From the monthly archives: "October 2016"
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Subject: Bug
Location: Florida
October 26, 2016 10:29 am
A friend in Florida has been getting bitten by something. Today this was found on her leg. Do you know what it is.
Signature: Sandie

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Sandie,
The dorsal view of this Wheel Bug is not the optimal vantage point to highlight its most obvious feature, the cog-like “wheel” on the thorax.  Wheel Bugs are Assassin Bugs that might bite if carelessly handled, but if your friend has received multiple bites, we would suggest searching elsewhere for the culprit.

 

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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Tucson, AZ
October 24, 2016 3:15 pm
Found this guy or gal on my front door mat, it flips and flops if you touch it. I’m in Tucson Arizona
Signature: Dianne Lopez

Rustic Sphinx Caterpillar

Rustic Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Dianne,
The pink coloration of this Hornworm indicates it is probably pre-pupal, which is also why you did not find it feeding.  We believe it is a Rustic Sphinx based on this Featured Creatures image and this BugGuide image. 

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Subject: Large moth S.A
Location: Polowane, South Africa
October 26, 2016 12:39 am
Hi there bugman. Please help ID, northern South Africa, Limpopo Prov. 13cm wingspan
Signature: Ryno J

Emperor Moth

Cabbage Emperor Moth

Dear Ryno,
This is a lovely image of a female Cabbage Emperor Moth,
Bunaea alcinoe, which is pictured on African Moths.  We frequently receive images of the caterpillars of Cabbage Emperor Moths.

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Subject: Monarch Migration
Location: Coryell County, TX
October 25, 2016 7:23 pm
Hello, I hope you are both well!
We’ve seen quite a few Monarchs today. I’ve been worried because we haven’t seen very many migrating through this month, but perhaps they are taking a slightly different path this year. The Monarchs are stopping at our Texas Rock Rose, Pavonia lasiopetala, even when the flowers are closing at end-of-day. Weather is warm, 80 degrees, partly cloudy, wind SSW
Here is the link to Journey North website: https://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/
Thank you and best wishes!
Signature: Ellen

Monarch

Monarch

Dear Ellen,
Thanks for sending in your wonderful images of a male Monarch.  His scent patches are visible in the flight image.  We were treated to witnessing a Monarch flying past the Washington Monument this past weekend while we were away from the office traveling with Journalism students.

Monarch

Monarch

Male Monarch

Male Monarch

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Subject: Lovely little beetle found on Jura
Location: Jura, Scottish Hebridies
October 24, 2016 12:23 pm
Hello!
Please could you identify this beautiful beetle we found in the summer on the way to Barnhill on the isle of Jura?
Many thanks,
Signature: Ruth & Chris Kettle-Frisby

Probably Dung Beetle

Probably Dung Beetle

Dear Ruth & Chris,
We believe this Scarab Beetle is most likely one of the Dung Beetles.

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Subject: Grig
Location: Leavenworth, WA
October 24, 2016 8:31 pm
I just found this on the side of my house (10/24/16) in Leavenworth, WA. Our area is 90% Ponderosa with a few Doug Fir and fewer cedar. Only just under 1” long. But all info says adults only out until August. Could this be a babe monstrosa?
Signature: cb

Great Grig

Great Grig

Dear cb,
Based on this BugGuide image, we believe you are correct that this is a Great Grig,
Cyphoderris monstrosa.  BugGuide lists sightings until September and according to the information page on BugGuide:  “adults from June to August” and “overwinters as a late-instar nymph or young adult in burrow in ground; one generation per year.” 

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