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

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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.

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.

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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.

Caterpillar ID
I live in South Florida.
I’ve been ‘searching and squishing’ Tomato Hornworm caterpillars on my tomato plants for over a month now. (Resisting temptation to use poisons). I’m sending you a quite nice photo I took of one before the squish, in case you want it for your site. Today I found a large, superficially similar caterpillar on my fig tree. I know it’s not the same. But what is it? I’m including two photos of the ‘fig caterpillar’. I suspect it’s a butterfly. I’ve included a photo of a pair of one species I found mating there, and two of another butterfly that spent a lot of time in the tree. The lone butterfly is a species I’d never even seen before. The tree can well spare a few leaves, and there’s only one of these caterpillars as far as I can tell, so I’ve left it alone. I’m curious to know what it is and if you can identify the butterflies as well, that would be lovely.
Marian Mendez

Ruddy DaggerwingJulia Butterflies Mating

Hi Marian,
We are very excited to receive your letter and your wonderful photographs. Your single butterfly is a Ruddy Daggerwing, Marpesia petreus. They also have caterpillars that eat the leaves of figs. Your mating butterflies are Julias, Dryas iulia. They are common in Florida. The host plant for caterpillars is the Passion Flower Vine. We will also be including this image in our new Love Among Bugs page. Also check out Marian’s Caterpillars.