Hummingbird Moth
Location:  Central Massachusetts
September 7, 2010 2:38 pm
I had seen your answer to a previous writer about these cool creatures and I wanted to forward a few pictures of them to you. All this time we thought they were possibly baby hummingbirds only to find out they are moths.
But, none the less are are amazing creatures and appear to have no fear. they would buzz around my wife as she was trimming the butterfly bushes in our yard. Enjoy.
Signature:  Brian Dicks

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

Hi Brian,
We are happy to post your photo of a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth.  It seems we have answered at least two identification requests for this creature every day for the past few weeks, but either the photos were not that good, or the letter was not engaging, or we had too many other letters we wanted to post, but whatever the reason, we have responded directly without posting the letters to our website.  We like that you took the time to identify your Hummingbird Clearwing Moth and that your letter is enthusiastic about nature, and that your image quality is very good, so we are posting your letter and photo of a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth,
Hemaris thysbe, which you may read about on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.

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impressive, but what is it?
Location:  Ocala, Florida
September 7, 2010 7:25 pm
have seen 2 of these big boys this summer in north central Florida, both times in the grass. I live in Ocala, FL. I took these on my sidewalk. And here I thought I had a rabbit pooing on the sidewalk, lol! No, it’s this bug. I’m new to this region of the country….What is it?
Signature:  thank you! Laura

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Hi Laura,
This large flightless Grasshopper is known as an Eastern Lubber Grasshopper,
Romalea microptera.  There are two distinct color variations.  Your individual is light, and the other is black with orange markings.  They are so different they do not even look like the same species.  It is said they are foul tasting which protects them from many predators.  According to BugGuide:  “When disturbed, it will spread its wings, hiss, and secrete a smelly fluid from its spiracles.”

Blue and brown butterfly
Location:  Amana, Iowa
September 7, 2010 4:11 pm
Please let us know what this butterfly is called. I took the photo 9/5/2010 in Amana, Iowa. It was eating squashed and rotting pears on the sidewalk.
I didn’t see anything just like it in your search feature,
Thank you!
Signature:  Diane

Red Spotted Purple

Hi Diane,
Perhaps you did not connect your Red Spotted Purple to the numerous individuals in our archives because your specimen is showing its age.  The vibrant colors of a freshly metamorphosed specimen cannot compare to the faded beauty that your example illustrates.

Thanks for the reply–and so quickly, too!
We did see the Red Spotted Purple, but dismissed it.  Didn’t realize that butterflies fade, but it does make sense!

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New Red “Admirable” Pics.
Location:  SE Michigan
September 7, 2010 10:25 am
Dear Bugman: As per your recent mention of not receiving any new photos of Red ”Admirables” lately, I am submitting these two, to fill the void. Both of these Red Admirals were shot in SE Michigan. The under-wing closeup was taken in my backyard, on a Buddleia bush. The other was shot in a field at an area Metro Park, along Lake Erie. The colors and iridescence on the close-up butterfly were spectacular, making me wonder if it was very recently emerged. Not a single wing scale was out of place and it was very calm and content, allowing me to take many super close-ups.
Signature:  Christine

Red Admiral

Hi Christine,
Though we don’t expect to convince the world to begin calling this cheerful butterfly a Red Admirable instead of the accepted Red Admiral, we cannot help but to be amused by Vladimir Nabokov’s wry sense of humor and his play on words when he coined the alternative name.  Thank you so much for correcting the void in our archives due to the ongoing dearth of recent images of
Vanessa atalanta.

Green Lacewing
Location:  Macon GA
September 7, 2010 8:26 am
Most the pics I’ve seen don’t show the brown spots. Found her on my bathroom wall this morning.
Signature:  Roofus Goofus

Green Lacewing

Hi Roofus Goofus,
Normally we would not even attempt to identify a Green Lacewing to the species level or even genus level, but the markings on your specimen seemed distinctive enough to warrant a try.  We were rewarded with a match on BugGuide to
Leucochrysa insularis, a species reported to be widespread in the eastern United States and Caribbean.  BugGuide also indicates:  “The adult of this large, handsome species is easily separated from all other green lacewings found on citrus in Florida by the presence of two dusky spots on each forewing and the unusual mesothoracic markings.

Possible Tick?
Location:  North Texas
September 6, 2010 9:11 pm
I live in Mckinney Texas and found this little guy crawling around my backyard. I have a Dog that was diagnosed with Erlichia when I rescued him, most likely from a deer tick. Not sure if this little guy is a tick or not. Thanks for any help.
Signature:  Regards Joe

Fancy Dung Beetle

Hi Joe,
This is not a tick.  It is a Fancy Dung Beetle,
Bolbocerosoma farctum, or another member of the genus which all look quite similar (see BugGuide).  It is one of the Earth Boring Dung Beetles in the family Geotrupidae.  It is not a threat to your dog and it may be attracted to the canine feces in your yard.