From the monthly archives: "September 2015"
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Subject: Unknown monster
Location: Laval, Quebec, Canada
September 27, 2015 4:59 pm
Hi!
I found this insect, half dead, very close to the entry door of my workplace. I’ve shown the pictures around a bit, and everyone is curious to know what this could be. The Canadian $2 coin nearby is 28 mm large (1.1 inch).
Nobody has ever seen such a huge and monstrous bug like this around here. That would be great if you had any idea what this is!
Thanks for your help!
Greetings,
Signature: Maxime Joanis

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Maxime,
The male Dobsonfly pictured in your image is actually quite a common species found in much of eastern North America, but late September is rather late for a sighting.  Most of our sightings arrive in late spring and early summer.  Despite the enormous mandibles, the male Dobsonfly is perfectly harmless.

Thanks for the super quick answer! Sorry it was a common/boring one. I swear, nobody here has ever seen this thing!
In case you track sightings, it was not seen when I asked, but rather on July 10 (you can see the date in the picture’s metadata (not the file’s creation/modif dates)).
Made a small donation! 🙂 Great service! Thanks!
Maxime

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Subject: Awesome looking bug!!!
Location: Near Lancaster PA
September 27, 2015 3:15 pm
Hi – I found these awesome beautiful bugs in my flowers – they look like praying mantis but are brown and have a beautiful metallic diamond on their back – sending a pic — ty
Signature: Kim

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Kim,
The Wheel Bug is a common predatory, beneficial Assassin Bug found in eastern North America.  It is the largest Assassin Bug in North America.

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Subject: Need help identifying what bit me
Location: Northeast
September 26, 2015 5:13 pm
Hello Bugman. I was gardening and was bit by the centipede (?) viewed in the attached photo. It was on the underside of a Manhattan Euonymus and attached to the leaf by what appears to be a bright green vest. This happened in East Setauket, New York (located in Suffolk County on Long Island).
I had extreme pain and a burning sensation that traveled up my arm for about six inches.
Can you identify what this is? Thank you for any guidance you can offer.
Signature: Krista

Saddleback Caterpillar

Saddleback Caterpillar

Dear Krista,
You were not bitten, but rather stung by this Saddleback Caterpillar,
Acharia stimulea, a species found in much of eastern North America.  According to BugGuide:  “Caterpillars are capable of inflicting lasting and painful stings with their spines.”

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Subject: Big ol’ Spider
Location: Nashville, TN
September 26, 2015 8:37 pm
My sister came across this spider when she walked right into its web on her back porch this morning. She said the web felt incredibly strong. Is this thing dangerous?
Signature: Concerned big brother

Golden Orbweaver

Golden Orbweaver

Dear Concerned Big Brother,
This is a Golden Orbweaver,
Argiope aurantia, and it is not an aggressive species, nor is it considered dangerous, though a large individual might bite a person if it is carelessly handled.

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Subject: unidentified orange bug
Location: Southern Philippines
September 26, 2015 6:50 pm
Hello,
This orange bug is taking over our village. We are in Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte, Philippines. No one has ever seen a bug like this. Kinda looks like assassin family.
Signature: Jennifer Van ryckeghem

Aggregation of True Bugs

Aggregation of True Bugs

Dear Jennifer,
These are not Assassin Bugs, but they are True Bugs.  We think they are most likely Cotton Stainers or Red Bugs in the family Pyrrhocoridae, but we cannot locate any images of solid orange individuals like the ones in your images.  Cotton Stainers and some species of Plant Bugs are known to form aggregations like those pictured in your images when conditions are right.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to identify the genus or species that is troubling your village.

Possibly Cotton Stainer Aggregation

Possibly Cotton Stainer Aggregation

Aggregation of True Bugs

Aggregation of True Bugs

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Subject: Cute bug
Location: Madeira Ialands (porto Santo)
September 27, 2015 5:33 am
Hello
Here is a photo of a large caterpillar bug found in the madeira islands. It’s easily the size of a large finger with cute markings. awww 🙂
I know its probably the caterpillar of a hawk moth, but which one? I would appreciate any more information you might have..
Signature: Thanks

Hornworm

Hornworm of the Vine Hawkmoth

We agree that this is a Hornworm, but we haven’t had much luck verifying the species.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide additional information.

Correction:  A reader provided a comment indicating that this is the caterpillar of a Vine Hawkmoth, and Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic confirms that identification.

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