From the monthly archives: "July 2010"
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Tarantula Hawk?
Location:  CA Central Coast hills above Monterey Bay
July 29, 2010 10:59 am
From pictures of wasps I went through on your website, I’m guessing what I removed from my house was a Tarantula Hawk Wasp. Saw one last year in the yard. We have plenty of tarantulas here for it to choose from, usually see those crawling around in April and November. I caught and released it on a sunny 80 degree day.
James Romeo

Tarantula Hawk

Hi James,
Your identification of a Tarantula Hawk is correct.

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July 28, 2010
Irene came to visit yesterday afternoon and she thinks the young hens need a facebook page, so the collective name Fuzzy Bottom Gals was coined to reference that the chicks still have their peep fuzz over much of their bodies.

Fuzzy Bottom Gals: Ginger, Umber and Amber (left to right)

I have finally named all three chickens.  Ginger, the golden hen, has had a name for days.  Ginger is still the alpha hen, the one that scratches the most and seems the most independent.  She was the first to fly out and IN through the front door.


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Anise Swallowtail
Location:  Cotati, CA
July 28, 2010 7:04 pm
I raised Anise Swallowtail butterflies locally for 15 years and have always had an amazing time watching them transform. I caught one of them in the middle of cocooning. Thought it would be nice to share! He later hatched into a beautiful butterfly!

Anise Swallowtail Chrysalis with larval exuvia still attached

Hi Lauren,
Your photographs are stunning.  We especially like that your Anise Swallowtail Chrysalis photo has captured the molting process and the exoskeleton of the caterpillar is still visible.

Anise Swallowtail

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Dominican Moths…
Location:  Punta Cana, RD
July 28, 2010 2:59 pm
Hi Bugman! We just came back from our honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and we saw a coupld moths that really caught out attention. From looking at your site, I was able, I think, to determine the green one as I Pandorus Sphinx moth…. maybe? lol However was not able to find the others. Any ideas?
Newly Wed In Canada

2 more…
Location:  Punta Cana, RD
July 28, 2010 3:01 pm
Here are 2 more that I need help with. 🙂 Thanks so much… again.
Newly Wed in Canada

Vine Sphinx Moth from Dominican Republic

Dear Newly Wed in Canada,
As we indicated offline, you have submitted several photos of a Black Witch, and we are nearly certain that this Sphinx Moth is a Vine Sphinx,
Eumorpha vitis, though there are a few other Dominican species that look similar.  You can see information and compare your photographs to those posted on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.

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Insect from Belize…
Location:  Mountain Pine Ridge in Cayo, Belize
July 28, 2010 10:21 am
We think it’s a sort of locust, what do you think? We were fascinated with this bug! I took this picture on Thursday, July 22, 2010. Thanks for your help!
Sandie Young

Crayola Katydid from Belize

Hi Sandie,
This appears to be a Katydid, though we sometimes mistake other Long Horned Orthopterans in the suborder Ensifera for Katydids.  We are going to check with international Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he recognizes your species.

That is wonderful, thank you so much.  Will you please let me know what you find out?  I’ve never seen such a beautiful colorful bug !  🙂

Hi Daniel,
This is a female of the Crayola katydid, Moncheca pretiosa (Tettigoniidae: Conocephalinae), one of the few katydids that probably uses chemical defenses. Although this species has not yet been tested, its closest relative,  a similarly colored genus Vestria, produces volatile pyrazines that are known to act as repellants to monkeys and birds.

Wow Piotr,
That is wonderful.  The Crayola Katydid sure has a fitting name for such a colorful Katydid, and those of us who grew up with the 64 pack of crayons appreciate the significance.

How cool is that!!  I love his name.  We were calling him the disco bug 🙂  Thanks for the info !  What a great website you have !  🙂

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Robber Fly Feeding
Location:  North Middle Tennessee
July 28, 2010 9:38 am
Hi Daniel,
This big guy buzzed by this morning and landed in a nearby bush. I went inside to get the camera, thankfully it was still there when I returned. I thought you might like it for your food chain section. At first I thought it was feeding on a bumblebee but now I believe it may be a ”bee mimic robber fly”, not really sure. I was photographing a couple of robber flies yesterday that looked like this one except this one is maybe twice as large. So maybe this one is the Giant version. Thanks for all you do and have a great day.

Bee Killer eats Bumble Bee

Hi Richard,
You really are contributing some wonderful images to our website.  It would seem you are well on your way to producing a guide book of insects from your area in Tennessee.  We believe this is a Bee Killer, one of the Giant Robber Flies in the genus
Promachus, based on images posted to BugGuide.  The tiger stripe pattern on the abdomen is an identifying feature.  Also, we are inclined to agree with your first impression that the prey is a Bumble Bee because it appears to have two wings on each side as opposed to a single pair of wings, a characteristic of the bee mimic Flies.

Ed Note: August 2, 2010
Today we identified a Red Footed Cannibalfly, and we realized that we now had a species identification on this beauty:
Promachus rufipes.

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