From the monthly archives: "March 2007"

Long Legged Fly and Flesh Fly
WhatsThatBug, (my apologies if you’ve received this multiple times due to technical difficulties with my computer) I have a few photos to submit for your site, if you find them up-to-par and/or needed. – Photo A: I noticed that you have a few long-legged fly photos, but they are from “artistic” angles. Great photos! But I thought you’d also like this straight on shot, for easy identification. Photo B: A cane fly, of course, affectionately called a “mosquito hawk” here. These guys swarm from March to April (+/-). They’re no problem unless they get into the house where you better catch it quick or risk letting it die a painful death in an incandescent lamp (the upturning bowl kind). The halteres (balancers?) are visible behind the wings. This appears to be a female with egg-swollen abdomen, but I’m no expert. – Photo C: One of the photographs is of a fly I didn’t see on your fly pages – the flesh fly. At least, that is what I gather from the description here: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2111.html. She (?) amicably posed near my husband’s garden. The fly probably completed much of it’s lifecycle on a dead squirrel my kids found in the yard last week. It was about 1 cm in length. … Thanks for all of your work and helping me differentiate between scary helpful bugs and those I should genuinely avoid. I hate to kill another creature, and it’s worse when I do it out of self-defense (or defense of my kids playing in the backyard) to find that the “wasp” I’ve killed is really a garden/people-friendly bee fly or mydas fly and no real threat. Your work is really appreciated!
Kaylene
Bossier City, (Northern) Louisiana

Long Legged Fly Flesh Fly

Hi Kaylene,
We will be posting your Long Legged Fly and Flesh FLy photos. Thanks so much for filling the Flesh Fly void on our site.

a giant orange weevil?
Hi folks! I really like the website. Bugs are neat creatures. I don’t know if you’ll be able to help me out with this one, but it’s worth a shot. My friend and I found this bug in the forest of northern Thailand. It had pretty sharp little toes and looks like a giant weevil. I can’t figure anything else out, though. I looked at the Thai bugs website and it wasn’t there as far as I saw. Help! Thanks,
Bonnie

Hi Bonnie,
This is a Weevil, but we don’t know the species. Once we catch up on unanswered mail, we will try to identify the species.

Meet the moth
Hi, I bumped into your site and suddenly remembered this picture that I took in Sweden last summer. I’ve never seen anything like this one and although I’m not very religious – with some magnification and my vivid imagination it does look like a crucified person on the back of it there… A christ-moth maybe? 🙂 All the best,
Erik Hagström
Copenhagen, Denmark

Hi Erik,
This is some species of Plume Moth. Our readers often refer to them as T Bugs. Others of our readers might want to call for a miracle analysis.

Photos you might like to use
Dear Bugman,
I will join the onslaught of letters and photos. I looked at your Papilio collection and noticed no tiger swallowtail with this white background. You have plenty so you may not want this one. Photo taken of tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus?) on a thimbleberry leaf (Rubus parviflora) eastside Cascade Mountains, Oregon. Here’s another butterfly (Nymphalis californica I think) on dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium) flowers loved by many different insects. Also eastside Cascades Oregon Best regards,
Nan

Hi Nan,
We are very excited to get your photo of what we believe to be a Pale Swallowtail, Papilio eurymedon. It is very similar to the Western Tiger Swallowtail, but paler. Your California Tortoiseshell image is also much appreciated.