From the monthly archives: "September 2005"
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Please identify the attached flying insect
Hi,
live in Sarasota, FL & took the attached picture yesterday. What& is it? Looks like wood wings & body.
thanks,
Bill Zuk

Hi Bill,
Nice image of a Tersa Sphinx.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

great pic of a praying mantis
Hi Whats that bug,
I wanted to submit a picture of a Praying Mantis I took. My son found this guy on our road. I could not resist scooping up the camera and taking this shot. We live in the country so we see them every now and again. The Praying Mantis has always been my favorite bug! I used to catch them all the time when I was a kid. I am still just as amazed by them as an adult! Thought you might enjoy this picture.
Shari McCollough
Crawfordsville, IN

Hi Shari,
Thanks for the view of what the insect sees just before the Mantis preys.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Catalpa Sphinx Caterpillar Albino?
Hello bugman,
Your site is terrific! We used it to identify these caterpillars which are madly defoliating our catalpa trees, and we checked out the link you offered as well. But, we’ve not found specific information to help us determine the nature of the very pale version. Could this be an albino of the catalpa sphinx?
Thanks!
Elizabeth

Hi Elizabeth,
Nice photo. Here is what we do know. The smallest caterpillar exhibits the normal coloration of an early Catalpa Sphinx instar. The largest caterpillar also exhibits normal coloration. There are albinos possible in all species. This could be an albino. If that is true, the adult would probably also exhibit albinism. Good find.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Creatures
Hi,
The first 2 attachments are of a very large Caterpillar that sent my Mom running for the hills, claiming she would “…never go outside ever again.” (she has since gone outside…) After finding your site I think it is a Luna moth Caterpillar, but I can’t find a picture that has the same patterns. Do they vary that much? or is this some other creature? The second attachment shows a very interesting “X” on his rear end. The 3rd attachment came from my tomato garden and I think it is a tomato horn worm with parasitic wasp larvae. This creature and attachments just about sent my Mom into convulsions. (It creeped me out too.) By the way, we live in Elkridge, Maryland. Also just wanted to say that your site is terrific it has helped me several times this summer identify weird and wonderful things in our yard.
Thanks,
Tina Guyton

Hi Tina,
Your caterpillar is another Giant Silkworm, the Polyphemus MOth.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Mud wasp
Hi bug man 2 more pictures , this time of a mud dauber wasp?? in one he/she is carrying mud and the other a droplet of water .You see a knee magnified in the droplet…..
Pete Dundas
Ontario

Hi Pete,
Great photos of a Black and Yellow Mud Dauber, Sceliphron caementarium, in action. We tried getting some photos of a female making a nest on our porch, but sadly, the camera wasn’t charged.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination