Subject: Irish Moth?
Location: Tralee, Ireland (Kerry)
July 29, 2017 7:08 am
Photographing the roses in Tralee today, we came upon this beautiful colored and quite docile moth. Wondering if someone might help ID it for us? Thanks for all you do!!
Signature: Cheers!


This is not a Moth.  This is a species of butterfly called a Peacock, Aglais io.  According to UK Butterflies:  “The Peacock is a familiar sight in gardens across the British Isles and is unmistakable, with quite spectacular eyes on the upperside of the hindwings that give this butterfly its name.”

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Subject: Large fly
Location: Southeasterd Pennsylvania
July 28, 2017 12:05 pm
This bugger showed up in our kitchen. His body was well over an inch in length. Interesting eyes. He’s now outside somewhere, having bee released, as we do to all creatures we find ion the house, except ants, mosquitoes, and pantry moths. Spiders and Scutigera usually get to stay as they’re eating something.
Signature: Huffy


Dear Huffy,
This Ichneumon is not a Fly.  It is a parasitoid wasp.

Subject: Thought it was ladybug… but don’t think so
Location: Manhattan, NYC
July 28, 2017 4:16 pm
Just found this but in my bathroom and would like to know what it is!!!! (please).
I live in Manhattan. It’s super hot today.
I thought it was a ladybug at first but on closer inspection I don’t think it is…
Signature: Concerned

Polished Lady Beetle

Dear Concerned,
The lack of spots and the white pattern on the pronotum lead us to believe this is a Polished Lady Beetle,
Cycloneda munda, a species pictured on BugGuide where it is also called a Red Lady Beetle, Immaculate Lady Beetle, No-Spotted Lady Beetle or Spotless Lady Beetle.

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Subject: Odd markings and body shape…
Location: Northwestern Montana
July 28, 2017 3:29 pm
Hello from Montana! I’ve seen these a few times, but rarely had I seen one sit still long enough to take a photo. Fairly large, the wings and body shape are particularly interesting… but what exactly is it? I apologize for the photo not being a tad more clear, I did zoom in after taking the photo, I didn’t want to get too close!
Signature: ~~Margaret

Cottonwood Crown Borer

Dear Margaret,
This is one of the wasp-mimic Clearwing Moths in the family Sesiidae, and we quickly identified it as a Cottonwood Crown Borer,
Sessia tibialis, on iNaturalist.  American Hornet Moth is another common name according to BugGuide where it states that the range is:  “Nova Scotia and New England, west to Vancouver, British Columbia, Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico, west to the Pacific Coast.”

Subject: Is this a Laurel Sphinx?
Location: Ontario, Canada
July 28, 2017 7:02 am
Hi there. Appreciate help in identifying this guy. I live in Ontario Canada, but I rarely see caterpillars like this in size. Is it a caterpillar? Bright colour with what looks like a blue stinger. Wild!!!!!
Signature: Zark

Great Ash Sphinx

Dear Zark,
The blue caudal horn and the other markings have us leaning more towards this being the Hornworm of a Greater Ash Sphinx,
Sphinx chersis, upon comparing your individual to this posting on BugGuide.

Subject: Checkerspot? Crescent? Neither?
Location: Tonasket WA
July 28, 2017 7:04 am
Wish I could have gotten the upper sides of the wings, but the darn thing flew so fast, didn’t want me near it and only fed with it’s wings up. The upper sides were a whole bunch of bright dark orange with black pattern lines. Sneaking up on some butterflies is right up there with Ninja skills! It’s on a Gloriosa Daisy, and quite hot here, 90’s during the day, but 50’s at night. We have a year round creek, well treed, about 1/4 mile from us. Our bushes and trees are chokecherry, service berry, pine, fir, wild roses and red and black currant. Willows and elms on the creek. Average rainfall is less than 20″ a year, and winters can get to 20 below. Last winter was a real cold one. I’m surprised anything made it.
My favorite part of this butterfly is it’s antenna! In the sun they looked like fiber optic wands. The white part really glowed. The closest I could see it looked like was a Silver Checkerspot, but the eyespots on the hindwing are really the wrong colors, and the range for the silvers is the east, not the west. And then I got led to the Crescents…
So I’m plenty stumped. Please feel free to edit my pic for posting. Thanks everyone (submitters and staff) for this wonderful site. Tremendously informative, often amusing and the pictures are a real treat.
Signature: Cathy

Painted Lady

Dear Cathy,
Your image is quite lovely.  This is neither a Checkerspot nor a Crescent.  This is one of the Ladies in the genus
Vanessa, and had you been able to get an image of the open wings, it would have made our identification more definite.  We believe this is a Painted Lady, as you can see by comparing your image to this BugGuide image, and not a West Coast Lady and the difference is described on BugGuide as:  “The most obvious character that separates this from the very similar Painted Lady, is the large subapical bar near the front of the forewing, which is orange on this species [ed. note speaking of the West Coast Lady] and white in The Painted Lady.”  Though the wings on your individual are closed, the subapical bar in question does appear to be white.