From the monthly archives: "July 2006"

unknown caterpillar – Junonia?
Thanks for your great website. A neighbor found six of these caterpillars on the sidewalk (Carlsbad, CA; July 30; we had some unusual rainy weather the previous night). Based on what we’ve found on the web, it appears like it might be in the Junonia genus. We’d welcome a positive id for this. Whenever we find caterpillars, we let our kids observe them and see if they form a chrysalis. We’d also like to know what to feed them. We tried basil and parsley, but they are not eating. Also, what kind of environment do they prefer for pupating? Thanks
Mike & Sue

Hi Mike and Sue,
This is a Morning Cloak Caterpillar. They feed on willow, poplar and elm and are also reported on Floss Silk Trees. If they were found on the sidewalk, they may have been wandering in search of a good place to pupate. The hanging pupa are often found on the sides of buildings. We have seen many adults this year near our Mt. Washington, Los Angeles office.

I love your site and the Hickory Horned Devil
Dear Bugman…
A fellow insect enthusist friend of mine sent me your site and I just love it! I photograph critters in my yard all the time. Some furry, some scaled, most are insects. Most of the time I can figure out what they are. Sometime I can’t. Now I know where to check! I am in love with the giant silkmoths of the night. Some years back I came across a Hickory Horned Devil for the first time, who had quite an adventure with me. I made a webpage about my HHD and thought you’d really like to see it. I’d love for you to share it with your readers to learn more about the HHD and the Royal Walnut/Regal Moth.
I get messages every year around late Summer/early Fall from all over the country from people that found one. I’m especially excited when children email me to thank me for my webpage’s info on the HHD. I’ve had many children use my page for reports in class. I think it is very important to edcate the importance of insects at a young age. Too often, innocent creatures are killed because of ingnorance. Which leads me to my appreciation for your “Unnecessary Carnage” section. Thank you for infoming people that killing insects is completely unnecessary much of the time. I frequently will grab a roach or even a wasp from indoors with my bare hands and put it outside. Oh, I’ll be sending you photos for your “Bug Love” section at some point too. Thanks again for what you do…
Jana Miller – The Nature Coast, Florida

Hi Jana,
Thank you for your sweet letter. We will post a link to your site. We have gotten so many photos of Royal Walnut Moths this summer, including a mating pair, so we expect it to also be a very good year for siting the Hickory Horned Devil.

I can’t ID this on your site
Hope you can help, I found this 3 mm little guy in a office building in Spokane WA. It was no where near a exit, but very much inside the building. It seems to be covered in some kind of lint, but I can say for sure looking in the magnifying glass that it is not lint. It is also very white. He/She is facing the camera, and it’s longer legs are its hind legs. Any ideas? Thank you for any help.
Mark D.

Hi Mark,
With the population of Bed Bugs reacing epidemic proportions, as witnessed by the numerous google ads on our site, you should be happy your office is being patrolled by a Masked Bed Bug Hunter. This little predator is sticky and gets covered with lint, hence it is masked. We have numerous awesome photos of these guys on our Assassin Bugs pages. You might want to think twice before napping on that office Murphy Bed if there are Bed Bugs about.

Unknown Bee?
Hi Bugman…looking for some help on this one. Been trying to identify this bee for the past two weeks but no luck. I cant find anything with those gold coloured eyes. I thought maybe it could be from the fly family but no luck there either. Thanks for your help!
Tom Rook
Brantford, Ont. Canada

Hi Tom,
Maybe, just maybe, this is a Soldier Fly in the family Stratiomyidae, but there is not match on BugGuide. We are hoping Eric Eaton can assist with this beauty. Eric wrote in with this information: “It is actually a wasp, genus Tachytes, family Sphecidae. The females paralyze acridid grasshoppers as food for their offspring. Eric”

Strange Moth
Hey Bugman!
I was surprised by this large moth while sitting by my little man-made pond, here, on our organic farm in Southern Alberta. It flaps it’s wings like a hummingbird. It is on a fly swatter in the bottom of a pint glass. Don’t worry I wasn’t about to swat it!
Carstairs, Alberta

Hi Frances,
The White Lined Sphinx, Hyles lineata, also known as the Striped Morning Sphinx, is often confused for a hummingbird when it visits flowers, often at dawn and dusk.

Is this a Sphinx Moth? Hi Bugman
We found this moth sitting in the sun in the center of our drive. (June 2 2006) It remained there for about 6-8 hours. We had to leave and when we returned it was gone. Could you tell me about it? We live in southwestern Ontario Canada. To be specific 30 minutes north of London Ont.Thanks
Deb McGrath

Hi Deb,
This is not a Sphinx Moth, but a Giant Silk Moth. More specifically, it is a Cecropia Moth and we got many photos in the month of June.