From the monthly archives: "November 2005"
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Brown Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar
Thank you for your site. I searched many sites for close to 3 hours, and came to the conclusion my caterpillar was a Brown Hooded Owlet, though the photos I saw didn’t quite match. Thanks to Tony in Colorado, now I’m sure. My son photographed this one, also on an Aster, in southeastern Utah near Canyonlands National Park on October 1, 2005.
Ruth in New Mexico

Hi Again Ruth,
There is some degree of individual variation in markings and coloration of the Brown Hooded Owlet Moth, Cucullia convexipennis. It surely is a strikingly colored caterpillar. We love that your image shows the flower of the host plant.

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Any Idea what species this is?
See photo. It was found high in a maple tree in British Columbia six years ago. Thanks.
Sandy McLachlan

Hi Sandy,
We wanted to check with Eric Eaton on a species identification of your Long Horned Borer Beetle. Here are his conclusions: “Two possibilities: the spotted tree borer, Synaphaeta guexi, 12-20 mm, known to bore in maple; Neocanthocinus obliquus, 9-14 mm, which bores in pine. I am using a very old reference, so these insects may have different scientific names by now, I don’t know. There is no up-to-date reference for northwest beetles. Eric “

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(12/25/2005) Antlion?
My four year old son found this critter this morning. At first I thought it was an Antlion, but it doesn’t act like one. It was crawling around the leaves of a Croton bush and doesn’t back up like Antlions usually do. Any help identifying it would be appreciated.

Hi David,
Please write back with your global coordinates? Please tell us in what part of the world was this found?

Sorry, I live in the Northeast of Thailand. What size do you want pictures submitted in? Can’t find any info on the site. Thanks again, I’d really like to know what this critter is.

Thanks for the followup information. It is helpful that we are not trying to identify a North American species. We are not 100% sure yet and we are waiting for a second opinion from Eric Eaton. We think it looks like an Owlfly larva, but we would not rule out that it might be the larva of another Neuropteran, like an Antlion.


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Mosquito pic
Dear Bugman,
Browsing your site, I see no picture of a mosquito. This one my son, Andrew, shot in Alaska in June, just south of Denali. This Alaska State Bird specimen was on the screen of our screen house, and had just munched on our Golden Retriever. We used a Linolool mosquito inhibitor to kep our sanity during this trip- they confuse the critters, and they fly around like they’re drunk, and don’t tend to land on you.
Ruth in New Mexico

Hi Ruth,
We were a little late in posting your fabulous photo, but we now have an illustration on our Mosquito page.

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What’s this bug??
Hello! Can you please identify this tree bug for me? Last summer at our cottage in the Eastern Townships (Brome Lake), Canada…I found several of these bugs burrowing into one of my trees. The tree is hollowed in several places by woodpeckers. These particular flying bugs that have about 4 inch long triple tail end tenticles that burrow into the tree, (all 4 inches of their tail end tenticles into the tree, and I must say only in this particular tree). They may be about 2 inches in length, and I also see some smaller brownish types around, but they do not react in the same way. The larger ones that appear to be darker in color, have a tail end that engulfs, and fans out into a whitish colored fan, that may grow to about the size of a nickle. Once their tail end fan appears at its’ largest, they retract it and fly away. I have never seen this bug before, and have owned my cottage for the past 25 years. Can you help identify, and explain what this bug is? I hope my pictures will be good.
Diane O’Donnell

Hi Diane,
The Giant Ichneumon, Megarhyssa atrata, is a beneficial insect that lays eggs in wood infested by boring grubs.

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Please identify
Can you help me identify this small insect seen on a Passion Flower in Lakeview, AR June 24?
Rose Maschek

Hi Rose,
This is Disonycha discoidea, the Passionflower Flea Beetle, one of the Leaf Eating Beetles in the Family Chrysomelidae.

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