Subject:  Dragonfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Huff Lake, Bonner County, Idaho, USA
Date: 09/07/2019
Time: 01:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dragonfly cruising marsh shore of Huff Lake in north Idaho. Apparently mating. Can you identify it from the images?
How you want your letter signed:  Sailortom

Mosaic Darners in mating position

Dear Sailortom,
We believe these are Mosaic Darners in the genus
Aeshna which is represented on BugGuide.  Several similar looking species are found in Idaho, and we do not feel confident providing a species identification.  Though you indicate they were “cruising marsh shore” they do not appear alive in your images.

Mosaic Darner

Thank’s. I am happy with the generic ID. The images are of living Darners. They perched on a dock long enough for pictures. Then they linked up, I assume to mate.

Subject:  Huge moths
Geographic location of the bug:  Brookfield Illinois USA
Date: 09/04/2019
Time: 04:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Encountered this beauty on a sidewalk today. Wings appear hollow … is it just illusion?
How you want your letter signed:  Chris

Achemon Sphinx

Dear Chris,
This is an Achemon Sphinx, and you may read more about it on Sphingidae of the Americas.  The markings on the wings and the camera angle have created the illusion that the forewings are rolled, but they are actually quite flat.

Subject:  Spiky caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  New York State
Date: 09/07/2019
Time: 01:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
This was taken today in New York State.  I’ve searched trying to indenting this one but it has me stumped. Any info would be much appreciated. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Kat

Buck Moth Caterpillar

Dear Kat,
Based on this BugGuide image, your caterpillar appears to be that of a Buck Moth,
Hemileuca maia.  According to BugGuide:  “Caution, caterpillars can inflict painful sting.”

Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 09/06/2019
Time: 03:11 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These photos were taken on 07/31/19 in the parking lot of a suburban park. The body of the insect shown was about 1 inch long.
How you want your letter signed:  Amanda T.

Longicorn:  Neoclytus mucronatus

Dear Amanda,
This is a Longicorn or Longhorned Borer Beetle in the genus
Neoclytus, and it has no common name.  We believe we have correctly identified it as Neoclytus mucronatus thanks to this image on BugGuide.  It is one of the species that mimics a stinging wasp like a Paper Wasp for protection as the beetle does not sting, but potential predators are put off by the warning colors.

Longicorn: Neoclytus mucronatus

Thanks for the swift response! I’m glad you were able to ID this for me. The markings on the wing casings kept me from seeing that it was any kind of beetle. I guess mimicry works to fool amateur entomologists too.

Subject:  Large Orb – Albino?
Geographic location of the bug:  Boerne, Texas
Date: 09/02/2019
Time: 10:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have looked through MANY pictures of Orbs, but this critter seems unique. She seems to have the correct pattern for a black and yellow orb, but not the right colors. Can spiders be albino (besides the obvious cave dwellers), thoughts?
How you want your letter signed:  Adam Branch

Pale Golden Orbweaver

Dear Adam,
We don’t know if this is considered a true albino, but we agree it is a Golden Orbweaver,
Argiope aurantiaBugGuide has an image of a similar looking individual that is called a “light color morph” and this BugGuide image is also of a light individual.

Thanks for the reply! Those do look similar, I am always d6o fascinated with the constant variety of nature. Have a great day

Subject:  Histioea in Ecuador
Geographic location of the bug:  Archidona, Ecuador
Date: 08/28/2019
Time: 01:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Have what appears to be a rare Histioea, but cannot identify it. These are seldom photographed from what I can tell. The observation is
How you want your letter signed:  Trevor

Diurnal Tiger Moth: Histioea paulina

Hi Trevor,
We have several diurnal Tiger Moths in our archives identified as
Histioea meldolae, including this individual from Colombia and this individual from Costa Rica.  We will forward your image to Arctiid expert Julian Donahue to see what he can provide in the way of an identification.

Julian Donahue responds.
Hi Daniel,
This is a perfect match for the female of the euchromiine Histioea paulina Walker, 1866, as figured in Seitz, described from São Paulo, Brazil–a long way from Ecuador, but I don’t have any information on the distribution of the species.
Nice moth!

Thanks Daniel and Julian for the id! I will update inaturalist with the info. Much appreciated and very exciting!!