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Mysterious sunlit bug
Mysterious sunlit bug  
I am with a local group that does nighttime work with infrared cameras  in my area and on more than one occasion we have caught on our pictures a rod shape with flares around it. In my searching for a what the hades is that?! I have read that it is called a sunlit bug, but I cannot find much reference pictures to compare. I have attached a picture so you could see for yourself but my question is, is this a "real" bug and have you ever heard of it?


I have never heard of anything called a "sunlit bug."  What the camera captured is most likely simply a moth in flight (or some other random nocturnal insect).  The image is maybe not what you would expect, but you are capturing the insect in flight.  The "flares" are the wings as it progresses along its trajectory (the "rod").


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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