Indian Meal Moth

Indian Meal Moth

Subject: What kind of moths are these?
Location: Queens, NY
October 20, 2014 12:02 pm
My girlfriend has been finding a bunch of these (what I believe to be) moths in her bedroom; one night, she encountered 10. To me, they resemble Indian Meal Moths. We typically find these at night, but that might just be a coincidence as we’re at work during the day.
We’ve never seen them flying around; whenever we turn on the lights, they just don’t move.
The door to the bedroom is right next to the entrance to the kitchen, which led me to believe that they were Indian Meal Moths, but there are no moths in the kitchen.
Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to your response.
Signature: AG

Dear AG,
Clean out the pantry, paying especial attention to grain products and nuts.  You have Indian Meal Moths and the Caterpillars are eating your stored dry goods.

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Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Subject: Is this a Gulf Fritillary?
Location: Coryell County, TX
October 20, 2014 11:05 am
Unexpected beauty next to a drainage ditch. I leaned way over a fence to try to get images of this beautiful butterfly. Is it another Gulf Fritillary?
Ironic that this butterfly enjoyed the wild pink wood sorrel, and ignored the carefully planted and tended garden flowers nearby. There’s a lesson there.
Best wishes!
Signature: Ellen

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Hi Ellen,
You are absolutely correct that this is a Gulf Fritillary, but we kind of believe you knew in your heart of hearts that you were correct.  The Gulf Fritillary is truly a unique butterfly, though we seem to recall similar looking members of the genus that do not range north of the Mexico/US border.
  We also have a vague recollection that the Gulf Fritillary is not native to the US, but that with the introduction of Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar’s southern food plant, the passionflower, it has expanded its range north.

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Subject: Gulf Fritillary?, Part 2
Location: Coryell County, Texas
October 20, 2014 11:19 am
This may be a clearer photo…
Signature: Ellen

Thanks Ellen,
We already posted all three of your beautiful images, and though this is more in focus than your first image, we love that previously you captured the butterfly in flight.

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Longhorned Borer Beetle

Longhorned Borer Beetle

Subject: Borers in Oregon
Location: Josephine Co., Oregon
October 19, 2014 5:39 pm
We were splitting Madrone firewood today (10/19/14), and it was full of borers of some kind. There were two varieties. The black & green variety was the most common (probably 90%), but there were also some of the red and black. We’re interested in learning more about them, particularly whether they’re a threat to our woods.
Signature: Jim

Dear Jim,
We believe your Longhorned Borer might be
Neoclytus conjunctus, which is a native species found along the western portion of North America according to BugGuide.  Alas, BugGuide does not offer any specific information on the species.  We suspect it is not a cause for concern as it is a native species.  Your red and black beetle belongs to a different family and we will research its identity later.

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Mediterranean Slant-Faced Grasshopper

Mediterranean Slant-Faced Grasshopper

Subject: Headless planthopper
Location: Perugia, Italy
October 20, 2014 6:32 am
This is my second encounter with this strange looking insect. The first one I saw, a week ago, appeared inside my house and was much greener than this one. It was damaged (a leg was missing), and I thought my cats had brought it in and beheaded it, however it was still walking. I took it outside into ‘safety’. So today I see another of these interesting looking hoppers, while the color is very different (the first one was leaf green with some brown around the ‘head’, which really made it look bitten off), the build is very similar. I know planthopper is not the right name for this one, but I’m unable to find anything more apt.
Signature: Roman Winter

Dear Roman,
We believe this is a Mediterranean Slant-Faced Grasshopper,
Acrida ungarica, and as you can see on the Linnea It website, it can be either brown or green.

It’s funny both examples on your website were observed in the same city! Thank you for identifying so quickly, i’ll try to observe more unusual insect life in the future, and if I have any doubts on what the identity might be I’ll be surely giving you a call!

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Subject: Unidentified Bug
Location: Ecuador
October 20, 2014 5:49 am
I took this picture of a bug in the Amazon, Ecuador.
Can you help to identify it?
Signature: Ian Rowlings

Hi Ian,
This is a Millipede in the class Diplopoda.

Tortoise Beetle from Brazil

Tortoise Beetle from Brazil

Subject: Unidentified Beetle
Location: Iguacu, Brazil
October 20, 2014 5:47 am
I took this picture of an iridescent beetle at the Iguacu Falls in Brazil.
Can you please identify it.
Signature: Ian Rowlings

Dear Ian,
This is a Tortoise Beetle in the tribe Cassidini, and it is similar to this individual on Insetologia.  We located an image on FlickR of
Cyrtonota cyanea that looks like a very good match to your Tortoise Beetle.  We found an image of a mounted specimen on Cassidinae of the World, but dead specimens of Tortoise Beetles often lose their beautiful coloration.

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