From the monthly archives: "July 2017"
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Subject: Orange hairy butt fly
Location: Central NY, south of Ithaca
July 31, 2017 7:53 am
I was intrigued by this fly whilst walking my dog early one morning in late July. It was relatively slow moving and stuck around the same plant for a few minutes. It was the size of a large housefly. I encountered it on a mowed walking path near some grain fields at the edge of state forest land, in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. What is this delightful creature?
Signature: Andrea

Tachinid Fly

Dear Andrea,
This is a parasitoid Tachinid Fly or Bristle Fly, but we are uncertain of the species as there are many similar looking species in this very large family.

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Subject: Regal Moth
Location: Hocking Hills, Ohio
July 30, 2017 1:24 pm
On our weekend stay in the hills of South East Ohio we had this visitor outside of our cabin. Thanks to your site, I can see it is a Regal Moth. Pretty wild looking! Unfortunately it appears it was on its way out, it couldn’t fly, it was just flapping its wings repeatedly.
Signature: Mark

Regal Moth

Dear Mark,
Thanks for adding your lovely image of a Regal Moth or Royal Walnut Moth to our archives.

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Subject: Agonoscelis puberula? Larvae?
Location: Houston, Texas
July 30, 2017 9:37 am
Hello. Our potted thyme plant has hundreds of what at first look like brown dried flower heads moving in the breeze. But on closer inspection, they are alive! They appear to be shells or cocoons that each house a small larvae, which pokes its head out from one end, and which spins a sort of attachment fiber, like a spider. Could these be larvae for Agonoscelis puberula? I’ve not found any pictures on the Web yet of such shells.
Signature: John in Texas


Dear John,
These are not African Cluster Bugs which are pictured on BugGuide.  These are caterpillars from some species of Bagworm moth in the family Psychidae.

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Subject: Butterfly ID
Location: Northern Spain
July 30, 2017 5:10 am
Hi Daniel I photographed this butterfly in Northern Spain in June this year but cant identify it can you help.
Signature: Tony Mellor UK

Gossamer Wing Butterfly

Hi Tony,
The best we can provide at this time is a family identification.  This is a Gossamer Winged Butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.

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Subject: Flybee?
Location: Southern New Hampshire
July 30, 2017 12:53 am
Location: southern New, Hampshire USA
I’d just like to know what this is.
Signature: K. Stone

Small Headed Fly

Dear K. Stone,
This unusual creature is a Small Headed Fly in the family Acroceridae, possibly
Turbopsebius sulphuripes which is pictured on BugGuide.  Of the entire family, BugGuide notes:  “Humpbacked flies with thorax and abdomen balloon-like; small heads with holoptic eyes (covering most of the head); and large, conspicuous calypters (membranous disk-like structures) tucked-in at the base of the wings. Many species mimic bees/wasps or even beetles.”  The complex life cycle is described on BugGuide as:  “The first instar larva (‘planidium’) seeks out spiders. When a spider contacts a planidium, the larva grabs hold of the spider, crawls up the spider’s legs to its body, and forces its way through the body wall, often lodging near the book lung, where it may remain for years before completing its development.
Adult longevity is usually rather short (3 days to ~1 month). Mating usually takes place in flight; female begin to lay up to 5000 eggs soon after mating and may continue during the following 2-10 days. The tiny, pear-shaped, black, microtype eggs are deposited either in flight upon the ground (Eulonchus), upon dead branches (Ogcodes), upon tree trunks (Pterodontia), or upon grass stems (Acrocera). Eggs hatch in 3-6 weeks giving rise to small planidial larvae. Most 1st instar planidia must seek out their spider hosts and can crawl or jump with ‘inchworm-like’ movements. There is only one generation per year with the acrocerines (Acrocera, Ogcodes, Turbopsebius) on their araneomorph hosts; but many panopines (Eulonchus, Lasia, Ocnaea, Pterodontia) seem to have only one generation every 5-10 years due to the longer immature stages of their mygalomorph hosts.”

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Subject: Strange Flying Insect, Dangerous?
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
July 29, 2017 8:21 pm
I was visiting Culver’s with my family and my son, we we’re having a nice time dining indoors. I’d gone outside for a smoke break with my mum, when we noticed these large, frightening looking insects flying about. Due to the fact that my father is allergic and there is the possibility that i may be myself (i’ve never been stung), it caused me a significant amount of concern. Though my curiousity seemed to override that as i Had to snap a picture of one. I’ve never seen it before.
Signature: With Great Interest, Kara

Cicada Killer

Dear Kara,
This is one of our favorite summer identification requests, the impressive Cicada Killer.  Male Cicada Killers act defensive and they are territorial, guarding good nesting areas in the hopes a female will arrive.  Male Cicada Killers are perfectly harmless as they do not have stingers.  Female Cicada Killers are not aggressive, and though they have the ability to sting, we cannot confirm anyone actually being stung.  Female Cicada Killers use the stinger to paralyze Cicadas that are dragged back to the burrow to serve as a live food for the developing brood.

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. We had not expected it to be harmless what-so-ever, it’s such a large bug (though i suppose it would only make sense as cicadas are larger bug themselves). Thank you again.

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