Just Add to Your Great Submissions
I always go to your site when I have a bug I don’t know (disturbingly, it happens a lot not because of lack of knowledge but because of our multitude of bugs!!). My son and I LOVE your site!!! We can view all the strange bugs that are cool and gross and creepy and cute. Anyway, thought you might want to add this shot of a Hag Moth we found in a bush in our front yard. I Identified it in part with your website’s help-Thanks. Luckily I did NOT pick it up as I had intended to do because I just learned they sting and it is not a nice thing especially in those prone to allergic reactions (me). Anyway-our family loves your site. Keep up the great work and I am sure eventually I will find something you haven’t already identified and will send it your way.
K. Ackles
Friendswood Texas

Hi K,
Your photograph is such an interesting angle on the Monkey Slug, another common name for the stinging Hag Moth Caterpillar.

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Male velvet ant?
I love spotting the occasional red velvet ant on my weekly Soberanes trail hike (about 10 mi. south of Carmel, CA), and recently saw one for the first time with wings (but couldn’t get my camera out before it disappeared). I’ve since learned the winged ones are males. The attached photo was taken at the Elkhorn Slough Nature Preserve (near Moss Landing, CA) on the afternoon of Oct. 28, 2007. This time I had time to get some shots. He was moving fast, and this was the only halfway decent one of the 8 or so I took.

Hi Kevin,
This is indeed a male Velvet Ant, but we are not certain what species. Perhaps it is Dasymutilla coccineohirta.

Update: (04/02/2008) ID for insects
Hey, my name is Will, this is a list of the ID’s for the velvet ant page. image 5. Dasymutilla aureola. hope this helps a bit.

What an awesome, detailed photo you have sent to us. Can you confirm this as an Imperial Moth caterpillar? From my reading, it should pupate in the ground or under leaf cover – I am watching it dig in under leaf litter. Can I recover the chrysalis when it’s hard and keep it where I can watch it hatch out? Does it need special conditions to thrive? Love the site – spend ‘way too many hours looking at bugs!
Beth R.
Wimberley, TX

Hi Beth,
What an awesome, detailed photo you have sent to us. You are absolutely correct. This is an Imperial Moth Caterpillar. Probably the best way to keep the pupa for observation is to capture the caterpillar and keep it in a 5 gallon aquarium with several inches of loose, damp earth. The caterpillar will pupate when it is ready. Do not let the earth get too dry, but it is more important that it not get too wet. Mist it about once or twice a week with water. Keep a screen cover over the aquarium so there is air circulation. Keep the aquarium where it won’t freeze since it is not as well protected as if the caterpillar had buried itself in the ground. Do not keep the aquarium indoors as it will be too warm. Good luck.

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Assassin Bug (Wheel Bug)
This Assassin Bug (Wheel Bug) landed on my Son-In-Law’s finger while we were sitting in our parked car with the windows open. The location was Ligonier Pennsylvania (about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh — southwest PA). Thank-you for your excellent website which allowed us to learn much more about this interesting "Bug". Apparently we were lucky that the bug did not decide to sting, since the sting can be quite painful as I learned from your web site. Thanks again for all the superb reference information on the Insect World.
Emerson Ray
Pittsburgh, PA

Hi Emerson,
Thanks so much for adding to our archive with this great Wheel Bug photograph.

Took this picture in Joshua Tree. Not sure what it was, but it was beautiful. What kind is it? Thank you!

Hi K,
The Golden Huntsman Spider is a shy, harmless, nocturnal species.

Green Moth
Thanks so much for your site and all the enjoyment I’ve received from it! This is a large moth (sphinx?) I discovered early Halloween morning. It’s a pretty good size, slightly more than 2 inches in length. I’ve seen some moths of a similar shape that were brown, but this is the first green one.
Joe Fernandez
Tampa, FL

Hi Joe,
Your side view of this Gaudy Sphinx is an especially welcomed addition to our archives.