Large, colorful, bee
Location:  Costa Rica, near San Vito
July 19, 2010 8:35 am
Can you identify this bee. It was photographed at Las Cruces in Costa Rica. It is about 1 inch in length and very colorful.
Doug Goodell

Orchid Bee

Hi Doug,
Your excellent photos should make identification quite easy, but alas, we have had no luck trying to identify this species.  We suspect it may be one of the Carpenter Bees in the subfamily Xylocopinae, but that is pure speculation.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had with a species identification.

Orchid Bee

Karl identifies the male Orchid Bee
July 20, 2010
Hi Daniel and Doug:
I believe this is a male orchid bee (Apidae: Apinae: Euglossini) in the genus Eulaema, possibly E. cingulata.  The odd looking object attached to its side or hind leg (hard to tell) looks like an orchid pollen packet, or pollinarium.  Apparently male Euglossine bees are attracted to certain orchids not to gather nectar, which these orchids don’t possess, but rather to collect fragrant compounds which are then used to attract female bees. The male flowers are designed so that the pollinarium is flung onto the bee when it lands, where it sticks until the bee visits a female flower where it completes the pollination. Both males and females visit other flowers to obtain the nectar they need. I did quite a bit or reading last night when I was looking into this because the bee/orchid relationship is truly fascinating, but I will leave it at that for now. I have attached a few links to photos that show E. cingulata, one with pollinaria attached. Regards. Karl

Thanks Karl,
As always, your contributions are greatly appreciated.  You are awesome.

Hi Daniel
Thanks so much for this info, and please if possible send my thanks to Karl.  I have seen the orchid bees before (in Belize) but they did not have these great colors — but then there several types.  They are certainly facinating. Your links were very convincing.  Again thanks.
Doug Goodel

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Looked like a cross between a…
Location:  Castalia, Ohio 44824
July 18, 2010 8:36 pm
Looked like a cross between a humming bird, a bumble bee and a moth. It was feeding on our flowers and seemed to pay no mind to us. The pix are taken in macro and are quite striking at full zoom. We decided to call it a ”Humble Moth”. It had translucent wings, the body of a Bee, the beak of what could be described as a Humming Bird’s beak, eyes and long antenna of a moth….
What’s that Bug??!!
very Curious

Hummingbird Clearwing

Dear very Curious,
This may be any one of three Sphinx Moths in the genus
Hemaris that range in Ohio.  Our best guess is that this might be the Hummingbird Clearwing, Hemaris thysbe.  You can read more about it on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.

Thank you so much for your prompt reply. What an interesting creature this little thing was. I enjoyed your site and the other you recommended too!
Again, Thank you!

Butterfly lobster tailed bumble bug?
Location:  New Jersey, Monmouth County
July 19, 2010 8:04 am
My son and I watched this bug for a while flying around my phlox, it was fast and fed like a butterfly, the wings where long and the body was almost 2 inches. The tail was the most interesting, the shape was like a lobster tail, the head area was fuzzy and yellow. We took so many pictures and these were the only ones in focus, the little guys was flying flower to flower like a bee or wasp, not at all interested in his observers. This guy was found early July in Monmouth county , New Jersey
Curiously Yours, Dom and Mom

Snowberry Clearwing

Hi Dom and Mom,
It is impossible for us to be certain of the exact identification of your moth because there are three members of the genus
Hemaris, which look quite similar, that are all found in New Jersey.  We believe, because of the dark legs and coloration, your moth is a Snowberry Clearwing or Bumblebee Moth, Hemaris diffinis.  You can read more about this Sphinx Moth which is often mistaken for a hummingbird on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.

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Marshmellow Looking Bug
July 16, 2010
Found in Missouri. Looks like a marshmellow with burned edges. Yellowish Green bordering black edges inside. Two legs (?) in front and looks like maybe two in back. Moth, butterfly looking.
Never Seen
South Missouri

Beautiful Wood Nymph

Dear Never Seen,
We are amused that you described this Owlet Moth as looking like a burnt marshmallow, because most people describe it as looking like bird poop.  It is a Wood Nymph in the genus
Eudryas, and we believe based on this BugGuide description:  “the dark band along outer margin of forewing is smoothly curved on the inside, not scalloped as in E. unio,” that it is the Beautiful Wood Nymph, Eudryas grata, as opposed to the very similar Pearly Wood Nymph, Eudryas unio.

Beautiful Wood Nymph

Moths breeding
Location:  Dallas Fort Worth Texas
July 18, 2010 2:40 pm
These moths were breeding on a piece of wood on my driveway. Date was April 21, 2010. Dallas, Fort Worth area of Texas.
Sarah Goodrich

Mating Pink Striped Oakworm Moths

Hi Sarah,
Your moths are Oakworm Moths in the genus
Anisota, most probably the Pink Striped Oakworm Moths, Anisota virginiensis, though there are other members in the genus that look quite similar.

Dearest Bugman
Location:  Delaware Water Gap, PA (Along the riverside)
July 18, 2010 5:45 pm
I saw this along the delaware river about a month ago. Ive been showing everyone the photograph i sent you and no one can figure out even what type of bug it is! (If you can see in the photo it was also mating at the same time, female belly up it looked like) so its not alone and must be full grown. I truly hope you can clear this up, if not, im convinced it is an alien.
Your Friend, Christoph

Newly metamorphosed female Dobsonfly

Hi Christoph,
This is a newly metamorphosed female Dobsonfly, and she is still grasping on to her pupal exuvia, the sloughed off skin that is left behind after metamorphosis.  This is a wonderful documentation for our website.  You should check out some of the numerous images we have posted over the years of Dobsonflies.  Males with their disproportionately large mandibles are truly frightening looking, but perfectly harmless creatures.