Manduca Sphinx Pupa

Subject: swallowtail crysalis Location: Grand Junction, CO September 30, 2013 6:26 pm I believe I have found a double swallowtail chrysalis. I had to move it from where it was partially buried in the ground and under a stack of bricks. Where can I put it so that it will winter well? We live in … Read more

Yellow Jacket Hover Fly, AKA Good News Bee

Subject: Mimic Fly ? Location: Greenville SC September 30, 2013 1:16 pm Have noticed this insect around my house for several years and finally got the attached photo from my cell phone Am wondering if this is a Yellowjacket Hover Fly (Yellowjacket Hover Fly, Milesia virginiensis) ? Signature: James Hi James, Your identification is absolutely … Read more

Giant Eastern Crane Fly

Subject: Crane Fly Location: Putnam Valley, NY September 30, 2013 10:20 am Thanks to your website, I was able to identify this fascinating ”bug”, that was on the wall of my sister’s house in Putnam Valley, NY, a few days ago. The popular guess was ”a mosquito”…but I wasn’t convinced! Signature: Gabe Laffy Hi Gabe, … Read more

Horse Fly

Subject: Loud & Fast; Scares the Dog Location: Missouri, 60 miles from St Louis September 30, 2013 2:31 am Several of these show up around our house each spring-early fall. They will hover in place for a while, then take off really fast, zooming around for a while before suddenly stopping to hover in place. … Read more