strange green eyed bug
Hello. We saw this bug in Big Pine Key, Florida scurrying around the deck. We were wondering what this bug is!! It has green “headlights” on its head. We thought at first it was eyes, then got a closer look. Can you tell us what this bug is???
thanks for your help,
Jennifer White
Kevin Crowe

Glowing Click Beetle

Glowing Click Beetle

Hi Jennifer and Kevin,

Your beetle is a Glowing Click Beetle in the genus Deilelater. We have also seen them called Fire Beetles.

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I know you are incredibally busy. You previuosly helped me identify mournful sphinx moths that feed on flowers in my backyard and hover like hummingbirds. I have a new photo of a gaudy sphinx I’ve attached. Can you please tell me the difference between hawk moths and sphinx moths? Do all sphinx moths hover like hummingbirds? Are there hawk moths in Central Florida?Thanks,
Tobey Barr

Gaudy Sphinx Moth

Gaudy Sphinx Moth

Hi Tobey,
Thanks so much for your gorgeous photo of a Gaudy Sphinx. To answer your question, Sphinx Moths and Hawk Moths are the same, but it is a local preference. In the U.S. we say Sphinx and Brits call them Hawk Moths.

Spider ID…
Here’s an arachnid found in the upstairs of a home near Gooderham, ON (about 120 miles northeast of Toronto).  It was crawling on the floor, no obvious web.  Wolf spider of some sort?  Pictures of specimen attached. Any help appreciated.  Thanks in advance!

Hi Ed,
In our estimation, this is a Trapdoor Spider, but we cannot find a convincing match on BugGuide. We will see if Eric Eaton can assist.  Eric responded with this:  “Hi, Daniel:

The specimen from Oregon is actually a wolf spider in the family Lycosidae, some of which get to be the size of trapdoor spiders.  There are “foldingdoor tarantulas” throughout Oregon that are quite large as well, in the genus Antrodiaetus, family Antrodiaetidae, so people may find the large males wandering around in search of mates at this time of year. Eric”

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Unusual but pretty
Hi folks,
while I was out walking near the shore in Cumbria UK, I come accross these rather pretty little creatures. I have never seen anything like them before so my question is: I didn’t kill them I just took a picture and let them be! What are they? Picture attached…
James W. Smith

Hi James,
These are mating Six Spot Burnet Moths, Zygaena filipendulae, and according to the UK Moths website, they are the commonest day flying Burnet Moth in Britain.

Update: 18 September 2008
Hi, great website. Your pictures of burnet moths titled ” Six Spot Burnet Moths Mating in the UK, (09/12/2008) Unusual but pretty” are actually narrow-bordered five spot burnet moths Zygaena lonicerae. Couldn’t see any way of adding this info to the site.

I look at your bug page just about everyday and enjoy everything about it, I came across this moth a while back and can’t ID it and thought maybe you could help. I live right outside San Antonio, Texas. Thank You…

This is a positively beautiful photograph of a Walnut Sphinx, Amorpha juglandis, which can be found on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.

White webby moths
These pictures are of a colony of some tiny moths that have set up residence on my Hibiscus plant in Oceanside California. They dont seem to be eating the leaves, just stringing out large quantities of spiderweb like strands on the underside and laying their eggs in it. I’ve searched the internet endlessly and cant find them anywhere.

Hi Brad,
These are not moths. You have a Giant Whitefly infestation, Aleurodicus dugesii, an invasive species from Mexico. We ware linking to the University of California Integrated Statewide Pest Management Program website for more information. According to the site, you can: “Manage giant whiteflies in your landscape with an integrated program that includes removal of infested leaves and, if necessary, washing whiteflies off leaves with water. When choosing plants, consider species less susceptible to giant whitefly. iological
control agents are presently being introduced and have become established in parts of southern California. Check with your University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor about the status of the biological control program in your area. Insecticides are not generally recommended because they destroy the biological control agents. A forceful stream of water (syringing) directed at colonies can be just as effective as insecticide sprays.” Personally, we would use the strong water spray combined with leaf removal before the insecticide.