Pigeon Horntail Photos!
Me again, (Cindy from Ajax, ON). Here’s my last email to you guys. The reason I originally checked out your site was to identify this creepy looking wasp that was crawling up the brickwork of the front of our house. Now that I know it’s a pigeon horntail, and that you had a hard time of getting pictures – here you go! Two of the pics aren’t in great focus, sorry. But one is good. I was kinda afraid of it and didn’t take the time to set up the macro feature on my camera. I’m curious, do these things sting or bite humans? Also, by the description on your site, it appears to me this is a female. One of the pics looks like she’s trying to lay her young in the brickwork. I don’t live near a forested area, but do live in northeast America. Would just north of Lake Ontario be an area where these are typically found? I’ve never seen something like it before. Lastly, is September a common breeding time for them? I took this last year in September & noticed the person who sent you a picture recently took it last month, September, as well.
Again, really cool site.
Ajax, ON CANADA (just east of Toronto)

Hi Cindy,
Our DSL signal went dead the day before you wrote and we just regained it yesterday. We are working overtime to post some of the mail that came in during that week (477 letters). Pigeon Horntails do not sting. We don’t know for sure what the breeding season is. Thanks for the image.

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Good Photo of Mormon Cricket
Hi again. I just emailed you some pictures of craneflies and now I’m sending along a picture of a Mormon Cricket I took last year while visiting Idaho. Your site is fantastic for identifying bugs. I did know what kind of cricket this was because a local told me when I took the photo. I wish I had put something down to show the scale, however, I do believe it will be one of the better photos you have of it.
Ajax, ON CANADA (just east of Toronto)

Hi Cindy,
Sorry for the delay but we had DSL problems (no signal). As we had never seen a Mormon Cricket with such a light coloration, we inquired as to Eric Eaton’s opinion. Here is his response: “Mormon crickets come in a variety of colors, but it could also be something related. Sorry to be non-commital, but sometimes photos just aren’t enough. Eric “

2 Cranefly Pics
Love your site. Thought I’d send you these two pictures I took of craneflies in my backyard. One on its own and the other of a mating pair. I wouldn’t have known they were craneflies until identifying them on your site.
Ajax, ON CANADA (just east of Toronto)

Hi Cindy,
Sorry for the long delay. We are posting both of your images on our Cranefly page and our second Bug Love page. The images are both stunning.

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hi bugman,
here’s an old Owl Butterfly

Hi Ben,
Thank you for the photo and also thanks for including the scientific name, Caligo memnon, on your Owl Butterfly file. This genus is often used as a textbook example of protective marking, as a predator will often be startled by the eyespots. When the butterfly hangs up-side-down from a branch, it really does resemble the face of an owl.

Tussock Moth Caterpillars?
While in Maine this August, I snapped some nice photos of what I think are various kinds of tussock moth caterpillars; am I right? Oh, and your site is basically Nirvana.

Definite-marked Tussock MothBanded Tussock Moth

Hi Again Johanne,
Sorry for the delay, but our internet access was down for a week and mail really piled up. We agree that two of you caterpillars are known as Tussock Moths. The third is possibly, but we are unable to be more conclusive due to the camera angle. The two that are Tussock Moths are from different genera, however. We believe one to be the Definite-marked Tussock Moth, Orgyia definita. Family Lymantriidae. This Family is known as the Tussock Moth Family. The other is probably the Banded Tussock Moth also known as the Pale Tussock Moth, Halysidota tessellaris, which is in the Family Arctiidae, the Tiger Moths.

Help us
We are being plagued by this bug. This is the third one I’ve seen and I’d like to know what it is. Thanks in advance,

Hi Brandon,
We are used to exageration. Many times people imagine that insects are much bigger than they really are. We are definitely amused that three of anything is considered a plague. This is an immature Assassin Bug, a beneficial insect in the garden.