Subject: Neotibicen superbus
Location: Upper Texas Coast
July 4, 2017 11:34 pm
I found this superb dog-day cicada, Neotibicen superbus, lying in the street a week or two ago. While it is sadly deceased, I sent it in anyway because you do not seem to have another picture of the species aside from a blurry one from some years ago.
The cicada provided a meal for some ants, one of which is visible near the wing.
Signature: Lachlan

Superb Dog Day Cicada

Dear Lachlan,
Thanks so much for sending in your image of a Superb Dog Day Cicada.  According to BugGuide:  “This is the ‘greenest’ member of the Genus
Tibicen and characteristically distinct.  The abdomen and the outer margins of the wings are usually strongly yellowish-tan in color while the remainder of the insect is a bright lime green with reduced black patterning as compared with related species.”  BugGuide also notes it is “distinct in appearance and rarely if ever confused with other Tibicen spp.”

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Subject: What’s this moth
Location: New Hampshire
July 4, 2017 4:27 pm
Good day – this moth fell out of a hanging basket of pansys today. Wondering what kind it might be. I live in New Hampshire, USA and I don’t believe I have seen a moth like this before.
Signature: Brendan

Hog Sphinx

Dear Brendan,
Your Sphinx Moth is
Darapsa myron, commonly called a Virginia Creeper Sphinx or Hog Sphinx.

Subject: Michigan Upper Peninsula
Location: Steuben, MI
July 4, 2017 3:19 pmWe were fishing in the Western Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and found several exoskeletons of this bug. We found almost all of them on cedar trees near the edges of freshwater lakes. We found the in Late June. We didn’t see any live bugs. I’m in my late 30s and have lived in Michigan my whole life and have never seen this bug before. I took a photo of one husk next to a quarter. It is attached. Any ideas?
Signature: Mich. Fisherman

Dragonfly Exuvia

Dear Mich. Fisherman,
This is the exuvia or cast off exoskeleton of a Dragonfly.  Its shape is similar to that of a Dragonhunter nymph, so we believe the species is
Hagenius brevistylus.  The aquatic nymphs of Dragonflies, known as naiads, leave the water and molt for the final time, emerging as winged adults.

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Subject: Female Dark Giant Horsefly?
Location: South West Wales
July 4, 2017 12:24 pm
Hi, found this insect on my window this morning, I’ve asked several friends to help identify it but the most likely contender seems to be the Dark Giant Horsefly and for it to be a female due to the band between the eyes. Would you agree?
Signature: Justin

Female Dark Giant Horsefly

Dear Justin,
We agree that this is a female Dark Giant Horsefly, though we do have one comment regarding the common name.  In North America, we reserve compound names using fly to refer to creatures that are not Flies, like Butterflies, Fireflies, Dobsonflies and Dragonflies, and the modifying naming strategy like Crane Flies, Fruit Flies and Flesh Flies, as well as Horse Flies, is used to identify true Flies in the order Diptera.

Subject: I this a female Imperial Moth?
Location: Sheboygan, WI
July 4, 2017 8:30 am
I found this moth attached to the siding on our porch in Sheboygan, WI. I have never seen anything like it before. It was about 1 1/2 inches from wing tip to wing tip. The stripe is definitely black, not brown. All of the information I found about Imperial Moths suggest that they are yellow with brown. What is this? Thanks!
Signature: Mary

Yellow Slant Line

Dear Mary,
This very lovely Geometer Moth is not a female Imperial Moth, though both are yellow.  We will be searching BugGuide for its identity, but in the meantime, we are posting it as unidentified.

Hello again Mary,
We identified your Geometer Moth as a Yellow Slant Line, Tetracis crocallata, thanks to images on Moth Photographers Group, and we verified its identity on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on leaves of alder, chestnut, sumac, willow” and “Larva – a twig mimic; young instars have brown head and green body with white intersegmental membranes; older instars have two morphs: (A) reddish-brown with 2 pairs dorsal and 2-3 pairs lateral white tubercles; T1 with forward projections tipped white (B) light brown to gray with no white tubercles; T1 projections present, but not white; morph B is similar to A. pampinaria but has no dorsal tubercles on A7 [adapted from description by Pedro Barbosa].”

Wow! Thanks, Daniel! I wonder how this poor thing ended up in Wisconsin.
I really appreciate your assistance.
Just an FYI, I left it alone. I am not in the habit of killing creatures of any sort.

Dear Mary,
Based on BugGuide data, Wisconsin has reported sightings of the Yellow Slant Line during the months May through August.

Subject: feathery horned beetle
Location: Central Oregon
July 3, 2017 12:28 pm
Found this guy on my deck yesterday. It was about 1 inch long, and had amazing looking feathery horns. Do you have any idea what it is?
Signature: Dave Dozer

Ten Lined June Beetle

Dear Dave,
The fan-shaped or flabellate antennae indicate that this Ten Lined June Beetle is a male.