Subject: What is the exactly
Location: Pretoria south africa
July 3, 2016 3:36 am
Found this caterpillar on the bricks by my house. If I’m not mistaken some kind of lappet moth
Signature: Peter

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Peter,
We agree that this is a Lappet Moth Caterpillar in the family Lasiocampidae, and there is a matching image on iSpot, but it is only identified to the family level.  It appears like it might be the same species or a closely related species to this Indian Lappet Moth Caterpillar.

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Subject: Chrysalis on painted Stucco
Location: Hutchinson Isl. , Ft. Pierce, FL
July 3, 2016 6:35 am
We have had these all over the house since last Autumn. None have emerged as of July. Does anyone know what these are?
Signature: Scott

Bagworm

Bagworm

Dear Scott,
This is a Bagworm in the family Psychidae.  Caterpillars begin constructing a bag when they first hatch and the material is from the plant upon which they are feeding spun together with silk.  The Bagworm eventually pupates within the bag, sometimes after securing the bag to a surface other than the tree upon which they were feeding.  You must have a host tree or shrub near your stucco wall.

Subject:  10 Lined June Beetle
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
July 2, 2016

10 Lined June Beetle

10 Lined June Beetle

Ten Lined June Beetles started appearing at the What’s That Bug? office just last year.  Our only interaction with them before that was the pine habitat in higher altitude Pasadena and La Cañada.  This lady, who has much smaller antennae than the male who needs to be able to sense her pheromones, appeared on our screen door late last night and we got some flash assisted images today.  We are perfectly happy if she wants to wait on our screen door until a suitable suitor arrives.  The 10 Lined June Beetle we found in June was already dead, and we suspect porch and garage lights are attracting them.  She stridulated (began squeaking by rubbing together parts of her body)  when we picked her up to move her higher up on the screen door in the event marauding raccoons are on the prowl tonight.   

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Subject: bug
Location: Michigan
July 2, 2016 3:58 pm
Trying to figure out what this is
Signature: clint bonkowski

Dragonfly Abdomen

Dragonfly Abdomen

Dear Clint,
This is the abdomen of a Dragonfly.  We will attempt a species identification.  We believe this abdomen belongs to a Darner in the family Aeshnidae, and you can see the similarity by looking at Darner images on BugGuide.

Subject: Hawk-eyed moth CA look a like?
Location: Near the coast in Southern California (Malibu maybe??)
July 2, 2016 5:00 pm
Hello bugman!
Let me first say that I’ve followed this website for years and it’s always gotten me what I needed 🙂 I am a California native but am living overseas currently, and a friend sent me this photo of this beautiful moth!! Apparently it lost a fight with a yellow jacket so picked up the body, not entirely sure where in southern California they were. They’re OK with calling it “the moth” but I want to know more! I did a quick search and it seems to have the same sort of eyespots as the Hawk Eyed Moth but the abdomen is different and I’m not sure if they’re found in Southern California. They may have been near the coast, as well? Let me know what you can find… Thanks! 🙂
Signature: Noelani

One Eyed Sphinx

One Eyed Sphinx

Dear Noelani,
Thanks so much for the compliment.  We believe this is a One Eyed Sphinx, Smerinthus cerisyi, which according to The Sphingidae of the Americas site is found in “the southern regions of all Canadian provinces (all of B. C. and Alberta) and in northern border states south into northern Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio. The One-eyed Sphinx is also found along the U.S. west coast to southern California, eastward to the Rockies and into western New Mexico north to western North Dakota. Specimens have also been taken in Illinois and as far south as Missouri in central U.S.”  We would not want to rule out that it might be the closely related Smerinthus ophthalmica, and according to the Sphingidae of the Americas:  “Smerinthus ophthalmica, (forewing length: 34-47mm) closely resembles Smerinthus cerisyi, and until recently (2010) had been synonymized with cerisyi.”

Hi Daniel,
Wow, thanks so much for the fast reply! I’ve sent it to my mates now… Thanks again for your expertise 🙂 also, does your site accept donations? I would love to help how I can if you need it

You are most welcome.  There is a donation link above our name on the home page.

Subject: Big tan orange worm on my grapevine
Location: Carmel Valley
July 2, 2016 4:21 pm
Hi,
We have an ornamental grapevine in Carmel Valley CA. Summer temps range from 75-100. We spotted three large articulated tan/orange insects on our vines. There appear to be six or so sets of “legs@ that suspend and move the along the vine. What is it???
Signature: Curious in Carmel

Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar

Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Curious in Carmel,
This is an Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar, and though they will eat the leaves from grape and and other vines, they will not do any lasting harm to the plants.