From the daily archives: "Sunday, July 3, 2016"

Subject:  Exuvia
Location:  Port Elizabeth, New Jersey
June 25, 2016
I found an exuvia in my yard last weekend, 6/24-6/25, in Port Elizabeth NJ. It is almost identical to the images posted here, more similar than the image on bugguide. This exuvia is huge. Close in size to a cicada exuvia. I think it unlikely to be a horsefly.  I’ve tried twice to submit my pictures but it just spins indefinitely. The exuvia that I found is close to 2 inches long and has an identifiable head.
Signature:  Kevin Canning

Possibly Wasp Exuvia

Carpenter Moth Exuvia

Dear Kevin,
Thanks so much for submitting your wonderfully detailed images of the Exuvia or cast off exoskeleton you discovered.  The mandibles evident in the head area are proof this is NOT a Horse Fly exuvia.  The mandibles are designed for chewing, and our best guess at this time is that the exuvia belongs to a Wasp, but we would not rule out a Beetle.  The antennae are also quite prominent as are the eyes.  We suspect this is some species of Solitary Wasp, perhaps a Cicada Killer or a Scoliid Wasp.  Here ia a BugGuide image of the head of a Cicada Killer and here is a Science Photo image of a Scoliid Wasp.  We will write to Eric Eaton to try to get some input from him.

Possibly Wasp Exuvia

Carpenter Moth Exuvia

Possibly Wasp Exuvia

Carpenter Moth Exuvia

Eric Eaton responds
Daniel:
I have no idea, though the ridges of spines on the segments make me think “fly pupa” first, like a mydas fly or robber fly.
Eric
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America

Update:  July 5, 2016
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash, we are entertaining the possibility that this might be a Moth Exuvia.

Thanks, I didn’t think it went through. I tried to attach 3 images actually. Thanks for trying to ID my molt. I think it’s too large for robber fly as well as even horse fly. I think you might be on the right track with possible beetle because i did once find a very large ground beetle on the property.  I’m going to continue to look in to it.
I still have the exuvia and i also have the ability to take macro shots if i can capture something specific that will help identify it.
Thanks again,
Keven

Update:  April 18, 2017
We just received a comment from Michael Ellis with links to BugGuide indicating that this is a Carpenter Moth Exuvia,
Prionoxystus robiniae.

Subject: Caterpillar with Horns-ID?
Location: Painter, VA
July 3, 2016 11:06 am
Location of this creature is Painter, VA. Found 7/3/16. Would love to know what he is.
Signature: Evelyn Wolfer

Pine Devil

Pine Devil

Dear Evelyn,
The Pine Devil,
Citheronia sepulcralis, is not nearly as colorful as its close relative the Hickory Horned Devil.  According to BugGuide it is found in:  “Eastern United States: Previously north to Maine but now likely extirpated north of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, common southward to Florida along Gulf Coast west to Louisiana. Found inland from eastern Louisiana northeast through central Tennessee, eastern Kentucky, to Southern Ohio. Single report from Illinois erroneous.”

Subject: spider
Location: kalloni – lesvos-greece (north aegean)
July 3, 2016 6:18 am
hi its about a spider i found here some details
place: kalloni – lesvos- greece in a church (was climbing the wall)
june-2016
size fits in grown mans palm
thanks
Signature: spider

Huntsman Spider: Eusparassus walckenaeri

Huntsman Spider: Eusparassus walckenaeri

Because the second set of legs is longer than the first set of legs, we suspect this is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider in the family Sparassidae which is profiled on the Australian Museum site. We searched for images from Lesvos and discovered this Alamy posting identified as Eusparassus walckenaeri.  We verified that identification on Araneae Spiders of Europe.  On The Natural History Museum of Crete site, it states:  “This is a common spider of the Eastern Mediterranean. It is characterized by its large body size (5 cm) that looks even larger because of the long legs always laterally extended, and by an iridescent light which may be observed on its outer surface. It can be found in open ground as well as inside houses where it eats small and large insects, especially cockroaches.”  There are also several images of Eusparassus walckenaeri from Lesbos on FocusNatura. Your image is positively gorgeous.

Subject: What is the exactly
Location: Pretoria south africa
July 3, 2016 3:36 am
Found this caterpillar on the bricks by my house. If I’m not mistaken some kind of lappet moth
Signature: Peter

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Peter,
We agree that this is a Lappet Moth Caterpillar in the family Lasiocampidae, and there is a matching image on iSpot, but it is only identified to the family level.  It appears like it might be the same species or a closely related species to this Indian Lappet Moth Caterpillar.

Subject: Chrysalis on painted Stucco
Location: Hutchinson Isl. , Ft. Pierce, FL
July 3, 2016 6:35 am
We have had these all over the house since last Autumn. None have emerged as of July. Does anyone know what these are?
Signature: Scott

Bagworm

Bagworm

Dear Scott,
This is a Bagworm in the family Psychidae.  Caterpillars begin constructing a bag when they first hatch and the material is from the plant upon which they are feeding spun together with silk.  The Bagworm eventually pupates within the bag, sometimes after securing the bag to a surface other than the tree upon which they were feeding.  You must have a host tree or shrub near your stucco wall.