Subject: Striped Morning Sphinx Moth
Location: Collinsville, IL
September 28, 2014 6:22 pm
Hanging out by our outside light…
Signature: Kat D.

Striped Morning Sphinx

Striped Morning Sphinx

Dear Kat,
Though the common name Striped Morning Sphinx is not used as frequently as the name Whitelined Sphinx for
Hyles lineata, we actually prefer the more obscure common name because it was used by author Charles Hogue in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin.  The Striped Morning Sphinx has been reported in all 48 continental states.

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Subject: orange and black butterfly
Location: Pantanal, Mato Grosso Brazil
September 28, 2014 8:48 pm
taken in August 2014
Thanks, Bob
Signature: Robert Siegel, MD, PhD

"Naranjanita" or Bordered Patch

“Naranjita” or Bordered Patch

Dear Bob,
We initially thought that because of the pronounced labial palps, that this might be a Snout Butterfly in the subfamily Libytheinae, but we could find no similar looking members of the subfamily from Brazil in our initial search.  While we cannot confirm the subfamily at this time, we are confident that the Brushfooted Butterfly family Nymphalidae is correct.  We could not locate a match on Insetologia, our sister site from Brazil, nor did we have any luck on the Butterflies of Amazon & Andes.  Finally, we believe we found a match in the Bordered Patch,
Chlosyne lacinia, which according to the Butterflies in Brazil and Argentina at Iguazu Falls during Focus On Nature Tours site, is called the Naranjita and “has a very variable pattern. It prefers sunny places and feeds on nectar”.  The site also states:  “the Bordered Patch, the subspecies Chlosyne lacinia saundersi  This subspecies, in southeast Brazil and the Iguazu area, has more orange in the upperwings than other subspecies, hence the common name there of ‘Naranjita’. “  Now that we had a name, we did locate the Bordered Patch on the Butterflies of Amazon & Andes where it states:  “Males are usually seen either when nectaring at Asteraceae, or when imbibing mineralised moisture from patches of damp ground. Females when freshly emerged are so heavily laden with eggs that they are barely capable of flying.”  We have examples of the Bordered Patch from North America in our archives.

Bordered Patch

Bordered Patch

Dear Daniel –
You have come through for me again.
I’m hooked.
I told my class about the ID as well.
I will post another straight away.
Or is it better to email you directly?
All the best, Bob
Robert David Siegel, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Program in Human Biology, Center for African Studies, and Woods Institute for the Environment
Stanford University

Hi Bob,
Please send any new submissions using our standard form at Ask What’s That Bug?

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Subject: Bees or Wasps?
Location: Miami, FL 33165
September 28, 2014 12:03 pm
I live in Miami, FL 33165 and on 09/25/2014, a swarm of bees (or wasps) appeared in my backyard in the trunk of a dead hollow palm tree which has been used by birds for nesting (4 nesting holes). Our present temperature is high 80’s F during the day and mid-70’s F at night. This has been a very wet summer, including September.
Attached you will find copies of photos I have taken to determine what type of insect it is. If they are bees, how can I find beekeepers in this area that might be interested in picking them up.
Signature: Carmen L. León

Honey Bee Swarm

Honey Bee Swarm

Dear Carmen,
These are Honey Bees, and hollow trees are favored, natural sites for hives.  Periodically, an established hive will produce new queens that swarm with workers in an attempt to relocate and produce a new hive.  This can become a problem for homeowners if the new colony attempts to locate the hive in a chimney or attic of a home, but if this hive is high enough in the tree, we don’t imagine they will cause you any problems.  The Honey Bees will help to pollinate your fruit trees and flowers, and they will be a benefit to your garden.  If you decide that relocation is required, there are probably local beekeepers that will attempt to remove the hive.  Try the yellow pages.  It seems this particular colony is finding your hollow tree quite habitable, so removal of the hive may be difficult without cutting the tree.

Honey Bee Swarm

Honey Bee Swarm

Dear Daniel,
Thanks for your prompt reply.  I’m going to contact local beekeepers who might be interested in removing the hive.  The bees are about 8 feet up but next to the house and I’m afraid of possible stings to my dog, visiting children and myself.
Thank you for your help again,

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Subject: Florida Palm
Location: Northeast Florida
September 27, 2014 2:51 pm
My husband and I just finished trimming back a palm tree next to our Florida room, and found this guy right inside the screen. He was maybe 3-4″ long, 5-6″ with antenna & was climbing up the door frame. The picture doesn’t show it, but his stripes are soft yellow and his antenna looked red. We’re in northeast Florida near the beach and marsh. Any ideas?
Signature: Señora Cardona



Dear Señora Cardona,
This is a female Two Striped Walkingstick in the genus
Anisomorpha, commonly called a Muskmare.  You should exercise caution when you encounter Muskmares, because according to BugGuide:  “Members of this genus can deliver a chemical spray to the eyes that can cause corneal damage”

Subject: Moscow Bug
Location: Russia
September 28, 2014 10:18 am
Hi there,
Hoping you can help identify this bug I saw, think it may be a moth larvae. I spotted it in a park in Moscow, Russia at the end of August. About three inches long, legs under body (unknown number) segmented and smooth body(no hairs or projections) and obvious head end. Saw it on the path next to grassland.
Thanks for any help
Signature: Elaine

Beetle Larva, we believe

Goat Moth Caterpillar

Dear Elaine,
We get very few submissions from Russia, so we are thrilled to find we have at least one Russian reader.  We believe this is a beetle larva, and our best guess is that it is a Ground Beetle larva in the family Carabidae.  Caterpillar Hunters have large predatory larvae that look similar to the creature in your images.  We do not believe this is a caterpillar.
  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to supply us with more specific information.

Possibly Ground Beetle Larva

Goat Moth Caterpillar

Karl provides a correction:  Goat Moth Caterpillar
Hi Daniel and Elaine:
I believe this is a Carpenter Moth caterpillar (family Cossidae), probably a European Goat Moth (Cossus cossus). It is a little difficult to make out the markings on the front end, but they do appear very similar to a Goat Moth. A similar caterpillar ID request was submitted to WTB in 2009 from South Africa. Some information on the Goat Moth was provided in the response to that request. The behavior and size described by Elaine also match the Goat Moth caterpillar. These caterpillars do actually posses sparse, fine white hairs along their flanks, a feature that is just visible in Elaine’s photos. Regards. Karl

Thank you so much for your help, it’s really been ‘bugging’ me!
I have googled goat moth caterpillar and that is definitely what it was.
Thanks again

Subject: Bugs on privet hedge
Location: Kenya
September 28, 2014 6:27 am
Hi, we have an infestation on our privet hedges and originally thought it was a mould or fungus, however on closer inspection it appears to be an insect, they are less than 1mm long and are killing our hedges, the leaves turn sticky and black and then die and fall off leaving the privet bare – it does however seem to be re-sprouting, have attached some photos – any ideas what this is and how we can control it?
Signature: Thanks so much

Mite or Hemipteran??

Crawler:  Immature Scale Insect

Wow, we are totally stumped on this, though we believe we have narrowed the possibilities to two totally unrelated groups.  First we should state that insects have three pairs of legs and a pair of antennae, and arachnids have four pairs of legs (five pairs if pedipalps are included).  When we first viewed the thumbnails that are attached to emails we receive, it appeared that your creature had three antennae, but upon viewing the larger attachment, we cannot tell if we are looking at antennae or a fourth pair of legs.  The body of these creatures resembles the body on many immature Hemipterans, which are classified as insects, but the first pair of appendages, has us confused.  We cannot tell if the first pair of appendages is a pair of antennae or a pair of legs.  If antennae, then we are relatively certain these are immature Hemipterans, possibly True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera.  True Bugs have mouths designed to pierce and suck, and many species feed on plants, causing damage that might include leaf loss.  Mites, which are Arachnids and which have four pairs of legs, might also cause damage to plants.  Since you did not indicate any larger individuals, we are speculating that these are Mites as many species are quite small, especially since you indicate they are only about 1 mm in size.  We are going to seek a more professional opinion on your request, and we are also going to feature your submission on our scrolling feature bar.  We thought we might have gotten lucky when we learned there is a Privet Mite, Brevipalpus obovatus, but your individuals look nothing like those pictured on Doctor Optimara or those on the North Carolina University site.

Thanks for the response, I will see if I can get some more photos of them today and send them over.
Kind regards,

Hemipterans or Mites???

Immature Scale Insects known as Crawlers

Eric Eaton provides a category:  Immature Hemipterans
Wow!  These appear to be “crawlers,” the immature stage of some kind of scale insect (Hemiptera:  Sternorrhyncha).  Outstanding pics.  If I get around to doing any more research on these (it is late Sunday night), I’ll pass along my findings.  Knowing the food plant helps a good deal.