Mating Pile of Beetles?
Just found these guys shamelessly flaunting their group activities on our holly hedges. And in a family neighborhood, too. I don’t know what they are, but they are certainly colorful!
Amy
Virginia

Florida Predatory Stink Bug Aggregation

Florida Predatory Stink Bug Aggregation

Hi Amy,
This is a aggregation of Florida Predatory Stink Bugs, Euthyrhynchus floridanus.  Since there are both mature and immature individuals in you photo, we are relatively certain this has nothing to do with mating activity since insects have no interest in mating unless sexual reproduction is achieved.  It is more likely this aggregation is based on either feeding or protection.

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Unknown swallowtail butterfly?
Is this a giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)? It was flying very quickly today, 21Sept08 at about 3 pm from phlox to phlox stopping briefly for a sip. It looked about as large as black swallowtail, but have never seen this one in my yard. I usually see Tiger ST on the phlox, especially this time of the year. Thanks,
Monarch Guy
Minneapolis MN

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Hi Monarch Guy,
Your identification of the Giant Swallowtail is correct.  It looks like your specimen is quite battered, and perhaps rode north on hurricane winds.

Io Moth Caterpillar
My son found this caterpillar on a bush when playing outside. I homeschool my boys and we love to find caterpillars, identify them and then watch them change into their final stage. Thankfully, my boys did NOT touch this spiky little guy because I believe it is a Io Moth Caterpillar and have read that touching them can be painful. Any other info you might have about this fascinating creature would be very appreciated. The moth is beautiful and I really hope we’ll get to see it!
South Eastern PA
Korin Sutherland

Io Moth Caterpillar

Io Moth Caterpillar

Hi Korin,
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Chrysalis ID
Hi Bugman, I’m hoping you can ID this chrysalis which several docents found on the grounds of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, on 9/19/08. It was hanging on a Totem Pole Cactus. We’re thinking it may be that of a Queen butterfly, which are common at the Museum this time of year.
Carole
Tuscon, Arizona

Queen Chrysalis

Queen Chrysalis

Hi Carole,
We believe you are correct with the Queen Chrysalis identification. If this is not the Queen, Danaus gilippus, it is another member of the genus which includes the Monarch.

What’s this one?
Hi,
Can you identify these caterpillars we recently found munching on an Aster plant?
We’re located in Santa Fe, NM.
Thanks!
Tom, Chad, Cole, Owen, and Ryan

Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar

Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar

Hi Tom, Chad, Cole, Owen, and Ryan,
Are you a Basketball Team? Your caterpillar is a Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar, most likely the Brown Hooded Owlet Moth, Cucullia convexipennis. According to BugGuide, the caterpillars feed on the leaves and flowers of asters and goldenrod. BugGuide has not received any submissions of the Brown Hooded Owlet Moth from west of the Mississippi River, so perhaps this is another closely related species in the same genus.

this bug?
Good day,
My Husband found these Bugs (about 12 of them) on our deck in Wynndel B.C.. I think they were attracted to our “Bug Light”. Could you please let us know what they are.
Thank you

Toe-Biters

Toe-Biters

Your insects are Giant Water Bugs, aquatic predators that also fly quite well.  They are also known as Electric Light Bugs because they are attracted to lights, sometimes in great numbers.  The other common name, Toe-Biter, speaks for itself.