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bugs in love
I know what they’re doing but I have no idea what kind of bug they are. I bet you do, though!
Linda King

Hi Linda,
These mating beetles are known as Pennsylvania Leatherwings, Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus. Because it is often found feeding on the pollen from goldenrod, it is also called the Goldenrod Soldier Beetle.

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Bug ID
My uncle, who takes awesome pictures of bugs took this. I am stumped. It looks true buggish. What do you think?

This is a Locust Borer, a Cerambycid Beetle. The adults are pollen feeders and are attracted to goldenrod.

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Pray to the Mantis
Hello Bug Master.
My daughter and I just found your wonderful site while searching for the name of a bug we commonly see in the northeast but didn’t find the exact species so I will be sure to photograph it next time. I thought everyone might enjoy these shots of this most majestic creature. I was walking in a field of golden rod and wild asparagus enjoying breathtaking views of the Hudson river under the Catskill mountains when my eyes focused on a cluster of brilliant goldenrod and I saw the largest Mantis I could imagine. As I stood still watching in amazement I realized that there were dozens of them all around me warming in the sun waiting for an unsuspecting dragonfly or beetle to wonder past. Truly memorable experience.
Thank-you for creating this wonderful site!
Christopher Waterous

Hi Christopher,
Thank you for the compliment. We remember fondly growing up in Ohio and seeing fields of goldenrod in the fall. On many of the flower tops there awaited huge Preying Mantids waiting for bees, wasps, grasshoppers and locust borers.

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Thanks for your help in identifying the Cimbex Sawfly Larvae last year, this is my question for this year. Thanks
Kim Baker
Park Ranger
Caesar Creek Lake
Waynesville, Ohio

Hi again Kim,
This year you have a new species for us, the Brown Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar, Cucullia convexipennis. Your photo shows it on one of its food plants, goldenrod. It also eats asters.

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Got it!
Good morning, Daniel.
I think that I may have found the name of that caterpillar recently found munching on goldenrod leaves.. A friend of mine suggests that it is a “Brown-Hooded Owlet” caterpillar. What do you think? Here’s a picture of a unicorn caterpillar that you may find of interest.

Brown Hooded Owlet CaterpillarUnicorn Caterpillar

Hi again Colin,
We checked with BugGuide and agree with your nicely researched identification of the Brown Hooded Owlet Moth, Cucullia convexipennis. Your other caterpillar is one of the Prominent Moths, but we never heard the common name Unicorn Caterpillar. Ater checking Caterpillars of the Eastern Forests, we see you have correctly identified Schizura unicornis.

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