From the monthly archives: "April 2008"
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Eastern Tailed Blue
Hey Bugman,
Wanted to say again how much I enjoy your web site. I just love looking at other people’s photos; especially of butterflies. I managed to see and photograph one of these little tiny butterflies today. I believe it is an "Eastern Tailed Blue." I know that others have photographed this butterfly and the blue is more brilliant at times on the male than this picture. I wonder if it is the sunlight that tends to wash the color out? I would have liked to photograph this one on an overcast day or in filtered sunlight. I believe the blue color would be more brilliant. It it is still a very pretty butterfly. I believe someone from Ontario, Canada sent one in and you have it posted. This one was taken on 4/29/08 here in Charlotte, NC. Just thought you might like to see another one. Thanks,
Patrick Crone

Hi again Patrick,
You are doing a pretty good job of adding to our butterfly archive with your Eastern Tailed Blue, Cupido comyntas. The angle of the light is probably the most critical factor in the blueness of the wings. BugGuide notes that “Unlike most butterflies, this species has thrived where its habitat has been encroached upon by human activities. It is common along freshly mowed roadsides, flying to puddles. Many adults lose their tails. “

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Carolina Satyr
Mr. Bugman,
Just wanted to reiterate how much I enjoy visiting your web site and reading the comments by those who send in nice photos of butterflies they have taken. It’s such a nice relaxing way to spend a little leisure time. Taking my camera along and looking for butterflies while I walk or ride my bike, is a fun way to enjoy the moment. I have seen this little “Carolina Satyr” many times but have not been able to keep up with it as it flutters low to the ground and just keeps moving. It doesn’t seem to stop anywhere long enough for me to take it’s picture. But, today was a different story. After spotting it flying, I followed it until it stopped in a sunny grassy spot along the path. It seemed not to care as I moved slowly closer to get a picture. I managed to get several good pictures as it profiled itself on a leafy plant perpendicular to the sunlight. It wasn’t there long before what looked like a “Fiery Skipper”, darted at it and it flew away. I didn’t see a picture of a “Carolina Satyr” posted on your web site and thought some might enjoy seeing a picture of it. It was photographed on 4/29/08 here in Charlotte, NC on one of the city’s Greenway trails. I am hoping that many more people will send in butterfly photos and comments so that more pages can be added to your Butterfly section. I love going there to look. Thanks,
Patrick Crone

Hi Patrick,
Thanks for sending your kind letter and your photo of a Carolina Satyr, Hermeuptychia sosybius. Readers who want to know more about this woodland and grassy meadow species can search BugGuide.

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Black insect with red stripes
Hi, Just found the name of this bug: Meloe majalis. You can find some detailed information (if you’re interested) here:

(04/28/2008) Hi again,
I just found on the web some pictures of similar bugs. It seems to be a Megetra. However I did not find one looking exactly like this and could not find any reference to european Megetras.

(04/27/2008) Black insect with red stripes
I live in Portugal and found this “little” guy wandering around. I had never seen such an insect. Can you help me identify it? It is about 5cm long, runs quite fast and its body is flexible. Thanks.

Ed. Note: As with many of our submissions, we had an offline dialog with Michelle regarding her Blister Beetle. Eventually she provided a more exact identification and we are posting her submission.

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Odd insect in Saguaro Park
Dear WTB,
I took this in Saguaro National Park today, thought the pattern on the wings was unusual…any ideas?
cd krall

Hi CD,
You have taken a most awesome photo of a most awesome insect, the Iron Cross Blister Beetle in the genus Tegrodera. Your photo has the aesthetic of a safari photo of a large animal. There are several possible species, including Tegrodera aloga which is not represented on BugGuide.

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spider in our pool with many babies on its back-
What’s that spider??? Any idea of what kind this may be? Those are many babies on its back. Sometimes they hopped off but then swam back and jumped on again. The body is probably at least 1 1/2" long not including the legs. Legs were light brown with black tips. Thanks!!
Mary Lou

Hi Mary Lou,
It is interesting that even weighed down with all those spiderlings, your female Wold Spider managed to not break the tension of the water.

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1 cm long Red Nematode-like Worm in the Pool Water
I love your website, What’s That Bug. I’ve used it dozens of times to identify insects around my neighborhood and workplace. Now I’d like to try your amazing knowledge on these little wigglers! Every spring when opening our family above-ground pool, I find hundreds of 1 cm long red segmented nematode-like very wiggly worms in the pool water. They have a small black head, small legs near the head, a forked tail, are semi-clear with a dark gut, and are very wiggly. So what are they?
Jeff Smith
Ross, Ohio

Hi Jeff,
These are Bloodworms. Bloodworms are the aquatic larvae of non-biting Midges in the genus Chironomus. They are a prized live food for tropical fish kept by aquarists.

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