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In August, 2010, my family and I watched from our backyard an unbelievable phenomenon: a single species of dragonfly, individually numbering in the thousands, flew steadily westward across our property on the edge of town for ten magical days. Occasionally they would perch briefly – each one facing west – on the neighbor’s wire fence before continuing on.

'Field Notes:' All About Skippers

Aug 13, 2018
Golden-banded skipper.
Andrew Cannizzaro (CC-BY-2)

Out on a run on a spring day only a stone’s throw from the Flathead River on the watery outskirts of the town of Hungry Horse, I have stopped for a moment and listen to the river. With its rustling it seems to applaud my efforts. And as I go back and forth between stretching and sauntering, my glance roves over the landscape. A sudden fluttering at my feet catches my eye. Alerted to something, now not my legs but my curious eyes give chase and follow a meandering path through the air. Is it a leaf caught in the breeze? For a moment the leafiness lingers rocking back and forth, and I know it’s not a leaf, but a butterfly. Or is it?

Mosquito.
(PD)

Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here with health tips for kids about bug bites.

It's insect time again here in Montana, and I mean the flying, buzzing, biting sorts of insects like mosquitoes, flies, bees and wasps. Here are a few things that are cool to know about bug bites.

Snow Fleas
FLICKR USER, LINDSEY (CC-BY-2.0)

Every autumn I begin to wonder – where do all the bugs go? Unlike people, and other warm-blooded critters that can maintain a consistent internal temperature, insects cannot. So, you might wonder, what do insects do to survive the cold?

The Pepper Weevil -- an unexpected surprise living inside Glenn's green pepper.
Glenn Marangelo

Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Insectarium returns to "Pea Green Boat" on January 25 to talk about insects in winter, and the unexpected insect surprise he found living inside his green pepper.

Tune in to "Pea Green Boat," Wednesday, January 25 at 4:00 p.m. to learn more.

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