From the yearly archives: "2005"
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Help, help … Moth? Butterfly? What-in-the-world IS this?
Hi! What a delight to find your website while searching for “moth tufted tail” !! I’m so curious about the “identity” of this striking little moth (or butterfly?)I found on my door screen in Houston, Texas on a morning in October 2005. It was about 3/4 inches from wingtip to wingtip. Can you tell me what it is?
Thanks in advance!

Hi Ginger,
Just last month, we posted a photo of Diaphania hyalinata which goes by the common name Melonworm Moth.

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Butterfly type?
Hi there,
its the start of winter here in Ontario and while walking along a creek the other day I found this on an old surveying stick. Its about 2.5 inches long by 1.5 wide and 1.5 deep, pretty fat for what I’m guessing is a butterfly pupae. It was found near Orangeville, Ontario if that helps at all. Sorry for the dark photo but it was more ‘toffee’ colored than the pic shows and quite scaly. Thanks. A great site that is really fun to scan through.
Andrew G. Bruce

Hi Andrew,
This is a Preying Mantis Eggcase and in the spring, several hundred mantidlings will emerge.

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tiger moth mating
Hello bugman,
A few months ago I submitted shots of tiger moths laying eggs along with the hatched larvae. I did not originally have the moths mating picture. I finally located it! Hope you still need one.
Nancy (havard) Rendel
San Luis Obipso, CA

Hi Nancy,
We received and posted the egg laying image of the Painted Arachnis, but did not receive the hatchling photo. We are happy to post it along side the long dead parents.

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Bumble Bee Pic
Here’s a cute bumble bee picture for you. I don’t know what this flower is in my backyard but it attracts so many different bugs & I try to snap pics of them when I can. You’ve previously posted a cranefly pic I took on one of these flowers too. Thx, & again, your site is real cool.

Hi Again Cindy,
We can’t believe we have not had a good Bumble Bee photo on our site until your submission.

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Fluoro green bug from Australia, or is it?
Attached to this email is a photo of an unidentified insect beside some coins for size reference. I found this bug below my sink. I am from the south east coast of Australia and I am curious to know:
1. Is this insect venomous/dangerous (stings, itches, etc, possible cause of bed bugs? If so… Its a wonder I haven’t missed them the first time!). As you can see by the pics its is fluoro green in color with black spots. Perhaps like many of the insect life on the Australian east coast, maybe its one of those insects that have this black spotty coat to warn predators of itself? Would slightly than normal summer temperatures be bringing this insect to our doorstep, or would any of the garden plants we have here in our backyard be attracting it? The temperatures we have been experiencing recently have reached around 100 degrees Fahrenheit (30+ degrees Celsius) you see.
2. Is it an Australian native insect? If it isn’t I will strongly consider destroying it, seeing that native flora and fauna has enough trouble trying to cope with many introduced species, and finally… 3. …why are it’s legs still slowly moving!? We have recently scattered some insect poison around the toilet floor to kill some roaches. This insect seemed to have been affected, as it seemed lifeless, at first. It seems though to be sort of waking up, as if it was recovering from a hangover or something! (yipes!)
Please respond when you can.
Joe Baez

Hi Joe,
This is a Botany Bay Weevil which we located on an Australian Beetle Site. According to the site: “the Botany Bay weevil Chrysolopus spectabilis – up to 25 mm long – is active at this time of the year feeding on acacias. Despite the name, it lives right throughout south east Australia. The Botany Bay Weevil, was one of the first Australian insects to be described from material collected in 1770 by Joseph Banks, a naturalist who landed at Botany Bay with Captain Cook.” So it does not sting or bite. It is native. The acacias are attracting it and we have no comment on poison.

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My father and I have set the Botany Bay weevil free. As soon as took it out of the pouch i was keeping it in, it wiggled all its limbs and slowly crawled away! Talk about a miracle of Christmas! 😀 Thanks heaps for the advice, and I’ll be sure to refer your site to others.
Joe Baez.

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Nephila clavata / golden orb weaver / Mudang Spider
I did a bit of hunting round this year to try and find the name of an interesting spider I see frequently in Korea (see attached photographs). It turned out to be the Nephila clavata or golden orb weaver, common to Korea and Japan. I stumbled across you site recently. Someone asked what the Korean name of this spider is and what it means. The Nephila clavata or golden orb weaver is called a

or "mudang gumi" in Korean (I have attached a .jpeg file of the Korean text in case your computer cannot read Korean). This means, roughly, "fortune teller spider" or "shaman spider". "Mudangs" are Korean fortune tellers, usually female, who use the time, day, month and year of one’s birth to make predictions or assess the compatibility of a couple before marriage..

Hi H.L.,
Thanks for the fascinating account of this marvelous spider.

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