From the monthly archives: "September 2007"

can you identify ?
About 3 inches found in my backyard. Reddish brown thick. Six horns in front and one at end.Thank you P.S I looked everywhere online and couldn’t find it. We live in North Carolina

We are guessing that this Hickory Horned Devil is brown instead of the usual blue-green color because it is ready for pupation.

Correction (09/02/2007) Misidentification
Hey there,
I was cruising your site and noticed that you had misidentified a prepupal caterpillar posted on 9/1/07. You identified it as C.regalis that was brown because it was ready to pupate. C. regalis turn an aqua color when prepupal, but there is another Citheronia species in the area, C. sepulcralis . This the prepupal larva of the Pine Devil Moth. Its coloration and markings, or lack thereof, are right and the species becomes increasingly more common towards the south-east where they can have 2 or more broods per year. I hope that this info helps anyone else that might come across a Pine Devil on one of their pine trees or in search of a suitable pupation site that might consider it a Hickory Horned Devil. Cheers,

Mystery bug found in Tucson AZ
Hi, we’ve been trying to ID this insect on your site for several hours to no avail. We found it yesterday evening crawling across the ground in Tucson, AZ. Thanks!

Hi Connie,
This is a Giant Mesquite Bug, Thasus acutangulus. We get more requests to identify the colorful nymphs than we do the winged adults.

What is this Bug!!!
Dear Bugman,
Out on my patio on 9/1/07, saw this Bug, never seen it before. This was shot @ 6:00pm CT on Sat. 9/1/07 in Shakopee, MN What is it, it’s has a pretty mean looking stinger. Is it dangerous? See Attached
Thanks Mike

Hi Mike,
This is a Pigeon Horntail, a non-stinging wood wasp. The stinger is actually an ovipositor that the female wasp uses to lay eggs under the bark of dead and dying trees.

Dear Bugman,
I took this picture mid-July but cannot find out what kind of moth this is. Any information on this beautiful furry little creature would be appreciated. Your website helped me identify another moth that I took pictures of in the same flower garden. The Hummingbird Clearwing Moth. I live in central Illinois and have seen more variety of moths this year than any other. Thanks,
P.S. Great website!

Hi April,
This is a male Io Moth, Automeris io.

Aussie Giants Laying Eggs
Hi Guys,
Well its spring in Australia from today and snapped these Australian Giant Dragonflys depositing eggs. Hope you like it. Taken on my property on the Gold Coast, Queensland. 1st September 2007. regards,
Trevor Jinks

Hi again Trevor,
Thanks for sending your photo of mating Dragonflies our way. We expect the amount of email we receive from Australia should be increasing now that spring is near.

Correction: Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 1:18 AM
Good morning,
If I may, it is probably the Australian Emperor (Hemianax papuensis).
I hope this helps,
Renaud, Switzerland