From the monthly archives: "April 2017"
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Subject: What’s this?
Location: Inverliegh, Victoria, Australia
April 24, 2017 6:38 pm
I found these at a mates farm. Never seen anything like them?
Signature: Clark McConachy

Gum Leafhoppers

Dear Clark,
Your image depicts two winged adults and several immature nymphs of a species of Black Gum Leafhopper in the genus
Eurymeloides, based on images posted to the Brisbane Insect website and Dave’s Garden were it is called a Gumtree Hopper.

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Subject: What is it?
Location: San Diego, CA
April 28, 2017 8:47 am
I found this little guy in my bath tub. released it outside. What kind of a bug is it?
Found April 28, 2017, San Diego, CA
Enjoy your day,
Signature: Enjoy your day, :0)

House Centipede

This is a predatory House Centipede, and because you captured and released it, allowing it to enjoy its day, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  Too often, House Centipedes found indoors wind up tagged as Unnecessary Carnage.  Thanks for your kindness to the lower beasts and to your good wishes regarding our day.

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Subject: orange bee in Cuba
Location: Sierra del Rosario near Las Terrazas in Cuba
April 28, 2017 4:48 am
Dear WTB team.
Could you please help me with the identification of this loud orange bee? Here are the details:
Location: Sierra del Rosario near Las Terrazas in Cuba
Time and date: 26th February 2017 – 13:30h
Size: about 1,5 cm, maybe 2 cm (0.59 inch, maybe 0.79 inch)
I did some search in the Internet, until now I have only come up with this orange bee: valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta). But that’s probably not the one, since you can find him only in the western parts of America.
Thanks in advance dear WTB team,
best regards,
Signature: Becky from Munich-Germany

Male Carpenter Bee

Dear Becky,
This is definitely a male Carpenter Bee in the genus
Xylocopa, and it does resemble a male Valley Carpenter Bee found in the Southwestern United States, but as you found out, it is not reported from the Caribbean.  Many species in the genus Xylocopa exhibit extreme sexual dimorphism, and males are frequently golden in color.  We did find a FlickR image of a black female Cuban Carpenter Bee, Xylocopa cubaecola, and we suspect your images are of a male from the same species.

Male Carpenter Bee

Dear Daniel.
Thanks a lot for the identification! And what an interesting bee, look at the male and female… totally different!!
B.t.w., really love your site, I can learn a lot from it and it helps me a lot to identify my insekt pics.
Bye-bye, Becky
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Subject: Polyphemus Moth?
Location: Southeastern PA
April 27, 2017 10:40 am
This moth was here most of the day yesterday. (April 26 2017)
We weren’t sure what type it is, then we saw your site. We think it is a Polyphemus moth.
Signature: Lori

Polyphemus Moth

Dear Lori,
You are correct that this is a Polyphemus Moth.  It is resting with the wings folded above the body, a position that is often cited to identify butterflies by distinguishing them from moths, yet it is a resting position frequently used by the Polyphemus Moth, perhaps because it effectively camouflages the Polyphemus Moth among dried leaves.  We hope you were able to witness the spectacular eyespots on the upper surface of the underwings.  When startled, the Polyphemus Moth will “open its eyes” which effectively startles predators like birds into thinking they are about to be eaten by a much larger predator.

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Subject: insect ID
Location: San Diego County
April 27, 2017 9:02 am
(body about 1 1/2” long)
Signature: Gerald Friesen

Crane Fly

Dear Gerald,
This is a Crane Fly in the family Tipulidae, and they are currently quite numerous in Southern California because the wet winter created the perfect conditions for development of the larva.  Crane Flies are harmless despite their resemblance to giant mosquitoes.  Many Los Angeles residence have become alarmed by the large number of Crane Flies prompting the Los Angeles Times to run an article earlier this month that states:  “According to [Karen] Mellor [an entomologist for the Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District], weather conditions this year helped produce a bumper crop of crane flies. Sometimes called mosquito hawks, these pesky insects are clumsy fliers and often bob along walls or windows, she said. Most alarmingly, they sometimes fly toward people.”

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Subject: butterfly ID
Location: San Diego County
April 27, 2017 9:00 am
Hi Daniel,
I thought these 2 would be a cakewalk when I shot them. So distinctive. But alas, my insect knowledge is zero. Both photoed in San Diego county CA.
I can’t seem to fit geographic to species. To my untrained eye below looks like a Coyote Cloudywing – but apparently not in Southwestern CA.
(about half the size of a Monarch)
Signature: Gerald Friesen

Funereal Duskywing

Hi Gerald,
Thanks for resending your requests using our standard submission form.  It really does make posting submissions to our site much easier.  We believe this large Skipper is a Funereal Duskywing,
Erynnis funeralis, and according to Jeffrey Glassberg’s book Butterflies Through Binoculars The West, the habitat is “A wide variety, including desert, woodland edges, and spruce forest, but preference is for hot, dry situations.”  Here is an image from BugGuide.  We would not entirely rule out another member of the genus, however, Glassberg also writes “the F[ore]W[ing] is largely black with a pale brown patch beyond the cell.  The FW white spots are weakly expressed.”  The accompanying image in the book closely resembles your individual.

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