From the monthly archives: "June 2012"

Subject: Moth?
Location: Newhaven, UK
May 30, 2012 3:29 am
Hi Mr Bugman,
I found this in my kitchen being quite beautiful – no idea what it is. Any ideas?
Signature: Simon

Plume Moth

Hi Simon,
You should be congratulated.  Most folks who encounter a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae have no idea how to classify them.  Many people just call them T-Bugs.  Your photo is also quite beautiful.  We are postdating your identification request to go live to our site later in the week so that there will continue to be daily postings during our short holiday.

Hi Daniel,
Wow – I had no idea. Every year there’s at least a couple that take up residence in the kitchen and never seem to move – then just vanish. He [she?] had sat there for a few days before I took the picture.
Thank you very much for your ID.

Subject: weird insect
Location: Pandora, Ohio
June 3, 2012 1:03 pm
I was outside looking for ant colonies and I was moving a rock almost failed to notice this weird looking wasp or well maybe just a flying insect. It was all black except for a strip of red in the middle.
The thing that caught me off guard was it’s 1/2 – Inch long blade attached to it’s abdomen. I doubt it could retract this kind of blade, so figured it’s always sticking out.
Sorry picture is not the greatest as he decided to fly away and I backed away to avoid him.
Signature: Brady Blankemeyer

Crane Fly

Hi Brandy,
Despite the extreme blurriness of your photo, we had no trouble identifying your insect as
Ctenophora dorsalis, a harmless Crane Fly.  We are visiting Ohio for a week and we are scheduling your identification request to post live to our site during our absence.

Location: Haileybury, Ontario, Canada
June 1, 2012 9:29 am
I found this strange moth this morning on the 1st of June just outside our door. I absolutely had to take pictures! Having found your site it didn’t take very long to identify this very distinguished creature. What a gorgeous oddity!
Signature: Northern Ontarian

Luna Moth

Dear Northern Ontarian,
We are quite envious that you have had the good fortune to observe a Luna Moth in its natural state.  Perhaps our editorial staff will be lucky as we are headed to Northeast Ohio for a week and despite growing up there, we have never seen a living Luna Moth in the wild.  We also hope our visit will coincide with the annual appearance of Fireflies.

Subject: SOAT (Save our apple tree!)
Location: Central WI
June 4, 2012 2:24 pm
These were found all over all our favorite apple tree! ANd in the garden as well on the peppers and squash plants. We live in Central WI and this pic was taken today, June 4th 2012. Please help us ID it so we can get rid of it!
Signature: apple lovers

Rose Chafers Mating

Dear apple lovers,
You have submitted a photograph of mating Rose Chafers, either
Macrodactylus subspinosus or Macrodactylus angustatus.  Here is what BugGuide has to say about the Rose Chafer:  “Adults emerge in early summer and feed on flowers, some leaves. They live for up to 6 weeks. Mating occurs on food sources. Eggs are laid deep (13-15 cm!) in soil and hatch in one to three weeks. Larvae feed on roots and overwinter deep in soil. Pupation in early spring in the soil, just under the surface.”

Subject: Ambush bug???
Location: Zuma Canyon, Malibu, California
May 24, 2012 10:39 am
Hi Bugman,
I found this guy on Eriogonum fasciculatum (buckwheat) – I didn’t see him until I moved the flower and he crawled around back to get away from me. I don’t know what he is. The closest thing I can guess is some sort of ambush bug. His coloration is amazing! What is it?
Signature: C. Anderson

June 4, 2012
Hey Bugman!
Still can’t figure out what this is. I am going back out this week to look for him. Any ideas?
Thanks, Crystal

Immature Ambush Bug

Hi Crystal,
We missed your original email and we returned to our unanswered mail in order to find your location.  You are correct.  This is an Ambush Bug and it appears to be an immature individual.  It is possible it is freshly molted and its colors haven’t darkened yet, or it might have adapted to blend in to the colors of the buckwheat blossom.  It might be
Phymata pacifica, a species represented on BugGuide from California, however BugGuide has no images of nymphs.

Subject: South Western PA moths
Location: Pittsburgh PA
June 4, 2012 1:19 pm
Hi Bugman. I always enjoy your postings on Facebook and trying to identify the various bugs I see around my home. I have a selection of moths that have been hanging out around my porch light that I have not been able to name.
Signature: Cherie

Harnessed Tiger Moth

Hi Cherie,
If you are interested in learning more about your local moths, you might want to consider checking our some National Moth Week events in your area.  We believe the black and white Tiger Moth is a Harnessed Tiger Moth,
Apantesis phalerata, which we located on BugGuide, however the site notes:  “There are no 100% consistent diagnostic characteristics in wing maculation or spots/no spots on the patagia (the “collar”), to reliably distinguish nais/carlotta/phalerata/vittata. The only full-proof method is dissection and examination of genitalia (the exception is in male phalerata, in which the valve is easily distinguished by its longer, up-curved apex. So one could brush the scales away from the last sternite and see it without dissection. The nais/carlotta/vittata group have rather blunt and rounded apices of the valve.) However, within this group, using the sum of typical (although not necessarily diagnostic) characteristics, can allow for a reasonably probable species ID. — J.D. Roberts”  Your photo does look very much like this unidentified member of the genus pictured on BugGuide.  We would also note that Tiger Moths in the genus Apantesis are frequently confused with the similar genus Grammia, also pictured on BugGuide.  Your Sphinx Moth is a Small Eyed Sphinx, Paonias myops, and you can read more about it on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.  Your third moth appears to be a member of the family Geometridae.

Small Eyed Sphinx