Hi, I'm Andrew and I’m just a simple 19 year old guy and zoology student that posts random factoids about obscure animals and general animal science/zoology/biology stuff so if you like animals this is the place for you, if you only like cute animals this is not the place for you… Also I can ID any animals you might need identified (just submit them to me).

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Family Callidulidae: An unusual family of moths known as "Old World Butterfly-moths. Callidulids are a family of butterfly like moths which are distributed throughout southeast Asia and Oceania. Callidulids can exhibit both day and night flying behavior and typically hold their wings over thier backs like butterflies. Thier closest relatives are know truly known but they are thought to be close to hook-tip and geometer moths.

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Can you help me ID this? I have a hard time telling apart yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, etc. It was found in Chattanooga, TN.

This is a Yellow jacket (Vespula sp.) of some sort. Its hard for me to say for sure from a picture in this position (here’s a key if you still have it and you are in North America)
Yellow jackets, hornets and wasps aren’t to difficult too tell apart if you know what they are. Firstly hornets and yellow jackets are both “wasps” of the family Vespidae, yellow jackets make up the genera Vespula and Dolichovespula, Hornets occupy the genus Vespa. And if you are in North America the only true species is Vespa crabro, the European Hornet, other “hornets” like the Bald-faced Hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) are actually yellow jackets!

Can you help me ID this? I have a hard time telling apart yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, etc. It was found in Chattanooga, TN.

This is a Yellow jacket (Vespula sp.) of some sort. Its hard for me to say for sure from a picture in this position (here’s a key if you still have it and you are in North America)

Yellow jackets, hornets and wasps aren’t to difficult too tell apart if you know what they are. Firstly hornets and yellow jackets are both “wasps” of the family Vespidae, yellow jackets make up the genera Vespula and Dolichovespula, Hornets occupy the genus Vespa. And if you are in North America the only true species is Vespa crabro, the European Hornet, other “hornets” like the Bald-faced Hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) are actually yellow jackets!

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