From the monthly archives: "September 2017"

Subject:  Some kind of Prominent?
Geographic location of the bug:  Purdys, Nee York
Date: 09/27/2017
Time: 08:26 AM EDT
Failed to find this caterpillar on several sites and David Wagner’s beautiful book. Found it crawling on our driveway mid-September. Overhead were Japanese Maple, Dogwood, Red Maple, Elm, with many other species in vicinity.
How you want your letter signed:  L Jones

Mottled Prominent Caterpillar

Dear L. Jones,
We really must commend you on figuring out that this is a Prominent Moth Caterpillar from the family Notodontidae.  We believe it resembles this Mottled Prominent,
Macrurocampa marthesia, that is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae feed on leaves of beech, maple, oak, and other deciduous trees” so the trees you observed most likely have provided a food source for your individual.

Wow. Exactly! A bit embarrassed I missed that. Thanks a bunch!

Subject:  Black and white striped bug with red
Geographic location of the bug:  Crownsville, MD
Date: 09/27/2017
Time: 10:24 AM EDT
I have never seen these bugs before in my area and was wondering if you could help. I wasn’t sure if they were a type of beetle or something different. Thanks so much for your help!
How you want your letter signed:  Carrie Jones

Oak Treehopper Nymphs

Dear Carrie,
These are immature Oak Treehoppers.

Subject:  Just rescued this from my dogs…
Geographic location of the bug:  Girard KS
Date: 09/26/2017
Time: 05:04 PM EDT
Just found my dogs trying to eat this little thing, so I rescued it. It’s approx 1.5″ long & about an inch wide. Looks like a tiny & very colourful dragonfly. Any idea what it is?
How you want your letter signed:  Chris K.


Dear Chris,
Because of your kindness to this Scorpionfly, we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Subject:  Pretty green spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Tulsa Oklahoma
Date: 09/26/2017
Time: 10:35 PM EDT
This beauty was found on my car in the middle of the parking lot.
How you want your letter signed:  Mommyblackie

Green Orbweaver

Dear Mommyblackie,
This is an Orbweaver in the genus
Araneus.  It seems there are several species that look similar, but we believe based on this BugGuide image and the sightings listed in BugGuide data that this is Araneus guttulatus.

Subject:  Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  NM
Date: 09/26/2017
Time: 04:08 PM EDT
3 y/o wants to know what we were looking at today at the playground.
How you want your letter signed:  Doesn’t matter

Darkling Beetle

This is a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae, and it reminds us of the Acrobat Beetles in the genus Eleodes.  It might be a member of the genus Stenomorpha that is pictured on BugGuide.

Subject:  Green Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Oklahoma
Date: 09/26/2017
Time: 10:58 AM EDT
Hi! What is this gorgeous caterpillar going to be?
How you want your letter signed:  Cindy

Io Moth Caterpillar

Dear Cindy,
This is an Io Moth Caterpillar and adult Io Moths are sexually dimorphic.  If this is a female, the adult female Io Moth has brown upper wings and spectacular eyespots on the underwings, while the adult male Io Moth has yellow upper wings and equally impressive eyespots.  Handle with caution.  Io Moth Caterpillars can sting.  Because of the time of year and your location, when this Io Caterpillar spins its cocoon, it will overwinter and emerge in the spring.