From the monthly archives: "February 2007"

Butterfly Identification
I am here in the Northern Part of India, and would like you to help me out to identify this butterfly, Please Thanks
David Phillips

Hi David,
This is some species of Swallowtail in the genun Papilio, but we do not know the species.

Coastal bug
Hi Bugman-
I sent you this message and picture last October when everyone else was sending bug photos too. You were too busy to give me an answer. So I thought I might ask you again now when the bugs are mostly hiding from the cold. I hope that you are no longer too busy to check it out for me. I still can’t find it in a book anywhere. The wings are four and quite narrow. The wingspan is about an inch and a half. It appears to have only four legs. There is a little furry spot above its eyes. Because I live in Norfolk Va on the Chesapeake Bay, I think it may be a salt marsh creature. What do you think? Nothing like it appears in any of my insect books. Thank you.
Rita Marlier

Hi Rita,
Sorry we have been so busy. This is a Plume Moth. We often get letters calling it the T Bug.

Can you help me identify this skyscraper bug???
I spotted this interesting bug on the outside of a window on the 39th floor of a skyscraper in downtown Chicago. Is it an Ichneumon? It was not very large, maybe and inch and a half in length (including the stinger/ovipositer). I can’t seem to find out exactly what it is, and the fact that it was so high up on the building has me stumped. I see spiders in abundance outside the windows at certain times of the year, but never anything like this.

Wow Nicole,
This is the best photo we have received in a long long time. Yes, it is an Ichnuemon.

Grasshopper Help?
Hello Bugman,
My name is Steve… And I am a bugoholic. A few years ago during a trip to Guatemala, this little guy suddenly apeared. Forward to the present. The last couple days have been spent looking for his scientific name. Suddenly your website appeared. Could you please help? I’ve included a picture and a small map showing the location. Really looking forward to your response. Sincerely,
Steve Maus

Hi Steve,
We often have problems identifying our own grasshoppers in the contiguous United States. The antennae are one of the most important identification features, and sadly, your image crops into the antennae. WE will post your photo and see if anyone writes in with an identification.

mexican moth
I spotted this moth in Yucatan. I have tried to identify it in a couple of books but can’t find the exact match. Can you help? thanks, and congratulations on your website
Pablo Vargas Lugo
Mexico City

Hi Pablo,
This is not a moth. It is a butterfly known as the Gray Cracker, Hamadryas februa. According to Jeffrey Glassberg in his book Butterflies through Binoculars The West: “Male Crackers are capable of making a clicking or cracking sound.” This species is usually found in tropical woodlands, flying from tree to tree. It often rests with its head down and wings open.

large pupa Cicada?
This is a picture taken by Missouri Department Of Conservation, we are having trouble IDing this guy. Is it a cicada pupa? Or some type of beetle. Any information you can give will be very helpful. Thank you
Shelly Cox

Hi Shelly,
This is the pupa of one of the large Saturnid Moths, often called Giant Silk Moths. It can be distinguished from the Sphinx Moth Pupa, also found underground, due to its robust girth and lack of future mouthparts, the Proboscis. Most Saturnid Moths build some type of cocoon, which eliminates many possible species. We are surmising that perhaps this is a Regal Moth, but your best course of action is to wait for the adult to emerge.