Bedraggled Polyphemus Moth

What Is This Moth? This moth was on my deck in Minnesota for a brief period last June. The deck floorboards that you see are 6″ wide. It was a spectacle for us! Can you identify it? Daryl Ramsey Hi Daryl, You have a very bedraggled Polyphemus Moth, one of the giant silkworm moths, Antheraea … Read more

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Nasty looking bug in Florida..need help identifying I found this nasty looking critter stationed on my patio window in Tampa, FL. He flies but apparantly not too well…I heard him crash into the window with a thud….about 1 inch long, 1/2 inch wide with legs similar to a big roach or preying mantis. It had … Read more

Ficus Sphinx

large caterpillar One of our staff found this large caterpillar this morning climbing the wall of the university in Corpus Christi, TX. It is about 5″ long and 3/4″ diameter. Any ideas? Thanks, Woody Hi Woody, It has taken me hours of web searching to finally identify your Ficus Sphinx, Pachylia ficus, which I finally … Read more

Black Widow Photos

Oh! and speaking of monsters… I’ve attached a few pictures of a black widow I found crawling up my leg as I studied….=) Also set that one free… I really should have thought about my downstairs neighbors before chucking it out my 4th story window… I also had a bad termite problem in that apartment… … Read more