From the monthly archives: "May 2009"

Praying Mantis
Thu, May 28, 2009 at 8:24 PM
Spotted this fella on my dining room window one September afternoon in Oklahoma City. Thought I would share some of the amazing pics with the site.
AHayes
Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Preying Mantis

Preying Mantis

Dear AHayes,
Thanks for sending your truly amazingly surreal image of a Preying Mantis to our website.  Selecting an unusual angle for a photograph often makes an ordinary subject appear extraordinary.  Though we in no way consider Preying Mantids to be ordinary, the odd perspective does give your photo added interest and it makes the Mantis appear positively menacing.

black and orange moth?
Thu, May 28, 2009 at 7:27 AM
Hi Bugman,
I saw this black and orange “bug” in Brown County Indiana State Park in between West Tower and Ogle Lake. Not sure if it is a moth or what… Thanks in Advance!
-T
Brown County Indiana State Park

Black and Orange Lichen Moth

Orange Patched Smoky Moth

Dear -T,
All you need to do is to insert the word Lichen into your subject line, and you will have the common name for your moth, Lycomorpha pholus, the Black and Orange Lichen Moth or Black and Yellow Lichen Moth. You can match your photo to the ones posted on BugGuide.

Correction: Sat, May 30, 2009 at 3:04 PM
Though I’m not certain, I think there’s a chance this is actually an Orange-patched smoky moth, Pyromorpha dimidiata.
Artemisia

Dear Artemisia,
After looking at the BugGuide page for the Orange Patched Smoky Moth, Pyromorpha dimidiata, we are inclined to agree with your correction.  According to BugGuide:  “Day-flying. Wings black, translucent, basal half of forewing orange. Note that inner margin of forewing is black, orange in rather similar Lycomorpha . Also note phenology: Pyromorpha flies in early summer, Lycomorpha in late summer, fall. “

Beige Bug Nookie
Wed, May 27, 2009 at 5:11 PM
Greetings!
I decided to head down to the river today to see what bugs I could dig up and I found this amorous couple having a lovely time on a branch. It was very windy, but they didn’t seem to mind.
The (female?) on the bottom finally got perturbed with me & started to move, but as her lover wasn’t about to take off, it nearly made me giggle – she was going very slow, and it didn’t look like she was slow by choice.
They’re extremely colourful (if not clashing a tad with those red legs!), but they posed nicely for me and I’ve sent 2 clips along to you.
Enjoy! And hopefully, you’ll be able to tell me what they are. 🙂
Janet
On the shores of the Oldman River, near Taber. Alberta, Canada.

Mating Leaf Beetles

Mating Leaf Beetles

Dear Janet,
Your pair is Calligrapha verrucosa, a species of Leaf Beetle without a common name. According to BugGuide, they feed on the leaves of willow. All of the photos posted to BugGuide were from Saskatchewan.

Mating Leaf Beetles

Mating Leaf Beetles

huge caterpillar!!!
Wed, May 27, 2009 at 6:08 PM
today (may 27th) while trimming tall grass and brush for my neighbor, i came across the largest caterpillar i have ever seen in california! it seemed very out of place, on a dry sun baked hill with all the grass mostly brown and dead for the summer. i picked it up and moved it to the shade under an oak. it was very lucky i noticed the little guy before my trimmer got the best of it. it was bright green with two black stripes running the length of it, with black and light yellow spots running down the side. it had a large yellow spike connected to its backside. it was 3 to 4 inches long.
Brennan
Northern California

Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar

Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar

Hi Brennan,
This is a White Lined Sphinx Caterpillar, Hyles lineata. a moth that ranges over most of North America but is most often associated with desert areas of the Southwest.  This species has periodic population explosions in the desert during lush years and the caterpillar can be found in great numbers.  Native Americans feasted on the caterpillars.  The Caterpillars pupate underground, and your specimen was probably searching for some soft dirt in which to burrow.  The adult moths are often attracted to lights.

May 27, 2009,
Hello-
I just have to tell you that I am in love with your website! I am an Archives Technician at the National Museum of Health and Medicine (http://nmhm.washingtondc.museum/) and during my graduate work at George Washington University I focused a lot of my attention on Integrated Pest Management. I am now the “bug girl” in my museum and I am always looking for new websites to assist me with identificaction. I hope to utilize your site more in the future!
Keep up the outstanding work, my bug-loving friends!
jasmine high

Caterpillar found in Norther California
Tue, May 26, 2009 at 3:04 PM
Hello,
My son brought home this caterpillar from a close by river. We still have it in his bug catcher with some leaves and other foliage from there and it has since cocooned.
I am curious as to what this is.
Thank you!
Delia Campos
Sacramento, CA at the American River

Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar

Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar

Hi Delia,
This is the caterpillar of a Pipevine Swallowtail, Battus philenor, a lovely blue-green butterfly with orange spots on the undersides of the wings.