From the yearly archives: "2007"
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Emerald Ash Borer
Dear Bugman
Thanks for making Emerald Ash Borer the bug of the month. This will help folks learn more about this pest and maybe discover new sites where it has become established and report them. Attached is an old photo of them mating and a good close up shot. Remember-Don’t Move Infested Wood! Keep up the good work
Brian Sullivan
Plant Health Safeguarding Specialist

Hi again Brian,
Thanks for sending us another wonderful image to better help our readers identify the Emerald Ash Borers.

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Carpenter Bees
I bet you guys have fun on your sight. I thought you might like the attached photo of a male and female carpenter bee from El Paso, TX. The differing colors are great. I believe them to be a Xylocopa species. According to John L. Neff of the Central Texas Melittological Institute in Austin, it is either X. varipuncta (your Valley Carpenter Bee) or more likely, X. mexicanorum, given distribution records. The picture was taken on Feb 19, 2005, which is a bit early for them to be out and about (they usually show up, based on my recollection, about April and May). They were rather lethargic for quite some time despite that it was not cold (upper 70s that day). The tree is a “Mexican Elder”, my wife tells me a Sambucus mexicana, though she is not sure. The site is: El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, 2 miles n. of downtown.
Glenn Davis

Hi Glenn,
Thank you so much for sending in the gorgeous photo.

Ed. Note: When this image arrived last spring, we fell in love with it. We are always cheered by the presence of these large lumbering black female Valley Carpenter Bees in our garden each spring. They frequent the sweet peas and the honeysuckle. The female bees remain in the garden most of the summer. One year a bee nested in our carob tree and another year we found a nest in a sumac. The female bee labors many hours creating a tunnel. she fills the end of the tunnel with pollen and nectar and lays an egg, sealing the chamber with wood pulp. She will create about five or six chambers, each housing a single egg, within the tunnel. The adults emerge in about 45 days. Adult female bees will overwinter and create a new nest in the spring. The golden male bees are very short lived and have a very different, more nervous flight pattern. We are eagerly awaiting the appearance of the first male bees in our garden this spring. Male bees are attracted to our lantana and digitalis.

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Cool website….and here’s one for you.
Hi there bugman,
We went camping this weekend and found this lovely specimen in Emilie’s tent. (She was not too happy about it.) From your site, the closest shot I can find is the Dolomedes Fishing Spider. Could that be it? What do you think? It wasn’t super fast and had red striping on the legs…..well, you can see for yourselves. Thanks for any info you might have. We were at a campground in the woods near a lake in S. Missouri.

Hi Anne,
You are correct. This is a Dolomedes Fishing Spider.

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Unknown Moth
Photographed on outer apartment door in Ottawa ON on May 29th 2007 at approximately 6am. The outdoor temperature was 10C. At first I thought it was a beautiful butterfly but after some research (check out those antennae) I came to understand that it is, in fact, a moth. Very cool. Any help identifying would be greatly appreciated!!
Alice Murray

Hi Alice,
This is a Cecropia Moth, one of the Giant Silkworm or Saturnid Moths. The reddish-orange coloration on the wings helps to distinguish the Cecropia Moth from a closely related species, the Columbia Silkmoth which is also called the Tulip Tree Silkmoth. A western species, the Ceanothus Silmoth also looks similar but without the reddish-orange wing markings.

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Caterpillar Identification
Could you please help me identify this caterpillar which is a about 3″ long, has a horn at the rear end. It is feeding on a Four O’clock plant0 the flower of which is supposed to bloom about 4::00 pm every day. Thanks for your help.
Kathryn Dodd
Sanger, Texas

Hi Kathryn,
This is a White-Lined Sphinx Caterpillar, Hyles lineata. It is a highly variable caterpillar with at least three distinct color variations.

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what are they?
From giant green giant grey moths!

These caterpillars turned into cocoons last August, we kept them out in the garden shed all winter, below zero temps and all, and they finally today turned into moths! (we thought maybe they died from too much handling, trips to school for show and tell..but they are fine! We will release them tonight.) Some photos are blurry but has my fingers in it for scale to show how big these guys are!

Hi LaRae,
What a marvelous documentation of the metamorphosis of two Polyphemus Moths.

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