Clearwing Moth

Clearwing Moth

Subject: Unknown Wasp
Location: Brazoria County, Tx
October 14, 2014 10:03 pm
I took this photo on Oct. 13, 2014 while birding at San Bernard Wildlife Rufuge near Lake Jackson, TX on the Texas Gulf Coast. It was on a plant in a butter fly garden. Can you identify it for me?
Signature: Joe & Jane

Dear Joe & Jane,
Though it is a very effective wasp mimic, this is actually a Clearwing Moth in the family Sesiidae which has many members that benefit from looking and acting like wasps.  We need to rush off right now, so we can’t take the time to research the species, but you can try browsing the family on BugGuide to see if you can find a match.  Please let us know if you find something close.

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Immature Dipterans

Immature Dipterans

Subject: Bug found in bedroom
Location: Swingfield Street, Kent
October 15, 2014 4:45 am
Found several of these bugs on the carpet in the bedroom on returning from a week or so away from the house.
What are they?
Signature: Anthony

As you can not tell from the pictures, I should have said that it is soft and moves a bit like a caterpillar and that the dark portion is at the tail end not the head.
I had a video that showed the above but it was rather big so I did not send it.
I am attaching the photos again in case it is difficult to tie up the 2 emails.

Immature Dipterans

Immature Dipterans

Dear Anthony,
We are unable to provide anything more than a very general identification at this time.  This is an immature Dipteran, the insect order that includes Flies.  They remind us of the larvae of a Bot Fly, but we cannot be certain.  See this posting on BugGuide.



Subject: Slug with legs?
Location: North Eastern Kansas
October 15, 2014 5:39 am
Not sure what this is? I thought it was a slug but it has legs. Maybe just a slimy centipede?
Signature: Thank you

This is an omnivorous Millipede, not a predatory Centipede.  Millipedes feed on decaying organic matter.  This statement from BugGuide surprised us as we were not aware that any Millipedes were considered carnivorous:  “Most eat decaying plant material, but a few spp. occasionally can be carnivorous. Some may also occasionally eat living plants.”

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Pre-Pupal Hornworm, we believe

Pre-Pupal Modest Sphinx Caterpillar, we believe

Subject: Green tubular bug
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rio Grande Valley
October 15, 2014 6:48 am
Found this in the sand under a tree that has had a moth infestation. Facebook friends say it is a tomato hornworm, but it has no horns or spots and is a long way from the garden.
Signature: Emily

Dear Emily,
In our opinion, this is a pre-pupal Caterpillar in the family Sphingidae, and it is burying itself in the ground prior to pupation.  As you mentioned, there are no obvious features apparent.  If you provide us with a side view and the name of the tree you found it under, we will pursue this identification.

Thanks for the quick response! I can’t find another one, but it was under a cottonwood tree. I will look again later today.
The tree has been suffering from a tent caterpillar infestation.

Thanks for the quick response.  This is not a Tent Caterpillar, but since the host tree is a cottonwood, we believe this is in the genus Pachysphinx, most likely a Big Poplar Sphinx or Modest Sphinx caterpillar which is pictured on the Sphingidae of the Americas site.

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Newly Molted Mantis

Newly Molted Mantis

Subject: white praying mantis
Location: tanzania
October 15, 2014 3:56 am
Hi there,
We found this praying mantis on our door in tanzania, it wasn’t very large but the lack of pigmentation made it intriguing. It was in September in Iringa, Tanzania, East Africa. Wondered if you could be of help!
Signature: Ryan

Dear Ryan,
We believe the reason this Mantis is so light is that it is freshly molted and its exoskeleton has still not hardened and darkened.  Furthermore, we are unable to identify its species as it is an immature specimen.

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Subject: We think it is a…
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
October 13, 2014 6:43 pm
Hello Bugman!
My son and I found this interesting critter on our back porch this evening. We believe it is a Northern Caddisfly, but wanted an expert opinion to let us know if we are right or wrong. From a decription we found online, we are happy to find this Caddisfly. We live along the Susquehanna River in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The river has developed a reputation for not being very clean, but if this Caddisfly is any indicator, as it is purported to be, the river is starting to heal. Thanks for your advice!
Michael Raub
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Signature: Michael Raub

Dear Michael,
We believe your identification of this Caddisfly is spot on, though we are very reluctant to attempt a species identification with most Caddisflies.  You are correct about Caddisflies being an indicator species for clean water.

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