Subject: Lovely Moth!
Location: Miami, FL
January 26, 2015 3:22 pm
Hello!
I hope you can help me identify this lovely little moth. I have spent a couple of hours searching until I found your site. I have looked through the pages of Sphinx moths and can not seem to match the markings to the one I found. I have never seen any kind of Sphinx moth inperson being in the city and was so intrigued at how amazing these moths look. I started a backyard garden and have discovered all kinds of interesting bugs. This one quite a beautiful creature indeed!
Signature: Kristi

Streaked Sphinx

Streaked Sphinx

Dear Kristi,
Your moth is a Streaked Sphinx,
Protambulyx strigilis, one of the most streamlined and aerodynamic looking species in a family that is characterized by those physical features.  The Streaked Sphinx is a neotropical species that frequently strays north to Florida, perhaps due to global warming.  You can read more about the Streaked Sphinx on the Sphingidae of the Americas site.

Thanks so much! I was not expecting but hoping for a response. You guys are awesome. Appreciate it! Have a great weekend

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Subject: Coolest Bug we’ve Ever Seen! (Belize)
Location: Belize
January 26, 2015 8:35 pm
We found this beauty on a leaf in the subtropical forest in late March in Belize in 2014. Forest was about a half hour drive SE of Belmopan.
We’d love to know what this insect (assuming it’s an insect) is and learn more about it!
Signature: Julia, Emily and Kai

Unknown Dried Leaf Mimic Bug

Unknown Dried Leaf Mimic Bug

Dear Julia, Emily and Kai,
Have you any additional images of this amazing dried leaf mimic bug?  They might help in identification, and higher resolution images are fine to submit.  It is very difficult to make out the morphology of this individual from this camera angle.  It appears that legs are held together and antennae are held together.  We cannot even decide how to classify it, but we suspect it is either a Free Living Hemipteran or a species of Katydid.  We are posting it as unidentified and as we are rushed this morning and haven’t the time to research it right now, perhaps one of our readers will have some clue.  We are also going to try to contact Piotr Naskrecki to get some assistance.

Piotr Naskrecki identifies Katydid Nymph
Hi Daniel,
This is a young nymph of Mimetica sp. (Tettigoniidae: Pseudophyllinae) in the characteristic position they assume during the day.
Cheers,
Piotr

Thanks so much Piotr.  A nymph.  So what looks like wings is some other feature?

Nymphs of Mimetica and several related genera have large, leaf-like lobes on the 1-3 dorsal terga (see attached photo). These disappear in adult insects.
Piotr

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Subject: moth??
Location: australia country victoria
January 26, 2015 6:55 pm
hi, im from victoria, australia. I heard flaping like a bird while sitting around a camp fire and found this the next morning on the ground.
is it a type of moth? it has some sort of a stinger though?
Signature: ?

Giant Wood Moth

Giant Wood Moth

We just finished posting an image of a Giant Wood Moth from Australia, and though your individual is a bit battered, we believe it is also a Giant Wood Moth.  What you have mistaken for a stinger is an ovipositor.  Caterpillars are wood borers.

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What’s This Moth?
Location:  Melbourne, Australia
January 26, 2015
Hi, this landed on my daughter in a nursery in Melbourne today. the lady in the shop said it has been hanging around. My friend thought it could be a Giant Wood Moth after googling and trying to match the pic and finding your page, but we weren’t sure, so I thought i’d ask.  This was the moth- it was at the nursery in Plenty in  Melbourne, they said it’s been hanging around and keeps coming inside. if you need to crop the pic and take my daughter out of the shot thats ok- it was just the shot of facebook with my daughter it had landed on.
thanks Donna

Giant Wood Moth

Giant Wood Moth

Hi Donna,
Thanks for resending the image.  We agree that this is a Giant Wood Moth,
Endoxyla cinereus.

Thanks. Now just wondering what its doing cin melbourne.

While Melbourne, Victoria is not included in the range map on Csiro, it is because no sightings have been reported or verified.  Perhaps the range is expanding south due to global warming.

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Subject: NZ Bug…
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
January 26, 2015 1:17 am
Hi Daniel, encountered this impressive specimen in the backyard this morning. I’d say the body was approximately 4cm long. I’m in New Zealand and its the height of summer here. Do you know what it is?
Signature: Many thanks, Stephen.

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Stephen,
This is a House Centipede, probably
Scutigera coleoptrata, though we believe there are other species found in the Southern Hemisphere.  According to Nature Watch New Zealand:  “S. coleoptrata is indigenous to the Mediterranean region, but it has spread through much of Europe, Asia, North America and South America. It is thought to have first been introduced to the Americas in Mexico and Guatemala and now it reaches north into Canada and south to Argentina. … They have been found in eastern and southern Australia, from Perth to Adelaide, South Australia, to Sydney, New South Wales and in Tasmania. Other countries they have been found in include New Zealand, Japan, as well as South Korea.”

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Subject: Pleocoma hoppingi ?
Location: Hwy 108 east of Twain Hardt
January 26, 2015 7:12 am
Took these at Hwy 108 east of Twain Hardt , Calif. yesterday early morning with my home made black lite traps . I am hopeing they are Pleocoma Hoppingi males. gst
Signature: Gene St. Denis

Rain Beetle

Rain Beetle

Hi Gene,
These are certainly Rain Beetles in the genus
Pleocoma, but we cannot say conclusively that they are P. hoppingi.  According to BugGuide:  “34 spp., all in our area” and sightings on BugGuide are all limited to California and Oregon.  Some of those species have very limited ranges.  BugGuide has images of mounted specimens of   P. hoppingi. that are from Tuolumne County, the same county where your collection occurred.  You might want to consider taking a specimen to your local Natural History Museum for identification purposes.  What were the weather conditions during the collection?  Was it raining or about to rain?

Rain Beetles

Rain Beetles

Daniel, It was clear skies, breezy, and warm couple days with almost all
the snow melted , except for north sided slopes with small patchs of 2
to 4 inch snow.     gst

Thanks for providing that information Gene.

Black Light Trap

Black Light Trap

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