From the monthly archives: "August 2009"

Giant orange caterpillar
August 29, 2009
Can you identify this caterpillar? Seen in eastern PA on a canal towpath in August, length about 4″, width over .5″.
Elissa
Bethlehem PA

Argid Sawfly Larva

Argid Sawfly Larva

Dear Elissa,
Unless this is an irradiated mutant, we doubt that the Argid Sawfly Larva you found was 4 inches long.  Argid Sawflies are not Caterpillars, but are non-stinging relatives of wasps.  We cannot tell you the exact species, but we are linking to an image on bugguide that looks similar to your example.

What is it?
August 28, 2009
Please help! I would like to identify this insect that I found on my windowsill in Thimpu, Bhutan. Your help MUCH appreciated. I fell in love with it. I should at least know what it is!
Entomophile
Thimpu, Bhutan

Cicada

Cicada

Dear Entomophile,
Though we don’t know the exact species, we can tell you that your insect is a Cicada.

Small bug on the beach
August 28, 2009
Sitting on the beach, we were assaulted by this tiny bug. This small creature was very aggressive and leaped at us when bothered. He was roughly 1/4″ long.
Henry
Westhampton, NY, on the beach, about 20 yards from the water

Common Hentz Jumper

Common Hentz Jumper

Hi Henry
We believe we identified your Jumping Spider correctly after just a few minutes on BugGuide.  It looks like a male Common Hentz Jumper, Hentzia palmarum.  According to BugGuide:  “Males dark brown with white along edges of body, legs and jaws. Central white mark only on back half of carapace. Front pair of legs much larger than others.  Females hairier, paler in color, often marked with forward pointing triangles along the center of her abdomen
.”

giant moth
August 29, 2009
My daughter found this large moth in our screened in pool area. It is about 2 inches long. It has some pink when it spreads it wings. We have never seen anything like it and would love to know what it is.
Diane Nguyen
Ocala, FL

probably Pawpaw Sphinx

probably Pawpaw Sphinx

Hi Diane,
This is a Sphinx Moth, and we believe the species is the Pawpaw Sphinx, Dolba hyloeus.  Of all the moths listed for Florida on Bill Oehlke’s awesome website, this seems the best match.  There is a shot of the belly of the species on BugGuide, and that also looks close to your specimen.  We are copying Bill Oehlke on this response to see if he can verify our identification.

probably Pawpaw Sphinx

probably Pawpaw Sphinx

what kind of bee is this
August 29, 2009
I would like to know as much info on this cool looking green bee as possible
mike samsel
pompano beach florida

Green Orchid Bee Colony

Green Orchid Bee Colony

Dear Mike,
When we first posted an image of a Green Orchid Bee, Euglossa viridissima, in October 2004, and it created quite a stir.  The species has since become established in Florida, having crossed into the U.S. from Mexico.  The Online article on BioOne entitled ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NEOTROPICAL ORCHID BEE EUGLOSSA VIRIDISSIMA (HYMENOPTERA: APIDAE) IN FLORIDA by Charlotte Skova and Jim Wiley provides a wealth of information.  We are thrilled to get your photos which illustrate the communal nesting habits of the Green Orchid Bee.

Green Orchid Bee Colony

Green Orchid Bee Colony

Update from Eric Eaton
Daniel:
I don’t know if they are nesting, or are seeking minerals in the soil, or just what.  I’d love to see that spectacle myself, though:-)
Eric

Huge unknown wasp looking bug
August 28, 2009
The other day I was launched into action as screams came from the kitchen. “Daddy come get this bug it’s HUGE!!!” So I did what Dads do and got it but now I would like to know what in the world it is… I’m 37 years old and lived in Arizona my entire life and have never came across anything like it. This bug was HUGE. I would have to say larger than a silver dollar. I forgot to put something like a quarter in the picture to get reference as to size but believe me… HUGE…
Thank you for your time
Daddy Matt
Sierra Vista, Arizona

Robber Fly

Robber Fly

Hi Daddy Matt,
In the past year, both we and BugGuide have gotten several reports of this majestic Robber Fly, Archilestris magnificus, from Arizona.  Prior to that, the species was known from Mexico.  Robber Flies are predators, and they might bite humans if carelessly handled, but they would need provocation to bite.