Mating Skippers
Location:  Northern Kentucky, near Cincinnati, OH
August 23, 2010 9:15 pm
Hi Bugman,
Love is in the air and definitely in my garden. The skippers have been abundant and madly chasing each other around for a few weeks.
I’m going to take a stab at this and tentatively suggest that these are Little Glassywings, based on a plethora of other photos that I’ve taken of these adorable little guys and that they are common to my county. I know it’s pretty impossible to clearly identify the species based on these pics.
What cracks me up, watching their mating ritual, is that the female will land and spread her wings and body out, seemingly making herself available for mating, just from my observations.
The male will usually do a little bouncing ’dance’ over her for several seconds and then land next to her. He then curls his abdomen toward her, invitingly. Sometimes she accepts his advances, other times not.
This gal apparently found her suitor acceptable.

Mating Skippers

Hi Ragdoll,
Thanks so much for supplying such a detailed account of your observations of the mating habits of these Skippers.  We are currently experiencing technical difficulties and we do not have the time to research your identification, but we will post your email and we hope the images show live.  We will link to the Little Glassywing,
Pompeius verna, page on BugGuide.

Mating Skippers

Thanks a bunch, Bug Wo/Man, but please, don’t trouble yourself too much trying to verify the species. I know skippers are very similar and hard to identify, and these particular pics don’t really do a lot to help with that.
I just wanted to share some shots and the antics of one my favorite garden visitors. They are so cute with their fat, fuzzy little bodies and great big eyes. Plus, they’re pretty fearless. They’ll almost let me touch them, at times, and seem to be as interested in me as I am in them.
I’m happy that you found the shots worthy of posting and, as always, thanks for such a wonderful site. You’ve given me an outlet for my love of ‘bugs’ and kindled a real desire to learn about them, simply because no question, comment, or assumption is too ignorant for you. I’m living proof of that.
Warm Regards,

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Bot Fly?

Bot Fly

Bot Fly?
Location:  Puyallup, WA
August 24, 2010 12:21 am
After doing research on your site, I’m pretty sure this is a Female Bot Fly. What I don’t know is what type? Rodent, Rabbit, or Squirrel. I have to say after reading about them, I’m fairly grossed out. This one was buzzing around in my livingroom window. After letting her go, she hung around long enough for me to take pictures.
Your site is great! Thanks, bettyluvsduncan

Bot Fly

Dear bettyluvsduncan,
You did a very fine job identifying this unusual fly as a Bot Fly in the family Oestridae.  We believe it is
Cuterebra tenebrosa based on its dark coloration and matching it to images posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Hosts include Neotoma cinerea and N. lepida.”  The genus Neotoma contains Woodrats or Packrats (See link).

Bot Fly

whats that bug website
Location:  conesus ny
August 23, 2010 7:26 pm
I guess i’m not quite sure how the site works I put a post up last week and was wondering it im just supposed to what to hear from you or am I suppose to keep checking the website…please advise…thank you Tom


Hi Tom,
We are not able to answer every letter we receive.  We randomly select letters that are submitted in the past 24 hours based in part on the promise of a good subject line.  We post as many letters as we are able to each day and we respond to other letters that we do not post.  After 24 hours, we only resort to posting old mail if we run out of new mail.  You didn’t inquire about the insect in your photo.  We cannot go back through old mail to verify any specific question you may have about these benign Barklice.  Barklice, despite looking like they might be doing damage to this tree, are really feeding on lichen and fungi.  These Barklice,
Cerastipsocus venosus, are commonly called Tree Cattle.

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What type of Butterfly or moth is this ?
Location:  Pacific NW
August 23, 2010 6:24 pm
My son found a caterpillar in our back yard, we let him put it in a jar with lots of leaves and the next day it was in a I guess cocoon. I remember it had a few furry spots on the back, I think it was orange & black and it had two horns.
If you have any idea please let me know.
Thanks, Corissa

Tiger Moth Cocoon

Hi Corissa,
This is definitely a moth cocoon.  WE believe this is a Tiger Moth Cocoon.  The construction incorporating the hairs of the Wooley Bear Caterpillars is consistent with the cocoon of a Tiger Moth.

‘carafe shape’ answered in nasty reader section
August 23, 2010 10:37 pm
dearest bugpeeps: OMG! I was drawn to read your highly entertaining and mindboggling NRAs, and what did i find? my beetle, at nasty reader award no 1 !! Thank you for a most informative and entertaining online research session. you guys are the (bug) bomb!
Signature: terre zenk

Dear terre,
We are happy you successfully identified your Hawthorne Shield Bug and were entertained in the process.

carafe-shaped mark
Location:  west seattle
August 23, 2010 10:12 pm
I found this little beetle on my shirt the other day. I’ve not been able to find it by shape or color, and there are SO MANY beetles. I live in Seattle. thanks in advance for your help–your site is amazing!
terre zenk

Stink Bug

Hi terre,
We are trying to piece together the various components of your submissions into one posting.  Interestingly, we also responded to you with a short generic Stink Bug reply to your photo submission.  The Nasty Reader was from the UK, and we believe your Stink Bug is
Banasa dimiata which according to BugGuide is:  “Reported from the entire United States, southern Canada and northern Mexico.

Unknown giant caterpillar
Location:  Pinecrest, Miami-Dade County, FL
August 23, 2010 4:55 pm
Can you identify this caterpillar? Today (Aug. 23, 2010) it was on our chain link fence (sorry no host plant to help!). It is about 5 inches long. The colors are not exactly true in the photo. What looks to be yellow is really more green/chartruse. We’ve searched books and the web and are stumped (not an easy admission for 2 biologists).
Thank you

Tetrio Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Sherry,
Your caterpillar is a Hornworm in the family Sphingidae, more specifically, a Tetrio Sphinx Caterpillar,
Pseudosphinx tetrio.  You may read about the Tetrio Sphinx on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.  Bill writes:  “The Tetrio Sphinx Moth, Pseudosphinx tetrio (wingspan: 5 – 5 1/2 inches (12.7 – 14 cm) females larger than males), flies throughout tropical and subtropical American lowlands. It is very common in Guadeloupe and Martinique, but poorly attracted by light.
Generally the moth is seen from southern Brazil: Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais (LV);  Argentina: Salta, Tucuman; etc., north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to south Florida, southern Mississippi, Texas, and southern Arizona.”  The caterpillars feed on the leaves of several plants including Frangipani (Plumieria rubra)[sic].  See the Plumeria Society of America website.

Thank you, Daniel, for your very fast response.  Interesting that we have several frangipani, a non-native, about 20-30 feet away from where we found the critter.  We’ll take a good look at the trees when the sun comes up.