From the monthly archives: "May 2007"

Cool website….and here’s one for you.
Hi there bugman,
We went camping this weekend and found this lovely specimen in Emilie’s tent. (She was not too happy about it.) From your site, the closest shot I can find is the Dolomedes Fishing Spider. Could that be it? What do you think? It wasn’t super fast and had red striping on the legs…..well, you can see for yourselves. Thanks for any info you might have. We were at a campground in the woods near a lake in S. Missouri.

Hi Anne,
You are correct. This is a Dolomedes Fishing Spider.

Unknown Moth
Photographed on outer apartment door in Ottawa ON on May 29th 2007 at approximately 6am. The outdoor temperature was 10C. At first I thought it was a beautiful butterfly but after some research (check out those antennae) I came to understand that it is, in fact, a moth. Very cool. Any help identifying would be greatly appreciated!!
Alice Murray

Hi Alice,
This is a Cecropia Moth, one of the Giant Silkworm or Saturnid Moths. The reddish-orange coloration on the wings helps to distinguish the Cecropia Moth from a closely related species, the Columbia Silkmoth which is also called the Tulip Tree Silkmoth. A western species, the Ceanothus Silmoth also looks similar but without the reddish-orange wing markings.

Caterpillar Identification
Could you please help me identify this caterpillar which is a about 3″ long, has a horn at the rear end. It is feeding on a Four O’clock plant0 the flower of which is supposed to bloom about 4::00 pm every day. Thanks for your help.
Kathryn Dodd
Sanger, Texas

Hi Kathryn,
This is a White-Lined Sphinx Caterpillar, Hyles lineata. It is a highly variable caterpillar with at least three distinct color variations.

what are they?
From giant green giant grey moths!

These caterpillars turned into cocoons last August, we kept them out in the garden shed all winter, below zero temps and all, and they finally today turned into moths! (we thought maybe they died from too much handling, trips to school for show and tell..but they are fine! We will release them tonight.) Some photos are blurry but has my fingers in it for scale to show how big these guys are!

Hi LaRae,
What a marvelous documentation of the metamorphosis of two Polyphemus Moths.

Live in Redding, CA found this unusual looking bug floating in the pool. What in the wide world of bugs is it! Looks like a wasp/praying mantis? Thanks for all the help

Hi Suzanne,
This is a Wasp Mantidfly, Climaciella brunnea. It is a Neuropteran, and though it resembles both, it is not closely related to either a mantis or a wasp.

and some mayflies
I thought you might want to take a look at this bug that I noticed in my car while driving. It was right in front of my fiancee’s face, but she didn’t see it. I stopped the car and told her to get out, and took this picture. If she had noticed it first, I’m sure we would have crashed, because let’s just say she doesn’t share my love of insects! Anyway, from the best I can tell, this is a large mayfly. I have seen some photos of the genus Hexagenia that look somewhat similar, but I know next to nothing about these. I assume the other thing in the picture is the result of a molt similar to what we see from cicadas?What do you think? Keep up the good work!
P.s. the two images are the same, but one is rotated. I wasn’t sure which one had better feng shui.

Hi again Bobby,
Though we have never really thought of the fact that we rotate images so they will better fit the format of our site as being feng sui, that is kind of correct. Also correct on the Mayfly metamorphosis identification, though we would not commit to a genus name on this.