Here’s a beauty for you.
Found this pretty beetle on the garden hose rack at my house. It was so big and bold. It is also a good model…..who sat for several pictures. Enjoy!
League City, TX

Hi Pamela,
We have just spent the last two hours playing “catch-up” posting images that were sent yesterday, and we really need to do other things today. We could not resist the temptation to post just one more though. Your photo appeals to us on so many levels. The Cottonwood Borer, Plectrodera scalator, is truly a regal insect that is not easily confused with any other. We also love the fact that it was photographed on a garden hose. Our favorite photos tend to be the kind that would never find their way into legitimate entomological books because they are slightly quirky. Thanks for your beautiful submission of a beautiful beetle.

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Please help me figure out what these bugs are! I recently moved from NY to NC and was warned that there are alot of bugs down here – I just didnt thing I would be dealing with them so quickly! I moved into a new-build house about a week ago and the day before yesterday noticed these tiny tiny little blackish bugs on my laundry room floor. I now also have them along the back wall in my kitchen. Upon inspection of my patio, which is on the other side of that wall, I was appalled to find hundreds of these bugs. They do not fly and they stay on the floor – they dont crawl up on table legs, walls, cabinets etc. I initially thought, after looking through your site, that they might be springtails but these bugs do not jump like people were saying springtails do. Please help me find out what these are and how to get rid of them – the bug spray i bought did nothing! I am getting the weeby-geebies!! Thank you!

Ed. Note: We incorrectly identified these Springtails as Booklice, but then the following letter arrived and corrected our error.

Correction: (05/26/2008) not a book louse
After looking closely, I think that your book louse is a collembola. … at the top of the page, the dark bug facing left on a white background. I think this because I’m looking at both under a scope at the moment. Check out the antennae – lots of medium-length segments, like a collembola, rather than a short scape and long thin flagellum like a book louse – and the shape of the head, which seems much more like a collembola as it is not wider at the base than the tip, the way a book louse is. FWIW,
Liz D. (small bug newbie)

Elm sphinx. very pretty moth in my opinion.
hey bugman,
I found this very pretty elm sphinx (identified by moth guy on bugguide) today and thought i would share a photo with you. this is the first one ive seen, and hopefully not the last. Are they pretty common? anyway, hope you enjoy the photo. I love your website.
Michael D.

Hi Michael,
We needed to go to your BugGuide posting to find out your Elm Sphinx, Ceratomia amyntor, was sighted in Tennessee. We rotated your photo to maximize its size on our website. We found a compilation website that has is sighting map with an extensive range.

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Here’s a ladybird?? I found today
I’m so curious …I had never seen this bug in my garden before and I am assuming it’s a ladybird of some sort. I just released a couple of cartons of ladybirds about 2 weeks ago in my garden but none looked like this. Thanks in advance for taking a peek at this one

hi Sandra,
This greatly resembles a photo we found on BugGuide listed as an “unusual colour form” of Adalia bipunctata, the Two Spotted Ladybird Beetle.

Correction: (05/11/2008)
Hi, Daniel:
A couple quick corrections to recent postings, if I may: … The “Two-spotted ladybird beetle: unusual color form” is actually a “pine lady beetle” in the genus Mulsantia. M. picta is the common species, but this may be a different one. Otherwise, spot on as usual:-) Keep up the great work! Cheers,

pretty little blue butterfly.
sorry i forgot to attach the photo. this butterfly was found in Cades Cove here in east Tennessee. I think its one of the blues but im not sure. i would love to identify the species. anyway hope you enjoy the photo. i love your website.
Michael D.

Hi Michael,
This sure looks to us like an Eastern Tailed Blue, Cupido comyntas.

What is it?
Location: Palm Bay, FL 32905
Date: May 6, 2008
Plant: perhaps a Spider Lily a clumping lump of bulbs I have 7 of these guys now. Any idea what it is? Notice the tiny ‘hairs’ on the body.

Hi Sandy,
This was an easy identification for us because we just received another photo of the Convict Caterpillar last week. The Convict Caterpillar eventually becomes the lovely Spanish Moth, Xanthopastis timais.