White-marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma)
Location: Naperville, IL
August 16, 2011 9:09 pm
You just posted a white marked tussock moth caterpillar. I believe this is the moth version!
Best regards
Signature: Dori Eldridge

White Marked Tussock Moth

Hi Dori,
Thanks so much for sending us a photo of an adult male White Marked Tussock Moth, AKA Rusty Vapor Moth to accompany the image of the caterpillar we just posted.  Some of your previous submissions have become part of a new tag:  Bug Humanitarian Award.

Dear Daniel~
I am honored, thank you.  I believe you and your partners deserve heaps of accolades for your monumental efforts to educate and entertain.  I can not sing your praises highly enough.  All the best to you.

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Bugs on my Hop Plants
Location: Northwestern Ohio
August 16, 2011 2:28 pm
Attached is a picture of a bug that is all over my cascade Hops plant late this summer. It found white spun webs on leafs with them in it. There are a bunch more just crawling around curled up on the Hops leaves. They seem to leave the Hop cones alone. They are about 1.5 inch in length or smaller
Signature: John

White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Hi John,
This is a White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar,
Orgyia leucostigma, and we are quite intrigued to learn that it feeds on the leaves of hops. According to BugGuide:  “Caterpillars feed on a wide range of hardwood trees and conifers. Wagner(1) lists ‘apple, birch, black locust, cherry, elm, hackberry, hickory, oak, rose, willow…fir, hemlock, larch, spruce and other conifers.'”  Thanks to your experience, we can add hops to the list.  BugGuide also indicates  “Flightless females lay a froth-covered mass of up to 300 eggs after mating.”  Since the female is flightless, it stands to reason that the species is not easily introduced to new areas unless they are somehow transported there, like through human intervention.  If the hops plants are new to your garden, you may have brought the eggs along with the plants.  One final note is that BugGuide warns: “CAUTION: Avoid handling the caterpillar, as its hair is known to cause allergic reactions, especially in areas of the body with sensitive skin (e.g. back, stomach, inner arms). Seek medical treatment if a severe reaction occurs.”  Out of our own curiosity, are you a home brewer?  Our friend Jared makes amazing home brews in Los Angeles, and we just got invited to the hop harvest this week.

Thanks for the quick reply Daniel! I am a home brewer. I planted these hops two years ago. I don’t remember the caterpillars last year but the hops were not as plentiful last year.Oddly, I planted 5 different hops plants right next to each other andhave only seen the caterpillars on the cascade hops. (who doesn’t like a little cascade?). I will ask my home brew store where the hops rhizomes came from.
Thanks again,
John mulligan
swanton, oh

What kind of moth?
Location: Grants Pass, OR
August 16, 2011 12:40 pm
I live in the woods near Grants Pass, OR. This moth was seen in August, on a butterfly bush. Blue body, red/orange shoulders, black wings, feathered antenae. From end to end, it was about 1 inch long or slightly longer with wings folded. I haven’t ever seen it here before.
Signature: Lucy

Ctenucha species

Hi Lucy,
This is a diurnal Tiger Moth in the genus
Ctenucha.  Generally, unless a species is very distinctive or very range limited, we are happy if we can get an identification to the genus level.  Since we are not professionally trained, sometimes a family will do, and in very difficult identifications like Mayflies or Solifugids, we are content with the order level.  We found a reference on BugGuide to a Ctenucha from Oregon that looks very similar to your individual, and it is identified as rubroscapus/multifaria species complex.  This identification remark has us very intrigued:  “Identification
New Information!
I heard back from Chris Schmidt today, and the bottom line is that all the characteristics mentioned are not consistent enough to be reliable. And he states they may actually be variations of one species. DNA analysis is forthcoming to determine as such. Here is what Chris stated:
“Hi Jason – the taxonomy of this group needs some work; I suspect rubroscapus and multifaria are slight geographic variants of the same species. The supposed diagnostic diff’s don’t hold up in series of specimens (even from the same place), since the extent of the black on the patagia and white on the costa are both variable. I can find no diff’s to reliably separate the two, although I suspect there would be subtle ‘average’ diff’s between topotypical series.”
Given that they are not distinguishable by appearance and cover the same general distribution, it may be best to lump rubroscapus/multifaria into a temporary species complex until the mtDNA analysis is presented and the systematics worked out.
… J.D. Roberts, 18 August, 2008″
We somehow think it is sad that we humans are so obsessed with species identification that we are having to resort to DNA analysis, which means killing and destroying a specimen.  The insects and arthropods know how to recognize their own species and if their confusing appearances thwart we humans, there must be a good reason. 

Ctenucha species

Well, that’s a lot of info. Genus level is certainly good enough for me!
Thank you for all your work. I am humbled by your efforts to help us less experienced and less educated folk out here bug watching. Thank you again; you guys are awesome.

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what kind of moth is this?
Location: San Jose, CA, USA
August 16, 2011 2:38 pm
Kids found a dark brown, fuzzy caterpillar at the park, and fed it oak leaves. This is what it turned into.
Signature: Catherine

Edward's Glassy-Wing

Hi Catherine,
We would really love for you to send us a photo of the caterpillar as well.  This is Edward’s Glassy-Wing, Hemihyalea edwardsi, and we believe this is the first example we have of a living specimen.  This California species is a Tiger Moth, and you can see additional images on BugGuide.

Ed Note:  August 30, 2016
The sudden number of comments on this old posting has us concerned.  We are going to attempt to research why populations of this introduced species are suddenly on the rise.  We are also going to tag this as an Invasive Exotic species as we suspect it might be displacing native Jumping Spiders.  Finally, we are going to Feature this posting on our homepage until we discover any information on the sudden number of recent comments.

What is this insect?
Location: NE Ohio
August 16, 2011 4:10 pm
Hello, I am finding this bug in my home – mostly in the kitchen and bathroom. They are fast and seem pretty smart. Do you think it may be a carpenter ant of some sort?
Signature: Curious in Ohio

Ant Mimic Jumping Spider

Dear Curious in Ohio,
This is a spider, not an insect.  It is an Ant Mimic Jumping Spider,
Myrmarachne formicaria.  Jumping Spiders are hunting spiders that do not snare their prey.  They have excellent eyesight and can capture prey much larger than themselves, including flies.  BugGuide contains this very interesting fact regarding the range of this European introduction:  “The first specimen records of M. formicaria from North America have all been from Ohio, USA: from Warren, Trumble County on 16 August 2001; the J.H. Barrow Field Station, Portage County on 15 September 2002; and at a residence near Peninsula, Summit County.”

Possible fire ant
Location: Memphis tn
August 15, 2011 11:31 pm
My brother was laying on the floor playing with his Ipod and felt something crawly on him he shifts and next thing he knows lots of pain. I would like yo know what bug this is. I stomped it 6 times and it’s still alive. Under further investigation I saw it had a red 2mm long and .1mm or smaller wide singer (not visible in picture) which was completely retractable into the abdoment.
Signature: Ender670

Velvet Ant

Dear Ender670,
This is not a Fire Ant.  It is a Velvet Ant, but Velvet Ants are not true ants.  They are flightless female wasps, which is why your brother got stung.  The sting is reported to be very painful.  We believe your species is
Dasymutilla quadriguttata based on images posted to BugGuide.