From the monthly archives: "October 2005"
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Unknown insect from Cyprus
I came across your site accidentally after seeing what I thought was a humming bird in my back garden, an unusual event for the south west of England. However, it turned out to be a hummingbird hawkmoth from the Mediterranean that had got lost. It doesn’t look like the ones I found on your site. Anyway, whilst on holiday in Cyprus in May of this year and keen to try out my new Cybershot camera, I came across this creature on my balcony. Of all the insects there, I never saw the like of it again and would be grateful to find out what it is and am hoping it goes by the name of ‘anteater beetle’! (I’ve got higher res images if needed)
Kind Regards,

Hi Martin,
This is some species of Weevil. Weevils belong to a very large family of beetles. They are also called Billbugs.

Update from Eric Eaton: “I actually recognize that weevil from Cyprus. It is in the genus Lixus. Many species in that genus have the yellow, powdery “bloom” on their bodies. Eric ”

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more bug love
Thought I would send this pic of spiny oakworm moth love! Your website is great, and I just wanted to contribue.
Michelle in Florida

Hi Michelle,
This is definitely an Oakworm in the genus Anisota, but we can’t conclusively identify the species. Thanks for the image.

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Grasshopper picture
Hello Whats That Bug?
I was out with my husband enjoying a brandnew camera when I caught sight of this little guy. It was clinging to some plants off one on the nature trails on Fort Gordon, Georgia.I hope it is worthy of your collection. Enjoy!
Ann Smith

Hi Ann,
This is an Alutacea Bird Grasshopper or Leather-Colored Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca alutacea. It has some degree of color variability.

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What are these?
There are two pictures attached. Each picture has a different creature. Please identify them for me.

This is a Twelve Spot Cucumber Beetle, Diabrotica undecimpunctata. It is a serious plant pest on cucumbers and squash.

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Female Wolf Spider with Babies!
Thought you’d like to see a happy mother Wolf Spider with her babies traversing our back patio. We LOVE your site! My daughter and I are constantly finding bugs and looking them up on your site. Dozens of Wheel Bugs, Conifer Seed Bugs, Spiders, and many others have been spared certain death because now we know what they are. Please keep up the fantastic amount of work you do. Much thanks!
The Oxenreiders (south central Pennsylvania)

Dear Oxenreiders,
Letters like yours are worth so much to us. We are please that you use the site as a research tool. Thank you for sharing your fantastic photo as well.

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