Subject: beautiful moth
Location: Lanzarote
November 26, 2014 6:00 am
Hi found this on the bed and wondered what tyep of moth it was
Signature: miss

Hawkmoth

Barbury Spurge Hawkmoth

Dear miss,
Before we could even begin to attempt to identify your Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae, we needed to first research the location of Lanzarote, which we have learned is in the Canary Islands.
  Once that was established, we quickly identified your Hawkmoth as Hyles tithymali on EnAcademic and then we verified the identification on Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic where we learned it has a common name: Barbary Spurge Hawkmoth.  The Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic site states:  “Restricted to the Canary and ?Cape Verde Islands, where it is widespread, occurring from sea-level to 1000m in short-lived but well-defined colonies (Schurian & Grandisch, 1991). Commonest in the drier and warmer parts, such as dry sand dunes, steep-sided valleys (van der Heyden, 1988), and cultivated areas where its main hostplant is most abundant.”

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Subject: what bug is this
Location: Malaysia
November 25, 2014 8:25 am
Hi bugman, it was raining out there and a bug flew in my house. It looks like a cockroach but it is not. It is very rare to see it. I took a picture of it and hope that you can help me to identify this wonderful creature. Thank you.
Signature: Kah Wei

Longicorn

Longicorn

Dear Kah Wei,
This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle or Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, but we are uncertain of the species.

Subject: Marmorated Stink Bug but much prettier
Location: Somerville, Massachusetts
November 25, 2014 11:58 am
Hi, Can you help me ID this beautiful bug that’s been sitting on my garage door opener in Massachusetts. It is most similar in appearance to the
Marmorated Stink Bug, Halyomorpha halys Stål. However, the triangle
markings on its wings are very exotic and remind me of the Giant
Mesquite bug.
The underwings have 4 white bands
The back legs have 3 white bands
the antenna have 3 sections of increasingly lighter browns
The brown eyes extend outward from the head and are set on either side
of an elongated head
It has a white leaf/spade pattern painted on the the second section of
its body attached to the head.
The second part of triangle on its wings/back have outlined white
rectangles set at a 45-degree angle from the center line of the wing.
Signature: Miriam

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Miriam,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug,
Leptoglossus occidentalis, is native to the Pacific Northwest, but sometime in the 1960s, it began to expand its range.  We suspect the range expansion is connected to the increased frequency of human travel patterns.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs often attract attention when they enter homes to hibernate as the weather begins to cool.

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Subject: Any idea what this is?

Location: Concord, CA.
November 25, 2014 4:49 pm
Dear Bugman,
I have only seen this bug a few times on Contra Costa County of California.
Any idea what it is?
Signature: Don

Snakefly

Snakefly

Dear Don,
This is one of the best images we have seen of a Snakefly in the order Raphidioptera.  Snakeflies are harmless predators.

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Subject: Unidentified Flying Insect!

Location: Ocala, FL
November 25, 2014 7:39 am
Just saw this insect flying around outside and I have no idea what it is. Do you know? The wing markings are identical and the body looks like a house fly. Thanks
Signature: Wendy

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Dear Wendy,
The Polka Dot Wasp Moth is a common species in Florida that develops from Oleander Caterpillars that feed on the leaves of Oleander.

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Subject: Beautiful South African spider
Location: Mpumalanga, South Africa
November 25, 2014 8:11 am
Hi there. This spider is sitting on a huge web outside the window of our chalet in sanbonani, hazyview South Africa.
Hoping you can identify since all my googling has proven useless.
Signature: Cait, bug enthusiast

Orbweaver

Orbweaver

Hi Cait, bug enthusiast,
Though there are not prominent markings on its abdomen, we believe your Orbweaver in the genus
Argiope is most likely Argiope australis, the Garden Orbweaver, which is pictured on iSpot.  Because of the zigzag stabilimentum that is incorporated in the web, Argiope Spiders are sometimes called Writing Spiders.

Thanks! I had narrowed it down to the orb web species but couldn’t seem to find one with such a plain body.
Photos don’t do it justice. It is really beautiful! And the tiny male is also on the web, just staying out of her way!
Thanks for such a speedy reply!!
Kind regards
CaitB

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