From the monthly archives: "June 2005"
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Thought I’d share…
I stumbled across your website while doing some research on sand wasps and I figured you should have one of my pictures! It’s a Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar. I found it last year at the day camp I work at and thought it was the coolest ever! Hope you all can use it.
Simon Mahan

Hi Simon,
We usually get our Hickory Horned Devil photos in September. We just got an image of the adult Royal Walnut Moth this week. Your photo will be a nice prelude to this year’s images. Thank you.

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Strange Bug
Hi There, Since a few days we are invaded by thousand of bugs like this in the garden. We tried to identify them, but no chance. They show up only in the evening when the temperature cools down. Are they pests? Do they eat potatoes or tomatoes plants? Or cherry, plum, apple or peach trees? How we get rid of them is impossible to stay in evening outside in the garden.

Hi Adrian,
We weren’t familiar with your species of Scarab, one of the Chafers, so we wrote to Eric Eaton. He thinks you might have a situation. Here is his response: “This is some other kind of scarab. Try searching European Chafer and see if that might be a match. If so, the submitter might want to contact their state Agricultural Dept. as the insect is a relatively recent introduction and we need to know how it is spreading.” So Adrian, contact the experts.

Ed. Note: This letter just arrived.
(08/11/2005) Reaction to “European Chafer (06/27/2005) Strange Bug”
Hi, The chafer pictured at the post “European Chafer (06/27/2005) Strange Bug” looks to me like a common cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha), or Meikever (may chafer) as they are called in Dutch. These fellows are quite noisy in flight, and come out of the ground after being a larva for 3 years. For more info, see

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what is this bug?? T_T
I was typing by my computer & this bug was just started walking across my paper. As you can see, it is pretty small. The #2 in the picture is Verdana size 8 font. I was hoping you can tell me what it is. Please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks!

Hi Winnie,
Nice photo of a Green Lacewing Larva, also known as an Aphid Lion. They are highly beneficial because of the large numbers of destructive aphids they consume.

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Frightening larva thing…
First, wonderful site. Keep up the good work, and all that. OK, so, the bug: My nephew found it under some rotten wood near Grantsburg, Wisconsin, the other day. My sister saved the little guy from becoming fishing bait, and brought it to me ("Happy Birthday!"). My nephew said that there was what appeared a shed "skin" next to it when he found it, and it was a pale off-white when caught (it’s since turned brownish, as you can see.) It looks dead in the photos, but it is alive, and will squirm around if bothered. It’s legs don’t seem to be usable, however, and remain tucked under it’s body, as do it’s wings. So, do you know what it is? And do you have any ideas of how I can help it survive? Would it be best just to put it under a rotting log, or…? Anyways, thanks a lot.
Will Anderson, MN, USA

Hi Will,
You have a Dobsonfly Pupa. If you think it is scary looking now, just check out the adult males with pincer mandibles by using our brand new site search engine.

Hi… Hah! Oh, no. Thanks. When I showed some friends your site, they pointed out the dobsonflies and said “Jesus, I hope it’s not one of those!” Muahahaha. You wouldn’t happen to have any tips on care, would you? I’ve got it in a little cage now, with moist dirt and some of the wood it was found in. Should I bury it, or do you think out in the open is ok? I had it under a bit of wood, but it was across the cage in the morning. Oh, and it doesn’t need to eat, does it? Thanks again,

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I was hiking on the Zaleski Backpacking trail in Ohio today andmiraculously saw one of these hanging upside down under a twig. I can’t beleive I saw it given it looked almost exactly like a leaf…unfortunately I didn’t have a camera with me so no pictures. I was trying to find out what it was and came across your page…I know it’s a page about pictures of them and not stories about sitings but I just wanted to let you know and thanks for the web page…google is the best. Next time I go hiking I’m definitely bringing the camera. oops! I guess I should have mentioned that I was talking about a luna moth.

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Weirdest bug I’ve ever seen!
Attached are a few high resolution pictures that I took at my friend’s house in Southern Illinois on Saturday, June 25th. As you can see in the pictures, the flying thing stayed close to the petunias and hovered just like a hummingbird does, flapping it’s wings very quickly, making them a blur (but it was NOT a hummingbird). The body of it was as big as my thumb, and it had black antannaes and a weird "tail"–kind of like a shrimp. It was also very silent–not buzzing like a bee or a wasp. I’d love to know what the heck this is, just to satisfy my curiousity. Thanks for any info you can provide!

Hi Sara,
We’ve been getting numerous photos recently of Hummingbird Moth, and the species most often confused with the hummingbird is the Common Clearwing, Hemaris thysbe, one of the Sphinx or Hawkmoths.

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