Subject: Strange moth – Alabama 4/19
Location: Alabama (Enterprise)
April 19, 2017 11:58 am
Hello! I found an interesting moth I haven’t been able to identify via various lists. Any ideas? Hope you’re having a great week and thank you for your time!
Signature: Kate

Spotted Apatelodes

Dear Kate,
This unforgettable moth is a Spotted Apatelodes, and according to BugGuide:  “An odd-looking species, easily mistaken for a sphinx moth.”

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Subject: 50 of the came out of nowhere
Location: Delaware Ohio 43015
April 19, 2017 6:40 pm
We have lived here for 17 years and have never witnessed this before. One late afternoon mid April in Central Ohio our detached garage started to buzz. There were at least 50 of these mating. What are they and are they dangerous. We have small children and pets. Very concerned. Thank you,
Signature: Thank you Ryan Boyer

Mating Hickory Borers

Dear Ryan,
Was there a pile of firewood in or near your garage?  Because of their spring appearance, we know these are Hickory Borers and not the very similar looking and closely related Locust Borers that usually appear in the fall when the goldenrod is blooming.  Neither species is dangerous, but both mimic stinging YellowJackets for protection.  While not dangerous, Hickory Borers have strong mandibles that might deliver a painful nip if carelessly handled.  Larvae of Hickory Borers are wood borers, and according to BugGuide:  “larvae mine newly dead hickory, and sometimes other hardwoods.”

Subject: Dobsonfly
Location: 34.7791, -82.3564
April 19, 2017 7:45 pm
Hi Bugman,
I encountered this customer while monitoring frog calls at Lake Conestee nature park. It was around 2120 local time on April 19, 2017, roughly forty to fifty minutes after sunset. I was sitting on a wooden boardwalk/bridge over an area of weedy water. The wind was calm, and the temperature was around 18 degrees Celcius, or 291 K. The insect was irrisistably attracted to the luminescent emission of my advanced wireless communication device. I suspect that it is a Dobsonfly, specifically Corydalus cornutus. I would like a second opinion, however.
Thank you for your time,
Signature: A Biology Student

Spring Fishfly

Dear Biology Student,
You are mistaken, though this Spring Fishfly,
Chauliodes rastricornis, is in the same family as the Eastern Dobsonfly.  Spring Fishflies are much smaller than Dobsonflies and they have different antennae.  According to BugGuide:  “The antennae of females are serrate (saw-like) The comb-like, (pectinate) antennae of the males are quite obvious” meaning your Spring Fishfly is a male.

Intersting. Yes, that makes sense. Thank you so much. The antennae intrigued me, because the antennae did look male. I had never seen insects from that family before. There is a reason why I am still a student…
Have a great day.
A Biology Student who must study more
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Subject: Chrysomelidae in Spain
Location: Spain
April 19, 2017 6:29 am
Dear Bugman,
I would like to know the name of this bug I saw in the Cantabrian region (north of Spain) last week. I’ve searched through lots of websites and the only information I got is that it could be from the Chrysomelidae family.
I appreciate your help!
Signature: Claudia

Plantain Leaf Beetle

Dear Claudia,
We tried, unsuccessfully, to identify this distinctive looking Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Thanks so much for your quick reply!
PS. I love your site
You are welcome, and thanks for the compliment. 

Plantain Leaf Beetle identification thanks to Karl
Hello Daniel and Claudia:
This distinctive beetle is Oedionychus cinctus (Family Chrysomelidae: Subfamily Galerucinae: Tribe Alticini). The common name appears to be Plantain Flee Beetle, and its distribution is Portugal, Spain and southern France.  Regards, Karl

Subject: Fuzzy large black spider, New Mexico
Location: Rio rancho, NM
April 18, 2017 9:32 pm
I have several of these around my home and I just want to know what kind of spiders they are. I cannot find anything online and I refuse to spray. I just need to know if they are poisonous.
Signature: Rainah

Southern House Spider

Dear Rainah,
Your images were quite dark, but we used some post-production image adjustment to lighten them enough to support our suspicion that this Crevice Weavers Spider is most likely a female Southern House Spider,
Kulcania hibernalis, based on images posted to BugGuide.  This species exhibits extreme sexual dimorphism, meaning the two sexes look like different species.  According to BugGuide:  “Females are frequently mistaken for small tarantulas or trapdoor spiders. Males are often mistaken for recluse spiders (Loxosceles). This is a totally harmless species that builds “messy” webs emanating from crevices, often on the outside of homes.”  Though BugGuide data does not indicate any New Mexico sightings, they are found in nearby Texas and as far west as California, so a New Mexico sighting is quite probable.  This might also be the closely related Kukulcania arizonica, which is pictured on BugGuide and which is reported from New Mexico.  Of the entire genus, BugGuide states:  “These spiders create a tube-like retreat in cracks. This spider varies greatly in color from light brown to dark black. Females are generally grey to black while the males are tan.”  While we suspect a bite might occur through careless handling or accidental encounters, the House Spiders are not a threat to humans and they might help control other less desirable household intruders like cockroaches and scorpions.

Southern House Spider

Subject: Bug on Roses on California
Location: Central Valley, Ceres, California
April 18, 2017 4:48 pm
This bug appears only on light colored roses inside the bud and on the outside, what kind of bug is this?
Signature: Michelle

Scarab Beetle

Dear Michelle,
This is some species of Scarab Beetle, but we are unable to provide a species identification at this time.