awesome web site
I happened to stumble across your website in search for some info needed to identify a very large (well for me!) spider. I only wish I had my camera since he was over 4 inches including legs. I identified my spider as a fishing spider in less than 30 minutes. It is one of the best databases I have seen! I cannot say I will enjoy it, since I have an abnormal fear of ANYTHING creepy crawly, but it is certainly fascinating and wonderful!!! Excellent work……….
a non bug lover
E Cossean

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What on earth is this?
I would love to know what kind of caterpillar or larvae we found our dog playing with. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s about 4 inches long and about 3⁄4 inch in diameter.
Thanks for your help

This one took a bit of research. Seems the color phase is a little unusual. This is the caterpillar of a Northern Ash Sphinx or Great Ash Sphinx, Sphinx chersis chersis. We located some information on Bill Oehlke’s great site.

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Hercules Beetles
Attached are a couple pics of two Hercules beetles we found on our back deck in Fairfax (northern) Virginia. I’ve lived here since 1975, this is the first time I’ve ever seen these very interesting and, initially, somewhat intimidating creatures. My kids decided to name them: Herc and Karrie (although I assume they are both males).
Dave Winkler

Hi Dave,
You are correct, you have two male Hercules Beetles, Dynastes tityus. The male has more pronounced horns.

What is this?
Came home from vacation and found this huge moth? laying eggs on my apartment wall. It is at least 5 inches long. Any idea what it may be? I am from Columbia MD.

Hi Jeremy,
Wonderful photos of a Royal Walnut Moth, Citheronia regalis, also known as the Regal Moth. The incredible looking caterpillars are known as Hickory Horned Devils and Hickory and Walnut are two major food plants eaten by the caterpillar. Adults do not eat.