Subject: Madagascan cricket
Location: Ifaty, Madagascar
September 20, 2014 2:07 am
Are you able to id this Madagascan cricket? Seen on a night visit to a small nature reserve at Ifaty on the coast of south west Madagascar.
Signature: Niall Corbet

Unknown Ensiferan

Unknown Ensiferan

Hi again Niall,
We are contacting Piotr Naskrecki about this Ensiferan as well.

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Subject: Cricket, Madagascar
Location: Ifaty, Madagascar
September 20, 2014 2:53 am
Another cricket from Ifaty in south west Madagascar – any ideas for id?
Signature: Niall Corbet

Ensiferan

Ensiferan

Hi Niall,
We believe this Ensiferan or Longhorned Orthopteran is a type of Katydid.  We are contacting Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki regarding both of your submissions.  The red eyes and blue legs are quite distinctive.

Katydid possibly

Katydid possibly

Subject: Burying beetle in Washington St.
Location: Olympic Peninsula Washington St
September 19, 2014 11:02 am
I found a burying beetle covered with mites. I put it in a jar, not knowing what it is. As far as I can tell, it is not harmful, but it is not native to the Olympic Peninsula. I see it is endangered and the mites are beneficial to forest soils. I guess I will let it go, but I was hoping to touch bases with someone else first. Any advice?
Signature: Colleen

Burying Beetle

Burying Beetle

Dear Colleen,
The American Burying Beetle is the endangered species that is not found in your area, however, other members of the genus are local species for you.  This may be a Margined Burying Beetle,
Nicrophorus marginatus, which is described on BugGuideWe advise you to release it.

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Found scuttling across the back patio.
September 20, 2014

We identified this Red Bug on BugGuide as Scantius aegyptius.  We will attempt to capture an image tomorrow.

Red Bug

Red Bug

Location: Jacksonville, FL
September 17, 2014 11:39 am
Also, a few feet away from them I found this excellent Eastern lubber.
Absolutely.  The lubber was in the grass next to an open, natural field also at the dog park in Jacksonville, FL.  It didn’t seem to be in any particular hurry to get away and freely let me pick it up– I assume because they are toxic if ingested?
Signature: Mike

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Hi Mike,
Thanks for sending in your image of an Eastern Lubber Grasshopper.  According to BugGuide:  “Coloration is aposematic (warning), apparently this species is distasteful to vertebrate predators. When disturbed, it will spread its wings, hiss, and secrete a smelly fluid from its spiracles.”

Subject: what’s this bug?
Location: southern california
September 18, 2014 5:24 pm
Found this critter on my front screen door. It’s been in the low 100’s for the past week. This is in Southern California, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles . I put him in a tiny jar overnight and opened the jar when I got home to photograph him; got two shots and he flew away. Is it some kinda moth? At first I was kinda freaked, thought it was a huge tick but then I saw he had only six legs legs so I calmed down….what is this thing!!
Signature: john roush

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear John,
This is a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, an Asian species that was first reported in Allentown, Pennsylvania in the late 1990s, and which has spread across much of eastern North America.  In recent years, Southern California sightings have become more frequent.  The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is both an agricultural pest and a nuisance to the average person as it frequently enters homes to hibernate as the weather cools.