From the monthly archives: "April 2008"
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Can you name this insect for me…?
I recently moved to Phelan, California back in January. This area is considered a High Desert. Just in the last couple days we have been seeing a lot of these guys. They seem to be really smart and look like they are ready for a fight…lol. They use their two large front "arms", for lack of a better word, to climb, no more like scale a vertical wall. If you could give me a clue to what they are and if they are poisonous. I appreciate your help. Thanks…
Attached are a few photos I took in the bath tub before releasing him back into the desert.

Hello Ty,
The Solpugid is not an insect, it is an arachnid. It is related to spiders and scorpions, hence its common names Sun Spider or Wind Scorpion. In some places they are called Sand Puppies, but they are not related to dogs. Unlike Spiders and Scorpions, Solpugids do not have venom. They are harmless unless you are small enough to be considered food, in which case gram per gram, they might be the fiercest predators on the planet. We are lucky they don’t weigh 150 pounds. They will eat anything they can catch, which is a benefit in the desert.

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either Pipevine or Spicebush Swallowtails mating.
Hey bugman,
I took this picture earlier today in the Great Smoky Mountains National park of two Swallowtails mating that i thought turned out pretty good. they were right in the middle of the road (well, almost more of a driveway). i thought that was a weird place for them to mate. well hopefully this will be of use to your bug love page. anyway hope you enjoy it.
Michael Davis

Hi Michael,
These are mating Pipevine Swallowtails, and your photo is wonderful

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Morpho butterfly
I took this picture in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil, close to Belo Horizonte. I think that this is of the Morpho genus, as it was quite similar to Morpho menelaus; however, the forewing seems to have only one eyespot as opposed to all of the photos I have seen on where the menelaus have more. Any thoughts? Thanks,

Hi Ryan,
We are not sure what species your Morpho Butterfly is, but perhaps one of our readers can assist in the identification.

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Black spider with a red dot
Your site is so informative, it’s making me less afraid of spiders! We live in west Alabama and found this one in our kitchen. I don’t think it’s a black widow because the body really doesn’t seem to be the right shape, plus I didn’t see an hour glass on the its belly (but there is a tiny bit of red). Could you identity this mystery red-dot spider for me? Thanks,
Kelly B.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Hi Kelly,
Your spider is a Red Spotted Antmimic Spider, Castianeira descripta, which according to BugGuide, has been reported from Alabama.

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Photo from Dominican Republic
This guy was so spectacular, about 5 inches long and happily stayed with us all day. Love your site and would love to know what type of moth this is. Thanks

Hi Wendy,
Your moth is a Rustic Sphinx, Manduca rustica. According to Bill Oehlke, the Rustic Sphinx: “flies in warm temperate, subtropical, and tropical forests and second growth woodlands from Virginia to south Florida, west to Arkansas, Texas, southern New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California and Puerto Rico and Cuba, and then further south through Central America to Brazil : Mato Grosso (JvB), Para, Roraima; Bolivia and Uruguay.”

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Spring White/ Western Whites
Hi Lisa Anne and Daniel,
it seems to be a good Spring for whites in central WY. Saw this Spring White (no pun intended) and pair of Western Whites today. Peace,

Spring White Mating Western Whites

Hi again Dwaine,
Thanks for continuing to add to our butterfly archive with the Spring White, Pontia sisymbrii, and mating Western White, Pontia occidentalis, images. Jeffrey Glassberg indicates in his book Butterflies Through Binoculars The West that the Spring White rarely stays still for long, which makes your photograph especially noteworthy.

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