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Location: Croatia
December 26, 2010 6:11 pm
hey bugman,
we went to croatia this summer and took some lovely photos of mating bugs and now were wondering: what are they?
Signature: Evelyne

Mating Olive Bee Hawkmoths

Hi Evelyne,
We quickly identified your mating Olive Bee Hawkmoths,
Hemaris croatica, on the Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic website.

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Help identifying a bug please
Location: Seattle WA
December 26, 2010 9:48 pm
Hi bugman,
I found these bugs underneath our bed while we were cleaning the house. They look like worms and they move by extending something from one end of their body and pulling themselves forward. Do you know what they are? My wife is freaking about this discovery.
Signature: Aaron

Case Bearing Moth Larva

Dear Aaron,
This is a Case Bearing Moth Larva in the subfamily Tineinae, and we believe it is a Casemaking Clothes Moth,
Tinea pellionella.  According to BugGuide, they:  “Feed on wool, feathers, fur, hair, upholstered furniture, leather, fish meals, milk powders, lint, dust or paper. Judging by the quantity of pet hair in your photo, they have an ample food supply.  Vacuuming under the bed more regularly to control pet hair should reduce the number of Case Bearing Moth Larvae you find in your home.

Thank you for the quick response Daniel, you’re awesome! :-) I’ll be making a donation to your website!
-Aaron K.

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Whats for supper?
Location: Coal Creek, Queens County, New Brunswick
December 9, 2010 5:24 pm
Hi, I found a Goldenrod Crab Spider on a lilac bush with another bug clasped in its jaws. Is the Goldenrod’s prey a Hummingbird Moth? If so do you know what species it is?
Signature: Christophe

Crab Spider eats Hummingbird Clearwing

Hi Christophe,
We went back through some old mail today to try to answer a few questions we did not respond to this past month and we came across you awesome photograph.  We are guessing that this photo was taken some time before it was submitted because lilacs bloom in the spring.  The Crab Spider has captured a much larger Clearwing Moth in the genus
Hemaris, and we believe it is the Hummingbird Clearing, Hemaris thysbe.  You can compare your image to the photographs posted on the Sphingidae of the Americas Website.

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Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya
December 21, 2010 6:28 am
Hi Daniel,
I’ve got a few more for you to identify.
All from Maasai Mara in Kenya

– Picture three: Perhaps a moth from the family Cossidae? I don’t know. And it was very hard to capture on my camera without getting it overexposed.
Signature: Zarek

Moth from Kenya

Hi Zarek,
The family Cossidae contains the Carpenter and Leopard Moths, according to BugGuide.  We cannot say for certain that your moth is in the family Cossidae, but hopefully one of our readers may be able to supply additional information.  Your photo, despite the difficulty with getting a proper exposure, contains enough detail to be able to see many of the unique physical attributes of your moth that should facilitate the identification process.

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Pod insect
Location: indoors on wall and on the floor
December 18, 2010 5:14 pm
Hi bugman,
I have these odd pods everywhere inside my home. I find them on the floor or attached to the walls…I am hoping for identification and of course I want to get rid of them! They are difficult to see unless they are on a white wall, I am afraid that they are in more places and I will have a few nasty surprises soon. I have searched your site already and the web but have found nothing similar. Many many thanks for any guidance
Signature: best

Case Bearing Moth Larva

Dear best,
Case Bearing Moth Larvae, like the one in your photograph, are often found indoors on walls.  They feed upon shed pet hair and other organic fibers, and the best way to control them is to meticulously vacuum away their food source.

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Big beautiful furry moth laying eggs
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
December 18, 2010 1:59 pm
Hi, WTB. This photo was taken by a friend of my mother. He says they get several of these in their backyard a year. What’s that bug?
Signature: Eric

Spicebush Silkmoth

Hi Eric,
We are so thrilled that your photo includes this female Spicebush Silkmoth laying eggs.

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