From the yearly archives: "2017"
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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Key West
January 6, 2017 11:17 am
Florida Keys, about 2″ long. I put him on my tree. Thanks!
Signature: Alison

Io Moth Caterpillar

Dear Alison,
Your caterpillar is that of an Io Moth.  Your dorsal view hides the dramatic red and white stripes on the side of the Io Moth Caterpillar.  Handle the Io Moth Caterpillar with caution as they have stinging spines.  The adult Io Moth is a beautiful Silkmoth with stunning eyespots.

Oooo, thank you. I let him crawl on a credit card and then put him on the tree.
Thanks again!
Alison Johnson

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Subject: Yellow bug
Location: South Africa
January 6, 2017 5:10 am
Please help identify this creature.
Signature: Rachel Klass

Male Carpenter Bee

Dear Rachel,
This is a male Carpenter Bee,
Xylocopa caffra.  We found the first similar looking image on Wildlife Den, and on Africa Wild we learned:  “Large (body length 20-24 mm), stout.  The females are black and hairy with two white or yellow bands over the hind thorax and first abdominal segment respectively, while the males are uniform greenish yellow in colour. Females with white bands are associated with dry climatic conditions during larval development, but females of either colour, or colour grade, may emerge from the same brood. In the Western Cape all have yellow bands however. ”  ISpot has many images of female Carpenter Bees, but there are very few images of male Carpenter Bees on iSpot.  We do have an image of a female South African Carpenter Bee in our archives.

Hi Daniel
Thank you so much fot your help.  Much appreciated!
Regards
Rachel Klass

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Subject: Sphinx moth -what species?
Location: Palmetto Bay, FL
January 5, 2017 7:08 pm
I took this photo this afternoon in the breezeway of my condo building . My hands are quite large, so the size of the moth was about 3-5 inches. Can you tell me more about this species?
Signature: Wandering biologist

Fig Sphinx

Dear Wandering biologist,
You Sphinx Moth is a Fig Sphinx,
Pachylia ficus, and according to BugGuide:  “Several flights throughout the year in the tropics, peninsular Florida, and South Texas.”  The food, according to BugGuide, is:  “Caterpillar hosts: Various species of fig (Ficus). … Caterpillar also reported on Mango.

Fig Sphinx

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Subject: Moth?
Location: Poland
January 5, 2017 8:01 pm
Saw this in my kitchen this evening. It’s January in Maine. Found it to be a bit odd to be out this time of year. Any idea what it is? It thought Cabbage moth, but it has grey swirls, not a spot on the wing.
Signature: Jim

Cabbage White

Dear Jim,
This is not a moth, it is a butterfly.  Though the white spot on the forewing is not visible in your image, we are pretty confident this is a male Cabbage White, a species introduced to North America from Europe over 100 years ago.  See this BugGuide image for comparison. 

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Subject: Found multi color bug which I’ve never seen before
Location: South Texas
January 5, 2017 4:47 pm
Hello! Today whilst looking around my yard I saw a yellow, red/orange and black bug which I’ve never seen before around my fence and near the ground. From what I could tell they had 6 legs, 2 antenae and had weird patterns etched to their backs. The larger one had more black whilst the smaller ones were more yellow (not sure if they are the same species). They all seemed to be close together as shown in the picture.
Though it’s winter at the moment, they are very mild and usually never reach below freezing even when a cold front approaches.
-Sorry if the picture is not a close up shot, it was the best I could do.
Thanks for your time and dedication!
Signature: Agon

Six Spotted Milkweed Bugs

Dear Agon,
You high resolution image is perfectly fine for identifying these Six Spotted Milkweed Bugs,
Oncopeltus sexmaculatus, a species that according to BugGuide is “Similar to Large Milkweed Bug, but with a red head, and a slightly different spot pattern.”  Based on BugGuide data, Six Spotted Milkweed Bugs are only reported from Texas within the United States, and your submission represents a new species for our site.  Your image depicts both winged adults and wingless, more yellow nymphs.

Six Spotted Milkweed Bugs

Six Spotted Milkweed Bugs

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Subject: Large beautiful insect
Location: Smyrna (North Georgia)
January 5, 2017 4:33 pm
Hello Bugman,
This is a terrific site and already my husband and I have learned some very interesting things! The picture I am sending you is of a very large bug (3″ in length) that flew onto the side mirror of my neighbor’s car. It was a medium gray color with brown undertones and some reddish markings (eyes, on back. Etc) it was slow flying and seemed cumbersome. The picture was taken this past November here in Smyrna (North Georgia). I observed thd bug for several minutes, fascinated and took video footage that is about 30 seconds. I have done a bit of research amd guessed it was some species of Leaf Footed Bug, but would love to hear what an expert has to say. Thank you very much!
Signature: J. langham

Big Legged Plant Bug

Dear J. Iangham,
You are correct that this is a Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae, and more specifically it is a Big Legged Plant Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, probably Acanthocephala terminalis which is described on BugGuide as:  “Apical segment of antenna orange or yellowish, contrasting sharply with the dark segments 1-3; metatibial flange wavy-margined, narrowing distally and extending only two-thirds the length of the tibia; pronotum covered with golden hairs and with small but distinct tubercles; abdomen sinuate in outline, the sides of the abdomen bulging outward beyond the wings when viewed from above. “

Thank you very much Bugman! It’s great to know the identity of our visitor and my husband and I appreciate your time!
Regards,
Jeni

 

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