From the monthly archives: "March 2007"

Emerald Ash Borer
Dear bugman,
This is in response to the folks from Ohio that sent in a photo of the 6 Spotted Tiger Beetle. I’m glad Bruce does recognize its not EAB but I have attached photos I took in the past that might help people ID Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) if they think they have found it. Note the D shaped exit hole.They will be emerging in early June and ending about mid July. Your readers may find the attached website of use and report these pests if found in new areas. Keep up the good work

Hi Brian,
Thank you ever so much for providing us with a photo and information. We will try to remember to repost your letter on our homepage in June.

White-Marked Tussock Moth?
Hello there. I found this fuzzy little critter hanging from a tree (I think it was an oak, I didn’t pay much attention). I did a little searching around on the internet. I’m pretty certain it’s a Tussock Moth caterpillar. Possibly the White-Marked variety. Perhaps you could confirm for me? Thanks,
Nathan Hillier

Hi Nathan,
This sure looks like a White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar to us, but several other species of Tussock Moth look very similar.

Help me identify this little green beetle
Up here in Ohio everyone is watching out for the emerald ash borer. Several friends have brought this little devil to my attention. I’ve assured them it’s not the emerald ash but I expect it is in the borer family since it is often seen on fallen trees. Spotted this fella today when I was cutting wood. We’ve had four days in the 70’s so he probably just hatched. Please help me name this fella so I can tell my friends, I would estimate he’s just under an inch long. His green is very irridescent.
Montgomery County Ohio Pic Taken 3-27-07 Fuji 9000

Hi Bruce,
We hope harmless predators like your lovely Six Spotted Tiger Beetle are not being squished, smashed and swatted in a case of mistaken identity. Tiger Beetles are highly prized by collectors for their beauty. They are fierce hunters that run and fly quite well.

Is this a wolf spider?
I thought this was a tarantula but my friend says its a wolf spider. It was about 3 to 4 inches wide I would guess. And I think that those are babies on its back. What is it?

Hi Tanya,
You are absolutely correct. This is a female Wolf Spider and her Spiderlings. The mother carries around her egg sac first and after the spiderlings hatch, she carries them on her back for a short period of time before they disperse.

a non-clear winged hummingbird moth?
I have a lot of these in our flowers in Huntsville, AL and they seem to be very similar to clear winged hummingbird moths but they definitely do not have clear wings. Can you identify them for us? We have a lively family discussion going as to their identity. Thanks!!

Hi Larry,
What wonderful images of the Nessus Sphinx, Amphion floridensis. Bill Oehlke does not list it in Alabama, but Alabama is contained withing the range of this moth.

Luna Moth
Thought that I would add another addition to your Luna Moth page. My husband and I were so excited to see this one at our vacation home at Toledo Bend, south of Many, Louisiana. I startled him a little with my flash, but it was in the evening of March 24th and I had to turn the flash on to see him properly. Such a shame that their life span is so short but I feel blessed that I was able to see one. Thank you for your informative site!

Hi Shelley,
Judging by the volume of Luna Moth images and letter we have received in March, we should have made the Luna Moth the Bug of the Month. Thanks for your contribution.