From the yearly archives: "2007"
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what is this?
Can you tell me what bug this is? I’m at FOB Warhorse, Iraq which is a little north of Baghdad. This thing was about as long as my finger!
-SPC Plucinik

Dear SPC Plucinik,
We have received countless images of Mole Crickets from Iraq. Though they are found in the U.S. as well, the vast majority of our images come from the troops in the Middle East.

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A lovely Larva
Hey Bug Man:
Found this larva tonight by the edge of the driveway partially hidden by vegetation. Upon closer inspection I realized it was a firefly still in the larva stage as I could see the bioluminescence. I took it inside and made a thirty second time exposure with the camera mounted on a small table top tripod. Voila! The inset picture is the appearance under normal room light with the smaller end being the head. I realeased it back outside under some heavier vegetation so that hopefully in another month or so it will soon be flying over all the corn fields here in souther Wisconsin creating a wonderful summer night spectacle. Nature is an endless source of wonder! Thanks for a great website and for all your hard work keeping as such.

WOW M!!!,
What a gorgeous image of a glowing Glowworm, probably the best we have ever received. Glowworms are a separate family from Fireflies, Phengodidae as opposed to Lampyridae. Both Glowworms and Fireflies are Beetles.

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I.D. a Crab-like spider
I’m a big fan of most spiders but on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, southcentral Wisconsin, while washing dishes, I suddenly felt a stinging sensation in the upper part of my back. Quickly taking my sweatshirt and t-shirt off I shook them and suddenly had this cheery looking critter drop out onto the kitchen floor. With a quick crab-like locomotion it started to head for the under part of the fridge.I corralled it and scooped it up into a cylinder. As a precaution, I put it in the freezer (I know, I know) not sure of what I had or what type of reaction I was going to have to the bite. I have not found anything online and while looking, stumbled across your site. I hope the pictures make it through the servers. If not, the best description I can give is, very crab like profile with the "second" appendage longer than the rest, eight eyes in a two-four-two configuration, predominantly dark red to black in coloration, some tan colors on the abdomen, legs seem almost translucent in appearance towards the ends, spiky hairs on most of the legs, and upon closer inspection just looks down right ugly by spider standards. A coupon for your troubles to the local coffee shop if you can i.d. it or even if you can’t.
(college ruled)

Hi M,
This is indeed a Crab Spider in the family Thomisidae. It is possibly in the genus Xysticus as pictured on BugGuide. The college ruled background is awesome.

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What is it? It’s gorgeous!!!
Last year I sent a pic of a Giant Inchneunom that you really liked and added to you website. Here’s anew one of a bug we don’t ecognize. Please advise Thanks,

Hi Ian,
This is a Luna Moth. It is a striking insect that cannot be easily confused with any other North American species. If you had scrolled to the bottom of our homepage, you would have gotten your answer.

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caterpillar, pupa, and bumblebee moth pictures
We found a Bumblebee Moth caterpillar on our Honeysuckle vine…

brought it inside to watch it transform and thought you might enjoy the pictures!
Nikki Ogle
Aubrey, Tx

BumbleBee Moth’s Bug Luvin’
I sent pictures of our Bumblebee Moth development… well, I just went to check to see if it was still on the vine… and found a two for one. Two hours after placing the moth on honeysuckle vine, I went to see if it had flown away … instead I was seeing double! After viewing this discovery I’ve surmised that our moth was female … The assumption based on larger size and having not moved from the leaf it was place on. It must have been releasing pheromones? If that is correct … the one facing us in this picture is a happy little male. This is my favorite picture. I’ve attachem more.
Nikki Ogle
Aubrey, Tx

Hi Nikki,
We sure hope you are going to send us the egg photos to complete this awesome life cycle series. Though it is often called the Bumblebee Moth, Hemaris thysbe is most commonly known as the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth or Common Clearwing. according to Bill Oehlke’s awesome site.

Update: (05/29/2007) Snowberries I think
Hello bugman!
So glad that you guys are back. I was just looking an awesome series of shots sent in by one of your readers of the life cycle of some clearwing moths. I do believe they are Hemaris difinnis, the Snowberry Clearwing, and not H. thysbe. I use the same sources as you (namely Bill Oehlke’s website and bugguide, Wagner’s book for caterpillars). On Bill Oehlke’s website, he describes some of the differences, including the color of the legs, which can be seen in the image you have of them mating. Keep up the good work!

Hi Bobby,
Thanks for the correction. By the way, we cannot open your photos, but we are very curious to see them.

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