Subject: color I have not seen

Location: interior Alaska ( Fairbanks)
September 11, 2014 3:22 pm
Found this fellow in Interior Alaska today (Sep 11 2014) seems late in the season and I am not accustomed to seeing them in dark colors. Can you tell me what it is ?
Signature: Curious in AK

Gallium Sphinx Caterpillar

Bedstraw Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Curious in Alaska,
This is a Bedstraw Hawkmoth Caterpillar and the species has a highly variable caterpillar with green individuals and tan individuals occurring as well as this black form.  See Sphingidae of the Americas for more information on the Bedstraw Hawkmoth.

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Subject: Unusual Black Spider
Location: Vancouver Island, British Columbia
September 13, 2014 11:43 am
Hello Bugman! I was walking down the street and I saw this guy puttering along the sidewalk out of the corner of my eye. At first I thought it was a large black beetle but upon closer inspection it turned out to be a rather large and unusual spider. I’ve lived on Vancouver Island my whole life and have come across a lot of our native spiders which have all looked pretty similar, but this one looks nothing like anything I’ve ever seen in the wild! He/she was quite meaty looking and fairly large. Any ideas about what spider this is and where he/she could have come from?
Signature: Britt

Folding Door Spider

Folding Door Spider

Dear Britt,
We are confident that your Trapdoor Spider is a native male Folding Door Spider in the genus
Antrodiaetus thanks to this comparable image posted to Bugguide.

Subject: Insect
Location: Central Kentucky
September 12, 2014 2:54 pm
This landed on a zipper and I have never seen a bug like this.
Signature: Hblevins

Immature Oak Treehopper

Immature Oak Treehopper

Dear Hblevins,
This is an immature Oak Treehopper,
Platycotis vittata, and you may verify our identification by comparing your image to this image on Bugguide.

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Subject: Large fly like bug what is it?

Location: Springfield, IL Lincoln’s House National Park
September 13, 2014 5:17 am
Hi bug man,
My eight-year-old daughter and I were hoping to get this rather large insect identified. She found him hanging out on the outside porch railing at Lincoln’s House in Springfield, IL. It was never bothered by our presence or me being very close to take this picture. Can you identify it? Thanks so much.
Signature: Sincerely, Shelly

Annual Cicada

Annual Cicada

Dear Shelly,
This Annual Cicada in the genus
Tibicen is sometimes called a Dog Day Harvestfly.

Subject: Bug Identification
Location: Suffolk, VA 23432
September 13, 2014 6:11 pm
Can you tell me what this insect is?it looks lake a large black and red ant.
Signature: Thank you! John Lee

Cowkiller

Cow Killer

Dear John Lee,
Though this Cow Killer,
Dasymutilla occidentalis, is in the family with members commonly called Velvet Ants, they are actually flightless female wasps that are reported to have a very painful sting.

Subject: What is this?
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
September 13, 2014 12:10 pm
Saw this exoskeleton on my mailbox. The forelimbs look like a mantis but the rest doesn’t.
Signature: Theresa

Cicada Exuvia

Cicada Exuvia

Dear Theresa,
This is the shed exoskeleton or Exuvia of a Cicada.