Subject: vey pretty bug
Location: mississippi
May 19, 2015 2:45 pm
Will you please tell me what kind of big this is? I have never seen any before.
Signature: amy

Florida Predatory Stink Bug Nymphs

Florida Predatory Stink Bug Nymphs

Dear Amy,
These are the beneficial nymphs of the Florida Predatory Stink Bug.
  Adults generally mature in the autumn and they are sometimes called Halloween Bugs.

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Subject: What are these?
Location: Washington, DC
May 18, 2015 5:39 pm
Today, 05/18/05, I took this picture on a tree in Washington, DC. I thought they were spiders at first, and then I noticed that a couple have wings! I’ve done a ton of internet research and I can’t find anything like them. Please help!
Signature: ?

Giant Conifer Aphids

Giant Bark Aphids

These are Giant Bark Aphids, Longistigma caryae, the largest Aphids in North America.

Oh my god, thank you SO much!!!  They sure are! :)

As an unrelated aside, we learned this morning while watching CNN that the popular internet initials OMG have another meaning.  The report on the Waco, Texas melee refers to the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs as OMG.

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Subject: Please identify
Location: Nelspruit, South Africa
May 19, 2015 3:11 am
I found this butterfly this morning but have not been able to identify it yet
Signature: Nicolette

Milkweed Butterfly

Snouted Tiger Moth

Dear Nicolette,
We believe this is a Milkweed Butterfly in the subfamily Danaiae, but we wish your image had more detail because it does not appear that your individual has clubbed antennae.  Your individual appears to be dead, so it is possible the ends of the antennae have been damaged.  We browsed unsuccessfully through iSpot, and though we did not locate any exact matches, we did observe a similarity to butterflies in the genus
Amauris, and the closest match we could find is Amauris ochlea, the Novice, which is pictured on BioDiversity Explorer.  We are not fully confident that is a correct identification, and we are still troubled by the lack of a clubbed end on the antennae on your image.  Perhaps one of our readers will steer us in another direction.

Correction:  Snouted Tiger Moth
South African entomology student Michelle sent us a comment identifying this as a moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, in the genus Nyctemera.  Following that lead, we found this image of a Snouted Tiger Moth, Nyctemera leuconoe, on iSpot.  We suspect there is some mimicry involved here as Milkweed Butterflies are distasteful, and the Snouted Tiger Moth probably derives some protections from resembling one.  The same species is called a White Bear on iNaturalist.

Dear Daniel,
Found an id at last- its a white bear moth – Family: arctiidae
Thank you for taking the time to help me in my search to id!

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Subject: a bug I caught :-)
Location: India,Nagaland
May 19, 2015 12:23 am
While I was curious to know the name of the bug .
Signature: Benjamin achumi



Dear Benjamin,
This really is a primitive looking Earwig in the order Dermaptera.  We suspect he is a male because of the well developed forceps.  Your individual is quite distinctive and we had hoped to be able to provide a genus and species, but alas, we have not been able to locate any matching individuals online.
  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck.

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Subject: Horse fly
Location: Penang Island, Malaysia
May 18, 2015 10:13 pm
I really enjoy browsing your site, so I thought I’d share these with you. I took these pictures yesterday evening. Based on what I could tell, this specimen appear to be a female horse fly though I’m not sure of the exact species.
Signature: Wei Nien

Horse Fly

Horse Fly

Good Morning Wei,
You are correct that this is a female Horse Fly.
  A quick search online did not produce any visual matches in the family Tabanidae in Malaysia.

Horse Fly

Horse Fly

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Subject: ?bug
Location: Logansport, Indiana
May 18, 2015 5:58 pm
This is on a piece of wood. Wings are about 2 inches long. Never seen one before?
Signature: Bonnie Brown

Female Spring Fishfly

Female Spring Fishfly

Hi Bonnie,
We suspect you live near a body of water.  This is a female Spring Fishfly, Chauliodes rastricornis, and according to BugGuide:  “The antennae of females are serrate (saw-like).  The comb-like, (pectinate) antennae of the males are quite obvious.”  You many compare your individual to this image posted to BugGuide.

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