicindela oregona): The western tiger is slightly smaller than our other tiger beetles in Montana (only 11 – 13 mm).... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus): This beautiful butterfly can be found from May into mid June in western Montana, along with a number of... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Ceanothus Silkmoth

Ceanothus Silkmoth (Hyalophora euryalus): This massive moth has a wingspan between 3.5 to 5 inches. It is found from British Columbia east to... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Garden Carrion Beetle

Garden Carrion Beetle (Heterosilpha ramose): Unlike many other carrion beetles, which are rarely found far from an animal carcass, the garden carrion beetle... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – A Species of Rove Beetle

A Species of Rove Beetle (faimly Staphylinidae, possibly in the genus Platydracus):  There are over 4,100 species in this large family of beetles.... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Large Marble

Large Marble (Euchloe ausonides):  Many butterflies may simply appear “white” in color as they fly by, but if you happen to catch one... Continue Reading

What’s Buzzin’? – Straight-lined Plagodis

Straight-lined Plagodis (Plagodis phlogosaria):  This beautiful moth can be found throughout all of North America, except for the far south and far northwest... Continue Reading