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Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: Alabama
September 30, 2015 2:07 pm
Please tell me what kind of bug this is.
Signature: Thank you. Tammy p

Southern Flannel Moth

Southern Flannel Moth

Dear Tammy p,
This is a Southern Flannel Moth,
Megalopyge opercularis, and your individual is a male as evidenced by the feathery antennae and pronounced markings.  Though you might not be familiar with the adult moth, many folks in the South are quite familiar with its larval form, commonly called a Puss Caterpillar or Asp.  According to BugGuide:  “Caution, caterpillars have painful sting.  Occasionally, in outbreak years, puss caterpillars are sufficiently numerous to defoliate some trees (Bishopp 1923). However, their main importance is medical. In Texas, they have been so numerous in some years that schools in San Antonio in 1923 and Galveston in 1951 were closed temporarily because of stings to children (Diaz 2005).”  Images of the Asp are much more common on our site that those of the adult Southern Flannel Moth.  Since it is the first of October, we have selected your submission to be our featured Bug of the Month for October 2015.

Asps from our archive

Asps (image from our archive)

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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
September 24, 2015 3:38 pm
Found this big ol guy crossing the street headed to our pond. Can’t seem to figure out what he is!
Signature: The Castro Family

Banded Sphinx Caterpillar

Banded Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Castro Family,
This magnificent caterpillar is a Banded Sphinx Caterpillar,
Eumorpha fasciatus, and you can compare your individual to this image from BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on Evening Primrose, Oenothera species, Water Primrose, Ludwigia species, and other related plants (Onagraceae).”  Most Sphinx Moth caterpillars pupate underground, and we suspect this large individual stopped feeding and was looking for a good location to dig underground to commence metamorphosis.  This is such a great image illustrating a child’s wonder with the natural world that we have decided to feature your submission.

Thanks for the help!! We spent a Looooooooong time researching and couldn’t find  out what it was!! Interesting that it feeds on water plants! No wonder it was by our pond!!
That’s so cool you’re going to feature our photo! Where can we see it? On your website?
Thanks again for the help! We can complete our nature journal entry! :)
Heidi E Castro

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Subject: Can you help identify this bug?
Location: Aiea, HI
September 19, 2015 1:55 pm
I’ve been getting bites and cannot figure out where I am getting them and what kind of bites they are. They are definitely not mosquito bites. I found this bug in my dryer…
Thank you so much!
Signature: Dina Nishioka

Ball of Lint

Ball of Lint

Dear Dina,
It appears you were bitten by a ball of lint.

That just made me laugh out loud!

We really couldn’t make out any identifiable insect in the ball of lint.

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Subject: Trap door spider
Location: East Oceanside,CA
September 16, 2015 6:02 pm
Trying to send you a pic.
It would be easier to forward an email.
Can you provide one ?
I commented on your web site..
Mike Powell
Signature: Mike

you attached an image, but it is not a spider.

Sorry I messed up the attachment on the web site..
Here is the spider we found…

Male California Trapdoor Spider

Male California Trapdoor Spider

Hi Mike,
Thanks for sending the correct image.  We really love posting images of male California Trapdoor Spiders that appear with the first good rains of the season, and Tuesday’s downpour was a doozy.

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