From the yearly archives: "2007"
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spittling spittles bugs
Based on comments on your site, I think this may be the work of spittle bugs of some sort…is that one of the bugs to the left of the spittle bubbles? Taken in Bowling Green, OH

Hi John,
You are correct. This is the foamy spittle from a Spittlebug. The spittle is secreted by the Spittlebug’s anus and it serves as a protective environment so the nymph can safely feed on plant sap. Adults are winged and look like Leafhoppers. They are sometimes called Froghoppers. BugGuide has additional information. The insect visible in your photograph is an Aphid.

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Female Common Whitetail
I checked out this dragonfly on your site and BugGuide. I believe it is a female Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia. Thought you might like to add it to the juvenile male you have posted already.
Photo Lady

Hi there Photo Lady,
Your photo is quite wonderful. Thank you so much for allowing us to post this female Common Whitetail.

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Bee? Fly? Beefly?
I took this photo of an insect that looks like half bee, half fly. I called it a beefly. Can you tell me what it is? Thanks! Enjoy your site immensely!
Doug Wulf

Hi Doug,
This is a Syrphid Fly. We believe we have found an exact species match on BugGuide with Helophilus fasciatus.

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What is this bug?
We found this bug in my yard in North Carolina, and have had no luck identifying it on the internet. It is a green metallic with a green metallic underbelly… What is it (a miniature metallic stegosaurus?!?), and will it damage my yard? Thank you!

Hi Courtney,
This male Rainbow Scarab, Phaneus vindex, one of the Dung Beetles, will not damage your yard. As a matter of fact, it might clean up after your dog. The larval food is animal dung which a pair of beetles will roll into a ball and bury after laying an egg.

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Hi there! I searched through your website today to see if I could identify this little butterfly that decided to take a rest on my sunflowers yesterday. I believe it is a checkerspot. Thanks,
Kim Budai
San Jose, CA

Hi Kim,
We agree that this is a Checkerspot in the genus Euphydryas, but we cannot conclusively identify the species.

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Hello, I have tried to get an ID on this insect.
The picture is taken in in Northern California (the foothills of the Trinity Alps) at about 2000 elevation. Here are two different photos. Thank you for any help you can give me.

Hi Jim,
We incorrectly identified these as Bee Flies, but you have set us straight.

Thank you so much for the compliment on the photos. I appreciate your time. At the same time I contacted you, I also went to a couple of other sites and found this identification: There seems to be a bit of difference between your ID and the ID on this site. I am not an entomologist but, rather, a hobby photographer who was curious about my find. Do you think the bugguide is on point? Again, thanks for taking the time and have a nice rest of the weekend.

Hi again Jim,
We will generally change our identifications if BugGuide, which is awesome, differs from us. If BugGuide believes these to be mating Small-Headed Flies in the Genus Eulonchus, we believe it.

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