From the monthly archives: "January 2017"
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Subject: Moth
Location: Wollongong NSW
January 29, 2017 9:17 pm
I took a few photos of this large moth today. It’s colour was mainly greys and olive drab. It was large and solid, motionless near ground level on the leaf in the photo. I would say from the top of the head to the bottom of the abdomen it would have been about 10cm with the wingspan being maybe 12cm. Is this an Australian Hawk Moth? I have seen photos identified that look similar to mine but there were orange colours underneath the wings and on the tip of the abdomen.
Signature: Philip Reuter

Australian Hawkmoth

Dear Philip,
It took us a bit of searching to identify your Australian Hawkmoth as
Coequosa australasiae.  Part of the reason it took so long is that the image posted to Butterfly House is quite different looking than your individual, and we eventually found a visual match on Csiro.  A very worn looking individual on A Roving I Will Go is the best color match to your individual.  The condition of your individual is so perfect we are guessing it has just emerged from the pupa and perhaps it has yet to take its first flight.  This species does have orange underwings that are hidden in your image. 

Dear Daniel,
Thankyou so much for confirming that! It was quite a magnificent specimen. Thankyou for your time.
Philip Reuter

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Subject: Cool Brown Moth
Location: Merritt Island and Melbourne, FL
January 29, 2017 1:41 pm
Hello Bugman, I live in Brevard County Florida. It’s winter time here in Florida do about 70 degrees. I’ve seen this moth in two different areas of the county in which I live. Two of the pictures were take outside of my apartment door in Merritt Island, FL. The moth was there for about three days before a storm came and he flew away. Two days later I saw the same type of moth on the ground outside of my work place in Melbourne, FL. I think he followed me to work hahaha!! I think he’s an Achemon Sphinx? Looks similar to those pictures. I would love to know for sure!! Thank you so much!
Signature: Elizabeth Merritt

Streaked Sphinx Moth: Protambulyx strigilis

Dear Elizabeth,
Like the Achemon Sphinx, your individual is a member of the family Sphingidae, but it is a Streaked Sphinx,
Protambulyx strigilis, a tropical species regularly found in Florida, that has been known to stray farther north as well.  According to The Sphingidae of the Americas:  “In Florida larvae have been found on Schinus terebinthefolia.”

Awesome!  Thank you so much! :))

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Subject: A house nuisance
Location: Chicago, IL
January 29, 2017 9:53 am
This bug has appeared regularly over the past six months in our house
Signature: Buggy

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Buggy,
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug was accidentally introduced into North America from China in the late 20th Century.  Since it has no natural enemies, it quickly spread from Pennsylvania across the continent.  They are most commonly noticed when they enter homes as the weather cools so they can hibernate until spring warmth.

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Subject: Black bee?
Location: Ko Kood, Thailand
January 29, 2017 1:30 am
Hi, once again have recently returned from Thailand – this was also found on Koh Kood. It looks like a massive bee – is this the case? Apologies for the poor quality. The photo was taken this month.
Signature: Phil

Carpenter Bee

Dear Phil,
This looks to us like a Carpenter Bee and it also looks very similar to another image we posted from Thailand last week, though Clive who submitted that image disagrees with our identification.

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Subject: Crawling bug
Location: CT
January 28, 2017 3:09 pm
I recently brought in wood from a wood pile and have found a few of these crawling on my floor. I live in CT
Signature: Freaked out by bugs!

Red-Headed Ash Borer

Dear Freaked Out by Bugs!,
Was the wood by chance Ash?  This appears to be a Red-Headed Ash Borer and according to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on the sapwood of ash and other hardwoods, and even occasionally on vines and shrubs. Larvae are common in downed timber with the bark left on.”  We agree with you that your wood pile is most likely the source of the sighting.  Warm conditions indoors often hastens the metamorphosis process, causing early emergence in the winter.

Thank. You. Yes some of the wood is ash and some still has the bark attached. Are these bugs dangerous?
Julie Gray

Hi again Julie,
Members of this family often have extremely strong mandibles that they use to chew their way to the surface after metamorphosis and large members of the family, especially those Prionids in the subfamily Prioninae may draw blood if they bite someone who carelessly handles them.  Red-Headed Ash Borers might produce a pinching bite, but we doubt they can draw blood.  In our assessment, they are not dangerous.


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Subject: What is it
Location: Massachusetts
January 28, 2017 7:02 pm
I just can’t find what bug this is,
Signature: Greg

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Dear Greg,
We are having a difficult time believing you found this immature Leaf Footed Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala in January in Massachusetts.

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