White moth with blue and black spots
Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 8:30 AM
I found this in northwest Louisiana close to the TX border about a month ago I think he was on his last leg. I was able to pick him up and move him out of harms way. I looked through your moth section and found no pics. I’d like to know what he is.
LaTonia
NW Louisiana near Texas border

Giant Leopard Moth

Giant Leopard Moth

Of LaTonia,
Of the four identification requests for the Giant Leopard Moth,  Hypercompe scribonia, we have received since Friday, your sighting was the furthest west and south.  Your moth is missing the scales from the tips of the wings, indicating either it is an older moth, or that it has encountered some type of trauma.  We are thrilled to be able to post all four letters so our readership will have a clear idea of the range of this moth, and also that despite the 1000s of miles separating them, their biological clocks are ticking on the same schedule.

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Leopard Looking Cicada?
Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 11:01 AM
My grandmother found this bug outside of my house near Cincinnati, Ohio. It was flying, but flew into a spider web, and when we went back to check it, it was on the concrete next to the house. The body of it looked kind of like a caterpillar, and was entirely black and white. It appeared unable to fly, so my grandmother and I moved it to the grass. When we went back to check on it, it was gone.
Kirsten Grimsley
Midwest, United States

Giant Leopard Moth

Giant Leopard Moth

Hi Kirsten,
In four days, we have received at least four requests to have a Giant Leopard Moth, Hypercompe scribonia, identified, and your sighting was from the furthest north.  The southernmost sighting was in Louisiana.  The tips of the wings of your moth, also known as an Eyed Tiger Moth, are missing many scales, no doubt because of the trauma associated with the spider web.

On the outskirts of Chapel Hill, NC
Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 4:31 PM
Does anyone know what type of Moth this is???
Geo
Chapel Hill, NC

Giant Leopard Moth

Giant Leopard Moth

Hi Geo,
We received at least four letters in as many days requesting that we identify the Giant Leopard Moth, Hypercompe scribonia, and your photo is our favorite.

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Leopard printed moth?
Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 3:46 PM
Bugman,
My mother stumbled across this pretty moth(?) in our kitchen just a little while ago, hanging out on the curtain above the dryer. The rumbling of the dryer doesn’t seem to be bothering him, as he’s just sitting there calmly. He’s like an off-white color, and covered in black spots that seem to resemble the rosettes on leopards or ocelots. I’ve never seen anything like him before, so what is he? Besides pretty that is!
Sydney
Maryland, USA

Giant Leopard Moth

Giant Leopard Moth

Hi Sydney,
In the past four days, we have received at least four letters requesting that we identify the Giant Leopard Moth, Hypercompe scribonia, a species of Tiger Moth.  According to BugGuide, it it also called the Eyed Tiger Moth or Great Leopard Moth.  Of all the requests, your letter was our favorite, so we will be posting it.

honey bee swarm
Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 2:03 PM
thought you might like a picture of a nice summer honey bee swarm for your website. i walked outside this afternoon to take out the trash and found these ladies on a birdbath in my back yard. i would have liked clearer pictures but i didn’t want to stress them out any more than they already were by getting any closer than i did. they’ve been there for about 3 hours now and seem to still be growing in number, not that i mind, i think they’re fascinating, but how long do swarms generally stay in the same place during a relocation like that?
rebekah
summerville, south carolina

Honey Bee Swarm

Honey Bee Swarm

Hi Rebekah,
We are thrilled to post your photo of a Honey Bee Swarm.  The swarm will stay until the scouts find a new location, or until they feel threatened or disturbed.  Last spring, a swarm settled into one of our shrubs in Southern California, and they remained for about three hours.

22 June 2009, 3:54 PM
Saturday night, 20 June, I noticed that Boris and Media Luna had laid eggs for the fifth time.  Spawing 3 grew fungus and I’m not sure if spawning 4 was fertile as that happened a day before I left town for Ohio.  The eggs that were laid Saturday night have hatched, and the timing is not so good.  I may try to remove some hatchlings and place them in the nursery tank, but I will be out of town at Amy’s wedding all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, about the time the hatchlings will need to begin feeding.  Perhaps their egg sacs will sustain them until I return.