Subject: Beautiful white winged antlion
Location: Central Kalahari, Botswana
April 9, 2015 7:37 am
Hey guys :)
I found this antlion in the beginning of march, and I have never seen such a beautiful antlion!!
It came to our dining area in our camp during the evening, when we had the lights on. I haven’t seen it since that one night and some of the guys that have been here for several years, had never seen it before. We see a lot of Bark Antlions and Dotted Veld Antlions along with several others and have antlion larvea spread throughout the camp. The surrounding landscape is bushveld of Acacia and T. sericae.
I hope you can help me with an ID of the species, since I haven’t had much luck by myself… Otherwise, can we at least agree that it IS an amazing antlion :D
Signature: Mathias

Antlion

Painted Antlion

Dear Mathias,
This truly is a gorgeous Antlion, and we thought we had an identity for you when we quickly discovered a matching image on the Walk in Africa blog, but alas, it is only identified as an Antlion with no species name.
  We located additional images on iSpot where it is identified as a Painted Antlion, Tomatares citrinus.  We also discovered it pictured on a stamp from Zimbabwe on the Insects on Stamps site.

Antlion

Painted Antlion

Painted Antlion on a stamp from Zimbabwe

Painted Antlion on a stamp from Zimbabwe

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Subject: Weird Moth
Location: California
April 8, 2015 9:57 pm
Hello,
I’ve identified lots of bugs thanks to your website and I was hoping you could help me identify this moth I found flying outside. I didn’t get any pictures of the body, but it looked tan with black spots. I’ve never seen a moth like this and I was curious about what it was. The body was about two inches long and I usually don’t see moths that big where I live. I would really appreciate it if you could help me out. I really want to be an entomologist, and I would like to know as much as I can about bugs for now. Thanks!
Signature: Melanie Ramos

Whitelined Sphinx

Whitelined Sphinx

Dear Melanie,
Good luck on your career goals.  This is a Whitelined Sphinx,
Hyles lineata, a common species in California as well as in most of North America.  We just posted an image of a Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar.  In arid desert areas, there are periodical population explosions of both the adult moths and the caterpillars.  We are currently visited nightly by anywhere between one and four individuals coming to the porch light.

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Subject: Catapiller
Location: Lancaster , California
April 8, 2015 9:53 pm
Hi, my friend found a catapiller , took a picture of it and sent it to me. I would like to know what the name of it is and what the name of the butterfly it turns into is name. Thank you .
Signature: Girl with questions, Allie

Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar

Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Allie,
This is a Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar,
Hyles lineata, and we believe that despite the drought, this is going to be a year with significant numbers of Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillars in desert areas because rains were well distributed, contributing to plant growth in the desert.  Adult Whitelined Sphinxes are streamlined moths that are often mistaken for hummingbirds.

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Subject: costa rican longhorn
Location: costa rica cloud forest, north west highlands
April 6, 2015 12:48 pm
Can’t find anything like this on Google.
Signature: jason

Longicorn

Longicorn

Dear Jason,
Your beetle is a Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, but we have not yet been successful in finding a matching image online to provide an identification.  Your Bycid looks similar to a Costa Rican individual we believe we may have correctly identified as
Taeniotes scalatus, and it looks even closer to two fighting males of that species pictured on the BeetleForum.net site.  Neither of those, nor any other examples of Taeniotes scalatus we have located online, has markings exactly like your gorgeous specimen, so we doubt they are the same.  Perhaps one of our readers (Markikavana or Cesar or Karl perhaps) can provide an identity.

A couple more photos attached.

Longicorn from Costa Rica

Longicorn from Costa Rica

Karl provides an identification
Hi Daniel and Jason:
Taeniotes is probably the correct genus and I believe the species is T. praeclarus (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae: Monochamini), which ranges from Nicaragua to Bolivia. Taeniotes dentatus also looks quite similar, but the range is given as Ecuador to Bolivia. Regards.  Karl

Thanks so much Karl.  The colors are much more beautiful on the living beetle.

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Subject: bug
Location: oklahoma
April 8, 2015 3:19 pm
i found this today in my car. I also saw one similar to it at my friends house a few months ago…..but maybe not the exact same bug.
Signature: thank you in advance, andrea

Hickory Borer

Hickory Borer

Dear Andrea,
According to BugGuide, the Hickory Borer “larvae mine newly dead hickory, and sometimes other hardwoods.”  Adults are active in the spring.

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Subject: Large Moth
Location: Austin, Texas
April 8, 2015 3:44 pm
We have a moth that we found on the outside of our house near our light. It leaves every night and returns the next day, and has been for a couple days now. It is quite large relative to the moths we usually see. It is about the size of my fist when the moth is closed like in the picture, maybe even a little bigger. Do you know what kind it is and why it keeps returning to our house?
Signature: Jamie Dawson

Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemus Moth

Dear Jamie,
This Polyphemus Moth is most likely being attracted to your light.  Polyphemus Moths do not feed as adults and only live a few days, long enough to mate, so your nightly visits by this individual will end soon.

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