From the monthly archives: "February 2015"
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Subject: Moth from South Africa
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
February 18, 2015 12:45 pm
Hi there!
I hope you guys can help to identify this magnificent moth.
Spotted in a garden in Cape Town, South Africa in mid Feb.
Lots of granadilla and lavender plants around.
Never seen one even remotely similar – the photo is pretty good though, I hope we can identify it and find out more.
Please let me know what turns up!
Looking forward to your reply and thanks for the help!
Signature: Yours truly, NJV

Echo Owlet Moth

Echo Owlet Moth

Dear NJV,
Your lovely moth with its curled wings reminded us of an Australian Fruit Piercing Moth, so we searched the subfamily Catocalinae on iSpot and we quickly found the Echo Owlet Moth,
Achaea echo, a perfect match for your moth.  The species is also pictured on African Moths.

Superb!!
Thank you so much for the help, I really appreciate it!
Have a fantastic day,
Kind Regards
Norman Visser

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Subject: What type of bug is it?
Location: Sunnyvale california
February 18, 2015 12:29 am
Hi bugman,
I recently moved into an apartment in California. Over the last 5 days I have seen 5 of these bugs. 2 on my bathroom floor, 1 in my bathtub, and 2 in my bed.
I’m hoping it’s just springtails and not fleas, but I was hoping you could confirm that for me. When I get close to these bugs they jump 3-4 inches off the ground to a different location, and when I squish them it looks like blood comes out.
I don’t have any pets, no itchy red bumps, I’m a pretty clean person overall.
Let me know what you think.
Signature: Jordan

Flea

Flea

Dear Jordan,
The laterally compressed body and the jumping you describe both indicate that this is a Flea.  Perhaps the previous tenant had pets.

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Subject: High School Biology Bug Project
Location: South Carolina
February 17, 2015 7:17 am
Dear Bugman(I hope this is a normal way to address one of these things),
I am supposed to identify two bugs for a biology assignment, I have a picture of my scetch of one of them attached. My teacher recommended this website, so here I am! I will give you the best description about it as I can to help you more(along with the picture of my drawing). It was about 3 cm long and 2 wide, a very round beetle-looking thing with a head that was hard to distinguish from the rest of the body. it looked like it had a hard, dark brown shell. It also looked shiny with a goldish tint. if you looked at it straight on,it looked like the edges had become a very shiny silver color. The front legs were fat and god fatter as it god closer to the feet, the front “feet” looked almost webbed or like “paws.” The middle legs were smaller and looked more normal. The back legs were also.
Thank you soooo much!
Signature: Benjamin Eddy

Dung Beetle Drawing, we believe

Dung Beetle Drawing, we believe

Dear Benjamin,
Your drawing is a very good rendering of a Scarab Beetle, more specifically a Dung Beetle.  Your description of the legs is very consistent with the physical characteristics of the legs of a Dung Beetle as well.  While it would probably be impossible to make an accurate species identification based on your drawing, this Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle,
Bolbocerosoma tumefactum, on BugGuide or this Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle, Bradycinetulus ferrugineus, also pictured on BugGuide, both look very similar to your drawing.  Of the family Geotrupidae, the Earth-Boring Scarab Beetles, BugGuide indicates:  “These beetles spend most of their lives in burrows one to four feet down, often under dung or carrion.”

Thank you sooo much! I know you have a small staff(like you said) and I am vary happy that you picked mine to do!
Thanks again,
Benjamin

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Subject: What is this insect?
Location: Bangalore, India
February 16, 2015 7:54 am
This picture was sent to me by one of my friends. I have never seen an insect like this. To me it appears to be a moth but i’m totally naive in this. But i was interested in finding out this little guy’s name. So i searched the internet and found your website good. Can you please tell about it.???
Signature: Shubhojeet

Oleander Hawkmoth from India

Oleander Hawkmoth from India

Dear Shubhojeet,
You are correct that this is a moth, more specificially an Oleander Hawkmoth.

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Subject: Is this a big old moth?
Location: Roatan Honduras
February 16, 2015 10:47 pm
I thought this was a bat but maybe ,,,, a very large moth? It flew around the bathroom like a bat and has a wingspan of at least six inches. This photo was taken in Roatan Honduras. Love to know!
Signature: Wondering in Roatan

Black Witch

Black Witch

Dear Wondering in Roatan,
We are speculating that you were a tourist in Honduras.  Though this head on view is not ideal for identification purposes, we are quite confident your image is that of a Black Witch,
Ascalapha odorata, a large moth that frequently enters homes in Latin America and is subject to numerous superstitions.  In Mexico the Black Witch is known as Mariposa de la Muerte.  You may read more about the Black Witch on the Texas Entomology website.

It did look like a witch moth ( what a great name!)  but we are very grateful to be able to check with the experts. Thank you so much for your help. We do have tons of fruit bat s out here too – it wasn’t very bat like but it certainly seemed like a huge moth! I like the superstition that if you find a moth in your house you will be coming into a lot of money!
We are property owners down here but don’t get here as much as we’d like.
Best,
Adrienne Larkin
La Diosa del sol

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