pink spotted hawk moth
Hey bugman
I Know that this is a hummingbird moth. The best I can compare it to on your web site is the pink spotted hawk moth. I see them very late in the evening dartings around some ginger lilies I have planted. Just thought I would get you opinion and share this picture I took of one of the moths. 9-24-2005 Georgia
Thanks, Oakley

Hi there Oakley,
This surely is a Pink Spotted Hawkmoth, Agrius cingulata. Great image.

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Can you ID this mantid?
I found this today(9-23-05) at work. When I first saw it, I was about 11 feet away from it, I thought it was a walking stick. I approached it and started to pick it up when it raised its head and I saw that it wasn’t a walking stick. I have never seen any mantid like it. I have lived in IN 33 yrs and now reside in SC(lived here going on 2 yrs). I have been coming to SC all my life and never even seen a mantid like this. It’s about 7" long and thin. I’m sending 3 pics to help with identifying. Thanks,

Hi Steven,
At first we believed this was a Grass Mantid in the genus Thesprotia. They are found in the south and often confused for Walkingsticks. WE weren’t totally convinced so we contacted Eric Eaton. Here is his positive identification: “Cool! The image is of a Brunner’s Mantis, Brunneria borealis, and it is a female (males are unknown for this species). It ranges from North Carolina to Texas. Thank goodness I have a copy of “How to Know the Grasshoppers, Cockroaches and Their Allies,” 2nd Ed., by Jacques Helfer (Wm. C. Brown Co. Publishers). I could not have ID’d this critter otherwise. If submitter would care to post this to, it would be a new genus and species for the site, helping other folks ID their own finds. Eric”

Can you identify this bug for us?
We found this on our crab apple tree- any idea what it is? My son is crazy with wonder about it! Oops… I forgot to give you our geographic location… We are in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL.
The Chenicek’s

Hi Cheniceks,
This is an Oblong Winged Katydid, Amblycorypha oblongifolia. It ranges over most of the east and is found in deciduous woods and gardens, on trees and bushes. Males sing with a series of lisping chirps.

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Just FYI
Hello Bugman…
I have featured your site on my Radio Show… it will air this Sunday the 25th on KNX-1070am in Los Angeles… 4:55 AM, 5:25 PM. I have attached a copy for you. Thanks for the site… very interesting and fun!
Joe Westerberg
Palm Springs, CA

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Do you know what kind of spider this is?
Hi. I believe I sent you a picture of a spider before. This one was found out in the Conservation District Parking Lot. I thought it may be some kind of Orb Weaver but it’s hard to say. Please let me know what you think.
Thank You,
Cathy Hilscher
Watershed Specialist
Tunkhannock, PA

Hi Cathy,
This is an Araneus Orb Weaver. There is much color variation within species and many species look similar and require anatomical examination to differentiate them. It is a lovely orange specimen.

Apple green caterpillar with yellow dorsal and black spinacles
I live in Milan and have a rose creeper on my balcony that has recently become the home for 25+ caterpillars. I have been searching around but I have yet to find out what they are. Your site’s excellent and seems to have everything so I’ve probably just missed it somewhere. Please could you take a look and let me know what you think they might be?
Many thanks!

Hi Lucy,
These are not caterpillars which metamorphose into butterflies or moths. These are wasp relatives known as Sawflies. Sorry, can’t tell you the species.