Insects of the Sevenmile Creek Restoration Site: More Than Yellowjackets and Mosquitoes
Insects play an incredible variety of essential roles in all ecological systems. However, they are often underappreciated and poorly known by the public, except for the handful of species that regularly conflict with humans, such as yellowjackets and mosquitoes. Meanwhile, several recent studies suggest that we may be rapidly losing insect biodiversity worldwide. Between 2017 and 2022 I observed and identified 192+ species of insects on the Sevenmile Creek restoration site near Helena, Montana and reviewed the literature for life history information about each. Here I share a selection of some of the most fascinating insects I encountered during my research.