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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.

Help identify
Can you tell me what this bug is, befor we start seing the bug we saw a big type caterpiller( 3.5″ lime green) aroung in the garden and grass, now these appear. Do you know what they are? Thanks
Dave Stevens
Dickson City, Pa.

Hi Dave,
These are mating Green Darners, a species of dragonfly. They have nothing to do with the caterpillar.

mating monarchs
I am SOOO happy to have found your site…I have seen craneflies my whole (long) life and didn’t know what they were….until today, thanks to your site…I recieved my first digital camera abt. a year ago, and haven’t put it down since…what fun!! The mating monarchs were quite high in the tree and these were the best photos I could get…she would keep her wings folded up like the males and then would open them out flat occasionally…what a beautiful site they made…thought I would share this with everyone on your “Bug Love” page…I noticed you haven’t had any recent posts tho’, so maybe you aren’t posting there anymore…anyway, here they are…hope you can use them….thanks for such a wonderful and informative website!
Pat, Hawk Point, MO

Hi Pat,
We have five bug love pages, and we have posted very recently to the fifth page. You must have looked on an older page. You will find your image of mating Monarch Butterflies on our most recent bug love page as well as our most recent butterfly page.

“Bug” ID
My name is Ernest Mendez, and I vacation in the Southwest, digital camera ever at the ready. On my last trip to New Mexico, I visited my usual haunts—Rockhound and Spring Canyon State Parks—and came across these two hitherto unknown (to me) species of bugs…. Can you tell me what they are…and whatever else you can tell me about them? I’ve been trying to find info about them on the web, but it’s not easy. The closest I’ve been able to get has been the Bangolore beetle (for the “long-nosed” black one). Help,
Ernesto L. Mendez

Hi Ernesto,
The orange and black couple are mating Netwing Beetles, Lycus arizonensis. Adults feed on nectar and honeydew. Your long-nosed black beetle is a Weevil. Weevils are the largest family of beetles in the world. We believe it is the Agave Billbug, Scyphophorus acupunctatus.

Moth Love
Found this pair of silk moths on my front porch today. They stayed there a couple of hours. Not quite sure what the actual name is, but pretty sure they are silk moths. Any help? PS – love how much your site is growing!
Kaye F.
Perry GA

Hi Kaye,
What wonderful images of mating Sweetbay Silk Moths, Callosamia securifera, you have sent our way. The caterpillars feed on Sweetbay Magnolia. This is a new species for our site.

Not a Large Milkweed Bug – what is it
Hi … I think I may have found something new for you. Found this pair of bugs mating on a rock. Looked through your website and it comes closest to the Large Milkweed Bug (LMB). However, look carefully at the segmented antennae. After the base, there are 9 segments on these bugs, whereas the LMB has only 3. Also, the face is black, whereas the LMB’s face is orange. And the backs are somewhat like ‘corduroy’, whereas the LMB has an ‘X’ in the center. Lastly, the size is different. I believe LMB’s are about 1/2″ long, whereas the body of the larger one I captured was about 1″ long. What’s that bug?
Woburn, MA

Hi Mark,
These are mating Banded Netwing Beetles, Calopteron reticulatum. They are often mistaken for moths.