Subject: Beetle in Montana
Location: Montana, Rocky Mountain Front
August 21, 2017 4:14 am
No one seems to be able to identify the attached beetle. It was about two inches long.
Signature: Rick Regh
This is NOT a Beetle. It is an Orthopteran, a member of the insect order that contains Crickets and Grasshoppers. This is a Great Grig, Cyphoderris monstrosa, and we identified it thanks to images posted to BugGuide. Though BugGuide data does not include Montana sightings, the University of Florida Entomology site does provide a range map that includes western Montana. According to BugGuide, the habitat is: “coniferous forests containing Lodgepole Pine, Englemann Spruce, and Mountain Hemlock; adults hide beneath leaf litter during the day, and become active at night, climbing tree trunks and continuing high into the branches to feed, sing (males), and mate.”