From the monthly archives: "November 2013"
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Subject: Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly?
Location: Coryell County, Texas
November 21, 2013 11:42 am
Is this a female Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly?
Bug Guide reference: http://www.dallasbutterflies.com/Butterflies/html/sennae.html
I don’t understand the clouded/cloudless designation differences.
I planted more of the Autumn Sage this fall; it’s a butterfly magnet, and a drought-resistant native plant.
Signature: Ellen

Senna Sulphur

Senna Sulphur

Hi again Ellen,
BugGuide sometimes explains the meaning of the name, but in the case of the Cloudless Sulphur, they do not.  Charles Hogue, in his book Insects of the Los Angeles Basin, referred to this species,
Phoebis sennae, as the Senna Sulphur, which is a reference to the food plant of the caterpillar.  We always thought that “cloudless” referred to the male of the species having no markings. 

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Subject: Open-wing Sleepy Orange Butterfly
Location: Coryell County, Texas
November 21, 2013 11:24 am
Success! I only had to take ten extra photos this time before getting an open-winged shot of this Sleepy Orange. They love the Autumn Sage, a drought-resistant native plant. Female, according to the example you provided, thank you:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/250057/bgimage
Signature: Ellen

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

Hi Ellen,
Thanks for your efforts to capture an image of the dorsal view of a living Sleepy Orange.

Sleepy Orange

Sleepy Orange

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Subject: Carpenter Bee Robber Fly
Location: Johannesburg South Africa
November 21, 2013 2:47 am
I took these yesterday in my drive way.
Signature: Tiaan

Carpenter Bee Robber Fly eats Honey Bee

Carpenter Bee Robber Fly eats Honey Bee

Hi Tiaan,
Thanks for sending us your photos of a Carpenter Bee Robber Fly,
Hyperechia marshalli, feeding on a Honey Bee.  They are a nice addition to our Food Chain tag.

Carpenter Bee Robber Fly eats Honey Bee

Carpenter Bee Robber Fly eats Honey Bee

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Subject: OK, it’s still alive…..
November 17, 2013 6:25 pm
So, I submitted an identification request on 10/29/13.  Upon submitting the request, I put the bug I wanted identified in an air tight jar.  The bug was obviously dead from what I assumed was lack of oxygen, but I just didn’t feel comfortable letting it go in case it’s “shell” was actually a pod holding eggs and we would soon be infested.  So today is 11/17/13, and I notice that the  bug has climbed up the side of this jar!!  Totally freaked out…..no food, no air, no water was ever added.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE identify this bug…..I don’t want to kill it, but I’m holding it captive until I know what it is.
Sincerely,
Kerry Bizila

please resubmit your photo.  We were away from the office when your original letter arrived and we did not answer any mail during our absence.

Hi Daniel,
Attached are the photos.  It is still moving around, but at times appears dead (lying on back with legs pulled in).  I did open the jar a few times over the past couple days, and threw in some crumbs, but I don’t know if that would be part of it’s diet.  I’m not squeemish, but this bug truly freaks me out.
Let me know if I need to resubmit via the website.
Thanks!

Blood Engorged Tick

Blood Engorged Tick

Hi again Kerry,
This is a blood engorged Tick.  It can survive a very very long time on the meal it had.

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Subject: Worms in Chile’s Atacama Desert sand dunes
Location: Atacama Desert, Chile
November 20, 2013 6:16 am
In the sand dunes of the Atacama Desert, near the city of Copiapo (Chile), I found strange lines near the crest of the dunes. When I looked closer I saw that some of them at one end were advancing. Digging with the finger into the sand I found little worms, not more than 1 cm long.
These dunes only receive some moisture from the coastal fog.
I was wondering what these worms live of and what species they are?
Signature: Gerhard Huedepohl

Mysterious Dune Tracks

Mysterious Dune Tracks

Hi Gerhard,
We have prepared all of your images for posting prior to doing any research, and we are not certain if we will find an answer, but we really wanted to post your request prior to leaving for work.  We couldn’t find anything quickly, but perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a comment with a link that helps to solve this mystery.

Dune Worm

Dune Worm

Hi Daniel,
thank you very much for this message. I have also tried to find information on the web, but without success so far. That’s why I hope really to find out some information with your help.
Lets see, if something comes up.
Best regards,
Gerhard

Hi again Gerhard,
You might want to post a comment to the posting in the event the answer doesn’t come for several years. 

 

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Subject: Ecuador Butterfly
Location: Mindo, Ecuador
November 20, 2013 8:54 am
Hi everyone,
This is my first post here. I need this butterfly which was photogaphed at Mariposas de Mindo in Ecuador ID’d.
Thanks for any help, I’m more interested in the English common name or family name than the scientific name – but any info is helpful.
Thanks,
Signature: Nate

Tiger Longwing

Tiger Longwing

Hi Nate,
Based on photos on iNaturalist, this is either a Tiger Longwing,
Heliconius hecale, or a closely related species.  This is a common species in butterfly habitats and we suspect they are raised on butterfly farms.

Thanks Daniel, I really appreciate it.
Best,
Nate

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