From the daily archives: "Wednesday, July 27, 2016"

Subject: BIG ONE
Location: Northern NJ
July 26, 2016 8:14 pm
Please tell me what this is! I have found 2 so far in my kitchen… July in NJ. They don’t seem to be doing anything wrong but they are so big! I would like to know if they are dangerous in any way. Thank you so much!
Signature: TB

Brown Prionid

Brown Prionid

Dear TB,
Though we always get reports of Brown Prionids each summer, this year there seems to be more than the usual number of sightings.  We suspect they are being attracted to your kitchen because of lights at night.

Subject: I know it’s not a fly.
Location: Lebanon, IN. cornfield
July 26, 2016 8:34 pm
I’ve asked anyone and everyone. “It’s just a horse fly” , I know thats not it. This thing is so bizarre. It would fill a gatoraid cap perfect. Its all black with orange on the feet. Humungus grey orbs for eyes. I’d really love to know what it’s called. If I’m wrong, so sorry and thank you.
Signature: Laura Kniola

Male Black Horse Fly

Male Black Horse Fly

Dear Laura,
“Just a horse fly” is so dismissive of a magnificent family of flies, but this is in fact a male Black Horse Fly.  Male Horse Flies have enormous eyes with no space between them, which is an easy way to distinguish between the sexes.  Only female Horse Flies are blood-sucking biters, and they have a distinct space between their eyes.

Subject: lime hawk moth
Location: Bellefontaine, Ohio
July 26, 2016 2:30 pm
Is this a lime hawk moth ?
Signature: hoot

Pandorus Sphinx

Pandorus Sphinx

Dear Hoot,
The Lime Hawkmoth is a European species.  This is a Pandorus Sphinx.  Though they are both green, their markings are distinctly different.