From the monthly archives: "September 2006"

Hi bugman,
I found this spider in Italy (Tuscany), it seems really similar to the one you chose to be the bug of the month in August. I wanted to know if you can identify it. Thank you,
Saverio (Rome)

Hi Saverio,
We identified your spider as Argiope bruennichi on a “Spot the Italian Spider” Website.

metallic blue wingless insect
Dear bugman,
Our family enjoys finding critters in our backyard and identifying them on your wonderful site. But this time we are stumped. My son and I found this insect burrowing very slowly under a tree near our house in southeastern PA. By the next day, all that was left was a small pile of grit, similar to what you see next to an anthill. The insect seems to have succeeded in burying itself. Do you know what it is? It looks just like a carpenter ant except for that amazing faceted abdomen. Thanks in advance for your help.
Mark Vitale

Hi Mark,
You probably never thought to search our beetle pages since the Short Winged Blister Beetle or Oil Beetle is an atypical looking beetle.

For you
I came home from work this evening, and this pretty guy was resting on my front door. I believe it is a Lesser Vine Sphinx. I tried to take a couple decent pics for your site if you could make use of them. Thanks for all of your wonderous work!!
~Neptune Bch, FL

Hi Jacob,
We agree with your identification of the Lesser Vine Sphinx.

2 pictures for you
I work at a nature center in Miami, florida and one of the children visiting found this bug. We looked in all of our reference books and could not find it. Sounds like you’re very busy, but no rush!

Hi Linda,
Often immature Hemipterans look very different from the adult because of coloration. We believe, based on adult photos on BugGuide, that this is a
Corecoris fuscus nymph, one of the Coreid Bugs.

Update:  May 11, 2019
We just received our second submission of this species, and it has come to our attention that we need to make changes to this original posting of the species.  First, the species name is now recognized as Spartocera fusca, which we realized because our link still took us to the posting we used for the 2006 identification. Additionally, now BugGuide has images of immature individuals which confirm our original identification.  According to BugGuide:  “Breeds on Solanum americanum and other plants. Early instar nymphs are gregarious.”

Moth ID help?
I first want to say that I love your site! I’ve ID’ed many of my backyard insects with your photos and descriptions. However, I was unable to find this particular moth on your site. I caught several of these beautiful moths hanging out on my front porch in the early morning, when I left for school. This is the first time I’ve seen them, and was curious as to what they are, and if possible, what their caterpillar form looks like, so I can be on the look out for them. I have attached a photo, but it doesn’t show how big they are. I’d say roughly 6in across. Also, if it helps, I live in north Texas, around the DFW area. Thanks for any help you can give me!

Hi Kris,
This is a Polyphemus Moth and you would need to search our Saturnid or Giant Silkmoth pages to find photos of it. We also have caterpillar images on our numerous caterpillar pages.