From the monthly archives: "September 2017"
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Subject:  Swallowtail?
Geographic location of the bug:  North Central Washington (Brewster)
Date: 09/01/2017
Time: 12:17 AM EDT
We have found a caterpillar which is new to us! It was apparently in a hurry to pupate, as soon as we housed it, it went to work. I think Mom is having the most fun here! 🙂
We are in the north central (Brewster) part of Washington State. This is a darker bluish green caterpillar with white and black eye spots and white and black collar. It turned to brown very soon after we found and housed it.
How you want your letter signed:  Elizabeth Brown

Western Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

Dear Elizabeth,
We believe this is a Western Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar, but we would not rule out that it might be a related species like a Two Tailed Swallowtail Caterpillar.

Pre-pupal Western Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

 

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What is this specimen?
Geographic location of the bug:  Yucatan, Mexico
Date: 09/01/2017
Time: 10:54 AM EDT
Saliendo del trabajo me encontré con esta fea, chistosa, rara especie y ante el temor de ver mas de estos mejor asesorarme y saber que tipo es y si es venenosa o peligrosa de alguna forma.
How you want your letter signed:  Luis Alamilla

Hornworm

Hola Luis,
This is a harmless Hornworm, the caterpillar of a moth in the family Sphingidae.  All of its caracteristics, the false eyespots, the caudal horn, the ability to retract its head causing it to look like a snake are are mimicry tricks to make it seem much more dangerous than it is.  We will attempt to provide you with a species name. 

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Subject:  Metallic Green Sweat Bee
Geographic location of the bug:  Powhatan, VA
Date: 09/01/2017
Time: 10:40 AM EDT
I have lived in this area for many years and never noticed this type of bee. My fiance’ planted an African Blue Basil plant that is flourishing and it had a couple dozen of these bees all over it for several days. Quickly identified it through your site. Now I’m hooked on looking up the bugs we have around here. Thank you for the work you do putting this site together.
How you want your letter signed:  Mike Talbert – Powhatan, VA

Metallic Green Sweat Bee

Dear Mike,
We were hoping we would find a gorgeous image of an insect we have never featured as Bug of the Month this morning, and your submission is perfect.  Your enthusiasm over sighting this Metallic Green Sweat Bee is refreshing, and your image makes a gorgeous Bug of the Month for September, 2017.  Metallic Green Sweat Bees seem to be attracted to purple flowers.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination