From the monthly archives: "September 2007"

moth caterpillar?
Hello Bugman,
We found the caterpillars in the attached image on a Euphorbia sp. (pedalanthous) in our butterfly garden in Hollywood, Florida. We rummaged through all your caterpillar pages and did not make a positive I.D. The darker (later instar??) caterpillar is ~90mm. long, so we think the resulting moth(???) is large, perhaps a Sphynx species. We will appreciate any assistance you or your interested readers can provide. Best regards,
Jana and Stephen

Hi Jana and Stephen,
This one has us stumped and curious. This is a Sphinx Moth Caterpillar. It looks like a member of the genus Hyles to us, but a Euphorbia feeding species that looks similar is not reported from anywhere near Florida. We have contacted Bill Oehlke and hope he can clear up the mystery. We suspect he might request permission to post your photo to his site as well. Bill Oehlke quickly responded: “Daniel, They are one of the Erinnyis species which can be very variable I suspect ello, but they could also be alope. Thanks for thinking of me. I will ask for a second opinion and get back to you. Bill Oehlke “

We found this caterpillar crawling on my husband’s shirt. I placed him on a hibiscus for his photo shoot. We live in south Louisiana. Thanks.
Marcie Melancon

Hi Marcie,
This is one of the Prominent Moth Caterpillars in the genus Heterocampa, probably the Saddled Prominent, Heterocampa guttivitta.

Unknown caterpillar on grape leaf
We found this on one of our grape leaves yesterday (9/29/07) (Rochester, NY). Do you know what it is? Thanks!
Rochester, NY

Hi Jeff,
Adult Pandora Sphinx images were common this year, and this is the distinctive caterpillar of the equally distinctive moth.

Locust Borer on goldenrod.
Hey bugman,
I think its really cool that the Locust borer is the new bug of the month for October. I have seen several this season and taken some pictures. This is the best one. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy your website, which is a lot!
Mike D

Hi Mike,
Adult Locust Borers are active in the fall, and are commonly associated with goldenrod where they feed on nectar and pollen.

Water Scorpion, Toe Biter
Hi, I currently live in China and found this guy. Thanks to your site I think I’ve indentified him as a toe biter, but thought you might like the photo. The body was around 3", not including the snorkel, tail thing.
Jeremy Daum, Kunming, Yunnan, China

Hi Jeremy,
This is a Water Scorpion in the genus Nepa. Thanks for sending us your photo.

crab spider and white spotted sawyer
I sent these pics in some time ago, though I know you’re behind. Just in case the recent net troubles led to their loss, I’ve sent again. The sawyer was in my back yard in Duluth, Minnesota. The crab spider I spotted on the side of the road, again in Duluth, Minnesota. I was walking past, and thought I spied a wasp, only to look closer and find it in the clutches of this beautiful spider. Love the site!

Hi Heidi,
Generally, the way we post letters now is to try to quickly (though it is never a quick process) the letters that come in on a given day at the end of the day. Then we select the most interesting letters and try to post as many as possible. Some days, it can be as many as 7 letters, though most days we are lucky if we can post 3. Sadly, many interesting letters with wonderful images never make it to the site. We are posting your Spotted Sawyer image, and even though the Crab Spider photo is quite wonderful, we already have numerous Crab Spiders and their prey on our site. Thanks again for your interest.