From the monthly archives: "July 2007"

Hi Bugman,
We saw these caterpillars on Prince Edward Island (Canada) recently & assumed they’ be in our Audubon guides but are not. Have just found your web-site and love it ! Can you tell us what these are? Thanks.
Christine & Norman

Hi Christine and Norman,
Though your photo is blurry, this looks to us like a Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar, Tyria jacobaeae. According to BugGuide: “Introduced from Europe as a control for introduced weedy Ragwort, the host plant for its caterpillars, which is toxic to livestock.” The interesting thing is that BugGuide only reports this species from California, Oregon and Western Canada, as does the Butterfies and Moths of North America site. You might want to check with your local department of agriculture to see if the species has been introduced to your area.

I love your site and just had to share this great shot I took in a stream in the mountains of Nicaragua (outside Esteli). I think it is two pairs of damselflies with fabulous orange eyes. I have some other shots I will send another time. Thanks to everyone who contributes to this great effort, and to those who do the actual identification. Living things need all the admirers and supporters they can get these days!
Catherine Carr
DeLand Florida

Hi Catherine,
The feeling of movement in your photograph is not ideal for insect identification, but it is artistically stunning nonetheless.

pics for site
Love the site. Here are some pics you might want to use. I have another batch that needs ID’s..

Hi Robbie,
Your mating Damselflies are absolutely stunning. In the future, please just send one species per letter. Thanks for your great contribution.

Update: Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 2:15 AM
Good morning,
If I may, these are a pair of Skimming Bluet (Enallagma geminatum).
I hope this helps.
Renaud, Switzerland

Moth Love
Found this pair of silk moths on my front porch today. They stayed there a couple of hours. Not quite sure what the actual name is, but pretty sure they are silk moths. Any help? PS – love how much your site is growing!
Kaye F.
Perry GA

Hi Kaye,
What wonderful images of mating Sweetbay Silk Moths, Callosamia securifera, you have sent our way. The caterpillars feed on Sweetbay Magnolia. This is a new species for our site.