Mating Oil Beetles

Mating Oil Beetles

Subject: Blue Beetle
Location: Castine Maine
October 11, 2014 10:10 am
Multiple Blue Beetle apparently copulating in path October 5, 2014 in Castine ME. I write a nature column in a local newspaper and wish to include this. I tried three photos before and it would not go. I’ll try one this time.
Signature: Peter

Dear Peter,
These are mating Blister Beetles in the genus
Meloe, and they are commonly called Oil Beetles.  We have numerous examples of mating Oil Beetles on our website.

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Possibly Field Crescent

Possibly Field Crescent

Subject: A mystery white, and a checkerspot?
Location: Larimer county, CO, 8100′
October 10, 2014 8:46 am
A couple butterflies I hope you can help with. Both taken same location. Larimer county, Colorado foothills, 8100 feet elevation. October 8, 2014. Warm day, but well past 1st frost. … The second, I believe, is Gorgone checkerspot. Chlosyne gorgone, but not 100% certain. Sorry no pic of underside of this guy.
Signature: Matt in CO

Hi again Matt,
We are not fully convinced that this is a Gorgone Checkerspot, as your individual appears to have different markings than the individuals pictured on BugGuide.  We believe this might be a Field Crescent,
Phyciodes pulchella, which is also pictured on BugGuide, or perhaps a Painted Crescent, Phyciodes picta, which is also pictured on BugGuide.  Perhaps someone with better identification skills can assist us with this identification.  We believe the fly in the image might be a Tachinid Fly.

Thanks again. You may well be right. Both look good, but I especially like field crescent. My ID was largely based on http://www.birrellfineart.com/Big%20Picture%20Pages/c57%20gorgone%20checkerspot%200017%20big.htm, which, of course, could also be wrongly ID’d

Male Checkered White

Male Checkered White

Subject: A mystery white, and a checkerspot?
Location: Larimer county, CO, 8100′
October 10, 2014 8:46 am
A couple butterflies I hope you can help with. Both taken same location. Larimer county, Colorado foothills, 8100 feet elevation. October 8, 2014. Warm day, but well past 1st frost. The first is a white, of sorts. Markings don’t strike me as cabbage white, and doesn’t seem dark enough for pine white (especially underside). Whites (or white morph sulphurs) are troublesome for me. …
Signature: Matt in CO

Checkered White

Checkered White

Hi Matt,
We are going to split your request into two distinct postings as they need to be categorized into different butterfly families.  We believe the White is a male Checkered White,
Pontia protodice, and according to BugGuide:  “Sexually dimorphic. Males are nearly all white, with some dark spots and dashes on the dorsal side of FW. Females are have considerably more dark markings on the dorsal side of FW.”  BugGuide also notes:  “Rather irregular in distribution in eastern North America, not seen every year in many localities, such as Piedmont region of North Carolina.  Can be extremely abundant, sometimes in the Southwest and Great Plains with thousands of individuals swarming flowers and puddles, and even coming to lights at night.  Can seem to disappear for a year or three during extreme drought, only to explode in numbers when rains come.”  In Butterflies Through Binoculars The West, Jeffrey Glassberg writes:  “Most frequently encountered in the lowlands, but can be found on high peaks.”

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Royal Moth Caterpillar

Royal Moth Caterpillar

Subject: strange catepillar
Location: Tucson, AZ
October 9, 2014 8:30 am
Hi there, I woke up today (October 9) my birthday to find this guy wishing me happy birthday on my porch. Actually he was crawling through a semi deep puddle. I watched him go all over, then moved him to the park so my dogs wouldnt eat him. I searched a few sites but couldn’t find a match.
I have been in Tucson, AZ my entire life, 30 years todAy, and I have never run across one of these guys. About 2 in. Long and an inch in diameter. His spikes listen and reflect a silver color. He’s quite awesome and I’m considering it a happy birthday from Mother Nature! Thank you in advance!
Signature: J. Price

Happy Belated Birthday J. Price,
This magnificent caterpillar is a Royal Moth Caterpillar in the genus
Sphingicampa, and just last week we posted another example, also from Tucson.

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Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Subject: Two bugs or one?
Location: Douglas County, GA
October 9, 2014 10:00 am
Early October here in Georgia, temperatures in the 70’s. I live in the western suburbs of Atlanta (Douglas County), in a neighborhood of half acre lawns and lots of hardwood trees. I had my dog out at lunchtime when I noticed a small creature scurrying across the street. Not more than an inch or so long, it froze when I approached and moved again when I backed off. I couldn’t make any sense of it then, and I still can’t, looking at the pictures I took. Is it something carrying something else perhaps?
Signature: B. Jones

Dear B. Jones,
Mole Crickets are one of our most common identification requests, and we received submissions from around the world.  Many folks comment that Mole Crickets look like some crazy hybrid insect.

Thank you so much for taking the time to identify it for me! Going to read up on them right now.  :-)
Betty

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Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Subject: Huge Canadian Bug
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
October 9, 2014 5:18 pm
Hi!
I was out hunting in the woods today and accidentally stepped on this huge bug (God bless)! I’m very curious as to what it was. The current temperature is around 10 degrees Celsius as we’re right into the fall season.
Signature: Logan

Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug

Dear Logan,
This impressive creature is a Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter.  Toe-Biters are aquatic predators that can also fly, so they can move from pond to pond or seek a new watery habitat if their home dries out.

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