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Subject: Eggs on Fennel Leaf
Location: Atlanta, GA
July 8, 2012 5:17 pm
These egss were deposited a couple of days ago on a bronze fennel leaf. They are small, about the size of a pin head. Hoping you can help identify. Thanks!
Signature: Amy R

Unknown Eggs

Dear Amy,
Eggs can be very difficult to identify, and though this formation seems distinctive, it does not look familiar to us.  Our best guess is that perhaps they are either a moth or a type of True Bug.  We will continue to research this.

As an update, I’ve attached a picture of some of the hatchlings. Some kind of looper? The picture was taken, today, 07/11/2012.

Eggs on Fennel Hatch into Caterpillars

Thanks Amy,
It seems our first guess, Moth Eggs, was correct.  Also, judging by the way the caterpillars move, they are the hatchlings of a Geometrid Moth, often called Inchworms or Spanworms.  We will see if we can determine what species feeds on fennel.

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Subject: Beetle ID
Location: Costa Rica – Monteverde region
July 5, 2012 10:17 am
Hello,
For hours I’ve now been trying to get an ID on this nice beetle but I still am standing nowhere. My best guess is that it’s a member of the Chrysomelidae, but even of that I’m not sure. I saw it in Costa Rica (Monteverde Region) in November. It was around 2cm large, although I’m very bad at guessing sizes. Maybe you can help me? I would already be very happy with an ID on family level. Thanks!
Signature: Sincerely, Stefanie

Shield Bug

Hi Stefanie,
This is not a Beetle.  It is a Shield Bug in the family Scutelleridae.  We are not having much luck finding an exact match, but it closely resembles the Spotted Shield Bug,
Pachycoris torridus, which is pictured on Project Noah.  We cannot say for certain if it is the same species since there is often much variation in the number and size of markings within a species.

Hello,
Thank you so much for your fast reply. I found some more pictures of the species it resembles that look even more similar
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/theactionitems/6912741301/in/set-72157629089500575/ ).
I’m very happy with the info!
Cheers,
Stefanie

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Subject: it looks like a damselfly
Location: Ottawa Ontario
June 24, 2012 10:54 pm
Ive never seen a damselfly like this before especially with the three prongs from the end. The wings and head really resemble the typical damselfly here in Canada. However from looking through images on this site I dont see it. Can you help me figure out what it is
Signature: Curious

Ichneumon

Dear Curious,
The quality of your photo is poor and the dead creature is missing a head, but we believe this is an Ichneumon, a species of parasitic wasp.  It most resembles the genus
Megarhyssa, however, the coloration is not typical of the species we are familiar with in that genus.  See this photo from BugGuide for a nice view of the three pronged ovipositor of Megarhyssa nortoni.  We hope to get a second opinion from Eric Eaton.  Can you provide any size information?

Eric Eaton provides an identification!!!
Daniel:
Assuming this is from the U.S. or Canada, I would bet on Dolichomitus irritator:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/338540
They get pretty large in their own right.
Eric

Thanks Eric,
That species name “
irritator” is very suggestive.

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Subject: South African Flying Insect
Location: Nature’s Valley, Western Cape, South Africa
June 20, 2012 3:17 pm
Here’s a lovely bug from the South African Cape. We’d love to know what it is.
Signature: Luis

Spider Wasp from South Africa

Hi Luis,
We are nearly certain this incredibly gorgeous insect is a Spider Wasp in the family Pompilidae, but we cannot find any photos online to support that supposition.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck with a species identification.

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Subject: Stick insect I.D.
Location: Thailand
June 19, 2012 4:10 am
Sir
I have sent several photos in the past to be Identified but not yet had a reply.
I live in Thailand and it’s pretty difficult to name a lot of the insects I find.Here are some for you t look at.
Signature: lenny

Walkingstick

Dear Lenny,
This is a beautiful Walkingstick or Phasmid, but we do not know the species.  We will try to research it.  We apologize for not responding to your earlier emails, but we have a tiny and overwhelmed staff and the past few weeks have been especially hectic in our personal lives.  Emails back up and many never even get opened.  We are guessing that Khao-Soi-Dao, the name on your files, is the local name for this lovely Phasmid that would be perfectly camouflaged on that twig were it not for the chrome yellow collar.

Walkingstick

Hello Daniel
Thank you for your prompt reply.
Khao Soi Dao is a National Park not to far from Cambodia.
The yellow collar was only shown when the insect was touched
and was withdrawn after a few seconds.Probably a defence of some sort
to frighten preditors.  It’ difficult here in Thailand to I.D. stuff.It means trawling the internet
for hours looking for photos of the insects I have seen only to find they
also don’t know the correct Latin name.
There is a guide,Beetles of Thailand,but I already have seen 30odd species
not even in there.Frustrating.
Anyway thanks again’hope to hear from you soon.
Lenny

Walkingstick

Very Interesting.  Thanks for the additional information Lenny.  We have had no luck with a species identification.

 

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Subject: Camping with Insects
Location: Kennedy Meadows, CA
June 3, 2012 11:54 pm
Hey there,
When I was in Kennedy Meadows, CA I saw this huge fly looking insect. I think if may be a species of Robberfly, but i am not positive. I believe it was around last August when I saw it. Think you can help me out? Thanks a bunch!
Signature: Jared from California

Robber Fly

Hi Jared,
This is indeed a Robber Fly.  Our quick search this morning did not turn up a species match, but it reminds us of the genus
Promachus pictured on BugGuide as well as the genus Proctacanthus also pictured on BugGuide.  Both genera are also pictured on this wonderful Robber Fly website.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist with this identification.

Robber Fly

 

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