Red Admiral

Subject: Red admiral camoflage Location: Troy, VA August 31, 2016 8:47 am I thought you might like these photos I took of a red admiral beautifully camoflaged against tree bark. I saw the butterfly land and grabbed my camera. When I looked through the viewfinder, it had disappeared. I looked again and realized it was … Read more

Paddle Caterpillar

Subject: Black and yellow caterpillar Location: London, Ontario Canada August 31, 2016 1:43 pm Hello… I’m not sure that I’ve seen one of these around here before. Could you please be so kind as to ID it if possible? Thanks! Signature: Mike Dear Mike, Commonly called the Paddle Caterpillar, this is the larva of a … Read more

Leaf Footed Bugs attracted to Lights

Subject: What the heck?! Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama August 29, 2016 10:03 pm I’ve never seen one of these before in my life and now they’re crowding around on of our lights outside. We don’t have the problem on the other side of the house. These things love to dive bomb me too. Are they poisonous? … Read more

Grizzled Mantid

Subject: Mysterious Insect Location: Georgia August 29, 2016 10:06 pm Hi. Came across this insect on my front porch. I have never seen anything like it! I’m hoping you can tell me what it is. Thank you! Signature: Anna Rovolis Dear Anna, This little beauty is a female Grizzled Mantid, a native predator.  Also known … Read more

Mole Cricket

Subject: Unidentified prehistoric beetle Location: Lake City, Missouri, USA August 29, 2016 2:07 pm Hello, This thing came crawling up my co-workers desk today! Internet searches have yielded no information. Perhaps a sort of Bristle tail? Can you identify it? Size: 1.5″ long Date: 8/29/16 Location: Lake City Missouri Thank you! Ben Signature: However you … Read more

Toy Beetle found in the UK

Subject: Green and black beetle Location: Lincolnshire UK August 29, 2016 7:59 am We found this 4″ specimen (unfortunately dead) under a stone near a small lake in the East Midland part of the U.K. Unlike anything we have ever seen before in this country and much bigger. I have searched the Internet but cannot … Read more