From the monthly archives: "June 2017"
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Subject: What is it
Location: North Central Alabama
June 29, 2017 11:58 am
I took this on the sidewalk In front of my gym, what is it?
Signature: Cathryn

Puss Moth

Dear Cathryn,
This interesting moth is a Puss Moth.

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Subject: green caterpillar
Location: NE corner of WA state.
June 27, 2017 1:53 pm
I’d like to identify the caterpiller (and it resulting moth or butterfly) in the attached photos. It seems to act like a tent caterpiller but spins a strand and drops down to earth. Most strands get wrapped around each other forming a much larger strand (1/4″ dia) that reaches the ground. This site was on a forest road in NE Washington.
Thanks.
Signature: John McMillan

Caterpillar Swarm

Dear John,
Since it is green and appears to be hairless, this is most definitely NOT a Tent Caterpillar.  Our web searching for caterpillars exhibiting this behavior in Washington has not produced anything significant, however we did find this interesting article Daily Mail concerning millions of green caterpillars on a single tree.  The site states:  “Stuart Edmunds, from Shropshire Wildlife Trust, said he believed the moths could be the larvae of the aptly named ash moth: ‘It is incredibly rare, when there is a limited supply of trees like there is in this area the ash moth mothers could have decided to lay their eggs all in one place. Usually the caterpillars would be distributed over many more trees and with this many on a few trees there is a danger it could weaken the trees'”  Was the phenomena you observed limited to a single tree?  We feel certain this is a moth caterpillar.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to help us solve this mystery.

Caterpillar Swarm

Thanks, Daniel.
The site in the photos was all in one tree (which looked rather dry and somewhat bare of leaves).
However, we did see smaller versions of this in two other trees along that same patch of forest. We did not identify the trees the ash moth caterpillers were hanging from.
Maybe others will give us more firm data to add to yours.
Cheers.

Caterpillar Swarm

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Subject: Badlands NP Beetle
Location: Badlands NP; South Dakota
June 26, 2017 4:29 pm
Hello,
We saw this awesome beetle while hiking along a bison trail in the Sage Creek Wilderness portion of the Badlands NP a couple weeks back. Looks like a scarab beetle (?) We also saw dung beetles along the way 🙂
Thanks!
Signature: D & M Coulter

Rainbow Scarab

Dear D & M Coulter,
This Rainbow Scarab is actually a species of Dung Beetle.  The male Rainbow Scarab has a horn and the female Rainbow Scarab does not.  We cannot tell from your image if this is a male or female as the grass is obscuring the Rainbow Scarab’s head.

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Subject: Whats is this?
Location: Rhode Island
June 28, 2017 6:44 pm
Located in the house near the window. Crawls most of the time, but did flap wings.
Signature: With a pen?

Female Longicorn: Graphisurus fasciatus

This female Longicorn is Graphisurus fasciatus.

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Subject: caterpillar
Location: east end Moloka’i
June 29, 2017 11:21 am
Aloha, Found this guy yesterday here on east end of Moloka’i , haven’t found a description to match.. hope you all can help Mahalo, Terry
Signature: Terry

Oleander Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Terry,
Like many plants and creatures found in Hawaii, the Oleander Hawkmoth Caterpillar is a non-native, introduced species.

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Subject: unknown flying bug
Location: tennessee
June 28, 2017 2:36 pm
This thing definitely caught my eye has long back legs like a grasshopper can fly and has an awesome design on its back
Signature: dwyrick

Longhorned Borer Beetle

Dear dwyrick,
This is a wasp-mimicking Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, and the Tribe Clytini, but we are unsure of the genus or species.  There are many similar looking species in both the genus
Clytus (see BugGuide) and the genus Neoclytus (see BugGuide).  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a species identification.

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