From the monthly archives: "June 2015"
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Subject: Large Black and Blue Beauty
Location: Bellingham, WA Pacific NW
June 30, 2015 12:51 pm
Found this fellow under a moist hanging flower basket that I had set in the shade. Beautiful large black sheened beetle with two distinct blue spots. Should have measured but over an inch I’d say. Can’t find him on the web.
Signature: Michelle

Caterpillar Hunter:

European Ground Beetle

Dear Michelle,
Your European Ground Beetle,
Carabus nemoralis, is quite beautiful, and we can’t quite bring ourselves to consider it an Invasive Exotic species, though we speculate it might be displacing related species that are native and that occupy the same niche on the food chain, and they might also be eating caterpillars of endangered species, but on the flip side of the coin, they may be contributing to the diets of insectivores or all phyla.

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Subject: Cicada?
Location: North Andover, MA
June 30, 2015 12:48 pm
I’ve never actually seen a cicada. I thought they were a southern bug that came out in big numbers every certain number of years. We are in MA and this little guy was on our screen door. Is it a cicada?
Signature: Maggie

Annual Cicada

Annual Cicada

Dear Maggie,
This is indeed a Cicada, as is the “southern bug that came out in big numbers in every certain number of years”, but the latter is known as a Periodical Cicada or 17 Year Locust.  The second common name is a total misnomer as the Cicada is not a Locust.  They are not limited to the South.  Your Cicada is generally called an Annual Cicada, and it is in the genus
Tibicen.

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Subject: Strange bugs
Location: Western missouri
June 29, 2015 9:20 pm
I have two. I am in western missouri and i have found several interesting bugs. The first one i found on a wall inside and i didnt recognize him. The second i believe is a stag beetle. I have never seen one in this part of Missouri before. We just finisef up with cicadas. They were black and red with red eyes and were just beautiful. I miss the song already. But we have the annual o ed to come still.
Signature: Paul Gomez

Giant Stag Beetle

Giant Stag Beetle

Hi Paul,
We are currently experiencing server problems, and we cannot make new postings, but it is our intention to post your Giant Stag Beetle when the problem is resolved.  The other beetle is a Longhorned Borer in the family Cerambycidae, but the photo is too blurry to determine the species.  We did not get very many Periodical Cicada images this year.

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Subject: Moth ID
Location: Prince Rupert, B.C. Canada
June 30, 2015 1:43 pm
This moth was seen in Prince Rupert, B.C. Canada on May 24, 2015
If you know it’s name I’d be so happy!
Thanks
Signature: Thank you…Clees

Hickory Tussock Moth

Spotted Tussock Moth

Dear Clees,
At first we thought this was a Hickory Tussock Moth, but according to BugGuide:  “In Canada, this species is found only in Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Ontario. Several in New Brunswick in 2006.”  We looked at related species in the genus, and now we have concluded that this is a lookalike relative, the Spotted Tussock Moth,
Lophocampa maculata.  According to BugGuide, it is found:  “across southern Canada, western US, south in Appalachians to South Carolina, Kentucky.”

Hickory Tussock Moth

Spotted Tussock Moth

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Subject: Mysterious bug
Location: Warsaw, Poland
June 14, 2015 1:18 pm
I found this insect, and it looked really cool. I tried searching for what it could be, but I couldn’t find anything! Do you know what this bug could be??
Signature: Jan Szenk

Clearwing Moth

Clearwing Moth

Dear Jan,
This is a wasp-mimic Clearwing Moth in the family Sesiidae, and we will attempt to supply you with a species name.

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Subject: What the heck giant moth??
Location: Washington state northern
June 14, 2015 5:17 pm
Never seen this before I’m in lake Stevens Washington northern area this guy has been hanging out at my front door for several days just chilling his body is fat and fuzzy his wings are an unusual shape bat like any idea? You prob know 🙂
Signature: Stephanie

Blinded Sphinx

Blinded Sphinx

Dear Stephanie,
This is the time of year that we get several identification requests for the Blinded Sphinx,
Paonias excaecata.

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