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Subject: Tiger Moth??
Location: Perth, WA
March 25, 2017 6:52 pm
Hello, I found this fluffy guy on my front porch in the Perth metropolitan area, Western Australia. It was found in April 2016. This was the only photo I managed before it flew away! I’ve been trying to find what kind of moth or family it belongs to since. The closest resemblance I can find is a Tiger Moth, what do you think? I would love to finally find out!
Signature: Lisa

Unknown Tiger Moth

Dear Lisa,
We agree with you that this is a Tiger Moth, but we have not had any luck identifying the species.  None of the species pictured on Butterfly House resemble your moth, nor did we find it on the Brisbane Insect site.  We will contact Tiger Moth expert Julian Donahue to see if he can provide an identification.

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Subject: Mylabris (blister) beetle in Kenya
Location: near Malwea River, Rift Valley, Kenya
March 13, 2017 2:22 am
Dear Bugman
Attached, some photos of a blister beetle found near the Malewa River in the Rift Valley of Kenya. Can you identify the species?
Many thanks!
Signature: Rob

Blister Beetle

Dear Rob,
According to iSpot, the genus
Mylabris is now classified as Hycleus.  We do have several images on our site from Kenya that we identified as Mylabris (now Hycleus) oculata, and though they are similar to your individual, they do appear to be a different species.  We have not had any luck with a species identification for you, but perhaps one of our readers will provide a comment with a clue.

Blister Beetle

Dear Daniel
Thank you for your help.
Best regards

Blister Beetle

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Subject: Diptera mystery – what kind of fly is THIS??
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
March 17, 2017 5:39 pm
I am plagued in my apartment by these flies that are appearing out of nowhere, starting about two weeks ago. I kill them when I see them and I have already killed two “pregnant” females. In spite of my search, I cannot figure out the species and I need to know how dangerous they might to me and my pets. I tried to take a picture but the pic came out so badly, all you can see is a black blob. Here is what I know:
– they give birth to live maggots
– the maggots are snow white
-. Physically, they are built like blue bottle flies
– they are about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch long
– completely black on the body, no markings are present and there is no iridescence
– large red eyes that do not touch
– noisy flyers ( in fact, that’s how I find them, I hear them before I see them)
– fast flyers and agile in flight
– attracted to light
– I noticed a few hairs on the upper body near the joint that attaches to the lower body; they appeared to be black
– wings are greyish and semi-translucent
I do have one dog and one cat, so animal waste is sometimes present, but I clean the litter box regularly and always change out the puppy pads immediately. I put the waste in sealed plastic bags which are scented, then put the sealed bags in a larger scented bag which I then tie shut until I take it out. My apartment smells like a combination of bleach and flowers. So what kind of fly likes this??
I don’t think they are flying in from outside; I think they are breeding inside. I can’t figure out where. If I can identify the species, maybe I will have an easier time finding out where and how they are reproducing and finally get rid of them. I never saw them or heard them until the start of March, when I finished my spring cleaning. Can they cause myiasis? If not, then how can the maggots survive in a clean apt? There numbers seem to be steadily increasing since I cleaned. I want to figure this out before I am completely infested with flies, yuck! All of my questions will be answered if I can figure out what this mystery species is. Please help me if you can!
Signature: Concerned in Arizona

Fly, presumably

Dear Concerned in Arizona,
We need a better image to make an identification.  Louse Flies in the family Hippoboscidae give birth to live maggots, and they are pictured on BugGuide where it states:  “Females rear one offspring at a time, the larva feeding in utero from special “milk” glands. The mature larva is ‘born alive’ and immediately pupates in the soil (or on the host in some cases). Most are host specific on bird species, with a few occurring on mammals.”

Thank you for your quick response!  I’ve got one (that I saw – Lord knows how many there actually are) flying around my living room right now!  I have locked myself in my bedroom and put duct tape over the door seams.  I went out for one moment and it flew right at me!    I was armed with nontoxic plant oil fly spray which kills on contact and sprayed right at it – that was the only thing that protected me.  the spray repelled it long enough for me to run back in my bedroom, but didn’t slow it down.  whatever it is, it sure is hardy.  I misted my entire apt with permithrin/raid 48 hours ago but it is still here and active as ever!
I know – that pic is bad.  I don’t think I can do any better though, because my phone camera is the only camera i have and my phone is cheap.
No, it can’t be that louse fly, because for the two females I’ve disposed of, they each had more than 5 maggots coming out.  A single maggot getting born, somehow wouldn’t bother me like seeing 7-8 wriggling white protrusions from a black fly’s back end all struggling to break free at once.  At least one fly with maggots was depositing bots in my bedroom.  Hopefully, whatever bots she dropped are dead now…
I’m doing as much research as i can, and I’m guessing it’s a flesh fly of some sort… The only thing is that it is all black from what I could tell.  And it seems attracted to me, but doesn’t match the description of any biting fly that I’ve read about.
I wonder if I should be worried about cutaneous myiasis, since flesh fly maggots eat both dead and living tissue.
I wonder if it could be a rarer fly that is not usually seen??
The mystery continues…
Thank you,
Still concerned

We are sorry, but we are unable to provide any further assistance.

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Subject: Unknown Insect
Location: Eastern Slope of the Andes, Sumaco region, Ecuador
March 16, 2017 5:47 am
On 1st March I was in the Foothills of the Andes on the eastern slope, in the country of Ecuador. An area known as Sumaco at an altitude of 4500′. I saw this insect, a cricket? and was surprised by its colours. Can you please identify it for me and Scientific name if possible. Thanks. Moira
Signature: Moira

Unknown Katydid

Dear Moira,
With the yellow markings on its face, antennae and legs, and the blue coloration on its wings, we thought we would have an easy time identifying this gorgeous Katydid in the family Tettigoniidae would be an easy internet identification, but alas, we have had no luck.  We searched the pages of Insetologia from Brazil as well as other sources.  We will attempt to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki and we will also enlist the assistance of our readership.

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Subject: Unidentified sphinx moth caterpillar from Indonesia
Location: Seminyak, Bali
March 15, 2017 3:01 pm
When I was visiting Bali, I found 3 of these caterpillars feeding on an unidentified bush. I took one of them with me to rear as I travelled. It grew very quick and turned a brown colour in its final instar. When I was in java the following week I found the same plant with the same caterpillars on it. I walked past the plant in the evening and saw a hummingbird like hawkmoth fluttering over the leaves depositing eggs. If you need more pictures I have documentation of every instar. Thankyou/ Joey
Signature: Joey Twomey


Dear Joey,
We haven’t the time to research your query this morning, but we are posting your image nonetheless.  Perhaps Bostjan, who frequently identifies Hornworms for us, will recognize this individual.  Knowing the plant upon which it was feeding would be a tremendous clue in ascertaining its identity.  We would love to post a few more images.

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Subject: What type of insect is this?
Location: southern Ontario
March 13, 2017 4:31 pm
Are you able to identify this bug for us? It was found in a parking lot by a park in southern Ontario.
Signature: Lindsay


Hi Lindsay,
This is some species of Grasshopper, but we do not know its exact identity.  The shape of its wings are unusual.  It is possible that it was recently metamorphosed and its wings had not yet fully hardened.  We suspect this was not a late winter sighting this year.  Please clarify when the sighting occurred.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for your response. Yes, sorry I forgot to add the date the photo was taken. It was from early July 2016.
Thank you,

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