From the monthly archives: "October 2007"
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I live in Anchorage, AK and found this one rainy day on the flightline. We tried to search the internet to find out what it was but had no luck. Can you help?Meghan

Hi Meghan,
The Bedstraw Hawkmoth Caterpillar, or Gallium Sphinx, Hyles gallii , is one of the few Sphinx Moths found in Alaska. It ranges through much of Canada and Northern Europe. More information can be located on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.

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Cool catepillar
Here is picture of a catepillar with eyes and a goatee I found crawling across my driveway in northeast Texas (Texarkana). The ‘goatee’ is actually not hairy but the bottom of its mouth — just looks like a goatee in the picture. It looks similar to a few on your site but not quite like any of them. I’ve never seen one before — any idea what it is?? You can use the pictures if you want — I enjoyed looking through your site.
Michael

Hi Michael,
We have 11 Caterpillar pages on our site and several images of your species, the Spicebush Swallowtail, Papilio troilus.

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Please help!
I have a big female spider living outside my house. It has attached itself to the back of the house. She has three sacs now. This morning I found her and the third baby sac on the back screen door. I don’t want to harm the spider but rather relocate it, BUT I really want to know what kind of spider it is. Please find the attached pic. I hope that you can help. Thank you.
Charlotte
Suffolk, VA

Hi Charlotte,
Your letter doesn’t really indicate why you feel it is necessary to relocate this magnificent Argiope aurantia who found an ideal location for her nursery. Argiope aurantia has numerous common names, that are sometimes confusing, like Garden Spider, Black and Yellow Orbweaver, and Golden Orbweaver. She can and will bite if provoked, but she is not a threat to you or your family.

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dung beetle?
Hello!
I work at a zoo in Colorado and we’ve found these beetles in the dung of both our orangutans and gorillas. They seem to be of the burrowing type, as I’ve never seen them make balls. They are small (only about 1/4 inch in length). Any idea what they are? Thanks!
Heidi

Hi Heidi,
This appears to be Aphodius fimetarius, a small Dung Beetle that has been reported from Colorado on BugGuide.

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pink spotted hawk moth?
Dear Bugman,,
Wanted to know if this was a pink spotted hawkmoth, There are about 7 of these moths that arrive just before twilight and stay for about an hour after dark. Thanks ,
Robert Maone
Portsmouth VA.

Hi Robert,
You have correctly identified a Pink Spotted Hawkmoth, Agrius cingulata.

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what’s that bug
Hello!
I’m from south central PA. Recently I had my tree cut down in my front yard and gave the wood to my friend. He stored it in his garage and a couple weeks later started seeing these bugs all over his garage. He said they are about 2" long and aggressive. We’ve never seen anything like it. Can you tell us what this bug is? Thank you!
Rachel

Hi Rachel,
We responded to a letter a few days back with these identical images. Perhaps it was from your friend, or perhaps your spam blocker did not allow our message to get through. If a message bounces back to us, we do not pursue trying to respond to the question. This is a Pigeon Horntail, a non-stinging Wood Wasp.

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