Reader’s question: What is THIS?

I got a question from Marianne Brouwer from the Netherlands: “I took a picture of this enormous bug in the Andes mountians in Equador. It was around 12 cm long. Do you know what it is?”

Amazonian Giant Lacewing

Amazonian Giant Lacewing

It took some research, but this monstrosity is an Amazonian Giant Lacewing. As the name suggests, it is a species in the family of lacewings (Chrysopidae), order Neuroptera. It occurs all over the Amazonian rain forest and feeds of bugs and their eggs.

Readers Question: What is THIS?

The mystery bug: elephant hawk moth

Today I got an e-mail from Daryl, asking if I could identify a bug that he found in central Scotland. He thinks it could be an exotic bug, because of its bright pink appearance. Sure, I’d like to see it! So on the right of this page you find the picture. A quick search in my entomology book gives the answer to the identity of this mystery guest: This beautiful pink and yellow moth is an Elephant hawk moth (Deilephila elpenor). It is native to Europe, Britain, Ireland and it range extends all the way to India and Japan.

Thank you Daryl, for sending me the picture and allowing me to post it on this website. If anyone else has a picture of a bug they would like the name of, please send me a message via the contact form.

Official opening of this website!

As of now, the 2th of April 2011, this website is officially opened! It took me a while to place all texts and pictures on this websites, but now I think it is good enough to show to the public. This doesn’t mean I won’t continue to add new pictures and new species descriptions as soon as I have them! I will use this first page as a small blog to show you what I am up to with my insects or to tell you about new additions to this website.

If you want to, you can leave a comment at the bottom of this post!

Welcome to

Welcome to this website about how to take care of all kinds of insects as pets. From my own experience I write about taking care of praying mantids, stick insects, beetles, butterflies and cockroaches. With many macropictures of the animals and their food or enclosures I try to give you an insight in the beautiful hobby of keeping pet insects.

Creobroter pictipennis mantis

Leaf Insect