From the yearly archives: "2006"
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Need Id please
Hi Mr. Bugman,
Are these a type of Hornet or wasp please? Out to lunch today (always with camera!) and these beautiful beasts were very busy and didn’t bother us. Same weather conditions as yesterday in Halls Head W.A. I have searched your site but can’t seem to identify them. Please advise and thankyou for the info on the ‘bicolour’ Cheers

Hi Karen,
This is a Paper Wasp in the genus Polistes. At first we thought it might be a Yellow Jacket, but Eric Eaton corrected us: “That Australian yellowjacket is not in the genus Vespa. Looks suspiciously like Polistes dominula. Eric”

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Oleander Hawk Moth
Here is a photo of a moth I saw in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii in Feb this year. I’m guessing it is a Oleander Hawk Moth. Earlier today in Wailuku. Maui I saw what looked like a Stripe Morning Sphinyx, which got me searching and I found your site. Thanks for such a great collection of photos and information!
Paul Harper,
Maui, Hawaii

Hi Paul,
You are absolutely correct. This is indeed an Oleander Hawkmoth.

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Huntsman for lunch?
Hi Mr. Bugman,
Brilliant site but can it help an Oz/Brit? This glorious sight of (I think after 2 hours on your site) maybe a Spider wasp? She/he took it down the house wall, down 2 steps, accross the garage floor and was last seen carrying it over the front lawn. My husband walked too close and the wasp went for him. Duh…I took this photo yesterday in Halls Head, 95klicks south of Perth, Western Australia on a very hot humid day. We are about 100 metres from the Indian Ocean. Your spider wasps have a banded colour on their backs but I didn’t get close enough to see a band (I’m chicken). Thank you in advance Cheers
Karen Seviour

Hi Karen,
What a great image. In a general sense, a Spider Wasp is not a species. It is part of the family Pompilidae. Upon doing additional research, we found a site that we believe conclusively identifies your wasp as Cryptocheilus bicolor. The spider is definitely a Huntsman Spider, the typical prey for this wasp.

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Bug Pictures. Seeking ID.
I have a couple walkingstick pictures I wanted to share with you and others. One is a Northern Walkingstick found while camping in the Monongahela National Forest, WV (Oct 2006). The other is an unknown walking stick acquired at a reptile show in PA. This one is a baby. The parents were present at the show, a single specimen reaching nearly end to end of the 10-gal tank show container. I’d love to know the species and region of origin for this walkingstick. Thanks for your time! Best,

Hi Shell,
Our grandmother grew up on the Monongahela River in Pennsylvania coal country. Thanks for sending in your photos. We don’t know what your exotic Walkingstick specimen is or its country of origin. Perhaps one of our readers can supply an answer. Keep checking back with the site to see if we post an ID.

Update: (12/17/2006)
Hi Bugman,
I did some research and thought that your mysterious exotic walking stick (picture sent in 12/16) may possibly be the Eurycantha calcarata, also known as the New Guinea spiny stick insect. They are from Papau New Guinea. Hope this helps!! Keep up the good work – I am addicted to your wonderful site!!

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Color Coordinated Bug Love?
Is this bug love?

Hi Teresa,
These are mating Pennsylvania Leatherwings, Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus, a species of Soldier Beetle. Since it is commonly associated with goldenrod, it is also known as the Goldenrod Soldier Beetle.

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HUGE fly (not a cicada or bumble bee!)
Hi Bug Man,
I1ve lived all my life in the SF Bay Area but have never seen a fly this large (about 1 inch). I1d love to know what it is – any clues? Thank you!

Hi Suzanne,
What a funny photo. This is a Tachnid Fly. They are important biological control agents since they parasitize caterpillars. There are several genuses in the subfamily Tachinae pictured on BugGuide, and we are not sure if your specimen is in the genus, Adejeania, Hystricia, Paradejeania, Protodejeania or some other.

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