Subject: eating lotus leaf
Location: delaware
September 17, 2014 1:48 pm
found him a couple days ago. never saw anything like it
Signature: curious bug

Smeared Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Smeared Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Dear Curious Bug,
This is a Smeared Dagger Moth Caterpillar,
Acronicta oblinita, also known as a Smartweed Caterpillar.  Interestingly, we located another image online on All Posters that is feeding on a lotus leaf.  According to BugGuide, the caterpillar feeds on “A variety of forbs, shrubs, and trees” and “Caution, larva may ‘sting’ if handled.”

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Subject: Bodacious, Beautiful Wasp
Location: Brevard County (Titusville), FL
September 17, 2014 7:01 pm
Hello Big Folks,
We found this big, bodacious, beautiful wasp today (Sept. 17, 2014) while doing landscape work for a client. It’s big, nearly 2″ long and was very docile and tolerant as I hovered around it, mere inches away, taking photos and videos as it walked around on an Indian hawthorn shrub.
Can you tell me what it is? And everything there is to know about it? (<–ok, I realize that may be an unreasonable request, but this guy is awesome!)
Thanks so much, and also, thanks for this wonderful site. There is so much fascinating stuff here!
Signature: LG

Unknown Wasp

Unknown Wasp

Dear LG,
We had thought this would be an easy identification, but we are not having any luck, so we decided to enlist the assistance of Eric Eaton.  Initially we thought that this might be a Thread-Waisted Wasp in the family Sphecidae, but we struck out, though
Eremnophila aureonotata on BugGuide does have similar markings on the face.  In the interest of trying to post additional submissions this morning, we are going live with your request, waiting for Eric Eaton to get back to us, and hopefully provide you with an identification soon.  Perhaps some of our readers will have ideas.

Eric Eaton confirms family and gets more specific.
Daniel:
You are correct, this is a katydid hunter wasp, Sphex habenus.  It is not one of the more commonly-photographed species.
Species Sphex habenus – BugGuide.Net
Eric

Subject: Unidentified Beetle
Location: SE Oklahoma
September 16, 2014 8:45 am
Hello,
I understand if you don’t have time to identify this bug but I wanted to submit my pics none the less because I’ve never seen one quite like this and wanted to share it. He was found in SE Oklahoma by a friend of mine earlier this year. I don’t know alot about bugs but It resembles a rhinocerous beetle but without the horn and it has a huge forhead.
Thanks!
Signature: Amanda

Giant Stag Beetle

Giant Stag Beetle

Dear Amanda,
This magnificent beetle is a male Giant Stag Beetle.

Giant Stag Beetle

Giant Stag Beetle

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Subject: Ant or mite?
Location: Sonoran Desert, Arizona
September 16, 2014 6:01 pm
Is this a Thistledown Velvet Ant? I stopped to take a break and my eye caught this little critter moving rather quickly on the trail. When I bent down to get a closer look, it stopped and put its rear end up at me. I moved to get a view of the front, but everywhere I went, this little guy turned its butt to me. This was the only photo it would let me get! This was on a trail at Granite Mountain in the Rio Verde Foothills area northeast of Scottsdale, in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Signature: Paige

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant

Dear Paige,
We are confident that this is a Velvet Ant, but we cannot state for certain that it is a Thistledown Velvet Ant.

Subject: Giant Spider
Location: North Scottsdale, Arizona
September 16, 2014 10:26 am
Can you tell me what this poor guy was? My neighbor found it in her garage, I wasn’t sure if it was dead or if it was poisonous, so I killed it (it was already dead.)
My friends have suggested a “Child of the Earth,” Hobo Spider or Solpugid? This was found in North Scottsdale where we’ve had record amounts of rain in the last few weeks.
What do you suggest we do if we find more, given that we’re expecting a lot more rain?
Thanks!
Signature: Becki

Solifugid

Solifugid

Dear Becki,
One of your friend’s suggestions is actually sort of correct.  Solpugid is a name that can still be found in literature, but it has fallen into disuse and has been replaced by Solifugid, a member of the order Solifugae, commonly called Sun Spider or Wind Scorpions.  Solifugids are Arachnids, but they are neither Spiders nor Scorpions, and unlike those orders of Arachnids, they do not have venom.

Subject: friend or foe?
Location: bridge city, texas
September 16, 2014 3:54 pm
My friend found this on her morning glory. We aren’t sure if its a bug, larvae or egg. We have researched and although we found a few things that looked similar, we haven’t found an exact match or anyone who could help. You’re our last resort! Please help!
Signature: thank you! Crystal

Leaf Beetle Larvae

Leaf Beetle Larvae

Dear Crystal,
These are Leaf Beetle Larvae in the family Chrysomelidae, and we strongly suspect that they are the larvae of Tortoise Beetles.  Several species of Tortoise Beetles including the Golden Tortoise Beetle have larvae that feed on morning glories, but your larvae look different, though similar, to the images we are able to locate on BugGuide.  Fecal matter that is carried over the back of the larva is a characteristic of many Tortoise Beetles, and it is evident in your image.  Many Tortoise Beetles are very host specific, so if you don’t mind that your morning glory leaves are being eaten, at least you don’t need to worry about the larvae spreading to other plants.