From the monthly archives: "February 2007"

NZ Cicada
I’ve been viewing several cicada sites and read about periodical and annual cicadas. I would like more information about the annual cicadas. Can you direct me to a website? At the moment, we are surrounded by the glorious singing of oodles of cicadas. Are you able to provide any detail about the one in the attached photo? This one allowed me to get really up close and personal without taking flight. Regards,
Nelson, NZ.

Hi Margaret,
We love Lindsay Popple’s awesome Cicada website, but it is dedicated to Australian species. We will check with Lindsay and see if he knows what species this is. Lindsay quickly wrote back: “Hi Daniel, The cicada species from New Zealand is Amphipsalta zelandica. See Cheers, Lindsay.”

Invasive species?
Cool website, glad I stumbled upon it. Here’s a beetle I found on the summit of Mt. Myra (5938 feet/ 1810 meters), in Strathcona Provincial Park, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I’ve never seen a beetle like this before, and I’ve lived here all my life. I was wondering, does it really belong here??? What is it? If I recall, it was about 3/4″ long

Hi Darla,
This is a Golden Buprestid Beetle, the second example we received this week.

is this a hercules beetle / rhinocerous beetle? what do they eat?
This beetle was found in Brisbane, Australia. My son wants to keep it in a fish tank. Any info on habitat and what they like to eat would be greatly appreciated. I did a little research I think apple and banana Will be eaten. Thank you
Chris Farrell

Hi Chris,
The Geocities website has a nice page on this Rhinoceros Beetle, Xylotrupes gideon. There is nothing mentioned about food for the adults, but fruit is a great place to start.

whats this moth?
Hello’s been a long time since my last visit when you identified my ScorpionFly. Now I have a pretty little moth, only about an inch long that I found underwater on my swimming pool step. I rescued it and put it on a shrub but I dont know what it is. Thank, and sorry I left you for awhile. I’m back now.

Hi Susie,
This is a Tiger Moth in the genus Grammia, most likely Grammia arge, the Arge Tiger Moth. We matched it to a photo on BugGuide.

Luna Moth & Mate????
We Own A cottage business and found this Luna Moth on one of our cottage piers one morning. If you notice in the picture under the Luna Moth there is another Moth. Is this her mate and is it also a Luna Moth? You have a very nice site with a lot of information! Thank You
Linda Blais

Hi Linda,
Thanks for sending in your photo and question. This is not an extreme example of sexual dimorphism. The Luna Moth on top is a different species from the Great Poplar Sphinx below. This is also not an example of miscegenation. We suspect the two moths from entirely different families were attracted to a light and were found resting in close proximity the following morning.