From the monthly archives: "June 2015"

Subject: What will emerge?
Location: Santa Cruz, CA [Latitude: 36° 58′ 16.998″ N, Longitude: 122° 2′ 36″ W]
June 11, 2015 5:07 pm
My daughter noticed the cocoon shown in the attached pictures. What will emerge?
Signature: Daniel & Sophia

Anise Swallowtail Chrysalis

Anise Swallowtail Chrysalis

Dear Daniel and Sophia,
We believe your chrysalis belongs to an Anise Swallowtail based on its similarity to this image posted to B
ugGuide.

Subject: What butterfly is this?
Location: Old Fort, NC 28762
June 11, 2015 4:23 pm
This butterfly landed on the wood of my back porch and just stayed in one place until it left but it slowly opened and closed it’s wings the whole time (15-20 minutes). I’ve tried other butterfly/bug identifying websites but I couldn’t find a picture of it anywhere. I love butterflies and I really want to know if this one is native to this area because I’d love to see one again!
Signature: Thank you for your time, Victoria

Male Diana Fritillary

Male Diana Fritillary

Dear Victoria,
This spectacular and not very common butterfly is a male Diana Fritillary, a species with pronounced sexual dimorphism because the female Diana Fritillary looks like an entirely different species.  We wish you had sent higher resolution files.

Male Diana Fritillary

Male Diana Fritillary

Subject: Unknown ladybug
Location: Middle Nebraska
June 11, 2015 10:36 pm
I’ve looked high and low, and then I looked low and high, and I can’t find an exact match to this ladybug, which is a little bit bigger than our usual Asian ladybug.
Signature: Sarah Lynn

Argus Tortoise Beetle

Argus Tortoise Beetle

Dear Sarah,
Though the markings resemble those of a Lady Beetle, your individual is actually an Argus Tortoise Beetle,
Chelymorpha cassidea, and you can compare your individual to this image on BugGuide.

Argus Tortoise Beetle

Argus Tortoise Beetle

 

Subject: Giant Moth!
Location: Holbein, Saskatchewan
June 11, 2015 11:20 pm
I have lived in Holbein Saskatchewan for the past 6 years. The last two spring/summers I have come across 2 of these giant moths which are about 3 inches long (we have an acreage consisting of 10 acres). I am from Vancouver and never have a seen such a huge moth. It’s quite stormy and windy out (probably about 15 degrees Celsius) and the moth was banging on the door (literally … I had to get up and check it out). It seemed to be attracted to light and the bright white door.
Signature: Kelly

Modest Sphinx

Modest Sphinx

Dear Kelly,
This impressive moth is a Modest Sphinx,
Pachysphinx modesta, and you can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.

Subject: Large caterpillar
Location: Natural Bridge, VA
June 10, 2015 4:23 pm
Hi – saw this guy crossing our path today. Any idea what it is? Thanks in anticipation.
Signature: Andy

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

Dear Andy,
This Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar will eventually metamorphose into a beautiful yellow and black striped Tiger Swallowtail.

Subject: Giant Beetle!
Location: Tennessee
June 10, 2015 3:00 pm
One inch long, half inch wide beetle with black head, blue mid-body edged in red, and green back body edged in red. Underside was primarily red with gold accents. Black legs. Iridescent. Noticeable chompers.
Signature: Heather from Hail

Fiery Searcher

Fiery Searcher

Hi Heather,
We believe your harmless Caterpillar Hunter is a Fiery Searcher.