Giant Swallowtails
Hi Bugman,
Here’s a picture of some Giant Swallowtails that I saw on my vacation in Cancun.
Bryce

Thanks Bryce,
This is a new species for our butterfly page.

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Braconid Wasp cocoons on caterpillar
I never would have know what this was if I hadn’t seen it on your site yesterday! I found this poor guy on my tomato plant, he is still alive but not for long. What does he turn into? I read that this is good because him and his friends would eat my tomato plants and some gardeners purposely release braconid wasps into their garden to control these caterpillars naturally.
Steve

Thanks for the image Steve,
Adults of Manduca sexta are large mottled brown moths with yellow spots on the abdomen. We have one pictured on our Hawkmoth page.

big fat larva thing 🙂
hi there,
can you help us identify this larva/caterpillar thing we found in our garden? we live in northern ontario (canada), and our cat found it near our lilac bushes. it measures approx. 3 inches when stretched out. it is *lightning* fast, i never would have imagined something so fat moving that fast. if you poke it it thrashes very aggressively. what purpose does the ‘horn’ serve? we showed it to a neighbor who is an avid gardener and were told they would eat our tomato plants if we didnt get rid of them. thanks in advance for any info you can give us, cheers,
gabriel & rio

Hi Gabriel and Rio,
You caterpillar is not a Tomato Hornworm, but a close relative, the Laurel Sphinx, Sphinx kalmiae, which is easily distinguished from other Sphinx or Hawkmoth caterpillars known as Hornworms because of its black and blue mottled horn. It feeds on laurels, ashes, lilacs, privets; also reported from poplars. It will not eat tomatoes.

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Dragonfly IDs
What a pleasure to find your site after searching through minute pictures that have no details. Here are two that I would love to have IDed. (Actually, now that I look at them closely, they are probably the same dragonfly).
Thanks,
Diana

Hi Diana,
We don’t recognize this beauty and sadly, haven’t the time to research right now. Try www.bugguide.net and if you find something, please write back.

Ed. Note: We started to feel like slackers, so we searched. We think, possibly, this is a female Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis.

grasshopper picture
Hi.
I found this large grasshopper clinging to a plant in my driveway (in New Delhi, India). Your grasshopper page says you aren’t familiar with Asian insects, but I thought you might like the photograph nevertheless. I keep misremembering the name of your site as "whatthebug.com" 🙂
ams

Hi Abhijit,
Thanks for the photo. We will post it on our Grasshopper page without an identification.

Ed. Note: (11/16/2005)
This just in from Eric Eaton: “New Delhi grasshopper, 8/05/2005 is another bush locust in the Pyrgomorphidae family.”

Update (08/27/2006)
Poekilocerus pictus
I think I’ve got an answer to “New Delhi Grasshopper (08/05/2005)”: Poekilocerus pictus AKA Painted Grasshopper. This was just checking the Internet; found only one picture from a reliable source, but other good info as well: feeds on milkweed, making it poisonous. I’ve got it on photo too, from North India, will be online in a couple of weeks. Cheers, marco
www.ecocam.com
Marco Bleeker, Amsterdam, NL.

Confirmation: (08/10/2007) grasshopper id
Hi I was going through your site on grasshoppers and i saw this photo of grasshopper posted by Abhijit from New Delhi. I know the species. Its called painted grasshopper – Poecilocera pictus .We get quite some colourful ones like that and can be seen most frequently on Calotropis plants as also on other selected Asclepedaceae plant species. Hope its of some help. cheers
Dr.Geetha Iyer. Ph.D
Kanyakumari dist., Tamil Nadu.
India.

Mystery bug : )
Hi – we found this in our garage and figure it’s some sort of grasshopper – but the wildest one we’ve ever seen! We live just north of Phx, AZ. Any idea what it is?
Thanks!
Beth

Hi Beth,
I guess it won’t surprise you that your grasshopper is a Painted Grasshopper, Dactylotum bicolor. This little beauty is found in the Arizona, Texas and Colorado in desert grasslands and sometimes alfalfa fields.