White Peacock gets help
May 9, 2010
Hi Bugman. I took these white peacock pictures in October when I suddenly had about 200 of them nectaring and mating in my yard all at once. It was a gorgeous frenzy. The one in the photo had a malformed wing and was moving sluggishly. So, I put my hand in front of it and it climbed onto my finger. I took it from flower to flower for a couple of minutes and it nectared. Shortly after that it got an energy rush and starting flying around quickly with the others. Hope you like the photos. I can’t wait for the fall party this year!
Elizabeth from Orlando
Orlando, Fl.

White Peacock

Dear Elizabeth,
Your account of rescuing this White Peacock, Anartia jatrophae, is quite cheering.  The White Peacock is well represented on BugGuide.

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Red insect building amber cells
May 9, 2010
Can you please identify these red insects that are building these amber cells? They’re on my window. They are slow moving; it was very hard to tell if they were alive or not. The body is 3 mm in length x 1mm wide. The amber cells are about 1 mm x 1mm.
Raleigh, NC

Leaf Footed Bugs Hatching

Dear Helen,
These are hatchling Leaf Footed Bugs in the family Coreidae.  We are uncertain of the species, but we matched them to a photograph posted to BugGuide.

Thought it was bird poo at first…
May 9, 2010
Dear Bugman,
I found this interesting moth today on the deck around my mother-in-law’s pool. I probably would have dismissed it as bird droppings, had there not been other moths in the area. Interesting defense mechanism, I assume?
Cassie Shaw
Cleveland, MS

Beautiful Wood Nymph

Dear Cassie,
WE are very happy that we took the time to look at our old mail dating from a brief trip to Ohio.  Your well camouflaged moth is a Beautiful Wood Nymph, Eudryas grata, which can be distinguished from its close relative, the Pearly Wood Nymph, Eudryas unio, because it is:  “larger than Pearly Wood-Nymph (E. unio), and the dark band along outer margin of forewing is smoothly curved on the inside, not scalloped as in E. unio
” according to BugGuide.

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Green Beetle (?)
May 10, 2010
We found our beetle in our classroom during insect week (how lucky) so we were wondering if you could tell us what kind of beetle he is…
From Ms. Boehm’s Class
Houston, TX

Fiery Searcher

Dear Ms. Boehm’s Class,
This Fiery Searcher, Calosoma scrutator, is a type of Caterpillar Hunter.  This large, colorful beetle is frequently illustrated in insect books.

Central Mexico Beetle
May 21, 2010
This colorful beetle was observed on some rock steps near hot springs in the Guanajuato province of Mexico. There was lots of vegetation around the area along with springs. At first I thought someone had painted this and put it there for a joke, but on closer look, it started to move and walk away. I have yet been unable to identify this guy.
Harvey A.
Guanajuato near San Miguel de Allende

Giant Mesquite Bug

Dear Harvey,
The immature Giant Mesquite Bug in the genus Thasus in your photo will lose its bright coloration upon incomplete metamorphosis into a winged adult.  We are not certain that it is Thasus neocalifornicus, which is found in the American Southwest and Mexico, or Thasus acutangulus, which ranges further south.  We profiled the latter species in an earlier letter.

Dragonfly or Damselfly
May 21, 2010
I photographed this specimen on my deck railing today. He was very large, probably 4″, and has a very interesting black and white geometric pattern. Can you identify? Thanks.
North Georgia (Appalachian Mountains)

Gray Petaltail

Hi Joe,
Dragonfly identifications can be very challenging for us, but we quickly identified your Gray Petaltail, Tachopteryx thoreyi, on BugGuide which has this comment:  “Rather elusive, but can be easy to find in the proper habitat. Often perches on odonate watchers.