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what is this??
Location: Irwin, Pennsylvania
June 3, 2011 12:32 pm
Dear Mr. Bugman,
My friend saw this scary bug outside of his home. What is it? I assumed it was some sort of moth. Am I right? Any information would be greatly much appreciated…
Signature: Kat

Luna Moth

Dear Kat,
We cannot understand how anyone could view the ethereal Luna Moth as a scary bug.  Your photos tend to indicate that this lovely female Luna Moth was not on the tire when the vehicle moved, which comforts us.  Your identification request will post live to our website on June 14 during our absence.

Luna Moth

Found in DC June 1
Location: Washington, DC
June 2, 2011 8:32 am
A friend asked me if I knew what this was — I’ve never seen one. I’m guessing some kind of borer, but don’t really know.
Signature: MaryMc

Actually, I just figured out that it’s an eyed elater, so no need for you guys to trouble with it!  Thanks anyway.

Eyed Elater

Hi MaryMc,
We realize you already self identified your Eyed Elater, which thrills us because we believe that most identification requests we receive can be researched using our archives and our excellent search engine.  We really like your photograph which appeals to our sense of humor in that it illustrates the interactions wild creatures often have with the civilized world.  If we ever find the time to create a new calendar, this image would be a strong contender.  Since we will be away from the office in early June, we are postdating this entry to go live to our site next week.

Looks like a Ray
Location: Putnam County, New York
June 4, 2011 3:01 pm
Hi I saw this the other day when I filled my gas tank. Look so unusual( to me anyway)aorta looked like a manta ray. Love to know more about it.
Signature: Thank you

Luna Moth at the ATM

Gas Stations are magnets for certain insects that are attracted to bright lights at night and gas stations that are near wooded, swampy and otherwise open spaces are the richest hunting grounds for Giant Silkmoths, Toe-Biters, Beetles and Sphinx Moths.  This beauty is a Luna Moth.  If we ever decide to make another calendar, this is exactly the type of image we would use in it.

Thank you. I had never seen anything like it, did a little more research and learned it only lives about a week. No wonder.
Thanks again.

Big Cacoon
Location: Southren WI
May 29, 2011 9:35 am
My Daughter found this in the woods behind our house (southren WI). She is a bug nut and asked me what it was. We have looked in several books but can’t figure it out. Its alive and moving and the topic of all talk at our house. We would love to know what it is.
Signature: Michael Roehl

Royal Moth Pupa

Dear Michael,
This is definitely a Moth Pupa and it is a large moth.  We do not believe it is a Sphinx Moth Pupa, though they bury themselves underground to pupate.  We are more inclined to identify this as a Giant Silkmoth Pupa, more specifically a Royal Moth Pupa in the subfamily Ceratocampinae, possibly an Imperial Moth or a Regal Moth.  Here is a matching photo of an unidentified Royal Moth pupa from BugGuide for comparison.  Here is a photo of an Imperial Moth Pupa from BugGuide and here is a photo of a Regal Moth Pupa from BugGuide.  You can see the similarities, though our inclination is to favor the Imperial Moth.  We love your photograph, especially the thoughtfulness of having the model change into an insect themed wardrobe.

Thanks so much for taking the time to help us out. My daughter is thrilled, who new you could have so much fun with a pupa. We have it in a “Critter Cage” if it hatches sucsessfully I will send you a picture.

Location: Carlisle, SC
May 28, 2011 5:10 pm
What butterfly is this?
Signature: Ann074

Male Diana Fritillary

Dear Ann074,
This gorgeous butterfly is a male Diana Fritillary, .  We needed to qualify the identification with a modifier on the sex, because this is a highly sexually dimorphic species, meaning the males and females look like entirely different species.  The female butterfly is an aqua blue color.  Here is an image from our archives of a female Diana Fritillary.

Update May 28, 2011
If ever there was a strong candidate for beauty in the next authorized What’s That Bug? Calendar, it would be this pristinely beautiful male Diana Fritillary on a modern contraption.

Challenge to our Readership:  Take a staged insect photograph … or not.
Get a photo of a couple of Dobsonflies, male and female together.  If he is grasping her with those saber-like mandibles, it might be proof that the male needs those mandibles for mating purposes, because they sure can’t be used for eating.  This is one of our favorite bug couple photos of all time. It appeared in the 2006 What’s That Bug? calendar.

Location: Long Island NY
March 5, 2011 11:52 am
These bugs are under our vinyl siding and now that it’s winter, they are getting into the house some how. I just want to make sure they are not wood eaters of some kind. We have had problems with termites in the past.
Signature: Katherine R

Boxelder Bug

Dear Katherine,
This is a Boxelder Bug and it is a benign insect, though since they are in the habit of entering homes to hibernate, often in great numbers, they are considered a nuisance.  We find your photo of this intruder on the home security control pad quite amusing.