From the daily archives: "Tuesday, April 19, 2016"

Subject: Pretty Green Moth
Location: Virginia Beach
April 19, 2016 1:22 pm
Hey there,
Spotted this big guy hanging out in the window of the local grocery store, above some bags of mulch.
It’s wing looks damaged though 🙁
Never seen a moth that color before. Is it even a moth?
Signature: Lorraine

Male Luna Moth

Male Luna Moth

Dear Lorraine,
Even with damaged wings, this male Luna Moth, our first report of 2016, is a beautiful creature.  We suspect an encounter with a predatory bird resulted in the wing damage.  Normally we get our first Luna Moth reports of the year in late January or early February from Texas or Florida, and by May we get reports from Maine and Canada.

Subject: Mantis?
Location: Naples, Florida
April 19, 2016 8:06 am
I’m not sure but I think this might be a molt from a mantis of some kind. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It was clinging to a friend’s lanai screen down here in Naples, Florida.
Signature: S. Ferree

Dragonfly Exuvia

Dragonfly Exuvia

Dear S. Ferree,
Your images are gorgeous.  They are not molts from a mantis, but rather the molt or Exuvia of a Dragonfly.  Dragonfly larvae are known as Naiads, and they are aquatic, so we are guessing there is a pond or stagnant fountain near your friend’s lanai screen.

Dragonfly Exuvia

Dragonfly Exuvia

Daniel,
Thank you so much!  That’s really cool.  You’re right about the water.  He lives on a peninsula of a lake.  He and his wife will be relieved that it wasn’t anything to be scared of.  They had a second one show up yesterday.
Thanks again
S. Ferree

Subject: Hefty spider
Location: Kentucky
April 18, 2016 3:05 pm
I was turning dirt in the garden yesterday and this hefty spider ran out of the dirt, across my shoe and started up my pants leg. I shook her(?) out, caught her in a plastic container and moved her to a stump where she’d be out of the way and not get stepped on. Her body, counting legs, is wider than my thumb and as long. She’s a heavy bodied babe. She leapt off of the stump and actually made a thump when she landed. I’m guessing she’s some kind of a trap door spider, but I really don’t know, and I’d like to be able to put a name on her. Could you help, please?
Signature: Gin, who likes golden orb weavers better

Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

Dear Gin,
This is not a Trapdoor Spider.  It is a Wolf Spider, possibly a Carolina Wolf Spider,
Hogna carolinensis, which is pictured on BugGuide.

Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: Slidell Louisana 70461
April 18, 2016 11:05 pm
Moved into a house. 30+ years old. Sprayed insecticide around perimeter and noticed this insect/bug. I tried to observe one alive but couldn’t. The only one’s i find are dead.
Signature: Signed by the BUGMAN!!!

Lawn Shrimp

Lawn Shrimp

These terrestrial Amphipods are known as Lawn Shrimp or House Hoppers.

Subject: Please help me identify this monster moth
Location: Brisbane, Australia in autumn
April 19, 2016 12:26 am
Hi bugman,
I finished work the other day and stumbled upon this moth on a stair. I was wondering if you could please help me identify it as I have never seen an insect quite so large in my life.
P.s. If this is an undiscovered species I would like it to be called the Margotmoth
Signature: Sincerely Margot, aka the founder of the Margotmoth

Hawkmoth: Coequosa australasiae

Hawkmoth: Coequosa australasiae

Dear Margot,
First we do not have the authority to name newly discovered species.  There is a lengthy process for determining a name.  Your moth is not new to science, nor to our website.  Your Hawkmoth is
Coequosa australasiae.  You may read more about the species on Butterfly House.

Hawkmoth from Australia

Hawkmoth from Australia

Subject: What’s this bug?!
Location: Bedroom (addition to house)
April 19, 2016 3:42 am
For months now something has been giving me hives in the middle of the night. Changed everything, still couldn’t figure it out. Found one of these buggers in the sheets, but blew it off bc we didn’t find anymore. I was up all night bc I got hives again (not normal hives–burning stinging itching hives), and this morning my arm was on fire, I lifted my sleeve to find this little guy. Could you please tell me what it is?
Signature: Colleen

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Colleen,
This is a blood-sucking Bed Bug, and if you found one, there may be more hiding in your bedroom.  Try checking between the mattress and box spring for more.  They hide during the day and come out at night to feed on blood.

Bites from a Bed Bug

Bites from a Bed Bug