From the monthly archives: "October 2007"

Cicada Killer Wasp?
I found this brightly colored insect (Cicada Killer?) washed up on the beach in North Carolina this summer. I saw it from a distance and went over in hopes that I’d discovered a strange and beautiful shell (imagine my surprise, lol!). Anyway, great website! I’m surprised by how often I inadvertently end up here looking at bugs. Thanks for all your help!
Merritt Henson

Hi Merritt,
Your photo of a drowned Cicada Killer is quite stunning. It really shows off the stinger nicely and those awesome orange legs.

Pink-edged Sulphur butterfly?
I took this picture of what I think is a Pink-edged Sulphur. I never saw it with it’s wings open. So, I don’t know for sure if it is. Could it be a Common or Clouded Sulphur? I took this picture a couple of months in southern Indiana. I noticed that the Pick-edged Sulphur usually is found further north of this area. Can you tell by these photographs which one it is? Thanks,
Patrick Crone

Hi Patrick,
We actually believe this is an Orange Sulphur, Colias eurytheme, which has a white female form. There is a photo posted to BugGuide taken in Illinois in October that looks virtually identical to your photo. Sulphurs in the genus Colias are often difficult to distinguish from one another.

Gulf Fritillary
I love Passion Vine, though I rarely get to enjoy the flowers. Instead, I have tons and tons of Gulf Fritillary butterflies, and encourage their growth by moving the caterpillars around my garden so they can all get a decent meal. I was thrilled to find this newly emerged butterfly in between the other two developing chrysalises, and wanted to share the picture with you.
DeLand FL

Hi Emma,
Thanks for sending us your photo of two stages in metamorphosis of the Gulf Fritillary, a newly emerged butterfly and a caterpillar about to pupate.

Unknowns – moth and bug.
What are these? Thank you very much for your consideration. Jon……
This is a very large moth, approximately 4 to 4 1/2 inches in length and was found on the exterior wall of our home one evening when the outside lights were left on. The time of year was August, during our monsoon season. We are at the 4,700 ft. elevation in the oak- grassland habitat of the Madrean Archipelago (Sky Island Country) of southeastern Arizona, 15 miles north of the Mexican border. This bug is found beneath rocks, lumber, buckets – wherever there is a covered and moist area. Unfortunately, they have found a way into our home, and they are active mainly at night. They can be flushed from the concrete patio edge at the patio/lawn interface by hosing down the concrete and they come swarming out of the wet ground and grass. They are constantly in motion and it is a rare moment when they are stationary. This one was feeding on the dead carcass of its own species. Occasionally, they will fly short distances. When they think you are too close, they will release a visible vapor puff from the distal tip of their abdomen with an audible "pop." Harmful? Dangerous?

Citheronia splendens Bombardier Beetle

Hi Jon,
We are thrilled to receive both of your photos. The moth is Citheronia splendens, a species found in upper elevations in Arizona and Mexico. The beetle is a Bombardier Beetle in the genus Brachius, and your description of its defense is very accurate. They are predators, so beneficial, and harmless to you. According to BugGuide: “Adults have impressive chemical defenses, ejecting toxic, foul-smelling gases from their abdomen with a loud popping sound. The explosive brew is composed of hydrogen peroxide, hydroquinone, and catalytic enzymes. ”


I live in central florida. … As for the green spider, i am terrified of them but i am also very curious as to what
type it is. i am assuming it is female since it seems to have and egg sack. thanks for you help in advance,

devan s.

Hi Devan,

Your spider is a Green Lynx Spider, and the female has just
laid eggs. It is time for us to choose a Bug of the Month
for November, and we are going to post your Green Lynx Spider
image as the Bug of the Month. This fascinating spider is
found more commonly in warmer climates, and not that winter
is approaching, our northern readers will not be writing in
much. Readers from Florida, Texas, California and other warmer
climates will start to notice Green Lynx Spiders now that
they have matured and are larger. Green Lynx Spiders are harmless.
They are hunting spiders that do not build webs, with the
exception of building a sparse web at the time of laying eggs.
Your mother spider will defend her egg sack fearlessly, and
once they hatch, the orange spiderlings will begin to disperse.

Edible Bugs
O’siyo Oginalii, (Hello, my friend)
I am Aniyunwiya (Tsalagi or Cherokee), descended from those who were not captured and sent to out west, or confined to North Carolina. I found your page after a painter asked what the cocoons on my house were. I said, “Bagworms” and he said that could not be right. He was incorrect. I have spent the last hour looking through your site, and have added it to my “Favorites.” I would like to share a couple of recipes with you. Yellowjacket grubs can be made into soup after removing them from the comb, which is best achieved by placing the comb upon a fire (or a stove) until the covering is parched–this makes it easier to remove the grubs. Next, brown them in the oven. They are good to eat like this, or they may now be used in soup. Early morning or late afternoon is the best time to harvest the comb. Locusts also are edible. It is best to gather them immediately after they have emerged from their shells, otherwise you will have to peel them. Gather them after dark, or they will not be good. Wash them and fry them. They may be eaten hot or cold.
Tla-i-ga (BlueJay)

Wow Tla-i-ga,
We are sure David Gracer will be thrilled with this information.