From the monthly archives: "July 2006"

Can you tell what this bug is?
I found this colorful beetle in Phoenix, AZ outskirts in the desert. Do you know the species? Thanks.

This is definitely a Blister Beetle, and we are also certain it is the genus, Cysteodemus, the Desert Spider Beetles. One species is black and the other is white. The white species is the White Bladder-bodied Meloid, Cysteodemus armatus. We are perplexed by the yellow coloration and wonder if it is a variation, a chemical tinting, a pollen dusting, or a different species. We will inquire if Eric Eaton has an opinion.

Would love ID on this bee
Hi there,
My son and I noticed a bee we’ve not seen before visiting our flowers this summer. I know you are swamped, but I couldn’t find one like it on your bee page. It is over 1.5″ long. We saw a smaller variant also, about 1″, but I couldn’t nab a picture of it. Your site is our favorite on the Web. I’m glad and sad you are so popular.
Scott Williams and Kyle Mink

Hi Scott and Kyle,
Thanks for the compliment. We wish you had provided us with global coordinates. We are checking to see if Eric Eaton recognizes this bee which has us baffled. Eric quickly wrote back: “The bee is a male ‘giant resin bee,’ Megachile sculpturalis, an introduced species from Asia, sometime in the 1990s. It would help to know where this shot was taken, so as to help track the progress of this species. Females nest in the abandoned tunnels bored by carpenter bees. Eric”

D’Oh! Sorry! We are in Ann Arbor Michigan. My son is convinced it is a hybridized African bee — finally making it up this far north. He normally is on target ID’ing insects (ever since the age of 3, and he’s 11 now). Thanks!
Scott and Kyle

Camouflage Print Moth?
WOW! What a wonderful website you have! I am wondering what kind of moth this is. It was on the side of my house for a few days. I think it’s beautiful, & I have never seen one like this before. As you can see it’s colors look so much like the military camouflage print. It was close to the size of a Royal Walnut Moth. I live in Fort Payne, Alabama. I appreciate your help, & thank you for taking the time to help others on your website. Best Regards,
Jennifer B.

Hi Jennifer,
Because we already have numerous images of the Pandora Sphinx on our three Sphinx Moth pages, we have neglected to post any new images that arrived. Guess it is time to post the Pandora Sphinx again on the homepage as they are beginning to fly.

Sphinx Moth of Some Kind?
Hi Bugman;
We live in East Tennessee and my wife Jannett saw this moth on our garage wall. It was over my head, that is the reason for the silly angle of the attached pictures. I did capture it in a clear jar to see if I could get a better shot, but the poor thing just about beat itself to death trying to get out of the jar. So I let it go before getting a ‘head on’ picture. Is it possible for you to identify the critter from the attached pictures? Thanx;

Hi John,
Even though it looks like a Sphinx Moth, the Spotted Apatelodes is really in the family Bombycidae, the Silkworm Moths.

Can you tell what this bug is?
This is a Hemiptera bug in the the family ‘Coreidae’ I think. I found it in Phoenix, AZ on a cactus. Do you know the species?

We are trying to answer some old letters and were challenged at the prospect of identifying your mating Coreids. As we turned to BugGuide, we noticed you had posted the image and it was identified as being in the genus Narnia.