Location: Stanford, Ky (cntrl)
July 3, 2011 3:44 pm
These weird creatures are all around our porch. We cant even sit outside, because there are so many of them. Please tell us what we have here. They look intimidating for their size.The first and third pictures are of the underside. Thank you for your help.
Signature: Thank you, C.Willmon

Lace Bug

Dear C.,
This appears to be a Lace Bug in the family Tingidae.  There is not enough detail in your photo for us to determine the species.  According to BugGuide, Lace Bugs : “Feed mainly on leaves of trees and shrubs, causing yellow spotting and sometimes browning and death of the leaves.”  You should inspect the plants around your porch to determine which tree or shrub has been infested.  You can try spraying the leaves with a strong jet of water on a daily basis to rid the tree of immature insects that will not be able to fly back.  IN a short time, you should be able to control the infestation, but it takes diligence.

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what is this?
Location: Honolulu Manoa Valley
July 3, 2011 3:20 pm
Found this caterpillar in my yard in Manoa Valley in Honolulu, Hawaii in some ginger and monstera and next to a crown flowers tree.
Signature: Beth

Pink Spotted Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Hi Beth,
The Pink Spotted Hawkmoth Caterpillar,
Agrius cingulata, is also found throughout much of North, Central and South America and it was most likely introduced to Hawaii.  The caterpillar is highly variable, and the Sphingidae of the Americas website does not depict this particular variation on the standard species page, however is you scroll down the Sphingidae of the Americas Hawaii page, you will see an example of this color variation.

Thanks for the quick identification! Am checking the sites you mention and googling others to see what else I can learn about this caterpillar. I see it is also referred to as the sweet potato hawkmoth. Do they feed on sweet potato? I am growing a lot of sweet potatoes in my garden. But I found this one over by my ginger. Also near my crown flower tree. I know the monarchs like the crown flower.
Do you know what this species eats? Or anything more about their life cycle.

Hi again Beth,
According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas), jimsonweed (Datura spp.), pawpaw (Asimina spp.), and other plants in the Potato (Solanaceae) and Morning-glory (Convolvulaceae) families.  Adults take nectar from deep-throated flowers such as morning-glory (Convolvulus spp).”

Mosquito Catcher?
Location: Central Lake, Michigan
July 3, 2011 9:32 am
Looove your site, and your helpfulness! I have today, three photos of what my mother always called a ”mostquito catcher”. I was hoping that you would be able to tell me what this bug is (or if she was correct). And if you know if they can bite/harm people. I have a close up of the body, a view of the top, and a side view for you (s/he was a great model, lol). This insect has very long legs, and is about the size of my palm. Thanks in advance for your wonderful help!
Signature: Mom in Michigan

Crane Fly

Dear Mom in Michigan,
This is a Crane Fly and they do not prey upon mosquitos.  We have also heard them called Mosquito Hawks.  Crane Flies do not bite.

Thank you so much! How interesting! I really appreciate you taking time to let me know!

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What bug is this?
Location: Philadelphia area
July 3, 2011 12:37 pm
We have a large organge bug with wings and antennas on our front door. Can you help us identify it? I’ve attached a photo.
Signature: Melissa

Royal Walnut Moth

Hi Melissa,
This gorgeous moth is a Royal Walnut Moth or Regal Moth, and it is the adult form of the equally spectacular Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar.

Tattooed Bug?
Location: South Texas Hill country
July 3, 2011 2:26 pm
My husband found this creature on the underside of a rock in the Guadalupe River this summer. We had never seen anything quite like it and our kids think it looks like it has been tattooed. It is about 3 inches long.
Signature: The Walling Family


Dear Walling Family,
This incredible creature is called a Hellgrammite, and it is the larval form of the Dobsonfly.

Big iridescent green beetles in Maryland
Location: Northern Carroll County, Maryland
July 3, 2011 1:36 pm
Dear Bugman,
Today a hundred big beetles are buzzing around the top of the newly cut grass. Don’t remember ever seeing them, and certainly not in such numbers. The attached do not do justice to the sheen they glow in the sun. I’m stumped! Thanks for any help you can give.
Signature: Yours, Bucky Edgett

Green June Beetle

Hi Bucky,
This is a Green June Beetle,
Cotinis nitida.  According to BugGuide:  “The adults can often be seen in numbers flying just inches over turf.  The larvae may be considered pests because they destroy the roots of valuable plants.”

Dear Daniel,
Thank you for such a prompt reply. Unlike mine!
Okay, I’ve read up on them and since our yard is mostly dandelions, plantains and clover, I’ll just let the grubs feed. Maybe the aeration will even help.
I don’t remember ever having seem them swarming they way they did this summer. And I don’t remember Green June beetles. I’ve always thought of Junebugs as brown. Interesting. Live and learn, eh? Thanks for your help. Nature will take its course. Maybe we’ll now get a lot of the parastic wasps eating the grubs!
Yours truly,
Bucky Edgett