From the monthly archives: "February 2006"
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Butterfly Porn
Hi bugfolks,
I recently visited a butterfly garden, and was shocked by the decidedly R-rated display of wantonness. Under every leaf, exhibitionist butterflies and moths were getting it on… It was possibly the best date of all times. Here are a few of my favorite voyeur shots for your Bug Love section, hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy your site!

Hi Valerie,
Thank you for your fabulous letter and lascivious images. We are especially intrigued with your Atlas Moth orgy.

The exhibit butterflies are all hatched in the garden. For the Atlas moths, the cocoons are glued to ropes dangling from the ceiling in a dark little cave near a waterfall. The moths seem to like to cluster in that area, and many were pairing off right on top of their former husks.

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Venezuelan Grasshopper
Hallo Bugman,
this Grasshopper lives in the south of Venezuela. Locals said, it is the biggest Species there.

Hi Christian,
Thanks for all the photos you sent in. It will take some time to post them all, but we will try. Hopefully, womeone will write in and identify some of your creatures.

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Unknown beetle
Stuart from Tucson again. This time I have an unidentified beetle hanging out on an ocotillo in the back yard. Looks like it could be a species of long horn beetle but I am not sure. The speciman was approximately 1 – 1 1/4 inches from head to toe (not including the antennas or what ever you call those on a beetle).

Hi Stuart,
We have reservations saying this is a Female Prionus, though that is our best guess at the moment. Certain anatomical features seem inconsistant witht he genus. We will check with some real experts to get you an answer. Eric Eaton provided the following identification: ” Ah-ha! Well, you have the right family:-) This longhorn beetle is in the genus Moneilema, the “cactus longhorns.” They are rather large, flightless, and mostly nocturnal, venturing out at night to feed on fleshy cacti, especially Opuntia prickly-pear and cholla. As larvae they mine at the base of the cactus, or in pads that are prostrate on the ground. The adults are thought to mimic Eleodes darkling beetles, even standing on their heads at times as if prepared to spray an attacker (as Eleodes can do). Very interesting beetles, and quite common, even if not often seen. Eric “

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Chinese Spider
Any thoughts on what this spider might be? We came across hundreds in our recent travels to southern China, mostly right at head height in the trees!

Hi Michael,
We believe this is a female Nephila clavata, the Golden Orb Web Spider, which we have identified in Korea and also ranges in China. It is possible it might be another species in the genus Nephila.

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Uknown Bug
Hello again! Well I was in the middle of a rousing game of Settlers with my family when this little guy flew down, or droped down more like it, right infront of me. I thought it was sorta pretty with its lime green body and rainbow-seethrew wings. Can you identify it?
Thanks a ton!
Kyle C

Hi Kyle,
This past Saturday night we were at a dinner party, and we told the host (who said he had ladybugs in his garden) that we prefer Lacewings as they eat more Aphids. This is a Lacewing, a Neuropteran sometimes commonly called a Golden Eye. They have ravenous appetites for aphids, both as larvae and adults, and they are a gardener’s friend. Lacewings are attracted to lights, hence your visit.

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