Pluto Sphinx Caterpillar

Subject: Caterpillar Location: Hollywood, fl November 30, 2016 3:15 pm What type of catetpillar is this Signature: Dave Dear Dave, Your Caterpillar is the Hornworm of a Pluto Sphinx, Xylophanes pluto, and according to the Sphingidae of the Americas site:  “There are three known colour morphs: green, brown, and purple/brown. The false eyes are rather … Read more

Mole Cricket

Subject: Ugly Bug Location: Houston, Texas November 29, 2016 7:28 pm I am glad this isn’t 6 feet long!! Signature: Donathon Houston Dear Donathon, We agree that we would not want to run into a six foot long Mole Cricket, though there are many other lower beasts that we would not want to encounter at … Read more

Bug of the Month December 2016: Giant Wood Moth from Australia

Subject: Moth Location: Brisbane November 30, 2016 3:46 am Huge moth dog was trying to get. Was wondering what it is? Signature: Shaun Dear Shaun, We believe this is a Giant Wood Moth in the family Cossidae, possibly Endoxyla macleayi which is pictured on Butterfly House, though there are other similar looking species in the … Read more


Subject: strange bug Location: Texas November 29, 2016 3:13 pm Wondering whats this guy, recently moved some things out of a self Storage building and found them in my belongings. Signature: Justin s Dear Justin, There is not much left of this Silverfish, a common household pest that will eat most anything organic, including the … Read more

Stump Borer from US Virgin Islands

Subject: large beetle Location: west end of St Thomas, USVI November 29, 2016 5:26 pm Hi, Bugman. I live in the US Virgin Islands. After coming home today, I noticed a large (about 9 cm long) brownish-black beetle hiding in a notch in the outside of our balcony railing. I was hoping I could get … Read more