From the monthly archives: "March 2012"
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Subject: fly
Location: southeast Texas
March 29, 2012 4:16 pm
I spied this unique fly – it looks like a horsefly, but is green. ’can’t seem to find it here on the site. It is not a bottle fly – much bigger.
Signature: Melanie

Chlorotabanus crepuscularis

Hi Melanie,
She, recognizable by her wide spaced eyes, really is a beautiful green Horse Fly,
Chlorotabanus crepuscularis.  Green Horse Fly is a perfect common name for the genus since “Choloro” refers to the color green and Tabanus is a genus of Horse Fly.  According to BugGuide:  “Body pale green, eyes and thorax yellowish green. The only green tabanid in NA.”

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What is this cluster of bugs?
Location: Jacksonville FL, ( Northeast Florida )
March 27, 2012 1:12 pm
This tightly packed cluster of bugs were at the very base of a Crepe Mrytle tree trunk, where it was very smooth. Each bug was about the size of the head of a pin. When disturbed, they spread out but immediately regrouped.
This was taken March 27, 2012 in Jacksonville FL in a business/office park. It was about 80 degrees and sunny.
Signature: Kat


Hi Kat,
These are immature Barklice, commonly called Tree Cattle.  They are benign creatures that feed on lichen and they will not harm the tree though they resemble an infestation.  We believe the species is most likely Cerastipsocus venosus based on photos posted to BugGuide.

By the way – just found out what they were! ” Common Bark Lice ”  Species: Cerastipsocus trifasciatus

The two species look very similar.

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colorful little bug
Location: Annaheim, Saskatchewan, Canada
March 28, 2012 5:45 am
hi, at work recently we found a small black and orange bug. it has an odd bell shaped pattern on its back and on its thorax (i think, its middle part) there are two eye spots. i thought it was looking like a cute little bug until i noticed its rather long and pointy mouth parts.
i’ve included some pics of him running around in the bottom of a styrofoam cup, and one pic of him on his back.
we are curious to find out just what kind of bug he is and would appreciate your input, thank you kindly.
Signature: Tim

Two Spotted Stink Bug

Hi Tim,
Your Two Spotted Stink Bug is a predatory species, and it uses that “rather long and pointy mount” to suck the vital juices from its prey.  Though we do not recall receiving any reports of people being bitten by a Two Spotted Stink Bug, we believe a painful bite may result if it is carelessly handled.  Many Stink Bugs pass the winter by hibernating as adults, and that would explain its appearance early in the spring.  See BugGuide for additional information.

awesome, thank you so much for identifying it so quickly, i was completely off target and looking into assassin bugs instead of stink bugs, lol. everyone at work was interested to know just what kind of bug it was. it’s probably more common than we would think and just happened to notice this one.
thanks again for your prompt response, great site and keep up the good work!

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Central Texas moth!
Location: San Marcos, Texas
March 27, 2012 4:46 pm
Hey bugman! I found this moth today, March 27, outside of my apartment in San Marcos. It reminded me a convolvulus hawk moth that I found once in the Amarillo area, but when I looked at the photos of that one, the patterns on the wings were quite different. I did some searching and thought it looked a lot like an underwing moth, but when I picked it up, it stretched out its wings and there was no bright coloring anywhere. So, what do you think? Thanks a bunch!
Signature: Brittani Wray

Carolina Sphinx

Hi Brittani,
Your moth reminds you of the Convolvulus Hawkmoth because it is in the same family, Sphingidae, the Hawkmoths or Sphinx Moths.  Your moth is a Carolina Sphinx,
Manduca sexta, a common species found across much of North America.  You can read more about the Carolina Sphinx on BugGuide and on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.  The Caterpillars are known as Tobacco Hornworms and they feed on the leaves of tomatoes, tobacco and related plants in the nightshade family.

Correction:  July 10, 2012
We just noticed we incorrectly identified this Sphinx.  It is a Waved Sphinx, Ceratomia undulosa, not a Carolina Sphinx.  This can be verified by comparing this moth to photos on Sphingidae of the Americas.

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dogwood flower infestation
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Subject: dogwood flower infestation
Location: Atlanta, Ga
March 27, 2012 9:49 pm
These wasp-looking creatures are in about 1/4 of the flowers on my dogwood this year. The tree seems very healthy otherwise.
Signature: CV

Solitary Bees on Dogwood

Dear CV,
These are some species of Solitary Bee and they are beneficial.  As such, this should not be referred to as an infestation.  We believe your bees are in the family Megachilidae that includes Mason Bees and Leafcutter Bees and you can see many examples of these bees on BugGuide.  Though the detail in your photo is limited and we cannot make out the exact identity of your species, the individual that is facing the camera appears to have a light face.  That doesn’t seem to match the appearance of the Blue Orchard Mason Bee that is pictured on a dogwood blossom on this informative posting on the Pencil and Leaf website.

Correction courtesy of John Ascher
April 22, 2012
probably Andrena males, not Megachilidae.

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Luna moth
Location:  Coastal North Carolina
March 27, 2012  7:42 PM
I saw this beautiful 5-6 inch moth when I was out today. Unfortunately It seemed like something was wrong with him/her. I thought it looked similar to a Luna moth. Doing some investigative work online I couldn’t find a Luna moth that looked like this. I found an article about similar looking moth species and came across antheraea polyphemus. But, I still couldn’t find a moth online that looked like this one.
Coastal North Carolina

Cecropia Moth

Dear Jenn,
This beautiful moth is a Cecropia Moth, and though it is in the same family as the Luna Moth, Saturniidae, it is not that closely related within the family.

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