From the monthly archives: "June 2020"

Subject:  Possible Maple Borer Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cold Spring, NY, USA
Date: 06/05/2020
Time: 10:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this near a pond on my deck. I’ve never seen a beetle like this before. I have no idea what this is.
How you want your letter signed:  Rich

Longhorned Borer Beetle

Dear Rich,
The Sugar Maple Borer is a much larger and even more colorful Beetle.  Your individual is also a member of the Longhorned Borer Beetle family Cerambycidae, and we believe we have identified it as 
Clytus ruricola, a species with no common name, thanks to images on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae in decaying hardwoods, esp. maple (Acer)” so it is theoretically a “Maple Borer.” 

Thanks. I did more research and it’s equivalent to the clytus ruricola. Very unusual but it’s native to northeast US. Thanks for the identification help. Feel free to use the image on your site for future identification. I’m going n Putnam County, NY.

Subject:  bug with debris on top
Geographic location of the bug:  southeast Louisiana
Date: 06/03/2020
Time: 08:15 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  There were three of these critters on a tomato plant this May.  At first I just though they were large frass or small bird dropings.  On a closer look, I saw there were leg-like projections. I gently teased the debris off of one and discovered a beautiful, delicite being with what looked like a smiling frog face staring up at me.
How you want your letter signed:  Art

Clavate Tortoise Beetle Larva

Dear Art,
This is the larva of a Clavate Tortoise Beetle, Plagiometriona clavata, and the debris on its back is fecal matter and it thought to act as camouflage or protection for the larva.  Here is a BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide food plants include:  “ground-cherries (Physalis), Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), and Solanum spp. (Solanaceae)” and tomatoes are in the family Solanaceae.

Subject:  Luna Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Flintstone, MD
Date: 06/02/2020
Time: 12:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I don’t need this identified but thought I would share! Found this gem last night attached to my screen door. I was amazed by it’s beauty. After looking online I figured out it is a Luna Moth. Woke up this morning and he was on the wooden door frame of my screen door so I got some better pics of it. The pics I took last night didn’t turn out very good so I was excited when I saw he was still here!
How you want your letter signed:  Megan

Luna Moth

Thanks Megan,
We love posting images of Luna Moths.

Subject:  Giant type chunky moth thing
Geographic location of the bug:  Scotland
Date: 06/03/2020
Time: 04:39 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  On my dairy staircase this morning I woke up to find a giant moth type thing. It’s is huge computed to a moth and much chunkier. About half the size of my hand. Some
Googling shows maybe a hawk moth but I’m in Scotland not the tropics. I’m central Scotland near Glasgow.
How you want your letter signed:  Nicola Smith

Poplar Hawkmoth

Dear Nicola,
This impressive moth is a Poplar Hawkmoth.  According to Butterfly Conservation:  “Female comes to light before midnight, the male after midnight, in greater numbers. Rests with abdomen curved up and hindwings further forward than the forewings.”

Subject:  Name of moth/butterfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Alicante, Spain
Date: 05/06/2020
Time: 09:27 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I have two of these beauties flying around our garden, one male one female as they have been trying to mate the last couple of days.
Does anyone recognise them? I’ve lived in Spain 15 years and never seen them here before.
They are lovely.
Thank you
How you want your letter signed:  Michaela

Butterfly Moth

Dear Michaela,
This is a Butterfly Moth,
Paysandisia archon, a South American species that has been introduced to Europe.  According to the Invasive Species Compendium, it:  “is a Neotropical species indigenous to South America: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. In Europe it has been reported from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Spain and the UK.”

Butterfly Moth

Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Fonhadela, Vila Real, Portugal.
Date: 05/22/2020
Time: 02:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello.I have been trying to identify this moth. But I do not know if it is Hemaris fuciformis or H.thysbe. Which one have I photographed? And what is the difference between both species?
Thank you. Isabel.
How you want your letter signed:  Informal

Broad Bordered Bee Hawkmoth

We believe this is a Broad Bordered Bee Hawkmoth, Hemaris fuciformis, and not Hemaris thysbe, a new world species.  It is pictured on Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic and on Insecta.pro where it states:  “It flies from late May to early July.”