Entomology (Study of Bugs)/bug identification

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Bug Identification?
Bug Identification?  

Bug Identification?
Bug Identification?  
Hi Ed. I cam to you for bugs before. I found a bug recently chilling on a brick wall of a McDonalds on the outside. Thank god it was not inside. But it was like a black and white and had a strange design on it's back. It looks like it has wings but not sure. It also looks as if it has 2 little horns or antlers, not sure which they are. I can see what also llooks like 2 little legs, one on each side. We stayed inside and ate our McDonalds meal to kill time and came back out about 30 minutes later and it was still there just, well, sitting there. So I live in the state of Connecticut if it helps at all. Got 2 pictures I took. One with flash and the other without. We spotted it at dusk. Like it was not very dark but getting there.

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Dear Douglas - This is a lappet moth (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) known as the large tolype moth (Tolype velleda). Its caterpillar (see http://tinyurl.com/nb8uuf3 for an image) feeds on the foliage of a wide variety of deciduous trees, but does not appear to be a serious pest. See http://tinyurl.com/pe9txfs for images and more information.

Hope this helps,
Saugy

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Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.

Experience

21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Organizations
Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

Publications
American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

Education/Credentials
B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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