From the monthly archives: "September 2005"
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Hello! You have a great site. I have used it many times this summer. I was wondering if you can tell me what these bugs are. Are they a type of wasp? They have been stripping the bark off my lilac bush – I’m assuming they plan to lay their eggs there. Any id help would be appreciated.
Thank you.
Rene’ in MD

Hi Rene’,
These are Giant Hornets, Vespa crabro germana. They are found in the east. It is an introduced species. These are social hornets that build a nest in a hollow tree, under porch floor or in and outbuilding. The females in your photo are gathering bark to chew into paper pulp for the nest.

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Variety of burying beetle or…..?
I think it’s great that there are so many people out there who are
interested enough in bugs to find out what they are. And I think it’s even better that there is a site where people can go to get help from well-educated and dedicated people such as you. Thanks! Now, on to my bug. I found these in a rotten area of a maple tree in my yard here in northeast Ohio. Looking through your site, I saw many pictures of burying beetles which look quite similar. But these little guys seem to have larger red bands and the head and thorax do not seem so prominent. Any ideas?

Hi Steven,
This is a new genus for our site. This is a Pleasing Fungus Beetle in the genus Megalodacne. They are often found in colonies in rotten wood and beneath loose bark. There are two possible species, M. fasciata which grows 9-15 mm and M. heros which is considerably larger, ranging 18-21 mm.

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Sphinx Moth
Hi. I took this photo of a Sphinx Moth feeding on our petunias during the night. What kind of Sphinx Moth is this one? Thank you.

Hi Craig,
Beautiful Pink Spotted Hawkmoth image. We also had one posted on our homepage today. If it was a snake, it would have bit you.

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Large moth in South Florida
My husband spotted this moth during the day in our screen room, We live in the Tampa, Florida area and are wondeirng what kind of moth this is. I’ve looked at the moth sections on your page and cannot find anything similar. I’ve also done several searches using Goolge but haven’t had any luck so far. It seems to have a similar body shape to the Sphinx moths, but it’s hard for me to tell, as most pictures I find on the web are of moths with their wings extended and not folded up. Any help you can give in identifying this would be greatly appreciated.

Hi Carlene,
Your letter has left us deeply disturbed. We have searched high and low on our site to locate a gorgeous photo we once received of a Gaudy Sphinx, Eumorpha labruscae. That photo showed the beautiful blue underwings. Now, thanks to you, the species is once again represented on our site, though we can’t imagine how we lost the previous image. Here is a link with additional information.

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Here’s another for ya!
I ran into this on the same hiking trip… Never saw it before and my ID books are at school. Can ya help? Thanks

Hi Chad,
Nice Pigeon Horntail, Tremex columba, image. We can’t wait to post your mating Walkingsticks as soon as we properly identify the species. Where were these images taken?

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Various bugs from a trip last year
Last year I went on a circle tour of Lake Superior with my father, and stumbled across a handful of insects I didn’t see on your site. The first is a moth that seemed rather camera-shy. It took forever for it to sit still, but I finally got a decent shot of it. Its wingspan was probably a little over two inches, but what really caught my eye were the circular marks on the wings. I believe this one was seen on the Canadian side of Lake Superior, if that helps. The second is a type of dragonfly that was rather common around the bottom of one of the waterfalls we visited in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Perhaps three inches long. The third was also found near a waterfall in the UP of Michigan, but a different one, and not solely at the bottom of the falls either. Again, these were all over the place, and maybe 2 and a half to 3 inches
long. Great site, and I hope you have some luck finding out what these bugs are.
Justin Henry

Satyr Butterfly Ebony Jewelwing

Hi Justin,
We are very happy to get your letter which contains some new species for us. The moth is actually a butterfly in the Family Satyridae which contains the Wood Nymphs and Satyrs. These butterflies are brown or tawny with eyespots. They are found in wooded and open brushy areas. Adults don’t visit flowers for nectar, preferring sap and juices from rotting fruit. Your Dragonflies are actually closely related Damselflies. One we cannot identify, but the other appears to be an Ebony Jewelwing, Calopteryx maculata.

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