Milkweed bug?
I came across this convention of strikingly marked bugs inside a newly burst milkweed pod – near Austin, TX on 8/7/2004. Is this a species of Milkweed Bug? What is their attraction to the plant?
Ed Sparks

Hi Ed,
You have a great photo of Large Milkweed Bugs, Oncopeltus fasciatus. It is one of the best photos we have ever received since it shows a group on the food plant. You should consider submitting it to the Kaufman Focus Guide to Insects of North America. As true bugs, they use the sucking mouthparts to extract nourishment from maturing and mature seeds of milkweed. Sometimes adults sip nectar from the flowers of other plants.

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Mystery Bug in Northern Vermont
This bug appeared on the porch screen of our cottage in Westmore, Vermont (Bald Hill Pond area) elevation ~1900 ft in July, 2003 any ideas what it is? It also has wings since it flew.
Allan MacDonald

Hi Allen
You have a Giant Water Bug or Electric Light Bug, also known as a Toe-Biter. They rightly earned all of their common names, and they can deliver a nasty bite.

Three Bugs from near Sedona, AZ
The third photo was taken on the West Fork trail in the same area. Lovely dragonfly. I think the body was about 2 – 2 1/2 inches long and the wing span was about 3 inches. If you can identify any of these, I’d be grateful.
Su — Mesa, AZ

Hi Su,
Your Dragonfly looks like a Red Skimmer, Libellula saturata. This is a warm region species. It breeds in stagnant small ponds and pools. It is conspicuous because of its large size.

Correction: Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 3:38 AM
Good morning, If I may, this is a Red Rock Skimmer(Paltothemis lineatipes).
Renaud, Switzerland

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I took this picture before I realized you already covered this bug ( Chrysoperla plorabunda?) on your site. I’m sending it anyway since you didn’t have a good clear shot of this bug. Keep up the good work.
John Waters

Thanks so much John,
We really appreciate your excellent photo which reveals why these lovely creatures are sometimes called Golden Eyes. We also just posted a photo of an Aphid Lion, the nymph stage of the Lacewing.

Ermine moth (tropical)
I just had my moth identified and was researching it when I came across one of your threads. They’re from the south, but someone in Long Island had seen them as well. Attached is a picture I had taken this morning, and only found it by accident; I was photographing a swallowtail on my dahlia.
Tracey Schiess
New Milford, NJ

Thanks for the awesome photo Tracey,
We have been trying to photograph a Tiger Swallowtail in our garden for an entire year so we could post the photo. They are very elusive, flying away whenever we approach with a camera. Perhaps the Western species is more camera-shy than your Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus. We suspect the range of the Ermine Moth, Atteva punctella, has been extended as the food source, Ailanthus Trees or Trees of Heaven, have spread like weeds throughout the country.

Moth photo
Can you tell me what this is? Found on the Oregon coast. Thanks!

You have a photo of California Ctenucha, Ctenucha multifaria. According to Holland: “This species, which is closely allied to [Ctenucha rubroscapus], may be dicriminated by the fact that the fore wings are lighter in color, the collar is black, not orange spotted with black, as in C. rubroscapus, and the costal margin of the primaries is narrowly edged with white.”