Subject: Oleander Hawk Moth
Location: Hanover Rd, Chesapeake
July 29, 2017 3:49 pm
I found what I thought was a dead leaf this morning in Chesapeake, Va. As I got closer I notice it was not a bug at all but a Moth, and what a striking Moth he or she was. I thought I share my Discovery with your site.
Signature: gigi

Pandorus Sphinx

Dear Gigi,
You are not the first person submitting to our site who has mistaken a Pandorus Sphinx for an Oleander Hawkmoth.

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Subject: Never seen this wasp before?
Location: Tuscaloosa, alabama
July 29, 2017 5:04 pm
Saw this on a basil plant in a garden in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I’ve seen a lot of species of wasps around here, but never this one. Any ideas? Thanks for your time!
Signature: Dave

Amorpha Borer

Dear Dave,
This is not a wasp.  Rather, it is a beetle that derives protection because it mimics stinging wasps.  Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident that this is an Amorpha Borer,
Megacyllene decora, and according to BugGuide:  “Extremely variable.”  This is only the second posting of this species to our site, so we are thrilled to be able to add your image to our archives.

Subject: Blue dasher 3 sets of wings?
Location: Dallas, TX
July 29, 2017 9:29 am
Hello! I have a very large pool that I converted to a natural pond, which invites all sorts of lovely critters in my north Texas yard. It began a longtime obsession with dragonflies, to the point that I am not satisfied until one lands on my finger daily, haha. I found one last night, sadly as it was dying, that had the most perplexing wings. I’m convinced this is a blue dasher, as that’s the majority of what occupies my yard. Green darners and flame skimmers come around, too, and a plethora of damselflies, but this has to be an old dasher based on its color and size. I’ve seen several of them growing as they emerge from their exuvia, which was my first thought (it’s still growing its wings) but this guy was too large to be any newbie. I am perplexed to no end by this third set of dark, almost butterfly wings that seemed to be goopy where it was attached to the body, and also not connected to the normal sets of wings above. I’m sorry the clear wings aren’t very visible, but have you seen anything like this before? Mutation? Species I haven’t yet seen? Some evil child gluing wings to a dragonfly? Thank you in advance. I can’t find anything online.
Signature: Beth in Texas

Possibly Carolina Saddlebags

Dear Beth,
There is nothing deformed about this Dragonfly, and the dark markings on the second set of wings is consistent with the markings on the Saddlebags Dragonflies in the genus
Tramea.  We believe, based on this BugGuide image, that your individual is a Carolina Saddlebags.

Thank you so much! Its wings were so delicate that I couldn’t see they were connected to the darkest part, which is why I was so puzzled. This pleases me to no end to have spotted a new visitor at my pond!
Thank you again 🙂


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Subject: This bug thing
Location: Southern California, USA
July 28, 2017 10:53 pm
So I was doing dishes, then I saw my cat playing with this Beatle thing, so I would like to know if I should be concerned or not. It sure looks pretty though! And the climate is about 75 degrees at night and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a bug like this before.
Signature: With a signature

Ten Lined June Beetle

This is an impressive Ten Lined June Beetle, and his fanlike antennae indicate he is a male.  Ten Lined June Beetles make an audible squeaking noise known as stridulation when they are disturbed.

Subject: Large dark moth
Location: Deerhorn Valley Jamul Ca
July 28, 2017 7:36 pm
Look at this beast! We live in eastern Dan Diego County in oak woodland/chaparral. This beauty was found by my daughter right outside our door. If it were on an oak tree I’m sure I would have missed it entirely.
Signature: Nira

Male Black Witch Moth

Dear Nira,
This impressive creature is a male Black Witch Moth, a species found in Mexico.  For some unexplained reason, monsoon season in Mexico causes large numbers of Black Witch Moths to fly north, and individuals have bee reported as far north as Canada.

Thank you so very much! I have now looked it up and see that folk lore says I will win the lottery or die. Hmmm. I choose the lottery. I will let you know if fortune or disaster comes my way 😉 Either way it is fun to know what it is. Thank you again!

Subject: Mail truck invading bug in Massachusetts
Location: Reading, Massachusetts
July 29, 2017 7:04 am
So my boyfriend is a mail man in Massachusetts and he keeps getting invaded by these odd looking bugs. We’ve never seen them before but apparently all his mail man friends are having the same hitchhiker bugs in their trucks as well. Help what is it?!?!?
Signature: Mandy (singing mailmans gf)

Robber Fly

Dear Mandy,
This is a Robber Fly in the family Asilidae, an aerial predator that catches its prey while on the wing.  We are unable to provide a species identification.  We don’t know why all the mail trucks in Reading, Massachusetts are being used by the Robber Flies as resting spots.