From the monthly archives: "November 2005"

Dear Bugman
What’s this bug?! My son needs to know for his school project, hoping you can help.
Many Thanks

Hi James,
In exchange for helping your son on his project, we are hoping you will write us back and tell us where you photographed this lovely Oleander Hawkmoth. We have located it on Bill Oehlke’s awesome site. According to the site: “The Oleander Hawk Moth, Deilephila nerii or Daphnis nerii (Wing span: 90–110mm) is primarily associated with the southern Mediterranean region, North Africa and the Middle East to Afghanistan (Ebert, 1969). Along the Mediterranean, there is no clear distinction between resident and migrant populations. Permanent populations exist in suitable locations in Sicily, Crete and Cyprus; however, over a number of favourable years further colonies may be established in those islands and also in southern Italy and southern Greece, all of which die out during a hard winter. Extra-limital range. From Afghanistan eastward to south-east Asia and the Philippines; as a migrant, it penetrates northwards into central Europe and central southern Asia. In 1974, this species was recorded as having established itself in Hawaii (Beardsley, 1979). ” So James, where are you?

Ed Note:((12/01/2005)
Over the next several days we received the same image from several people. Here was our written response and the followup:
Why is everyone sending in this exact photo for identification? I sent a detailed response to James two days ago and now two people from your government organization have sent in the same image. We are beginning to suspect a conspiracy theory.

sorry we are doing an xmas quiz and identifying the moth is one of the questions, thank you for your help.

Red and black beetle, or what?
Can you identify this dude? I have been looking on web sites for two days now and cannot come up with it. First time seeing them around my house. They seem to be coming from behind the vinyl siding, near the edges, but we have found several inside in different rooms. Can you offer any help? Thanks in advance.
Gene O’Connor

Hi Gene,
We feel somehow compelled to give you a hard time. Out of curiosity, how much time in those two days did you spend looking at our site? because the Boxelder Bug is prominently featured at the very top of our homepage since we get so many requests to identify it.

Can you identify this interesting bug?
I noticed it sitting on the wall of my old house in CT. I thought it was very interesting looking, so I grabbed my camera. I never had someone ID it. Any ideas? With our luck in that house, that was probably eating the wall in this photo. Thanks for your help!
Valerie Shade

Hi Valerie,
What a nice photo of a Plume Moth in the Family Pterophoridae. Your wall is quite safe, but some species are agricultural pests.

Can you tell me who this is?
Saw this guy on a very windy mid-morning, November, in North Central Florida, clinging to that piece of grass like his life depended on it.

Hi Tim,
We first searched superficially, and today more thoroughly, to identify your beautiful moth which we believe to be an Arctiid Moth. Sadly we can’t get a conclusive species for you despite those distinctive white wing spots. We will continue to search and post the image on Bugguide.

Moments after posting on Bugguide, Tony Thomas wrote in with the following identification: “Looks like a Tiger moth but is a Geometrid, White-tipped Black Melanchroia chephise “

Check out my new friend
May friend in South Africa sent me this pic and was wondering what it was Thanks.

Hi Robert,
This is the second South African Bush Locust photo we received this month.

I believe the African Bush Locust pictures you have posted are the Koppie Foam Grasshopper (Dictyophorus spumans). It is indeed Pyrgomorphidae. The Bush Locusts are all supposedly very toxic, and the black & red Dictyophorus is no exception.

Found This This Morning
Hi Daniel,
I woke up this morning to find “Gary” (as my daughter affectionatly named him) in this state. How long can we expect him to be like this? Thanks for the speedy response!

Hi Jill,
Nice to see that your Ficus Sphinx Caterpillar, Gary, has metamorphosed into a pupa. There are several generations per year in warm climates, so we would guess that Gary would emerge as an adult moth in about a month. Many Sphinx Moths pupate underground, but the Ficus Sphinx pupates among leaf litter.