Help please
I have looked all over your site and others that are linked but haven’t been able to figure out what this critter is. This photo was mailed to me and I am told that the bug measured about two inches by one inch. It appears to be just a skeleton found on a board covering the crawl space to a camp in the Adirondack Mtns. Thanks for any insight you can provide.
Thomas Smith

Hi Thomas,
This is the shed skin from the final moult of a Dragonfly Naiad. Naiads live under water. They moult several times to fascilitate growth since the exoskeleton cannot grow. At the time of the final moult, the Naiad climbs out of the water and sheds its skin, becoming a winged adult. This Naiad might be from a Common Skimmer based on the shape of the abdomen.

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Ladybug mating pics
I got carried away & sifted through all my bug pictures since I got my digital camera & tidied up the best ones for you. I’ll send them in bunches, trying not to make any one email huge. Use whatever ones you like, however you like on your site.
Love, Marian

Hi Marian,
Your mating Ladybird Beetles are a nice addition to our site. Thanks much

answer to posting on the web site
On your site on 12/18/2004, there’s an entry Question from Tim Doak, in Southwest Wyoming, regarding a bug similar to something he had seen on Fear Factor. I grew up in that area of Wyoming (Sweetwater County) and the believe the bug he’s referring to is commonly called “Jerusalem Cricket, Stenopelmatus fuscus. The parasite living inside is called a horsehair worm, I think. Please advise Tim, for more info, he contact the science dept, there in Southwest Wyoming, at Western Wyoming Community College, she’s done quite a bit of research on this, especially related to the parasite it carries.
Elizabeth S.

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Labidomera clivicollis, a Leaf Beetle
How wonderful to find your website while Googling to get more information on the Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle that is devasting my garden milkweed. After having viewed pictures on numerous sites I am certain that this is the pest that I am dealing with. I live in Tallahassee, Florida, and devote my entire yard to bird and butterfly gardening. As such I have milkweeds that are planted for the specific intent of providing food for the Monarch Butterflies on their migrations in both Spring and Fall. I do not spray any insecticide, ever, and have been hand plucking and yes, killing, this pest, as it can strip a healthy milkweed in almost no time at all. Do you have any information on its life cycle, habits, anything that I can use to help keep it at bay? As much as I dislike having to destroy it, if I don’t it won’t leave any milkweeds for the Monarchs. I would greatly appreciate any assistance you can offer.
Thank you!
Francie Stoutamire

Hi Francie,
Thanks for the nice letter. Sadly, we can’t tell you anything about the life cycle of Labidomera clivicollis except that both larvae and adults feed on milkweed.

What is this
I saw these things all over at my work. People say that they are hummingbirds but they look like a moth. We only see them during the day and seem to go away at night. I thought moths like the night more than the day. I live and work in Douglas County, Nevada and no one has ever seen these before. What are they and how come there are so many this year? I think they are the most interesting creature or bug or whatever they are.
Thank you,

Hi Sandy,
Because of the record breaking desert rains, the plant growth was lush. There was a population explosion of White Lined Sphinx or Striped Morning Sphinx, Hyles lineata, caterpillars and now we are seeing the day flying moths. They are sometimes called Hawkmoths or Hummingbird Moths.

what is the name of the moth?
i hope you can help, i found these two moths mating on my garden and would like to know the name of them. could you help?
Thank you,

Hi Lee,
This has to be one of the most ironic postings we have ever had. Your photo is of a pair of mating Modest Sphinxes, Pachysphinx modesta. There is some confusion regarding the names here though. Our old Holland book lists the common name of Pachysphinx modesta as the Big Poplar Sphinx and a variety, Pachysphinx modesta occidentalis as the Western Poplar Sphinx. The USGS website Moths of North America calls P. modesta the Modest Sphinx and P. occidenatalis as the Big Poplar Sphinx. Our Audubon guide lists P. modesta as the Big Poplar Sphinx. We are going with the government site since we like that you have caught the Modest Sphinxes mating. Caterpillars of both species feed on cottonwood, aspen, poplar and willow. Adults do not feed. P. modesta is an eastern species and P. occidentalis is western.