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Fly into my yard,about 2 inches long.
This predatory Assassin Bug is known as the Wheel Bug.
Hello, this parked on my house.
the area under my lamp and doorway is sort of a neat pitstop for all sorts of exotic bugs. They seem to spend the night there. I took this in October here in Houston, TX. It was cold outside and it seemed to be dormant, because I could actually "Pet" it. (Not in a Lenny from mice and men type of pet, but a gentle stroke.) It has a fine fine coat of chewbaca like hair and later that day was gone. I assume the temprature warmed up enough for it to mobilize and take off. What kind of moth is it?
This is a Tersa Sphinx Moth. The caterpillars are often found on garden Penta.
Recently, Dave, who worked on the radio transmitter project to track the migration of Anax junius, the Green Darner Dragonfly, proposed selling his awesome Retro posters of Bug Love on our site. A percentage
of the proceeds goes to insect conservation. What’s That Bug? fully endorses this ad and these beautiful posters and we are not making any profit off of the sales.
So, contact Dave via his email… and tell him What’s That Bug? sent you.
Curious gathering of hymenopterans
These guys congregate on the roots of my vanda orchids in central Florida every year. Who are they and what do they want? I am very impressed by your website and the service that you provide. As an amateur botany and entomology student for the past few decades, I have a great appreciation for the effort required by your admirably positive contribution to the information highway. Excellent work! Thanks,
This is a group of male Tiphiid Wasps in the genus Myzinum. We are including a comment Eric Eaton provide for a similar aggregation earlier in the year.
Update: (07/10/2007) Eric Explains
The wasps in the image are all males. Males of many kinds of wasps form “sleeping” aggregations like that depicted in the image. It may also be that these male wasps form “leks,” meaning they occupy a small area (lek) that the females will visit to select a mate. While the genus of these wasps certainly is Myzinum, species determination is difficult even with specimens, and certainly cannot be concluded from a photo alone.
moth from Sikkim
Dear WTB folk,
I found your site on the net and wish to know if you could help in identifying the attached moth from Sikkim Kind regards,
Sr. Research Officer (WL)
Dept. of Forest, Env. & WL Mgmt.
Government of Sikkim
This has not been an easy identification. Our internet sleuthing began on Kirby Wolfe’s website and images of Caligula simla and Caligula japonica. Armed with a genus, we located a wonderful page with Saturniidae Moths of Thailand that contains images of others in the genus including Caligula thibeta. Further research led us to an image of Caligula lindia. Finally, we believe we have success with Caligula zuleika.
Ed. Note: Usha wrote back with the following taxonomy update provided by Ian Kitching.
The species name is correct but it is currently classified as Saturnia (Rinaca) zuleika. Caligula is currently a synonym of Rinaca, which itself is treated as a subgenus of Saturnia. Cheers,
My neighbor referred me to your site when I showed her these strange little creatures that have taken up residence on my orange tree. They’ve probably been there since last year when I first noticed the “snail trail” they leave on the leaves. I never found the bugs and the local nursery wasn’t able to identify the bug that might leave the snail trail. It nearly killed my orange tree last year. So this year everything was going along swimmingly, my orange tree has quite a bounty of fruit, but I started seeing the snail trails again. I’ve been trimming off the affected leaves as I see them. In hunting out damaged leaves I came across a whole branch in the very back of the tree that was covered with these guys. I thought they were bird poop at first! They really look like it. But on closer inspection I realized they were way too uniform and then I see it looks like they even have a face!! Like little dragons. One even reared its head as I was trying to take the picture. Any ideas? Thanks so much.
You have two different unrelated caterpillars here. The caterpillar that resemble bird poop are Giant Swallowtails, lovely large brown and yellow butterflies whose caterpillars are known as Orange Dogs. The snail’s trail is being made by the Citrus Leaf Miner, Phyllocnistis citrella, the caterpillar of a tiny moth that feeds on the tissues between the epideral layers of the leaves of citrus trees.