what’s that bug
Hi there!
Can you help me identify this bug… looks like a dragonfly, and I’ve never seen one with clear wings before…

There are even species of Dragonflies with clearer wings than your Jagged-Edged Saddlebag which have broad black saddle shaped marks on the hind wings. This species is easily identified by those markings and the two yellow spots on the abdomen.

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Please help me identify these 3 insects
Hi there,
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy this website, and how very educational it has been for me to see pictures and learn all about the various kinds of bugs I have already identified 4 or 5 insects that I have seen around my house from your site, but am having trouble finding what the attached pictures are of. One looks like an earwig/beetle insect, the other one is some kind of a slug and the other green thing on my bonne-blue asters– I do not know what that is either. Feel free to post these pictures if you like. I live in Hickory, North Carolina.
Thank you.

Hi Rebecca,
You have a Conehead Katydid, a Stag Beetle, and the image we are posting, a Leopard Slug.

Palamedes Swallowtail
Sorry for the recent barrage of emails but here is another. I believe these are the Palamedes Swallowtail. They were in full abundance at a state reserve near Orlando Florida.

Hi Mark,
Your emails swarmed into our mailbox in more abundance than the performance enhancing drugs, fake rolexes and porn sites. We really had to pick and choose and we are going for your lovely Palamedes Swallowtail, Papilio palamedes, which is a new species for our archive. This southern species is fond of swamps and though it superficially resembles the black swallowtail, the yellow band on the hind underwing is quite distinctive, and your image showcases it beautifully.

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Please help to identify
I took these photos about 11 AM today 9/10/05 in bright sunshine. I was in Central Park, New York City, USA. The caterpillar was on a leaf. The plant may be a milk weed. Would appreciate any help.
Thank You.
Art LeMoine

Hi Art,
We are thrilled to find out that Monarch Butterflies are reproducing in NYC.

biggest beetle iv ever seen
this flying beetle thinggie was spotted and photographed inside of a crushed dishwasher in the metal pile at the dump on nantucket island in august 05.. it was at least three inches long i only got one shot of it before it flew off.. what was it?

Hi August,
This is an American Burying Beetle, Nicrophorus americanus, and our beetle guide says they grow to 35 mm, or just about 1 1/2 inches, which is still pretty large. I guess you found it in the dump as that is probably a good place to find carrion, the larval food source. It is often attracted to lights and is found near dead animals.

Ed. Note: This just in from Eric Eaton. (09/12/2005)
“If that image is indeed an American burying beetle, and it sure does look like it, then you have a “scoop.” The American burying beetle is a federally listed endangered species. It is critical that we identify EXACTLY where this specimen was photographed. It may represent a new record, and/or reflect a successful reintroduction effort. The locality information, and the image, should be forwarded to someone at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Please keep me posted on this most important find. Thanks. Eric”

(09/14/2005) Followup from Eric Eaton:
A quick Google search turned up that they do have a release site on Nantucket Island for the American burying beetle. I found a couple people to e-mail to, so maybe we’ll find out more at some point. Looks like they need to do a bit more public awareness so folks know about the insect! Eric

another bug question
Hi again:
A friend just sent me a photo of a bug that showed up on the screen door at his cottage on Kahshe Lake in southern Ontario this weekend. He says it was almost as long as his hand. I can’t find a photo of it on the web and am hoping you can help us to identify it.
Thanks again
Wendy Moore

Hi Wendy,
I needed to open your email right away as we have a friend from way back with the same name. This is a Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter, or Electric Light Bug. They get that last name from the fact that they are attracted to lights at night, probably the reason it was on your friend’s door. Watch out, they bite. They are excellent swimmers and very adept at flying despite their clumsy movements on land. Regarding your caterpillar question, we will probably wait the two years before your mom develops the film.