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Separated - Efferia - female
Separated - Efferia - Female
Waterford, New London County, Connecticut, USA
August 11, 2005
Separated Kyle Pias double image into two separate images so Herschel can move them to the proper places in the guide.

Kyle's original comment:
Just some of the common robberflies around my house. The one on the left is female and the right is male (if Im wrong let me know) I assume theyre from the same species, and I was hoping someone could tell me what species exactly. I appreciate the help. From the guide my guess was Efferia aestuans, but verification is appreciated.

Martin Hauser commented:
The female on the left is a Machimus sp. while the male on the right is an Efferia according to Eric Fisher.

small wasp - Omalus
small wasp - Omalus
Salt Lake City, N40°46.727'W111°52.629'ele4609', Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
July 18, 2006
Size: 4.6mm
Any help on this one will be appreciated. Maybe a Chrysididae?

Yellow line flopper - Antheraea polyphemus - female
Yellow line flopper - Antheraea polyphemus - Female
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
July 15, 2006
Size: 137mm max. wingspread
I found this lady flopping around on her back on the yellow center line of the road in front of my house as I headed out for groceries. I put her in the passenger seat where she perched on my cloth hat.

Since it was quite hot out, I decided to take her into the grocery store with me. I put the moth-adorned hat on my head and wore it while I wheeled the grocery cart through the isles, getting some gawks no doubt. I had noticed that she had layed a couple eggs on it.

By the time I got my groceries in the car and my hat off, she had laid several more. She continued laying till I had maybe 16 eggs, then she died.

katydid - Scudderia - male
katydid - Scudderia - Male
Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
July 15, 2006

Robberflies - Laphria - male - female
Robberflies - Laphria - Male Female
Waterloo Recreation Area, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
July 15, 2006

Dun skipper? - Euphyes vestris
Dun skipper? - Euphyes vestris
Waterloo Recreation Area, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
July 15, 2006
Did not see upper side. Are there others besides dun with no markings, and this color?

Eastern pondhawk? - Erythemis simplicicollis - male
Eastern pondhawk? - Erythemis simplicicollis - Male
Waterloo Recreation Area, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
July 15, 2006

Sheep Skipper - Atrytonopsis edwardsi
Sheep Skipper - Atrytonopsis edwardsi
Florida Canyon, Pima County, Arizona, USA
May 1, 2003
Pretty straighforward ID in southeastern AZ.

Species? - Stictocephala taurina
Species? - Stictocephala taurina
Balaban backkyard, Skokie, Cook County, Illinois, USA
July 8, 2006
Size: ~6mm
2 of 2 images of this specimen.
We found this little guy in the backyard hanging around the neighbor's Norway Maple saplings. Can it be identified to species?

Species? - Stictocephala taurina
Species? - Stictocephala taurina
Balaban backkyard, Skokie, Cook County, Illinois, USA
July 8, 2006
Size: ~6mm
1 of 2 images of this specimen.