Subject:  Spider
Location:  Vermont
July 26, 2014
Thank you!
No one identified my spider from a couple months ago?
Attached.
Notice her front 2 leggies are together, so dainty.
I wondered at first, as you might well imagine.
She was larger than your usual Vt spider…
Best!
MG

Nursery Web Spider

Nursery Web Spider

Dear MG,
This is a Nursery Web Spider,
Pisaurina mira.  We are unable to respond to all of our mail, and it is possible that this arrived when we were away from the office.  If you don’t hear back from us within a week or so, we would urge you to resend the request, and remember to attach the image again.

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Subject: Winged insect looks like tree bark
Location: Edom, Texas
July 26, 2014 11:34 am
Found this gorgeous creature outside my house today. Never seen anything like it.
Signature: Trixie in Texas

Blinded Sphinx

Blinded Sphinx

Dear Trixie,
This beautiful Blinded Sphinx,
Paonias excaecatus, gets its common name because the eyespots on the underwings, hidden in your image, do not appear to have pupils as there is no dark spot in the center.  You may read more about the Blinded Sphinx on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

Subject: Moth
Location: Middleville Michigan
July 25, 2014 12:12 pm
Found this beauty while washing the deck furniture this spring. I was so excited I had to get my Husband to take the pictures. I couldn’t hold the camera still.
Signature: Teri

Male Io Moth

Male Io Moth

Dear Teri,
This beautiful Giant Silk Moth is a male Io Moth.  Males of the species can be distinguished from female Io Moths which have brown rather than yellow wings.  They eyespots on the underwings of both sexes are believe to deter predators into thinking the moth is a much larger creature that might decide to eat the predator.

Male Io Moth

Male Io Moth

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Subject: Imperial Moth?
Location: Raleigh, NC
July 25, 2014 7:47 am
Hello!
We found this relatively small, maybe an inch long, beauty on the outside of our garage door this morning. Last week we spotted an Imperial Moth in all his glory, wings splayed, on the side of our house but he was much bigger than this little guy. Even though he is much smaller I’m wondering if this is an Imperial as well. Thanks and my five year old and I LOVE this website. Having just moved to the south we are using it to identify all sorts of new bugs (our latest is a Giant Stag Beetle) that cross our paths.
Signature: Sheri

Rosy Maple Moth

Rosy Maple Moth

Dear Sheri,
Thanks so much for the compliment.  The Imperial Moth and this lovely Rosy Maple Moth are in the same family Saturniidae, but they are distinct species.

Subject: Wasp or Hornet?
Location: Truro, MA
July 26, 2014 7:39 am
I live in Truro, MA. This insect sits on the corner of my deck each morning that it is sunny but not when it is cloudy or in the evenings. It is quite large (over an inch), and stays all day making the deck unusable. I can’t get close enough to spray because it immediately flies and appears aggressive. Can you tell me what it is and if it is really aggressive.
Thank you.
Signature: Bill

Cicada Killer

Cicada Killer

Dear Bill,
This is a solitary wasp known as a Cicada Killer, a species that preys upon Cicadas.  This is likely a male, and male wasps are incapable of stinging.  He is likely defending territory against other males in the hope of luring a female into mating and digging a nearby burrow.  Female Cicada Killers are capable of stinging, but they are not aggressive.  We would urge you to abandon your attempts to spray this impressive Cicada Killer.  Normally, we get numerous Cicada Killer identification requests each summer, but this summer your submission is the only one we have received.

Thank you Daniel, for your help.  I will not spray.

Subject: HELP
Location: Oregon
July 26, 2014 10:48 am
We have a caterpillar that is going to turn into a cinnabar moth, we already know what bug it is but it just went into a cocoon (yay!). How long will it be in a cocoon?
Signature: Seriously bugged

Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar

Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar

Dear Seriously bugged,
According to Bug Life:  “Caterpillars are feeding from July – early September and are initially pale yellow but soon develop bright yellow and black stripes to deter predators. … The caterpillars overwinter as pupa in a cocoon under the ground. The adult moths emerge around mid May and are on the wing up until early August, during which time males and females will mate and eggs are laid.”
  If that is accurate, you will not experience eclosion until next spring.