This week, let's see if you can identify this insect to the family level. Think you can? Post your answer in a comment before next Wednesday. Come back next week for the answer and a new challenge.
Moni and Herb recognized the gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar) I posted last week. You can thank Etienne Leopold Trouvelot, a 19th century silkworm enthusiast, for introducing this invasive pest to North America.
Photo: Whitney Cranshaw, Bugwood.org
This week's mystery insect is probably more familiar in the caterpillar stage. Do you recognize the adults shown here? If you know what species this is, post your answer in a comment. Don't forget to return next Wednesday for a new challenge.
Did you recognize the banded cucumber beetle (Diabrotica balteata) I posted last week? Moni did! I think this is a pretty beetle, but most farmers aren't happy to see it as it's a serious pest of soybeans and other crops.
Photo: Tim McCabe/USDA ARS