From the daily archives: "Friday, July 15, 2016"

Subject: what kind of moth is this?
Location: Northwest Illinois
July 14, 2016 8:02 pm
Found this July 7th and July 14, 2016 live in NW IL near a fairly large lake ad wooded area.
Signature: Gary & Diane

Imperial Moth

Imperial Moth

Dear Gary & Diane,
This is our first Imperial Moth,
Eacles imperialis, posting of the year.  According to BugGuide:  “wings yellow, variably spotted and shaded with pinkish, orangish, or purplish-brown; male more heavily marked than female, especially in the south” which makes this a male Imperial Moth.

Subject: What on earth?
Location: Atlantic county NJ
July 15, 2016 6:37 am
Hello, I saw this and thought it was some dirt or something until I saw it crawling. Then I saw it’s little legs and pincers. I live in egg harbor Township in southern new Jersey about 10 minutes away from the ocean. It’s mid July and morning time. I tried to blow it off of my daughters bowl but it had quite a grip! So I knocked it off with a strawberry runner lol.
What on earth is it??
Thanks for your awesome website, I’ve been a fan for years!
Signature: Sonja E. Keiser

Camouflaged Lacewing Larva

Camouflaged Lacewing Larva

Dear Sonja,
This is a camouflaged Lacewing Larva.  According to BugGuide:  “It seems that the trash carried by these larvae confers some protection against predatory lady beetles.”

Subject: Black Swallowtail – Male
Location: Toronto
July 14, 2016 3:03 pm
Hi, I am pretty sure this is a young male Black Swallowtail – but just to be sure! Thanks for all you do!
Signature: filigree

Female Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Female Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Dear filigree,
You have correctly identified the species of this Black Swallowtail butterfly, however, you have incorrectly identified its sex.  This is a female Black Swallowtail butterfly, as identified by the blue scales on the lower wings.  Male Black Swallowtail butterflies lack the blue.  This posting from our archives illustrates a pair of Black Swallowtails side by side.  See BugGuide for verification, where it states:  “Female, with its large blue patches on hindwings, is a mimic of the Pipevine Swallowtail. Some female Black Swallowtails have little yellow on wings above. Males have more extensive broken yellow band.”