From the monthly archives: "July 2014"

Subject: Bizarre moth mimicking crayfish
Location: Columbia, NJ
July 1, 2014 5:22 am
We saw this moth on our camper near the Delaware Water Gap, it looked odd, when it flew a short distance and landed it took on a completely different shape…a tiny crayfish! How does a moth evolve to mimick such a creature?
Signature: SeanK

Saddleback Caterpillar Moth looks like Crayfish

Saddleback Caterpillar Moth looks like Crayfish

Dear SeanK,
The illusion you describe is quite effective, and the outline of this moth does look like a Crayfish.  We wish your image had more detail.  Our best guess is possibly a Saddleback Caterpillar Moth,
Acharia stimulea, which is also pictured on BugGuide.

Subject: larger yellow breetle
Location: Windsor, ontario, canada
June 30, 2014 9:29 pm
its a large beeile like looking bug. approximately 1 inch in diameter
Signature: By Mike Provost

Grapevine Beetle

Grapevine Beetle

Hi Mike,
This is a Grapevine Beetle,
Pelidnota punctata.    The color ranges from creamy yellow to rusty orange, but the spots are nearly always present.  According to BugGuide:  “Eggs are laid on stumps and rotting logs. Larvae feed on decaying roots and stumps of trees, pupate in adjacent soil. Adults emerge May-September and come to lights” and “Adults feed on grape (Vitis) foliage and fruit.”