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Subject: is tHis a moth
Location: lafayette, colorado
July 2, 2015 1:00 pm
Is this a moth? Is it native to Colorado?
Signature: cathy

Mating Western Poplar Sphinxes

Mating Western Poplar Sphinxes

Dear Cathy,
These look like mating Western Poplar Sphinxes,
Pachysphinx occidentalis, to us, and according to BugGuide, they are found in Colorado.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is:  “Riparian areas, open parklands, suburbs at low elevations; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light.”

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Subject: Found in Indiana backyard
Location: Indianapolis indiana
June 20, 2015 4:58 pm
Hi, I found this pair in my backyard today after two days of rain. I love in indianapolis Indiana and it’s around 80 degrees in summer.
Signature: Lacey

Mating Cecropia Moths

Mating Cecropia Moths

Dear Lacey,
Your image of mating Cecropia Moths is really beautiful.  The male on the left has more feathery antennae to help him find a mate, and a slimmer body because the female is filled with eggs.

That’s fantastic! Thank you. Feel free to use the picture however you like. It was a beautiful sight.

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Subject: Robber Fly?
Location: Watsonville, CA
June 11, 2015 2:33 am
Hey Bugman!
I have been finding large numbers of this mysterious (but beautiful) fly in my front yard… I’ve done a lot of internet research and cannot for the life of me figure it out… Is it a Robber Fly??? I have found them all of my Armenian Basket Flower and Artichoke… Please help! I need to know if it’s a pest or not.
Thanks,
Signature: Matt

Mating Artichoke Flies

Mating Artichoke Flies

Dear Matt,
These are most certainly not Robber Flies.  This is an introduced Artichoke Fly,
Terellia fuscicornis, a species of Fruit Fly.  Your images of a single individual are both females, as evidenced by the long ovipositor, and the image with the three flies include two males that are attempting to mate.  Interestingly, bugGuide only has images of female Artichoke Flies, and they do not provide a common name.  There are many nice images on the Natural History of Orange County site.  As an introduced species, they may pose a threat to cultivated artichokes, but we have also found information that they use Milk Thistle, an introduced pest weed in California, as a host so the jury is still out if they are an agricultural pest or a biological control agent.

Artichoke Fly

Female Artichoke Fly

Female Artichoke Fly

Female Artichoke Fly

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Subject: Promethea moth mating
Location: St Paul MN
May 28, 2015 4:37 pm
Hi, here’s a pic of a pair of Promethea moths mating in a silver maple tree. The sexual dimorphism is easy to see. This is in St Paul MN. The female is one I raised from caterpillar last year; the male is wild, as far as I know.
Also here’s a neat shot of a cecropia and a luna on our porch. Not great quality but neat to see them together.
Cheers!
Signature: mike

Mating Promethea Moths

Mating Promethea Moths

Dear Mike,
You have provided us with such a marvelous posting.  It must have been thrilling to witness the mating of the Promethea Moth you raised.  Your location seems to be ground zero for Giant Silkmoths.

Luna Moth and Cecropia Moth

Luna Moth and Cecropia Moth

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Subject: Mating Damselflies?
Location: Coryell County, Texas
May 14, 2015 6:26 pm
Hello again,
Are these are mating Damselflies? They were close to the front door, on a Japanese Boxwood shrub. I see that you have several examples of mating damselflies on your website, but I thought the heart was so fascinating.
Today was warm with scattered rain, around 83 degrees when the photo was taken.
Thank you so much!
Signature: Ellen

Mating Damselflies

Mating Damselflies

Hi Ellen,
You are correct.  These are mating Damselflies and your image is lovely.  We will attempt to identify the genus or species when we have more time.

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Subject: insects near Superstition Mtn. Arizona
Location: Superstition Mountain, AZ
April 13, 2015 5:02 am
I came across these insects on a hiking trail near our house April 12, 2015 , at the base of Superstition Mtn., Arizona. Lots of people hiking were wondering what they were. Their heads and mandibles remind me of an ant and they have 3 pr. of legs. All the insects were feeding on the same flower heads, which had finished flowering and were about to produce seed. I assume they were getting a high energy feed this way.
Signature: sunburntcanuck

Iron Cross Blister Beetles Mating

Iron Cross Blister Beetles Mating

Dear sunburntcanuck,
It seems we get at least one submission each spring asking for an identification of Iron Cross Blister Beetles in the genus Tegrodera.  According to BugGuide:  “
Eriastrum [woollystar] is an important food source for all adults.”

Iron Cross Blister Beetles

Iron Cross Blister Beetles

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