Subject: SPIDER IDENTIFICATION
Location: Balsam Lake Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
July 3, 2014 9:44 am
Taken at Balsam Lake Provincial Park, Ontario…I dislike spiders but found this one intriguing, he/she was on my tent, didn’t like the light when shined on him…can you identify…pretty fast mover when placed on tree after removal from tent…camp site was not near water, lake was about a mile away…at least 2-2 1/2 inches in total diameter…he seemed to like hanging out on the mesh of my tent…thanks in advance, I have never seen such a large spider in Ontario…almost tarantula like in appearance, hairy, brownish/blackish…
Signature: Thanks for your help, Kim Savoie

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Hi Kim,
Even though you indicate that the lake was some distance away, this is nonetheless a Fishing Spider or Dock Spider in the genus
Dolomedes, and they are generally found in close proximity to water.

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Subject: spotted longhorned beetle
Location: Raleigh, NC
July 3, 2014 12:36 pm
Dear Bugman,
I found this very small beetle (less than 1/2 inch body length) on May 15th.
I think I had identified it via Google six weeks ago, but I have forgotten what
I’d found and can no longer seem to relocate it on the web.
It seems like it was a “dotted longhorned beetle” or some variation.
Any ideas?
Thanks
Signature: aubrey

Longicorn:  Hyperplatys aspersa

Longicorn: Hyperplatys aspersa

Hi Aubrey,
We actually quickly and quite fortuitously identified it in about ten seconds on BugGuide as
Hyperplatys aspersa.

Thank you so much, Daniel.
I was trying to describe it in my little blog for our grandchildren.
If interested, it is at www.frombluebirdstoturtles.blogspot.com
Have a great holiday.
aubrey

Subject: Ichneumon Wasp?
Location: West Milford, New Jersey
July 3, 2014 6:48 am
I have looked at lots of pictures, but I cant ID this insect. I have seen them in my garden a few times, I feel like it may be a Ichneumon Wasp, but I have been unable to match anything with the dark band/stripe down the middle of the thorax.
Signature: Geoffrey Syme

Mating Robber Flies

Mating Robber Flies

Hi Geoffrey,
These are mating Robber Flies in the family Asilidae.  We will attempt to identify the species.  Based on images posted to BugGuide, this appears to be
Asilus sericeus.

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Subject: Tulip Tree Silkmoth
Location: Olney, Maryland, USA
July 2, 2014 5:15 pm
Hello!
We were vacationing in Maryland at the end of May, and this beautiful moth visited us one evening. Using your site I identified him as a Tulip Tree silkmoth, do you concur? Sorry about the grainy quality of the photos, it was dark and he was vibrating his wings while he sat on me.
Thanks for all your hard work and insight, whatsthatbug inspires me daily.
Signature: Emily

Tulip Tree Silkmoth

Tulip Tree Silkmoth

Dear Emily,
We agree that this is either a Tulip Tree Silkmoth, which can be viewed on BugGuide, though we would not rule out another member of the genus 
Callosamia.  Where we disagree with your identification is the sex.  This individual is a female as evidenced by the less feathery antennae.

Thanks for the fast reply, I appreciate you taking the time. Less feathery? Wow, I thought they looked pretty feathery indeed, the male’s antennae must be amazing!
Best,
E

Hi again Emily,
You can compare the difference between the antennae of the male and female of the closely related Promethea Moths in this image.

Subject: Large black insect – southern Ohio
Location: Southwest Ohio
July 3, 2014 2:04 am
I saw this large, all black insect flying outside our house early yesterday morning. It flew fairly slowly and landed near our garage. It seemed to have almost a “matte” finish . And it was about an inch long. Any idea what it is?
Signature: Adam

Black Horse Fly

Black Horse Fly

Hi Adam,
This is a Black Horse Fly,
Tabanus atratus, and the space between the eyes indicates she is a biting female.

Subject: Hi! Found a beautiful caterpillar
Location: Collingswood NJ
July 2, 2014 2:16 pm
Hi bugman. What a neat website! Please, can you tell me what this beautiful caterpillar will turn into?
Signature: Jessica in Philadelphia

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Duh. I found him in your guide. I found this website using my phone so I didn’t see the guide till now. It looks like a white-marked tussock moth. Thanks. Jess.

Hi Jessica,
We are happy you used our website to self identify your Tussock Moth Caterpillar.  We will attempt to search BugGuide to  confirm the identity of this Tussock Moth Caterpillar in the genus
Orygia which contains several similar looking species.  Based on this image on BugGuide, we are inclined to agree that you have correctly identified the White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar.