Subject: Dragonfly
Location: Gloucester VA
June 26, 2017 12:05 am
A Dragonfly I saw in my yard, pretty big, several inches across, probably about four inches wide. There are so many similar dragonflies that I cannot tell.
Signature: Kitsune

Female Widow Skimmer

Dear Kitsune,
We have matched your image to an image of a female Widow Skimmer,
Libellula luctuosa, on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Most commonly found at lakes and ponds, sometimes at streams, and sometimes well away from water.”  According to Overton Park Conservancy:  “Finally, the widow skimmer is a dragonfly that sometimes joins the large feeding swarms, but often stops to perch in the grass or on plants rather than flying continuously.  They’re named for the bands of brown-to-black markings on their wings.  Males have an extra wing of white coloring outside the black lines.  Their graceful flight is very much like a butterfly’s.”

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Subject: Weird Bug
Location: Northern Tennessee
June 26, 2017 6:00 am
I found this bug on top of a trash can in Northern Tennessee during the summertime. If you could identify it for me, that would be great. It’s so obscure looking, and I can’t a picture of a bug that looks like it. Thanks!
Signature: Thea

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Thea,
Because of their large size and spectacular appearance, the male Dobsonfly is one of our most common summer identification requests.

Subject: Moth from Indiana?
Location: Indiana/Michigan
June 26, 2017 8:08 am
Hello, I have been seeking answers as to what kind of moth this is for the last three days, with no avail. Could you help? Thank you!
PS it’s 2 inches long about.
Signature: NLH

Titan Sphinx

Dear NLH,
Though the writing on your mounting board indicates Red Admiral, we believe this is a Titan Sphinx or White Banded Day Sphinx,
Aellopos titan, which we identified thanks to images posted to BugGuide where it states:  “Established in Florida Keys and deep southern U.S. Strays north to Maine and North Dakota.”   According to Sphingidae of the Americas:  “The sighting in Michigan in late June is quite a surprise, although with all the turbulent weather being experienced in North America, strong winds may have assisted a very early arrival so far north.”  Are you able to explain why the exact location, Indiana versus Michigan, is unknown?

Thank you, the reason I put Michigan/Indiana is because I was trying to help my friend identify this moth, and I believe he was around the border of the states when he caught it. It was around Lake Michigan, and I wasn’t exactly sure if it was caught in Michigan or Indiana.

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Subject: Caterpillar on Virginia creeper
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
June 25, 2017 8:02 pm
Hi there. I found this caterpillar along with some baby caterpillars and what could be eggs on my Virginia creeper vine. There are holes in the leaves. Not sure if the babies are the same caterpillar.
It looks like a shiny brown globe on its butt, interesting… Is it a fake eye to distract predators?
Signature: Maggie

Abbott’s Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Maggie,
This is an Abbott’s Sphinx Caterpillar,
Sphecodina abbottii, which we verified by comparing your individual to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on Grape, Vitis and Ampelopsis” and though it is not mentioned, Virginia Creeper is in the same family as grape and many caterpillars that feed on grape will also feed on Virginia Creeper.  BugGuide data does not report any Manitoba sightings, and Sphingidae of the Americas does not list the species among those found in Manitoba.  Though Sphingidae of the Americas does not include any reports from Manitoba, the species page does indicate a caterpillar “was spotted on Virginia Creeper in early August in Quebec.”  We are going to contact Bill Oehlke to inform him of your Winnipeg sighting which might be an indication the species is moving north due to global warming.  We hope you will allow him to post your image on his very comprehensive site.

Absolutely. I also have some pics of baby caterpillars, and eggs, which could be the same species – all in the same vicinity of the adult. I’m including them here…
I have spotted a Waved Sphinx here as well. Thanks for the id. I hope it doesn’t destroy my vine, but I’ll leave it.

Possibly Sphinx Moth Eggs

Dear Maggie,
The eggs do resemble those of a Sphinx Moth and the caterpillar with the caudal horn is definitely a Sphinx Moth Caterpillar, however there are other species that feed on Virginia Creeper and we cannot state for certain that your early forms are Abbott’s Sphinx.  According to the Sphingidae of the Americas, the Achemon Sphinx is reported from Manitoba and the site states:  ”
Eumorpha achemon larvae feed upon Grape (Vitis), Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) and other vines and ivies (Ampelopsis).

Sphinx Caterpillar Hatchling

Subject: Large gregarious caterpillar
Location: La Selva Biological station, Costa Rica
June 25, 2017 11:44 am
Hello bugman,
My wife Kathy and I found several congregations of these 4 inch long ringed caterpillars at La selva biological station in Costa Rica. Any idea what the species is?
Thank you for your input.
George Grall
Signature: George

Unknown Caterpillars

Dear George,
WE would have thought that caterpillars this strikingly marked and colored would be easy to identify, but alas, that is not the case.  We cannot even state for certain if they will metamorphose into butterflies or moths.  We will post them as unidentified and perhaps on of our readers will have better luck with an identification than we have had.

Hi Dan,
Thank you for your appraisal of the image.   I tried on the internet and could not find another image of these caterpillars.  I will keep trying.

Subject: Moth
Location: Michigan
June 25, 2017 3:58 pm
What kind of moth is this?
Signature: Jaklynn

Imperial Moth

Dear Jaklynn,
Your moth is a female Imperial Moth,
Eacles imperialis.