Subject: Fascinating large insect
Location: Warwick, NY USA
June 27, 2017 5:52 pm
I’ve been trying to ID this insect since I first saw it 3 years ago. I see them from time to time in my backyard (usually near pool). I live in Warwick, NY.
It’s a very unusual bug, very similar to both wasp and stonefly. It’s large, about 3 cm in length and to my surprise has huge wings which are not visible when folded. It’s head looks scary with large mandibles and very short antennae. Today I found a dead one in my garage with it’s wings fully spread. Everyone who I showed it to, had instant panic like reaction 🙂
I’m hoping you can help me to ID this insect.
Signature: Len

Female Dobsonfly

Dear Len,
This is a female Dobsonfly, and though they are not aggressive towards humans, they can defend themselves with those powerful mandibles.  Interestingly, male Dobsonflies have incredibly developed mandibles, but they are incapable of biting with them.

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Subject: unidentified bug
Location: Near Winslow, AZ
June 28, 2017 8:00 am
I can’t figure out what this is.
Your assistance is appreciated.
We photoed this guy at Homolovi State Park, Arizona.
It was October.
Signature: Dale from Olathe, Kansas

Darkling Beetle

Dear Dale,
This is a Darkling Beetle, and we believe it is in the genus
Philolithus, and we found an image on BugGuide of Philolithus sordidus that looks similar and an image on BugGuide of Philolithus morbillosus that also looks similar.  The former species has a greater range, and Philolithus morbillosus is only reported from Arizona on BugGuide.  In the past two days, Tenebboy has been identifying many unidentified Darkling Beetles in our archive, and we will see if he can provide an accurate identification on your Darkling Beetle.

You are very generous with your time and expertise. Thank you. If you further refine your identification I am eager to hear!

Subject: Beetle I think
Location: Norman, Oklahoma
June 27, 2017 8:52 pm
I found this guy in my raised garden planter.
at night ‎on Sunday, ‎June ‎25, ‎2017, at ‏‎7:13:10 PM
he was in the area with my carrot sprouts.
I live in Norman, Oklahoma.
I kept him for a day and a half in a jar and tried to find him on the net and in my books, with no luck.
I turned him lose in my front flower beds. I was afraid if I kept him any longer he would die.
-Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have run out of resources for finding this little guy. He was about a quarter inch long.
-Thank you for your help,
Signature: Heather

Unknown Tortoise Beetle

Dear Heather,
We are quite confident that this is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, and we believe it is a Tortoise Beetle in the Tribe Cassidini, but alas, we cannot locate any images on BugGuide or in Arthur Evans’ book Beetles of Eastern North America that remotely resemble it.  We are going to contact Eric Eaton and Arthur Evans to see if they can identify your beetle.

Unknown Tortoise Beetle

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Subject: Moth
Location: Texas
June 27, 2017 8:11 pm
Found this little guy in the elevator lobby of my apartment. He seemed sick, so I moved him back outside, poor lil guy. Any idea what kind he is? He’s about an inch or so long. Also, what’s the best thing to do for a moth that’s looking worse for wear? I spilled a little water out for him, but he didn’t seem to want it.
Signature: Moth friend

Virginia Creeper Sphinx

Dear Moth friend,
This sure looks like a Virginia Creeper Sphinx or Hog Sphinx,
Darapsa myron, to us, and you can verify our identification by comparing your image to images on BugGuide and Sphingidae of the Americas.  Sphinx Moths are relatively long lived as moths go, and the tattered appearance of the wings indicates that this individual may have been flying for a month or more.

Subject: Was this a black witch?
Location: Southeast Denver, Colorado
June 27, 2017 8:12 pm
Dear Bugman,
I saw this fly across my backyard today in broad daylight (I thought it was a bird flying a little bit wacky), and then it somehow found its way into my garage. Its wingspan was easily over 6 inches and it was very dark, almost black. I think it was a male black witch because I could see eye-like patterns at the top of its wings and swirly patterns at the base of its wings. It finally flew out of the garage a couple hours later, thank goodness- I didn’t want this majestic creature to meet its end in a dumb garage!
What do you think?
Signature: Cindy F

Male Black Witch

Hi Cindy,
You are correct that this is a male Black Witch.  They often seek out protected areas in which to rest, and your garage worked nicely.

Subject: Found These on Yucca
Location: Garland, Texas
June 26, 2017 6:19 pm
We found these bugs on our Yucca that recently has been looking worse and worse. It looks like a stink bug but not certain.
Signature: Shawn

Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Shawn,
This is a Leaf Footed Bug in the genus
Leptoglossus.