From the monthly archives: "September 2012"
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Subject: Camel Spiders
Location: Northern Greece
September 1, 2012 6:09 am
Dear Sir,
congratulations for your amazing web site!
I have found this camel spider and I would like to know the scientific name of it.
Found in Northern Greece, altitude 350 m.
Thank you in advance.
Signature: Medousa


Dear Medousa,
Alas, we haven’t the necessary skills to identify this Solifugid or Camel Spider beyond the order Solifugae.

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Subject: Huge Green Caterpillar-like bug
Location: Windber pennsylvania
September 1, 2012 11:36 am
My friend found this huge bug! It resembles a caterpillar, but Ive never seen one w/ these characteristics or of this size! We live In Windber, PA-it is the end of Summer, Sept 1, but she found it yesterday-which was the end of August. It is the end of Summer here, so its been fairly hot.As you can see from the pictures-its green with spikes (black) on its back.
Signature: tammy

Hickory Horned Devil

Hi Tammy,
This Hickory Horned Devil is arguably the most spectacular North American caterpillar.  It is also considered the largest North American Caterpillar.  We love getting photos of Hickory Horned Devils toward the end of each summer.  The adult Royal Walnut Moth, which makes an appearance during the early part of summer, is also a spectacular looking insect.

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Subject: Red wasp with bright blue wings
Location: Loon Lake, CA — near Tahoe in El Dorado National Forest, very close to the lake
September 2, 2012 12:01 pm
This bright, beautiful little critter completely surprised me – I’ve never seen anything quite like this! I’d love to know what it was.
Signature: Christy


Hi Christy,
We are nearly certain that this is a Spider Wasp,
Tachypompilus unicolor, though some details are difficult to discern in your photograph.  The wasp appears to be searching the ground, which is a major factor in our identification as Spider Wasps hunt spiders in this manner, especially since they prey upon Wolf Spiders to feed their young.  You may refer to BugGuide for additional information, including that the preferred habitat is :  “Varied, but they are usually found in open habitats.”

I really appreciate the ID!  Yes, it was down on the gravel-y ground, a few feet from the lake in one direction, and about 20 feet from a pine forest the other direction.  I only saw it on the ground for about a minute, and then it flew away.

Update:  June 4, 2020
Based on comments that have been submitted, we are correcting this posting, identifying the insect as an Ichneumon.

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Subject: Costa Rican Bug
Location: Drake Bay, Costa Rica
September 2, 2012 9:25 pm
Hi Bugman,
You guys are the best! We can spend hours at a time on your site. We found this cool bug while hiking in Drake Bay, Costa Rica. It was just on the ground on top of some leaves. I can’t seem to identify it. Can you please tell me what it is?
Signature: Jennifer and Bella

Bee Killer eating Ant

Hi again Jennifer and Bella,
We were immediately certain that this insect is an Assassin Bug in the family Reduviidae, and though our initial web search turned up numerous matching images, we could not get a species identification.  The red flags at the tail end are quite distinctive.  Finally, we found a matching photo on FlickR that identified this Assassin Bug as a Bee Killer,
Apiomerus vexillarius.  Discover Lifehas a matching image of a mounted specimen that confirms the species identification.  The Bee Killer Assassin Bugs often prey upon bees and other members in the order Hymenoptera.  Your individual appears to be preying upon an Ant.  Assassin Bugs should be handled with caution as they can deliver a painful bite.

Bee Killer


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Subject: strange insect found
Location: Essex Jct, Vermont
September 3, 2012 12:54 pm
My son spotted a very odd looking insect crawling up a tree at our home in Vermont. It was orange in color and looked like the inside of a crab shell on the back but moved very much like a snail. It had a wormlike head and measured approximately one inch long and was soft and had no shell. What is this thing?
Signature: Steven and Connor

Monkey Slug

Hi Steven and Conner,
This creature, which is commonly called a Monkey Slug, is the caterpillar of the Hag Moth.  Handle with caution as they are capable of stinging.

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Subject: weird moth
Location: central Kentucky
September 3, 2012 12:34 pm
Not sure what this is. Has weird wings and praying mantis type hands.
Signature: Jason

Unknown Moth

Hi Jason,
We agree that this is a moth, but it is not something we recognize, nor do we ever recall seeing a similar looking moth.  We are going to post your letter immediately in the hopes that one of our readers can steer us in the right direction, and we are also going to contact Eric Eaton for assistance.

Eric Eaton Responds
I recognize it, but I can’t find another example, either 🙁

Ed. Note:  We also requested assistance from Julian Donahue.

Hi James,
The webmaster for What’s That Bug? sent me this noctuid photo, but I don’t have access to the collection (nor my brain cells). It’s familiar, but I hesitate to guess it’s identity; don’t even know if it’s considered a noctuid or erebid these days?
Thanks for your help,
Julian (you can reply directly to Daniel Marlos, and he’ll post your ID and comments on the website)

James Adams provides an identification
Hey guys,
This is almost undoubtedly Palthis asopialis, though the low lighting and low resolution make it difficult to be sure.  The only other possibility would be Palthis angulalis.
HOpe this helps.
James K. Adams
Professor of Biology, Dalton State College

Dear James and Julian,
Wow, we actually considered the Litter Moths, but the front legs on the individuals on BugGuide did not look as long as the legs on the individual in the photograph submitted to What’s That Bug?  Thanks for the identification James.

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