From the monthly archives: "October 2014"
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Subject: flying bug id
Location: eugene, oregon.
October 4, 2014 2:33 pm
These things are everywhere here in Eugene Oregon. I thought it was a stink bug but they look bigger. I would like to know the name of the bug it is commonly known as.
Signature: jordan mccray

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Jordan,
The reason this insect looks like a Stink Bug to you is that it is a Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae, however it is not a native species.  This is a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug,
Halyomorpha halys, a species from Asia first reported in Pennsylvania in 1998.  According to BugGuide:  “Severe Agricultural and Nuisance Problems: PA-VA (Leskey-USDA 2011)  Native to E. Asia, adventive in N. Amer., detected in 38 states (2) and spreading…” and “Highly polyphagous, reported on ~300 plant spp. in its native range (3);   feeds mostly on fruit, but also on leaves, stems, petioles, flowers, and seeds. Damage typically confined to the fruiting structures.”  Though we do not endorse extermination, we haven’t much tolerance for invasive species and we have no problem crushing invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs that find their way into our garden and office.  In our opinion, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and the African Painted Bug, another Stink Bug, are two of the greatest threats to the agriculture industry that have been recently introduced to North America.  

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Subject: we don’t know what this is?
Location: La Mesa CA.
October 4, 2014 4:21 pm
hey can you pleases tell us what this is?
Signature: Thanks Bob

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Hi Bob,
The Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket in your image is a common Southern California insect, and it is one of our most common identification requests.  We hope you enjoy this account of a “Mountain of Potato Bugs” from our archives.

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Subject: is it poisonous
Location: kingsburg, ca
October 3, 2014 6:05 pm
I get a few of these around the house, this one was hiding in a pot. Is it poisonous? What is it?
Signature: nancy

Solifugid

Solifugid

Dear Nancy,
Though this Solifugid is related to both venomous spiders and scorpions, it is a harmless creature that does not have any venom.  Solifugids are sometimes called Sun Spiders or Wind Scorpions.  Though lacking in venom, a large individual might deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.

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Subject: Clear Wing Coffee Bee Hawk Moth
Location: Australia
October 3, 2014 10:23 pm
Hi,
I have got a couple of shots of this moth feeding, a tricky creature to photograph, these photos taken the other afternoon in South West Queensland, Australia, I had never seen one of these before but have found it is a pest in South Africa.
Some info I have about this moth.
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Bombycoidea
Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Genus: Cephonodes
Species: hylas (Linnaeus, 1771)
Signature: Pat Lepinath

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

Hi Pat,
Thanks so much for submitting your images of a Coffee Bean Hawkmoth,
Cephonodes hylas.

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

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Subject: large caterpillar in north Tucson, aAZ
Location: Tucson, az
October 4, 2014 12:28 pm
saw this guy on the patio this morning and I had to take a picture of him. this photos taken in the northern part of tucson arizona on october the fourth around 11 am. average temperature is about 90 degrees. I thought it was a sphingicampa raspa but I’m less than 50% sure on that.
Thanks a bunch.
Signature: neil

Sphingicampa Caterpillar

Sphingicampa Caterpillar

Hi Neil,
You have correctly identified the genus
Sphingicampa, but according to BugGuide:  “Eight species occur in America north of Mexico” and they all have similar looking caterpillars.  BugGuide reports three species in Arizona, including Sphingicampa raspa, and we do not have the necessary skills to say for certain which species you encountered.

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Subject: Tersa Sphinx
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
October 4, 2014 8:36 am
Hello,
I believe this is a Tersa Sphinx moth. Taken on a cool early morning October 4th. Was resting under a porch light.
Signature: A Fan

Tersa Sphinx

Tersa Sphinx

Dear A Fan,
Your identification of this Tersa Sphinx is correct.  In our opinion, this is one of the most aerodynamic looking Sphinx Moths in a family known for streamlined appearances.

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