From the monthly archives: "October 2015"

Subject: Wierd bug i named Jefery
Location: Meredith, Nh
October 2, 2015 7:05 pm
Found this in a rotten tree in Nh, what is it? Mostly see thru, seemed to have a stinger at the end of its tail.
Signature: Douglas Hewitt Jr

Rattailed Maggot

Rattailed Maggot

Dear Douglas,
This is the larva of a Drone Fly, commonly called a Rattailed Maggot.
  According to BugGuide:  ” larvae feed on rotting organic material in stagnant water” so we are wondering if there was any water in the rotten tree.

Subject: It’s watching me!
Location: San Diego, CA
October 3, 2015 10:57 am
We have these flying insects eating our plants in the garden. They are very fast and observant of you trying to get near it.
Signature: Dashboardkat



Dear Dashboardkat,
We believe your Leafhopper is a Sharpshooter in the tribe Proconiini based on images posted to BugGuide.  Sharpshooters have excellent eyesight and they easily avoid humans by quickly moving to the other side of a twig or branch where they are feeding.

Subject: t-shaped creature
Location: Ringsted, Denmark
October 3, 2015 2:42 am
It was sitting on my window in the livingroom. I have never seen anything like it before. I don’t think it was afraid of me, caus I could get realy close before it flew away. It was very slow actually. I guess it was about 3-4 cm long.
Signature: chelina

Plume Moth

Plume Moth

Dear Chelina,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae, and many people write to us requesting an identification for the T-Bug.

Subject: Whats that bug?
Location: Aptera, Crete
October 2, 2015 6:04 am
Saw this at Ancient Aptera on Crete a few weeks ago. It was just sitting on the rocks and did not seem yo be moving. It was several inches long. Very interesting design on the head.
Signature: CretanBob

Death's Head Hawkmoth

Death’s Head Hawkmoth

Dear CretanBob,
Your submission of this Death’s Head Hawkmoth image is quite timely as we just finished posting an image of the caterpillar of a Death’s Head Hawkmoth from France.  The pattern on the thorax of the adult moth resembles a human skull, hence the common name.

Subject: Moth caterpillar
Location: France, haute Pyrenees
October 1, 2015 9:37 am
Hi my friend in the south of France (haute Pyrenees) found this and we wondered what type of moth it is.
Signature: Bug ID

Death's Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

This Hornworm is the caterpillar of a Death’s Head Hawkmoth, Acherontia atropos, a distinctive species featured in the artwork associated with the book and movie The Silence of the Lambs.