Hummingbird Clearwing Moth
No question, really – just another Hummingbird Clearwing Moth photo if you’d like to use it. Seen for the first time by several neighbors on one day in August, 2008.
Kim Gould
Aliquippa , PA

Hi Kim,
We have been getting numerous excellent images of Clearwing Moths in the genus Hemaris recently, and it is time to post a photo on our homepage. We have difficulty distinguishing the different members of the genus as there is much variability within the species as well as similarity between the species. We will copy Bill Oehlke on our reply so he can utilize your location data for his records, and also perhaps he can identify the species for us.

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The biggest wasp I have ever seen crashed into the inside of my van today, landing on my pants and stinging away into thin air as it was dying……Scared the bejesus out of me and that led me to your most informative site…Crimony…yours could be the entomology version of Mr. Irwin’s television show…..The manner and detail in which you answer questions is leading to enlightenment to many…..Thank you..

Hi Melissa,
We have been waiting patiently for Oprah’s people or Jay’s people to contact us for a guest appearance, but sadly, it still hasn’t happened. We relish the thought of bringing our sassy perspective on “bugs” to the masses via the airwaves.

satyridae butterfly
Hello-I found this little fellow flitting around the yard and he/she finally landed on my porch and allowed me to get some photos. I believe it’s a satyridae butterfly, but that’s only based on a photo I saw on your site. I didn’t see many photos, so thought I’d send these. You mentioned that these butterflies prefer sap to nectar, and it would seem that way by my observation. We had just had a rain and it seemed to be ‘sipping’ from the bare wood. PS, I live in Northeast Missouri and I am surrounded by woods, if that helps in the identification. Anything more that you can tell me would be greatly appreciated-I’m trying to teach my grandsons!
Kirksville, MO

addendum to satyridae photos
I just found out that the butterfly in the photos I just sent you is an Enodra anthedon or Northern Pearly-eye. Here’s another photo:

Hi Judith,
It is awesome that you have done your research on the Northern Pearly-Eye. We hope your grandsons appreciate what an amazing grandmother they have.

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Can you identify what these caterpillars are? They are all over the desert in Las Cruces NM after some rain!!

Hi Shawn,
Your caterpillars belong to the Whitelined Sphinx or Striped Morning Sphinx, Hyles lineata. This moth can be found in all the continental United States and especially in the deserts it is prone to seasonal population explosions with 1000s of caterpillars appearing at once. The caterpillars have several different color morphs. Native Americans feasted on the caterpillars when they were plentiful.

costa rica critters
hey bugman,
I just wrote you with some photos of jumping spiders from toronto. I remembered that I had some photos from costa rica to share with you. I just got into your site and would like to add any way I can. attached are some of the finds that I had. the first is a walking stick that looked like moss from monte verde, costa rica. the second is a preying mantis I had a photoshoot with. the way she displayed her wings (she?) was pretty cool. that was in la fortuna, costa rica. the third is a whip scorpion I found when we were volunteering in making a soccer field for the local school in playa matapalo, costa rica. I hope these pics can be of help, and I would like to know if I can get the proper names for my little friends.
thanks for the great site!

While we are not certain exactly what your Moss Mimic Walkingstick from Costa Rica is, we are fascinated by it and hope one of our readers can contribute some information.

Update:  December 15, 2008
I would just like to let you know IDs for some of the phasmid (walking
stick) pics you have on your site:
entry 25. September 2008 – this is a nymph (young one) of Trychopeplus
sp. (most probably Trychopeplus laciniatus). They live in mountainuos
neotropical regions up to the could forests – like in Monte Verde.
wishing you all the best
Dr. Bruno Kneubühler  (Switzerland)

Stonefly – Damselfly Cross With Black & Pink Wing Tips
Dear Bugman:
OK, if that subject line didn’t catch your attention and you don’t look at the photos, I’m toast. I live in far northern Arkansas in Carroll County within a few miles of the Missouri state line. This beautiful creature showed up at our lights this morning. We were expecting moths, but this is a wonderful bug. I have exhausted my field guides and searched every site I know on the internet. This is your cue to reply that I have sent a very common bug, known to even 8 year olds. But no matter, I am now so curious that I just want to know what I’ve found. I love your site, but like my own collection of photos it has grown to enormous proportions. Keep up the great work guys and thanks for any help you can give me.

Hi David,
This magnificent specimen is an Antlion, Glenurus gratus.