From the yearly archives: "2017"
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Subject: moth Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
Location: Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
June 22, 2017 9:43 am
any thoughts?
Signature: tom

Giant Silkmoth: Caio species

Dear Tom,
This Giant Silkmoth in the family Saturniidae is quite lovely, and its muted colors help to camouflage if from predators.  Our research indicates it is in the genus Caio, possibly Caio richardsoni based on an image on The Kirby Wolfe Collection.  We will contact Bill Oehlke to see if he can verify that species identification.  He may request permission to post your image to his site as well, and since he is a valuable resource for us regarding both Giant Silkmoths and Sphinx Moths, we hope you will grant that permission.

Thank you so much, Daniel.  You guys are amazing. Of course you can use this image. Tom

Bill Oehlke Confirms ID
Richardsoni would be my first guess.

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Subject: Long Tailed Lace Wing Flying Insect
Location: Menifee, California
June 22, 2017 4:37 pm
I found this lovely specimen on the siding of my porch this morning. Its now the late afternoon and I can’t blame him/her for resting here during all the heat we’re having. It’s about a total of 2in. long and about 5/8in. in width at the widest point. Very symmetrical flying insect.
Signature: Dave Nadzam


Dear Dave,
The reason you noticed a similarity between your Antlion and a Lacewing is that they are classified in the same insect order, Neuroptera.  Based on images posted to BugGuide, we believe your individual is in the genus

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Subject: Huge moth!
Location: Durham, North Carolina
June 22, 2017 9:41 am
Hi bugman –
I work in an office that backs up to a wooded area and small pond. We always have the strangest bugs on our landing. I found a giant leopard moth the other day – crazy! We found this guy today – he’s about two and a half inches long.
Signature: SG

Virginia Creeper Sphinx

Dear SG,
This Virginia Creeper Sphinx,
Darapsa myron, is also known as the Hog Sphinx or Grapevine Sphinx according to Sphingidae of the Americas which states that it:  ” is found in Maine south to south Florida; west to North Dakota, Nabraska, New Mexico and Texas.  It also flies in Mexico.”  According to BugGuide, it is “very common; sometimes abundant” and the habitat is listed as “Woodlands and edges near hostplants; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light.”

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Subject: Fairy Cicada
Location: Austin, Texas (June 21, 2017)
June 22, 2017 7:11 am
So, fairies have cicadas too?
As a lifelong Cicada lover, this is the tiniest shell I have seen. I thought it was a bee!
Signature: Joy always~ Quay

Possibly Exuvia of a Grass Cicada

Dear Joy,
While we cannot state conclusively that the exuvia you discovered belongs to a member of the genus
Cicadetta, the Small Grass Cicadas, there is a strong possibility that it does.  According to BugGuide:  “These are small delicate cicadas often mistaken for ‘Tree/Leaf Hoppers’.  All members are less than an inch in length incl. wings.  They are variable in color from bright lime green to tan to boldly patterned with browns and/or greens.”   According to BugGuide, Cicadetta texana is found from “TX to Gulf Coast” but there are no images. 

Grass Cicada Exuvia, we believe

We are guessing the Exuvia of a Grass Cicada

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Subject: Bug from Nepal
Location: Pokhara, Nepal
June 22, 2017 1:37 am
I found this little guy today (June 22) in Pokhara, Nepal. It was about 1 inch long. Any ideas what it is?
Signature: Robert

Longicorn: Imantocera penicillata

Dear Robert,
Thanks to this FlickR image, we quickly identified your Longicorn as
Imantocera penicillata.  It is also pictured on Encyclopedia of Life.

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Subject: Cool bug. Can you ID?
Location: Waveland, MS
June 12, 2017 4:18 pm
This beauty crash landed next to me on my porch. It’s an overcast summer day, not too hot. Area is swampy and semi-wooded. House is raised about 15′ .
The bug was fine after the landing, and quickly ambled off toward some potted plants.
Signature: Jackalope

Eyed Elater

Dear Jackalope,
North America’s largest Click Beetle, the Eyed Elater, is one of our most frequent identification requests from Eastern North America during the late spring and summer months.

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