From the monthly archives: "October 2005"
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Good Photo of Mormon Cricket
Hi again. I just emailed you some pictures of craneflies and now I’m sending along a picture of a Mormon Cricket I took last year while visiting Idaho. Your site is fantastic for identifying bugs. I did know what kind of cricket this was because a local told me when I took the photo. I wish I had put something down to show the scale, however, I do believe it will be one of the better photos you have of it.
Regards,
Cindy
Ajax, ON CANADA (just east of Toronto)

Hi Cindy,
Sorry for the delay but we had DSL problems (no signal). As we had never seen a Mormon Cricket with such a light coloration, we inquired as to Eric Eaton’s opinion. Here is his response: “Mormon crickets come in a variety of colors, but it could also be something related. Sorry to be non-commital, but sometimes photos just aren’t enough. Eric “

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2 Cranefly Pics
Love your site. Thought I’d send you these two pictures I took of craneflies in my backyard. One on its own and the other of a mating pair. I wouldn’t have known they were craneflies until identifying them on your site.
Cindy
Ajax, ON CANADA (just east of Toronto)

Hi Cindy,
Sorry for the long delay. We are posting both of your images on our Cranefly page and our second Bug Love page. The images are both stunning.

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hi bugman,
here’s an old Owl Butterfly
Ben

Hi Ben,
Thank you for the photo and also thanks for including the scientific name, Caligo memnon, on your Owl Butterfly file. This genus is often used as a textbook example of protective marking, as a predator will often be startled by the eyespots. When the butterfly hangs up-side-down from a branch, it really does resemble the face of an owl.

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Tussock Moth Caterpillars?
While in Maine this August, I snapped some nice photos of what I think are various kinds of tussock moth caterpillars; am I right? Oh, and your site is basically Nirvana.
Johanne

Definite-marked Tussock MothBanded Tussock Moth


Hi Again Johanne,
Sorry for the delay, but our internet access was down for a week and mail really piled up. We agree that two of you caterpillars are known as Tussock Moths. The third is possibly, but we are unable to be more conclusive due to the camera angle. The two that are Tussock Moths are from different genera, however. We believe one to be the Definite-marked Tussock Moth, Orgyia definita. Family Lymantriidae. This Family is known as the Tussock Moth Family. The other is probably the Banded Tussock Moth also known as the Pale Tussock Moth, Halysidota tessellaris, which is in the Family Arctiidae, the Tiger Moths.

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Help us
We are being plagued by this bug. This is the third one I’ve seen and I’d like to know what it is. Thanks in advance,
Brandon

Hi Brandon,
We are used to exageration. Many times people imagine that insects are much bigger than they really are. We are definitely amused that three of anything is considered a plague. This is an immature Assassin Bug, a beneficial insect in the garden.

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Giant Hornet in Turkey
Two thumbs up for a fascinating and informative website. We just got back from our vacation in Turkey. We have been there a total of 8 times but never seen this wasp/hornet on previous occasions. They were very numerous. We would see them each day at our hotel poolside, but nowhere else. Some would come to the overflow grating at the side of the pool and drink the water (see photo). Others would briefly bounce off the water in flight or even stay on the surface for a few seconds before flying off also apparently taking a drink. I guess that their wingspan would be getting on for 2”. I would be most interested to hear what species this is.
After some more surfing I now assume that the beast in question is a ‘Giant Hornet with local colour variation’ as it is differently marked than the one shown 5 from the top. Interestingly on the map which shows where hornets are to be found, the part of Turkey where I saw it is NOT included (”bottom left hand corner”). I guess they are spreading. Many thanks again for a brilliantly entertaining and informative website.
All the best
Chris Pinn
Germany

Hi Chris,
Sorry for the delay, but we are very busy lately and don’t have time to answer even a small portion of our email. We agree this is a hornet, but are not sure of the species. Lovely photo though.

Update (05/02/2006)
The Insect in the photo 10/26/2005 Turkish Hornet ( Chris Pinn Germany) is an Oriental Hornet ( Vespa Orientalis) whose range covers the eastern Mediterranean, the Arabian peninsula, Ethiopia and Somalia. All the Best
M. Leather
England

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