Elm Sawfly

Subject: Bee with yellow tipped antenna Location: Fairbanks, AK May 30, 2015 6:30 pm I found this unfamiliar bug on my deck. I’ve never seen one before . It’s larger than the usual yellow jacket. Signature: Sarah Dear Sarah, Though this Elm Sawfly, Cimbex americana, is related to bees and wasps by being classified in … Read more

Arboreal Click Beetle in Mount Washington

Arboreal Click Beetle Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California May 25, 2015 5:51 PM Another regular seasonal visitor came to our porch light this past week, an Arboreal Click Beetle with feathered antennae that we have been informed is in the genus Euthysanius.  This particular individual could not right itself, and we suspect is was … Read more

Polyphemus Moth

Subject: Moth or spider or both? Location: Kansas City, Missouri May 30, 2015 4:39 pm Hi Daniel, my niece found this adorable little critter in Kansas City Missouri. Any idea what it might be? Thanks a bunch, Signature: Michele Dear Michele, Moths do not have wings.  This is a Polyphemus Moth, and if he had … Read more

Ceanothus Silkmoth

Subject: Is this Callosamia angulifera Location: El Granada, California May 29, 2015 4:59 pm This big beauty was hanging on the wall outside my apartment, in El Granada (Half Moon Bay) California. Is this species native to the coastal SF Bay Area? Signature: Spencer Dear Spencer, Your beautiful moth is a Ceanothus Silkmoth, Hyalophora euryalus, … Read more