From the yearly archives: "2006"

Lovely adult antlion
Just thought you might like a gander at this lovely creature. . . clinging to a jasmine branch. . . Florida, mid August . . . very shy . . . kept creeping to the opposite side of the branch from my camera. . . love the diaphanous wings.

Hi Diane,
Thanks for the awesome Antlion photo.

Are you identifying European insects?
I am glad I came across your excellent web site with wonderful images of insects. I was in the Netherlands and tried to identify the insects in the attached images but I wasn’t very successful in finding photos that match the species I photographed. The two specimens surrounded by leaves were in a field of beans. The common red and black insects were up and down the length of a trunk of a tree by the side of a road which ran along a river. It looks like I will be buying an insect identification book in the not-too-distant future. Thank you for any help you can provide. Best Wishes, Yours sincerely,

Firebug Aggregation Mating Colorado Potato Beetles (range expansion???)

Hi Richard,
The aggregation of red bugs are Firebugs, Pyrrhocoris apterus, a common species in continental Europe. We recently received a great poster from a French pharmacy calling them Gendarme. The mating Leaf Beetles look suspiciously like the US native Colorado Potato Beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata. This beetle once had a limited range in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, but with the spread of potato cultivation, it became a nationwide pest. Perhaps it has invaded Europe as well. BugGuide substantiates that this agricultural pest has gained a foothold in Europe.

3 butterflies
Some more for your fine web page, One a Mourning Cloak Butterfly. I stalked up on it and got close to 4 inches for this picture!! It didnt fly off untell I bumped the grass with my foot. It must of been the heat, 109 degrees, it just couldn’t do anything but sit there. The orange one I think is called a Hoary Comma, Im not sure though. It is not on your webpage so enjoy the new picture 🙂 I took this one on a hike in the mountians one earlly spring about 4 years ago. The blue one is a Gossamer Winged butterfly I believe. again Im not sure on that. It was rather hard to photograph this little guy. It kept flying off and landing on my camera haha! Then it would land back on the same flower. But finally I got the picture.
oh btw I got your webpage linked up on my links section and also I got you linked in my Black hills gallery with the Achemon Caterpiller you ID’ed for me.

Mourning Cloak Anglewing Butterfly

Hi Mike,
Thanks for sending in your butterfly photos. We are not sure if this is a Hoary Comma, Polygonia gracilis, but we can tell you it is the correct genus Polygonia, the Anglewing Butterflies. We are not sure what species of Lycean Blue you have here. They are very difficult to sort as to species.

I need help identifing this Pyrginae. I think it’s a cloudywing or duskywing but not sure of species. Thank you,
Patrick Schmitt

Hi Patrick,
Well, we agree with Subfamily Pyrginae, the Spread Winged Skippers, but we do not feel confident taking this to the genus level, much less species.

Hi guys,
The genus would be Erynnis for Patrick’s skipper, but the species is hard to determine. Loving your site,
Dave Fallow
Madison, WI

Butterfly identification
Ok Bugman – here’s a tough one for you. I’ve just about given up on figuring this one out… This beautiful creature was taken deep in the jungles of Bolivia during a 3-day trek back in December 2004. I thought it might be a clearwing butterfly, but all images show a much different wing & body shape. Help me Bugman, you’re my only hope!

Hi Kolby,
We tried a google search of South American Butterflies and ended up in the Ebay section. We found a near perfect match called a Red Spot Long Tail Glass Wing, but no scientific name. We present your living specimen side by side with the mounted Ebay item, and perhaps one of our readers can give us something more exact.

Hey bugman!
Thank you! You have lead me to an answer, but feel free to say you found it using your own research. On that ebay item that you pointed out, they wrote “Chorinea Species, Brazil.” A quick google search found an exact match: Chorinea sylphina, or the Bee Butterfly! ~Kahunna

Monkey Slug Caterpillar?
Greetings Lisa Anne and Daniel,
I just this evening found your website – it’s fantastic and I love it! A couple of years ago, we found a part of one of these caterpillars on my husband’s car windshield and thought we had entered the Twilight Zone! We live in New Hampshire (the Mount Washington Valley) and recently found several in a small maple tree. From research I have been able to do, I think they are of the family Limacodidae and a relative of Phobetron hipparchia – maybe Phobetron pithecium? Although I handled them before I knew anything about them (not always a wise move and fortunately I suffered no ill effects), you can see in the second picture that they have stinging spines. They certainly are beautiful! long — and in this particular photo, she is very near to being lifesize. Do you
know who she is exactly? Thanks for enjoying them with me.
Judi Paul

Hi Judi,
Due to time constraints, we are editing your letter and only posting the image of the Monkey Slug Caterpillar, a stunning image.