From the monthly archives: "June 2006"

what’s this moth?
You very kindly identified a moth for me yesterday, and I already have another one! This one looks similar to the vine moth shown in pictures on your site, but the vine moth was described as having a southern distribution, whereas I took this photo in Chetwynd, British Columbia (in June). Also, the markings are a bit different. Any idea what it is?

Hi again Melanie,
According to BugGuide, there are 28 species of Tiger Moths in the genus Grammia in North America. We can’t even begin to identify the species, so we hope the genus will do.

drone fly?
Hi there,
Is this a drone fly? This specimen was resting on a garden bench in early spring at my home on southern vancouver island, BC. Thanks to your site, I also would like to report a successful id of a Bedstraw Hawkmoth (Celerio galii) (see sphinx moths 2 – (05/14/2006)) that I found beside the side of the road near Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. For your interest I have attached a closeup photo of its head. It has amazing eyes!!
Ian Mackenzie,
Victoria, BC.

Hi Ian,
The fly you sent is not a Drone Fly, but a Tachnid Fly, probably Gymnosoma fulginosa, according to BugGuide. Adults are nectar feeders and larvae are parasitic on True Bugs and Beetles. Eggs are laid inside the host and the larvae feed on internal organs. Tachnids are important biological control agents.

>Green metallic sweat bee?
On or about 6/20/06 while digging in my backyard, Sammamish, Washington (just east of Seattle) I saw this new to me bee. You great website leads me to believe it is a green metallic sweat bee. I did not see any postings from the pacific NW.
Larry Hart, Sammamish, WA

Hi Larry,
Virescent Green Metallic Bees range, according to Audubon: “from Quebec and Maine to Florida, west to Texas; also Oregon to British Columbia.” We also see them in Los Angeles.

first Palo Verde Beetles of summer
Hi there —
Thought you might like these photos of a Palo Verde Borer Beetle, making his way along our driveway in Tucson. Cheryl Kohler
Tucson AZ

Hi Cheryl,
Thank you for taking the excellent photo, with the bic lighter for scale, of the Palo Verde Root Borer, Derobrachus geminatus.

tiny gold beetle
A patron brought this small beetle (approx. 2-3 mm) in for some ID help and I can’t find anything in any of our books that fit. It flew into their car in a parking lot that’s near a small oak-hickory woodlot. The elytra are clear around the margins. I really just want to narrow it down to Family – any thoughts?

Hi Michael,
Beautiful photo of a Tortoise Beetle in the Leaf Beetle family Chrysomellidae. They are sometimes called Goldbugs.