From the monthly archives: "October 2007"
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Sulphur?
Greetings Bugman,
Great site and great service you perform. Been looking all over the web for a name to go with this fellow. If I’m not mistaken, it’s a sulphur of some sort. Every time I think I’ve identified it, the maps don’t indicate that my area has them. So far, I’ve considered Christina Sulphur, Little Sulphur and Orange Sulphur. My guess is, all three are wrong. Took this image along the Umpqua River in Elkton, (Southwest Coastal Range) Oregon – Douglas County, on 09/11/2007. Any suggestions? Thanks,
Phil
http://www.whereartmeetstheheart.com/photos.html
PS – Sorry for the image quality and missing portion of the wing, but the butterfly took off just as I took the shot – it’s actually airborne. When it landed again, it was on the other side of the river.

Hi Phil,
We believe this is an Orange Sulphur, Colias eurytheme. It is native to your region.

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what is this?
We found this in a tree next to our house, in cool, rainy Washington state. What is it???? We have never seen anything like it. Thanks,
The Dennis family

Dear Dennis Family,
This is a Western Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar. You might have seen the adult butterflies which are showy large black and yellow striped butterflies.

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Bug Identification
Attached are some pics of a thing I saw in our garage. I actually heard it shuffling around in a box full of paper (for recycle) then it started flying around. I thought it was a roach (common here in the Houston area) until it landed and I got a good look at it. Thanks,
Dan

Hi Dan,
Your photo really shows of the sleek aerodynamic form of the Tersa Sphinx.

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What is it?
Hello,
I found what appears to be a sphinx moth in my garage the other day. After looking through your site, I am sure that’s what it is. However, the tail is different from any of the pics on your site? Have I identified this moth properly? Thanks for your help.
Melissa in Orange Park, FL

Hi Melissa,
This is a Mournful Sphinx, Enyo lugubris. We have other images posted on our site on our five sphinx moth pages.

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Mr. Spikes
Hello.
Pray tell, who is this wise old creature of yore? I have seen a few of them wandering about outside. They seem to take on a few characteristics of the Brochymenas , Tree Stink Bugs. Could be a relative? Quite intelligent.. moreso then their cousins. They are about 2-3 inches and stand 1-2 inches tall. By the looks of it they seem to be predatory. Any information would be helpful. Thank you so much.
Megan R. Pritchard

Hi Megan,
We meant to post your letter and photo the day we received it, but we ran out of time. We just remembered it today. This is a Wheel Bug, one of the predatory Assassin Bugs.

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Rustic Sphinx
Sorry, I forgot to attach the photo with the first email (I tried to stop it when I realized, but it might have sent); it should be attached now. I nearly stepped on this giant moth on my way back to my apartment from a meeting. I ran, grabbed my camera, and ran back; luckily, it was still there. Based on what else I’ve seen on the site, I’m guessing it’s a Rustic Sphinx? I set my finger in the photo as well for scaling purposes.
Grady Owen

Hi Grady,
Thanks so much for sending us your awesome image of a Rustic Sphinx.

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