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dragonfly and moth
Thought you might like these shots of (what I believe is) a flame skimmer dragonfly (taken in Jamestown, Va in mid August) & a great leopard moth (taken in Elverson, Pa in late June) Keep up the good work, I have found your site invaluable in identifying insects & arachnids in my travels!
Lynne M

Hi Lynne,
We are posting your image, but we are not convinced it is of the Flame Skimmer, which is a Western species. We have to confess, Dragonfly identification often baffles us. We believe this looks most like a species introduced to this country from Australia, the Scarlet Skimmer, Crocothemis servilia. All reports on BugGuide are from Florida (though an unconfirmed report from Tennessee is mentioned) but perhaps it is moving north. We eagerly welcome anyone who can confirm or deny this identification.

Correction: Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 1:44 AM
Good morning,
If I may, I think it is rather a Needham’s Skimmer (Libellula needhami). Crocothemis look stouter with a rather broad abdomen, without those black marking on the top of the abdomen.
I hope this helps,
Renaud, Switzerland

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hey what is this bug??
i found it in my back yard in brier Washington. im going to collage to become an entomologist!!!!! thank you so much, i hope you can tell me what i found!!!!!!!
blake oswold

Hi Blake,
This is an Ichneumon. We are inclined to guess that it is a Megarhyssa species, but it does not match any specimens on BugGuide. In 2004, we received a nearly identical specimen that Eric Eaton identified as Megarhyssa nortoni. The specimens pictured on BugGuide are brown and yellow, not black and white, which has us puzzled. There is also a photo posted on an Australian website where Megarhyssa nortoni has been introduced as a biological control agent for the European Wood Wasp, Sirex noctilio. Eric Eaton quickly wrote back with this comment: “Hi, Daniel: Well, I’m wondering now if the ichneumons are even in the GENUS Megarhyssa! I can’t be absolutely positive. I know there are sizable ichneumons in other genera that closely resemble Megarhyssa, especially in the western U.S. Eric”

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An Australian Red & Yellow Spide
Hi There,
I saw this pretty spider while walking through the Atherton Tablelands in Northern Australia. I’ve been searching the internet and trying to find out what it is! A friend suggested that I check your site out and ask. I know you’re swamped but if you’ve a moment, please help and thanks in advance! Cheers,

Hi Jennifer,
This spider looked enough like one of the Crablike Spiny Orbweavers in the genus Gasteracantha that we tried a web search. We quickly found a photo of Gasteracantha fornicata on Wikipedia, and it appears to be a perfect match to your spider.

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Shiny green spider
My husband took a video of this gorgeous little thing and it jumped right onto the camera lens! The closest picture I’ve found online is a Cosmophasis (specifically the picture labelled Cosmophasis ZZ059 on the page /australian/salticidae/Saltici dae.html) …but Wikipedia claims that "some species occur in Africa, while most are found in Southeast Asia, down to Australia." This spider was filmed and photographed in Fayetteville, Arkansas. :) Regrettably, most attempts to look up a shiny green jumping spider on the web come up with…well, the "Green Jumping Spider", Lyssomanes viridis, which this puppy -clearly- isn’t. Thanks for any help you can give me. We just moved here from Dallas two months ago, and rented a house in a semi-rural setting, and we’re very much enjoying getting to know all the wildlife. We have cows, deer, and every kind of spider known to Arkansas! :)
Ro Windwalker

Hi there Ro,
Clearly you are a detail oriented person, and you will probably not content yourself with the general answer we are going to give you. This is a Jumping Spider in the Family Salticidae. Most Jumping Spiders, and there are many, do not have common names. BugGuide shows four pages of subfamilies and each of those have additional genus and species identifications. The folks associated with BugGuide are far more organized and technical than we can ever hope to be. We really don’t have the time to sift through all of the photos to provide you with an exact identification, but perhaps you might be curious. Just follow the link we have posted on our site and start to look through images. This is how we do most of our identifications. If you get the answer, please write back and we will post it.

Update: (06/30/2007)
ID of “shiny green spider” from 6/28/07 I believe I’ve found the shiny green spider submitted by Ro on 6/28/07. Here’s a link from the University of Kentucky Entomology website for you to look at and see if you agree. iles/casefile/spiders/jumping/ jumping.htm#para The spider is the Paraphidippus aurantius. Cheers!
Stefanie Graves
Watercolors by Stefanie Graves
http://stefaniegraves.cowango .com/index.html

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Phalaenoides glycinae?
Greetings! This past weekend, I found two of these caterpillars munching on my backyard grapevine leaves. I captured them and took them inside to observe. When I returned from running errands, both had escaped from captivity and where toodling around on the kitchen floor! So, back outside they went to fend for themselves… I have looked at all 9 (!) of the caterpillar pages on your WONDERFUL site to no avail! The closest match I could find on the internet is the Grapevine Moth, Phalaenoides glycinae, from Australia. But I don’t live anywhere near Oz, we are about 40 miles north of Philadelphia, PA. Any ideas? I have attached 2 photos, a side view and a top view, I hope they are satisfactory for a positive ID!! Thanks for maintaining such a cool site!!

Hi Laura,
This looks to us like the caterpillar of the Eight Spotted Forrester Moth, Alypia octomaculata. According to BugGuide, Grape is a food plant.

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Citrus or Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly
Hi Bugman,
Hope you like this pic of female Citrus Swallowtail Butterfly feeding on Bouganvillea flowers. Taken April 5 2007 Gold Coast Queensland Australia keep up the good work guys, really appreciate your site, its a great source of information.
Trevor Jinks

Hi again Trevor,
Thank you so much for your latest photo addition to our site.

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