Subject: Acrobatic slug coitus
Location: Tigard, OR
August 28, 2014 11:00 pm
A friend of mine sent these photos to me asking for my explanation of what the heck was going on here. Pasted below is my reply. Just thought you’d enjoy the pictures, post as you like, no credits necessary. I live in the Portland, OR metro area, and these pictures were taken 8/28/2014, in case you wanted to know.
“Yes indeed, this is slug sex. Perhaps the air was just right, or you happened to be playing some Rick James just a little too loud. It looks just barely post-coital, so perhaps this scene is more accurately referred to as “slug afterglow”. Either way, those white misshapen things are the slugs genitals. Slugs have both a penis and a vagina (lucky bastards), and it looks as if the one in the foreground is hastily retracting its junk. Perhaps in order to avoid the traditional slug version of pillow talk, which involves the chewing off and consuming of each others’ penises. They grow back, but still, kinda intimate for a one-night stand, don’t you think?”
Signature: Jason

Mating Slugs

Mating Slugs

Hi Jason,
We are always amazed at images of mating Slugs, and one 2006 posting of Mating Slugs resulted in quite a bit of controversy.

Thanks for that link, I really needed a good laugh. You folks are awesome, thanks for the great work!

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Subject: bug found on patio chair
Location: Pasadena, CA
August 27, 2014 6:14 pm
Hi,
We found this bug on a chair on our patio (there were several) on August 27, in Pasadena, California.
Signature: curious

Termite

Termite

This sure looks like a termite to us.

Subject: Bugman Help!
Location: Singapore
August 28, 2014 3:11 am
Hello! I love reading your page! Its so informative! :) I found this 2cm long, thin green caterpillar with 1 horn at the end on an unknown plant. Im from Singapore, a tropical country with hot, humid and seasonal rain. Hope you can enlighten me on its species because i have searched it on the net but to no avail. Thanks n God bless! :)
Signature: EmikoJ

Hornworm

Hornworm

Dear EmikoJ,
The best we can do for you at this time is provide a family.  This is a Hornworm, the larva of a Sphinx Moth in the family Sphingidae, a family that contains many large spectacular species found around the world.  It is young, which makes identifications more difficult.  Like all caterpillars, Hornworms molt and grow, passing through five instars or stages.  The fifth instar is the largest and the one most commonly pictured for identification purposes.  Earlier instars like this individual are generally more difficult to find documented.  This individual is green with no pronounced markings to help differentiate it from other species.  Knowing the plant it was feeding on might help with the identification.  If you have the time and inclination, you can try searching the Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic to attempt an identification.

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Subject: Eggs on our screen doors
Location: Northern Lower Michigan
August 27, 2014 11:28 am
Greetings bug people. We have something that lays eggs on our screens every summer. Can you help identify?
Signature: Thank you!

Moth Eggs

Moth Eggs

Do you keep a light on at night near this screen?  These look like Moth Eggs, and if you look carefully in the lower left corner, there is a tiny, recently hatched caterpillar.We will attempt to identify the eggs, but we are guessing a member of the family Saturniidae or the subfamily Arctiinae.  Both possibilities we mentioned are groups with many large and colorful species, and we would imagine that if you find the eggs every summer, you must also have seen the adult moths before as well.

Newly hatched Caterpllar

Newly hatched Caterpllar

Subject: African jewelery-like bug
Location: becket, ma
August 27, 2014 10:41 am
Hi there! Awesome website, excited that I can possibly learn the name of this bug. It’s sitting on someone’s finger.
Signature: katy

Giant Crane Fly

Giant Eastern Crane Fly

Dear Katy,
The pattern on the wings and body of this Giant Eastern Crane Fly does look vaguely African.

Subject: Southwest Florida driveway find
Location: Southwest Florida
August 26, 2014 4:54 pm
Found this on a driveway that is about 100 feet from a pond…it has a friend a little freaked out. Can you help? Saw some other post about a claw on the right side only, and I think this one fits that bill too. Appreciate an accurate assessment. Thanks!
Signature: Scott

Crayfish

Crayfish

Dear Scott,
this is a positively gorgeous image of a Crayfish.  Crayfish are called Crawdads in Louisiana where they are eaten.