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Subject: black and white butterfly
Location: Colorado
July 23, 2012 8:34 pm
Hi! A friend in Colorado sent me this pic for id. I think it is a butterfly, although it is difficult to see the antennae. It could be a moth. Do you know what this is? Also, is the beetle a blister beetle? Thanks!
Signature: buggirl

Police Car Moth

Hi buggirl,
This diurnal Tiger Moth,
 Gnophaela vermiculata, is commonly called a Police Car Moth.  According to BugGuide its habitat is:  “Typically foothills, mountain ranges, mid-elevations.”  There is not enough detail to identify the beetle, but it doesn’t appear to be a Blister Beetle.

Ed. Note:  July 25, 2012
We just realized after the fact that this is the 15,000 posting for the website.  What a milestone!!!!

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What is this?
May 13, 2010
I live in Hawaii on Oahu in the damp part of Kaneohe, and in my hall way was this creature on the wall. My brother touched it and it fell off easily. He picked it up and the bushy antennae moved around like satellites.
Curious and can’t find the name anywhere
Oahu, Hawaii

Unknown Beetle: Elaterid? or Lampyrid?? or Other???

Dear Curious,
First, we want to congratulate you on being our 10,000th posting, though we believe that count may be off since we are still finding that some postings vanished when we made our major site migration in September 2008.  At any rate, our web posting program, WordPress, indicates that you are #10,000.  Second, we want to apologize to Amy who because of a counting error on our part, was informed that her Giant Eastern Crane Fly was the 10,000th posting, and we had to yank the distinction away when we realized we had dropped a number.  None of that has anything to do with your question, which alas, for the moment, will remain unanswered.
This is surely a beetle, but we are unable to distinguish any telltale features but for those gloriously pectinate (or are they plumose?) antennae, .  Certain Click Beetles in the family Elateridae have pectinate antennae, and many Glowworm Beetles have pectinate antennae.  Even some Fireflies have pectinate antennae.  Each of these is a possibility, and BugGuide has numerous mainland North American species of each categorized together in the superfamily Elateroidea.  Alas, the Insects of Hawaii website indicates a curious dearth of these families represented in Hawaii.  We personally find it quite hard to believe that there are no Glowworms or Fireflies in Hawaii.  Our first thought upon viewing your image, and often that first impression, formulated before logic steps in to discount it has proven to be correct, was that your beetle has the outline of a Metallic Wood Boring Beetle in the family Buprestidae, but we knew of no examples of Buprestidae with such exaggeratedly pectinate antennae.  Taking a chance on that hunch, we found an article in the Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, vol 39, no. 2, which is posted online, that indicates “Male Xenorhipis brendeli LeC. possess elaborate pectinate antennae which presumably are the sensory organs involved in locating virgin females of the same species.”  While it looks nothing like your specimen according to the photos on BugGuide, it does open up the possibility that your beetle might be a Buprestid.  Though we have drawn a blank on your identification, we hope one of our readers might have a clue as to the identity of this distinctively shaped beetle.

May 14, 2010
Looks an awful lot like a callirhipid. See picture at:

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Damsel fly?
May 13, 2010
Here again is another bug we had the pleasure of seeing in the Porcupine Mountains in August. This one, I also searched in the Kaufman’s field guide to North American insects but was unable to find. If you could help with this as well, my family and I would greatly appreciate it.
Amy Padgett
Porcupine Mountains, Michigan

Giant Eastern Crane Fly

Dear Amy,
You have the distinction of being our 10,000th posting.  This lovely and gangling creature is a Giant Eastern Crane Fly, Pecidia albivitta.  We identified it on the Crane Flies of Pennsylvania website pretty far down the Limoniinae page where this information is provided:  “This is one of the most conspicuous and beautiful crane flies in Pennsylvania.  It is common and widely distributed throughout the northeastern United States and Canada.  The adults are on the wing in June and again in September.  Crane flies of this group can be distinguished from all other adult crane flies by the dark brown triangle on the wings.  A dark costal margin, a broad seam along vien Cu, and a similar dark seam along the unusually oblique cord form this triangle.  The females reach the large size of 35 mm, while the males are slightly smaller.  Abdomen is whitish gray in color, the tergites with triangular or diamond-shaped darker gray patches that are bordered by rusty yellow.  The adults can be found in moist woods, boggy areas, cold springs, saturated springy hillsides, along streams and shaded tributaries where the aquatic carnivorous larvae develop.  Larvae of this species have creeping-welts on abdominal segments 4-7 and live in the edge of cold streams.
”  BugGuide has many submissions of this species.

Ed. Note: We actually miscounted.  This is really our 9999th post.

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neet black beetle
May 13, 2010
This handsome guy was hiding under some matted grass in my back yard. He is about the size of a finger nail and can move quickly when he wants too. When he got tired of shying away from my camera he curled into a defensive posture, image included.
My question is what kind of beetle is this and what can you tell me about him. Thank you for your site and your time.
Beau bugs
north Idaho U.S.A.

Unknown Carrion Beetle

Dear Beau bugs,
WE believe, but we are not certain, that this is a Carrion Beetle in the Family Silphidae.  We cannot find a match on BugGuide, so we have decided to contact Eric Eaton directly.  We really love the insect behavior photo you have provided.  That is one limber beetle.

Unknown Carrion Beetle

Eric Eaton confirms the Carrion Beetle identification
Hi, Daniel!  Hope you had a great trip to see mom for Mother’s Day :-)
Yes, the carrion beetle is just that, and probably Heterosilpha ramosa given the Pacific Northwest location.  It is pretty common there.

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2 1/2″ Fly with Large Blue Eyes
May 13, 2010
This bug was on our driveway and I thought it was dying. It was huge (2 1/2″ long) and I went to get my camera so I could look it up in my bug book. It was still there and I was able to get one picture. The eyes were very blue. When I moved it to get a picture straight on of it’s eyes it flew away! I was so disappointed. Obviously it wasn’t dying, but possibly just hatched? Please tell me what it is if you can. I’ve never seen anything like it and I take a lot of pictures of bugs, birds, etc. in our yard.
Boca Raton, FL

Greenhead Horse Fly

Hi Sandi,
This is one impressive Horse Fly, but we do not know the species.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck researching than we have had.

Thanks for your quick response once again!  All I can say is that boy must be on steroids!!!  He was really large for a fly.

Eric Eaton identifies Greenhead Horse Fly
Hi, Daniel!  Hope you had a great trip to see mom for Mother’s Day :-)
The horse fly is no doubt the “Greenhead,” Tabanus americanus.  Would not want to be bitten by that one!

Thanks Eric,
According to BugGuide, this is the Earth’s largest Tabanid.

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Unknown Colorful Beetle In Arizona
May 13, 2010
I found the following bug crawling on the leaves of a sunflower in my school garden today (May 13, 2010). The bug is red, black and yellow, and I have searched the internet and can’t find it. It had two antenna and what looked like a downward-turned horn (very skinny). It stood still while we took a picture of it, then flew to a nearby tree. The weather was sunny.
Mr. Bane’s Class
Glendale, AZ

Yellow Bellied Bee Assassin

Dear Mr. Bane’s Class,
Though it looks like a beetle, this is a True Bug.  Beetles have complete metamorphosis and chewing mouth parts. True Bugs have incomplete metamorphosis and piercing mouth parts.  More specifically, this is an Assassin Bug in the family Reduviidae.  It is known as a Bee Assassin in the genus Apiomeris, and though the under belly is not visible, we believe it to be a Yellow Bellied Bee Assassin, Apiomerus flaviventris which we identified on BugGuide.  Another possibility presented on BugGuide is that this might be a Bee Assassin, Apiomerus spissipes which also lives in Arizona.  We believe it is the former species because of the yellow coloration as the latter appears to have more white in its markings.

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