From the yearly archives: "2015"

Subject: Mystery moth
Location: Powell, Ohio
May 7, 2015 2:04 pm
Saw this moth at the kids’ school today. Never seen one before. Assuming it’s male, cause of the fuzzy antennae. Columbus, Ohio area, lots of woods, ponds and streams around.
Signature: Amber

Spring Fishfly

Spring Fishfly

Dear Amber,
Though it has some mothlike qualities, this Spring Fishfly,
Chauliodes rastricornis, is not even closely related to a moth, though your speculation that it is a male insect because of the antennae is correct.  According to BugGuide, they are found:  “Near calm bodies of water with detritus.” 

Location: Golfito, Costa Rica
May 6, 2015 7:42 am
Found this rustling in our bathroom last night. It was about 4-5 inches long. It didn’t move fast. We live in Golfito, Costa Rica. We do get our fair share of regular ol’ cockroaches but have never seen one like this. I posted this on FaceBook and people have identified as a Giant Cockroach – yes, it was.
Any other thoughts?
Thank you.
Signature: Golfito

Cockroach

Giant Cockroach

Dear Golfito,
We found a matching image on Junglewalk called a Costa Rica Wood Cockroach, but no scientific name.
  Same scenario with an image on PBase.  We found it identified as Archimandrita tessellata on Travel Images.  It is called a Peppered Roach or Giant Cockroach on UniProt.

Thank you WTB. I had sent another request for identification months ago. I never received a response. I realize you receive many requests, therefore, I thank you for this one.
I will share it with the other Golfito bug loves.

Subject: Red / Black beetle? On car tire
Location: Marion IL
May 7, 2015 1:29 am
Found this on my tire about an hour after parking in Marion, IL…. Would really like more info on it.
Signature: J brewer

Cockroach

Cockroach

Dear J brewer,
We imagine these images of an immature Cockroach hitching a ride on a car might incite some paranoia.

Cockroach

Cockroach

Thank you for the quick response, no paranoia here as it has been a few months since this pic was taken and I have never experienced a cockroach infestation but had a childhood friend that lived in a roach infested trailer and that was just crazy…   I have never seen a cockroach infestation as out of control as they had allowed it to become.
Once again I appreciate your quick reply!!!
J Brewer

Subject: Fishfly maybe?
Location: Central PA
May 7, 2015 6:11 am
Found several of these guys at our cottage on the river over the weekend. We haven’t noticed them there before. They look a bit like fishflies, but all had a red band around the neck. Is this a trait that fishflies can have, or a different insect all together?
Signature: Kayla

Fishfly

Giant Stonefly

Dear Kayla,
Your insect is a Giant Stonefly in the genus
Pteronarcys, and according to BugGuide they are also called Salmonflies.  Just for fun, here is a link to one of our favorite Giant Stonefly postings.

Subject: coleopter ?
Location: Brazil Bahia
May 6, 2015 1:09 pm
Huge bug, at least 10cm long
Signature: ecotrancoso

Prionid

Prionid

Dear ecotrancoso,
You are correct that this is a beetle, and it is in the family Cerambycidae, the Longhorned Borer Beetles.  We are also quite confident that it is in the subfamily Prioninae, and according to BugGuide:  “world’s largest beetles are members of this subfamily.”

Subject: Moth or Butterfly?
Location: Indianapolis, IN
May 6, 2015 11:35 am
My 8th grade science students noticed this “bug” today when we were outside collecting data for an experiment. We are curious about what it is. It is about 6 inches long wingtip to wingtip. We are in Indianapolis, IN. Thanks for your help.
Signature: Angela Fitzgerald

Cecropia Moth

Cecropia Moth

Dear Angela,
This Giant Silkmoth in the family Saturniidae is a male Robin Moth according to BugGuide, or a
Cecropia Moth, Hyalophora cecropia, named after King Cecrops who had the body of a man and the tail of a serpent.  We don’t know exactly what caused early naturalists cognizant of the binomial method of naming living creatures to name the lovely Cecropia Moth after such a hybrid, unless it has something to do with the enormous caterpillar of the Cecropia Moth.  Your individual just emerged from its cocoon which the caterpillar spun in the crook of your wall under the ledge.  We generally receive images of Cecropia Moth Cocoons on branches.