From the monthly archives: "June 2021"

Subject:  Which moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Siskiyou Co, far northern California
Date: 06/01/2021
Time: 04:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this beauty on my porch the other evening. As it was very docile, I was able to get a great picture. The next morning, I thought I identified it from a great insect book, the Ornate Tiger Moth. But I’ve done some research, and wonder if it could be a Mexican Tiger Moth, as it’s lacking the narrow vertical stripes on it’s wings. But the Mexican Tiger Moth doesn’t live here. I found a map of historical sitings, and the closest one was well over a 100 miles south. It seems they live mostly south of San Francisco, and in the southwest. (I live in Siskiyou County, about 40 miles from the Oregon border.) So can you help me know which moth it is? It was so striking. Maybe climate change is bringing them further north? Thanks so much for such a wonderful webpage, I’ve visited it many times.
How you want your letter signed:  Salmon River Nature Lover

Ornate Tiger Moth

Dear Salmon River Nature Lover,
We agree that this is a Tiger Moth and we agree with your initial identification.  We believe based on BugGuide images that this is
Apantesis ornata, formerly Grammia ornata.

Thank you so much. And thanks for your fantastic site.

Subject:  Green metallic bug
Geographic location of the bug:  West Milford, NJ
Date: 06/02/2021
Time: 09:12 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Wood borer?
How you want your letter signed:  Geoffrey Syme

Metallic Borer Beetle: Gaurotes cyanipennis

Dear Geoffrey,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae.  We identified it on BugGuide as
Gaurotes cyanipennis, a species with no common name.

Subject:  Dalquestia formosa
Geographic location of the bug:  Johnson City, Texas
Date: 06/02/2021
Time: 08:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Sharing a photo of a Dalquestia formosa harvestman for your photo library as a reference photo to help others with identification.
How you want your letter signed:  Regards, Mike


Dear Mike,
Thanks for thinking of our readership and our researchable archives by submitting your image of the Harvestman,
Dalquestia formosa, a species we originally identified on BugGuide.

Geographic location of the bug:  S.E. PA.
Date: 06/02/2021
Time: 02:31 PM EDT
How you want your letter signed:  HAL SLACKWAY

Male Black Horse Fly

Dear Hal,
You are absolutely correct that this is a Horse Fly.  More specifically it is a Black Horse Fly,
Tabanus atratus, and the large close set eyes indicate it is a male.  Despite its size, only female Horse Flies bite and feed on blood.  This male is perfectly harmless.

Subject:  Goldsmith Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Zimmerman, MN North America USA
Date: 06/01/2021
Time: 01:00 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, this is the second time I’ve encountered what I believe to be a goldsmith Beetle. Coolest bug ever. The first time was in the backyard a couple of years ago. The second time, was tonight, waiting for me at the front door. I brought it in to show my mother, she was not a fan. I put it back outside to carry on.
How you want your letter signed:  S. Botzet

Goldsmith Beetle

Dear S. Botzet,
Thanks so much for sending in your awesome images of a Goldsmith Beetle, the beetle allegedly the fictional Gold Bug of Edgar Allen Poe fame.  Your timing is perfect for us to select your letter as the Bug of the Month for June 2021.  The Goldsmith Beetle is described on BugGuide as “A large yellow/green scarab with no elytral markings. Elytra has irregular rows of punctures.”

Goldsmith Beetle