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Hibernation #1 – Kudzu bug

Hibernation #1 – Kudzu bug

Hibernation #1 – Kudzu bug

s the days shorten and autumn approaches, it’s the time to start thinking about the insects that select our homes and businesses as their overwintering vacation spots.  The first one I’ll mention is the kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria, a small, somewhat hemispherical relative of the stinkbug. It is also called the bean plataspid, globular stink […]

Beauty on the Wing 3

   In a few short weeks the Monarch butterfly will begin its annual migration to overwintering sites in Mexico. This is one of our most recognizable species of butterflies with bright orange wings with black veins and white spots along the wing margins. It is similar in coloration to the viceroy butterfly except it is […]

Beauty on the Wing 2 Addendum

About a week after I took the picture of the yellow morph of the Eastern Tiger Swallow-tail butterfly, a dark morph (form) of the female appeared at the butterfly weed growing at my home in Raleigh. Fortunately I was able to get a picture of it. I have had butterfly weed growing in my yard […]

Beauty on the Wing 2

This beauty was visiting the butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa in my front yard about 2 weeks ago. It is known as the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, Papilio glaucus, and is easily recognized by its large size and bright yellow and black coloration. It ranges from New England westward through the southern Great Lakes area through […]

Giant Leopard Moth

Have you seen this moth?  It is the Giant Leopard Moth, Hypercompe scribonia (Stoll, 1790) and is one of our largest moths with a wingspread ranging from 2¼ inches to slightly over 3½  inches. It belongs to the moth subfamily Arctiinae or Tiger Moths which contains some of the prettiest adult moths. The spots on the […]

Orange Striped Oakworm

Get ready! In the next couple of months, we are going to start seeing evidence of the caterpillars of this moth, the orangestriped oakworm.  During mid-June to mid-July, the adults (Figure 1) emerge from their underground pupal cells. Mating occurs during the day and females will  begin to lay large clusters of eggs on the […]

Beauty on the Wing

It is known as the Rosy Maple Moth and is a native moth in the same family as the Luna Moth and the Polyphemus Moth (some of the largest moths in North Carolina). As the name implies, the caterpillars mainly feed on maple trees, especially red, silver, and sugar maples. The adults do not eat. […]

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