From the monthly archives: "March 2012"
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More Brazilian Moths.
Location: Amazon, Brazil
March 1, 2012 4:19 pm
I’ve tried hard and I think this is type of Geometrid moth, and I think both examples are the same species, but I have no idea what. The moth is about 3-4 inches across and long. These are two examples, the first pic was taken in Manaus, Brazil on 24 Jan 2012. The second two pics where taken in Santarem, Brazil last year. I have to admit, of all the moth pictures I have, this is a particular favourite. I love how fat and solid it looks. Can you help again?
Signature: Tracey

Giant Silkmoth: Male Syssphinx molina

Hi Tracey,
We have been a bit busy, and we have not had a chance to do this research which is very time consuming.  We are posting your three images in the hope that one of our readers can assist with this matter.  We suspect the answer to one of your moth identification requests is on the Brazil section of the Sphingidae of the Americas.  The staff took the day off yesterday, and we are now way behind.  We are going to try to post a few simpler identification requests to catch up a bit before returning to your request. 

Giant Silkmoth: Female Syssphinx molina

We believe your second moth may be a Giant Silkmoth, and we are going to request assistance from Bill Oehlke.

Giant Silkmoth: Syssphinx molina

Bill Oehlke confirms identification
Syssphinx Molina of Ceratocampinae subfamily of Saturniidae family.
Was the location in Brazil provided?

A very big thank you.  I appreciate my pictures are among many you receive, and I don’t expect an immediate answer, if at all.  I just hope you can or will help.
Once again you have come up trumps. As I said, I personally loved this moth because of it’s shape.  I’ve been looking at the photograph of the first one wondering about it for over a year.   I never knew of the added bonus of such beautiful colours under those forewings.
Whilst looking through hundreds of photographs trying to identify this, I did manage to identify my dysdaemonia boreas or dead leaf moth,  I just never thought to look at all those moths with the giant eyes on their hind wings.
Once again, thank you so very much.

Hi Daniel
These pictures were taken on board ships on the Amazon River.  As I said, the first picture, the male, was taken in Manaus, Brazil on 24 Jan this year, the moth would have landed on board overnight. The two pictures of the female where taken on 12 Feb 2011, in Santarem, Brazil. Again the moth would have landed on board our ship overnight.

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What is this
Location: Melbourne, Australia
February 29, 2012 7:42 pm
I think this chap flew into my 5th floor hotel room at night. I am from the Uk and have never seen anything like this before. Can anyone help. It flew quite loudly and was approx an inch in length
Signature: Richard

Eucalyptus Borer

Hi Richard,
This is a Eucalyptus Borer in the genus
Phoracantha.  The larvae bore in the wood of eucalyptus trees. 

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Mystery Scarab Beetle at Env. Charter School
Location: Lutz, Florida
February 29, 2012 3:51 pm
Dear Bugman,
I teach at an Environmental Charter School in Lutz, Florida (just north of Tampa). One of our 5th grade students found this beetle walking around the campus last week. Since then, a number of others have been seen by students in other grades.
We did some research and think it is a member of the Euphoria genus of Scarab beetles. Can you tell us any more about it?
Thanks for all your hard work. We LOVE the website!
Jim McGinity
Learning Gate Community School
Lutz, FL
Signature: Jim McGinity

Fiery Searcher

Dear Jim,
Your beetle is a Ground Beetle, not a Scarab.  More specifically, it is a Fiery Searcher,
Calosoma scrutator, one of the Caterpillar Hunters.  According to BugGuide:  “Life cycle is one year, but adults long-lived, reported to live for up to three years. Adults attracted to lights. Eggs are laid singly in soil. Larvae pupate in earthen cells. Adults can overwinter.”

Thanks so much, Daniel.  The students are finding them all around the campus and with the bright colors they really attract attention.
Have a great day!

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What Is It?
Location: Albuquerque, NM
February 29, 2012 3:28 pm
found on back of rock in Albuquerque, NM yard couple of months ago
Signature: Pat

Swallowtail Chrysalis

Hi Pat,
This is the Chrysalis of a Swallowtail Butterfly.  Just prior to pupation, the Swallowtail caterpillar spins a silken strand that girdles its body, keeping the chrysalis upright.  This is a distinctive identification for most Swallowtails.

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Location:  Laos
March 1, 2012
Another of Carol’s butterflies is a member of the family Pieridae, the Whites and Sulfurs, and we quickly identified it on Sambui Butterflies as a Chocolate Albatross,
Appias lyncida vasava.  This individual is also mud puddling.  Sambui Butterflies lists the range as:  “Sri Lanka, India and Burma through the Malay Peninsular. Other subspecies throughout the Oriental Region)” and we are still waiting for information from Carol on the location of this sighting.  According to the Butterflies of Malaysia website:  “Males congregate, sometimes in groups of 50 or more, to imbibe mineralised moisture from damp patches of ground in full sunlight. They are strongly attracted to urine soaked soil, and to mineral-rich sand on recently exposed river beaches in heavily forested areas. If disturbed they fly up in a swirling mass, but resettle to resume feeding at the same spot within a few minutes. Females are normally only seen when flying in search of egg-laying sites within the forest.”

Chocolate Albatross

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for identifying the butterfly!
The River Ou in Laos was where the riverside photos were taken.  We were between Muang La and Luang Prabang.
The caterpillar suspended across a very large open space was probably on a low mountain near a temple near Muang La, Laos.
The other photos were near the Queen’s Garden in a mountainous area near Chiang Rai or Chiang Saen in Thailand.
Where is the butterfly site you are hosting?

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