From the monthly archives: "July 2016"
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Subject: Dragonfly
Location: Seaside
July 26, 2016 8:42 am
Can you identify which kind of dragonfly this is and also if it is male or female? Just curious really. Found this beauty on the deck in Seaside.
Signature: Cat

Emerald Darner, we believe

Emerald Darner, we believe

Dear Cat,
Where is the seaside?  The Jersey Shore?  Miami Beach?  Australia?  The south of France???  The claspers on the tip of the abdomen indicates this is a male Dragonfly.  You can find information on sexing Dragonflies on Odes for Beginners.  If this is a North American sighting, this might be an Mosaic Darner in the genus
Aeshna based on BugGuide images.

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Subject: Space Bug
Location: Sherman, Texas
July 26, 2016 11:27 am
What is this lovely little guy? He looks like he has dropped in from outer space or a 70s disco party. Will he be staying for dinner? If so, which of my pants will be served up?
Signature: Grammy Gardener.

Mottled Tortoise Beetle

Mottled Tortoise Beetle

Dear Grammy Gardener,
This is a Mottled Tortoise Beetle,
Deloyala guttata, and you can verify our ID on BugGuide.  Adults and larvae both feed on leaves of morning glories.

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Subject: Moth?
Location: Irmo, SC
July 24, 2016 7:12 am
My neighbor found this in her house last night and promptly threw it back outside! What is it??? Any idea?
Signature: Frances O’Toole

Regal Moth

Regal Moth

Dear Frances,
This beauty is a Royal Walnut Moth or Regal Moth, the adult form of the Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar, arguably an even more impressive creature.  We are sad that our first report this year is a dead individual as they are so much more impressive while living.  Regal Moths only live a few days, so this individual may have actually died of old age.

It wasn’t dead yet…. they captured it in there house and put it back outside…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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