Subject: Help! Fear of bed bug
Location: Milwaukee wi
December 17, 2014 3:48 pm
Please help me know what this is!! 6 legged. Was found crawling on my blanket. I fear it’s a bed bug. After I caught it I pierced it with a pin and it exploded with blood I’m afraid it’s a bed bug. What should I do? Is it possible to just have one or two and contain them without them spreading? I’m very concerned any help would be appreciated.
Signature: Joe

Bed Bug, probably

Bed Bug, probably

Dear Joe,
We cannot be certain due to the lack of clarity in your image, but in our opinion, this does appear to be a Bed Bug.

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Subject: mass of prickly caterpillars
Location: Toledo District, Belize
December 19, 2014 12:50 pm
Hi, Bug Folks,
I’ve seen individuals of this caterpillar in the past, but never masses like this. They are feeding on a common wild shrub called “polly redhead” in Belize. I’ve seen it in FL nurseries as “fire bush”.
So, WTB?
Thanks.
Signature: Tanya

Stinging Silkworms

Stinging Silkworms

Dear Tanya,
We believe these are stinging Silkmoth Caterpillars in the genus
Leucanella, but in doing some research, the only species we can substantiate from Belize is Leucanella acutissima, but we did not locate an image of the caterpillar.  We are going to contact Bill Oehlke to see if he can substantiate the species, and since he is lacking images of the caterpillar of  Leucanella acutissima, we suspect he may request permission to post  your images to his comprehensive site.  If this is another species in the genus, he may also want to request permission to post the images as a record of a new species in Belize.  We hope you will grant him permission.

Stinging Silkworms

Stinging Silkworms

Update:  We found some images of the caterpillar of Leucanella acutissima on Bio-Nica and they look correct.

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Subject: starstuck bug

Location: Toledo District, Belize
December 19, 2014 12:59 pm
Hello again, folks,
I’ve finally got good internet access and can try to send some photos for ID’ing. I haven’t been able to do that for ages.
Hope you have time to ID some of these.
Thanks a lot for a great site, always.
Signature: Tanya

Cricket

Cricket

Hi Tanya,
Your lovely images from Belize are much more interesting than the large number of Carpet Beetle and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug images we get from North America in the winter.  This Cricket reminds us of a North American Handsome Trig, so we suspect it may be in the same subfamily, Trigonidiinae, the Winged Bush Crickets which are profiled on BugGuide.  Again we are going to request assistance from Piotr Naskrecki who confirmed our identification of your Timber Fly.

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Subject: red white & black beetle
Location: Los Angeles, CA
December 19, 2014 9:39 pm
I thought this bug was pretty so I took a photograph of the design on it’s back. Later I couldn’t at all identify it, so I was hoping you would be able to help. It kept leaning away from me when I tried to take a picture. It was about a quarter of an inch long, including legs.
Thanks!
Signature: Caroline

Hello, I’m sorry to have bothered you, since I just identified the bug as Eurydema oleracea, a leaf beetle

African Painted Bug

African Painted Bug

Hi Caroline,
Though you have incorrectly identified the species, you do have the correct family. 
Eurydema oleracea which we located on British Bugs is not a Leaf Beetle.  It is a member of the family Pentatomidae, the Stink Bugs.  Your insect is an African Painted Bug, Bagrada hilaris, an invasive species that is damaging plants in the cabbage family including kale and collard greens.

Subject: Colorful beetle
Location: Chubut Province, Argentina
December 19, 2014 8:51 pm
While traveling in Patagonia near the Valdes Peninsula we saw this truly beautiful bug. The picture was taken in mid-November. We were close to the Atlantic Ocean. I have looked through the web trying to identify. I hope you may have an answer. Thank you,
Signature: Homer Shell

Unknown Beetle

Lady Beetle

Dear Homer,
This is sure a colorful and distinctive looking beetle.  Our first inclination is to speculate it is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.  We will attempt a more specific identification and we hope to get some assistance from our readership.

Lady Beetle identification courtesy of Karl
Hi Daniel and Homer Shell:
Although it really doesn’t look like one, this is actually a Lady Beetle (a.k.a. Ladybug or Ladybird). The species is Eriopis connexa (Coccinellidae: Coccinellinae) and it is one of the most wide spread beetles in South America. Like most Lady beetles, it is a voracious predator of aphids and is widely used for biological control of pests on crops such as maize and sorghum. Regards.  Karl

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Subject: It’s THE FLY!!
Location: Toledo District, Belize
December 19, 2014 1:19 pm
Howdy, fellow bug fans,
I took this photo just before Halloween, but never had good enough internet to get it off for your help in ID’ing it. I’d never seen one before and haven’t seen one since.
Pretty cool.
Thanks.
Signature: Tanya

Probably Robber Fly

Timber Fly

Dear Tanya,
This fly sure looks predatory, which makes us speculate it is probably in the family Asilidae, the Robber Flies and Deer Flies.  It really resembles this image of a Timber Fly,
Pantophthalmus cf. pictus from Costa Rica that is posted to Piotr Naskrecki’s The Smaller Majority website.  According to Piotr:  “Timber flies are a small family, consisting of only 2 genera and 22 species, all found in the lowland rainforests of Central and South America. In addition to their unholy size they differ from other flies in that their larvae are wood burrowers, something that traditionally has been the domain of longhorns and other beetles. There are other flies that feed on wood (some Syrphidae and Asilidae), but those are incapable of drilling their own tunnels in the wood and can only use those already created by beetles or other insects.  Little is known about the behavior of adult timber flies. Nobody is really sure if they feed at this stage, and if so, on what. They have never been seen mating, although oviposition has been observed. Females have a long, telescopic ovipositor, which they use to deposit eggs in the cracks of dead and live wood, depending on the species. These insects are not common.”  This is only the third Timber Fly we have posted to our site.  We will try to contact Piotr to verify that identification.

Probably Robber Fly

Timber Fly

Piotr Naskrecki confirms genus identification
Hi Daniel,
Yes, it is definitely Pantophthalmus, and it does look similar to pictus.
Cheers,
Piotr

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