Subject:  Pita pocket or taco?
Geographic location of the bug:  Rhode Island, USA
Date: 10/22/2021
Time: 09:16 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this pita pocket squirming it’s way along the windshield of my van. Never have I seen anything like it! Please help. I saw it the first part of October I posted several photos to show its movement
How you want your letter signed:  S.Plante

Stinging Slug Caterpillar on Windshield

Dear S. Plante,
This is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae.  Alas, the view from underneath, while interesting, is not ideal for species identification.  It might be a Skiff Moth Caterpillar, Prolimacodes badia, which is pictured on BugGuide.

Subject:  Black and gold moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Aylmerton 2575 NSW Australia
Date: 10/22/2021
Time: 06:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello
How you want your letter signed:  Achim

Coprosma Hawk Moth

Dear Achim,
This is a Coprosma Hawkmoth,
Cizara ardeniae, and we identified on Butterfly House where it states:  “The moth itself is a handsome dark brown with a green sheen, with white edges to the wings and white bars across the wings and abdomen. It normally rests with these white bars aligned on each side to form a single stripe across the moth. This may give effective camouflage, misleading the eye to see the front and back as separate entities, neither of which is especially shaped like a moth. There is a black dot in each of the white areas at the base of each wing, which look perhaps like eyes, and with the double bar across the abdomen looking like a mouth, make the moth look like a mean monster.”

Coprosma Hawk Moth

Hello Daniel,
thank you so much for your speedy response. This type of moth is very pretty and it is rare these days to spot a little friend like that.
Keep up the good work.
Kind regards

Subject:  Pupae?
Geographic location of the bug:  Colorado. On daughters back-up wheel chair tire in a closet
Date: 10/23/2021
Time: 05:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  About 2 pencil leads wide and 1” long. Symmetrical like a pine cone. Beige/tan in color.
How you want your letter signed:  Good bug?

Katydid Eggs

This is not a pupa.  These are the eggs of a Katydid.  Katydids generally lay eggs on twigs, but they will use other locations.  We do find it odd that the eggs were found in a closet and we suspect they were laid prior to the wheel being placed in the closet.  Katydid eat leaves and flowers from many garden plants, and though they will damage individual leaves and blossoms, their feeding does not have a detrimental effect on the plants.

Thank you so much for responding back! We can’t figure it out either since that set of wheel chair tires have been in that closet for over 7 years. Anyway, thx to you, the mystery is solved.

Subject:  moth species
Geographic location of the bug:  Southwest Chicago Suburbs
Date: 10/23/2021
Time: 05:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi!
What kind of moth is this? Its eyes are fascinating.
How you want your letter signed:  Cathy Z.

Whitelined Sphinx

Dear Cathy,
This is a Whitelined Sphinx Moth, one of the widest ranging species in its family.  It is found throughout the continental United States.  Sphinx Moths have excellent eyesight.  They are often mistaken for hummingbirds when they take nectar from blossoms while hovering in place.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

Subject:  Orange spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Orleans MA
Date: 10/23/2021
Time: 01:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  We found this on the door of a storage unit in our yard.I’ve looked through lots of images online and can’t seem to identify it.
How you want your letter signed:  The Scott’s

Nursery Web Spider

Dear The Scott’s,
Usually when we get identification requests for orange spiders at this time of year, they are Pumpkin Spiders, a species of Orbweaver, but your spider is a Nursery Web Spider,
Pisaurina mira.  Here is an image from BugGuide.  Nursery Web Spiders build webs to act as a nursery for their young, but unlike many spiders that also use a web to trap prey, the Nursery Web Spiders are hunting spiders that capture prey without a web.  The orange color of your individual is somewhat unusual, and it is possible this is a related species in the same genus.

Thanks for checking this out for us. It’s always good to learn about new things. We also found a “mutinus elegans” or stinkhorn mushroom. It must be the week for orange things!
The Scotts

Subject:  European peacock butterfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Regensburg Germany
Date: 10/11/2021
Time: 01:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found in garden in Germany
How you want your letter signed:  Mark

European Peacock Butterfly

Dear Mark,
Thanks so much for submitting your lovely image of a European Peacock Butterfly.