Subject: black-spotted beetle
Location: Olympic Mountains, WA
May 27, 2015 12:52 pm
Hi, This beautiful beetle flew into the picture as I was photographing the Washington State flower, Rhododendron macrophyllum, in the Olympic Mountains at an elevation of about 3500 feet. I took the picture May26, 2015. Any idea what it is?
Signature: gardenjim

Flower Longhorn

Flower Longhorn

Dear gardenjim,
We have identified your Flower Longhorn as
Evodinus monticola vancouveri, a species with no common name, by matching it to an image posted to BugGuide.  It really is a stunning beetle.

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Subject: Himalayan Atlas Moth?
Location: Bhutan, eastern Himalaya
May 27, 2015 9:10 pm
A former student of mine from Bhutan sent me a photo of what I believe is an Attacus atlas that he collected in the forest near Samtse, Bhutan. Could you confirm the species for me?
Many thanks.
-Benjamin Sinclair
Biologist/Naturalist
Jackson Hole, WY
Signature: Benjamin Sinclair, Naturalist

Atlas Moth

Edward’s Atlas Moth

Dear Benjamin,
We believe this is
Archaeoattacus edwardsii, Edward’s Atlas Moth, based on images posted to Silkmoths Bizland, where it states:  “Ailanthus and Kashi holly are favorite natural hosts”.  Some enterprising entrepreneur can start a new business raising Edward’s Atlas Moths for butterfly habitats, feeding the caterpillars on the invasive, exotic Trees of Heaven that are found throughout North America where they are crowding out native trees and plants.

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Subject: Identify Grasshopper
Location: Mpumalanga Pelgrimsrest area
May 27, 2015 4:16 am
Good day,
There are quite a few of this beautiful black & red with a touch of blue grasshoppers in the Drakensberg area between Pelgrimsrest and Orhrigstad in the Mpumalanga district. I have looked through various books & tried to identify this grasshopper but had no success. It seems as though they do not have developed wings .
Signature: Naomi Le Roux

Milkweed Grasshopper

Koppie Foam Grasshopper

Dear Naomi,
Your Grasshopper is a Koppie Foam Grasshopper,
Dictyophorus spumans, which you can view on iSpot.  According to iNaturalist:  “the koppie foam grasshopper or rooibaadjie, is a species of grasshopper in the family Pyrgomorphidae indigenous to Africa. The name “foaming grasshopper” derives from the insect’s ability to produce a toxic foam from its thoracic glands.”

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Subject: They are everywhere
Location: Northeast. State of CT
May 26, 2015 5:00 pm
It is almost summer time in CT. Temps are climbing to mid 80’s. We can’t even go outside now. They are on us when we go in the grass. They are on the deck. It’s crazy. We have never had these before. Been living here for 4 years.
They don’t bite. Im just so concerned for the children and tracking inside the house.
Signature: Concerned CT resident

Globular Springtails

Globular Springtails

Dear Concerned CT resident,
You have no cause for concern.  These look like Globular Springtails in the order Symphpleona, and you may compare your image to those on BugGuide. Springtails are perfectly harmless, though they can be an annoyance when they are plentiful. 

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Subject: Unidentified Longhorn Beetle
Location: San Jose Succotz, Belize
May 27, 2015 4:26 am
We have taken this foto of we believe is a longhorn beetle in San Jose Succotz, Belize
But we are not able to indentify it.
Thks for your support.
Signature: Dries Nys, Dallas Texas

San Jose Succotz - Unidentified Longhorn Beetle

San Jose Succotz – Unidentified Longhorn Beetle

Dear Dries Nys,
You are correct that this is a Longicorn, but unfortunately, we are pressed for time this morning and cannot research its species identity at this time.  Perhaps one of our readers will supply a comment today.

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Subject: what’s this insect
Location: western Maryland
May 27, 2015 7:07 am
Wondering if this was another type of Dobson fly. was laying eggs in clumps on leaves beside the river. North branch Potomac river.
Signature: jordan

Dark Fishfly Laying Eggs

Dark Fishfly Laying Eggs

Hi Jordan,
Your Dark Fishfly in the genus
Nigronia is classified in the same order as a Dobsonfly.  We believe your individual is Nigronia fasciata based on comparing the markings on the wings to individuals posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Emergence of adults may be synchronized. Adults are diurnal (seen flying near streams) and also nocturnal, so come to lights. Eggs are laid on the underside of vegetation overhanging a stream. Larvae are aquatic, predatory. Perhaps take three years to mature in more temperate areas, such as West Virginia. Pupation occurs in earthen cells on the edge of streams.”

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