From the monthly archives: "December 2015"
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Subject: Insect
Location: San antonio, tx
December 19, 2015 6:48 am
We found this colorful insect under a tarp. We did some research and think maybe a hornet but im not sure. I have never seen one like this before.
Signature: S. Mainka

Queen Southern Yellowjacket

Queen Southern Yellowjacket

Dear S. Mainka,
This sure looks like a Queen Southern Yellowjacket,
Vespula squamosa, based on this BugGuide image.  Since it is December and you found her under a tarp, we believe she was settling in for winter hibernation.

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Subject: caterpillar
Location: NJ coast on a picnic table
December 19, 2015 10:39 am
I haven’t been able to ID this one
Signature: DaveN

Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear DaveN,
This is a Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar,
Halysidota harrisii, and you can verify its identity on BugGuide.

 

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Subject: Salta Moths
Location: Salta, Argentina
December 15, 2015 10:26 am
Brown banded moth.
Signature: JC

Moth

Moth

Hi again Julio,
We are guessing that this might be a moth in the family Geometridae.

Daniel,
Thank you. I will send you another one now. A more colourful one so that your readership enjoys it!!! Good w-e. Regards. JC

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Subject: Unknown shrimp like parasite
Location: S Florida
December 18, 2015 12:51 pm
Bugman could you please attach this image to unkown shirmp like looking parasite disscusion. I am desperately sleeking an answer to what I have been dealing with for almost a year.
Thank you
Signature: Lauren

Parasite

Parasite

Dear Lauren,
We have numerous Parasite postings, so we created a unique posting for your image.  You may provide a comment to the posting to which you are referring, and you may link to the posting with your image.  There is not enough detail in your image for us to be able to provide you with any information. 

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Location: Panama, Central America
Daniel/Bill: December 17th, 2015 9am, Boquete, Chiriqui Highlands, Panama (4,250’)
Here’s another, not so unusual but the area is thick with good sightings right now!
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Regards
Clare Taylor

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Hi again Clare,
This is a Wheel Bug in the genus
Arilus.  Our only North American species, Arilus cristatus, which ranges into Central America, does not have red legs, so we researched if this might a different species.  We then located an image on FlickR of a red legged species from Chiriqui, Panama, Arilus carinatus, so that is a good candidate for your individual.  Naturalista lists it as also occurring in Brazil.  Please use our standard submission form for any future submissions.
P.S.  Bill only assists us with moth identifications.

Thanks Daniel! Will do the form if I come across any more amazing creatures. Thanks for the site links. Felice Navidad!
Clare Taylor

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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Moraira spain
December 17, 2015 3:08 pm
What is this rather larger caterpillar found in the garden quite sleepy but alive and about 10 cm when stretched out. Very colourfull.
Signature: Sharon

Hornworm of a Death's Head Hawkmoth

Hornworm of a Death’s Head Hawkmoth

Dear Sharon,
This Hornworm is the larva of a Death’s Head Hawkmoth, a species that gained notoriety because of its use in the advertising of the Academy Award Winning movie “Silence of the Lambs.”

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