Subject: Unidentified Bug
Location: Saigon, Vietnam
April 15, 2014 4:14 am
Can you identify this flying insect and where they are likely to have originated?
These were found in slatted crates in a shipping container from SE Europe. There were about 10 of these about 25mm long. Some were still alive and there was evidence of wood dust alongside.
April 2014.
Signature: K. Ginty

Wood Wasp

Wood Wasp

Dear K. Ginty,
This is a Wood Wasp, and it resembles
Uroceros gigas, a species found in Europe.

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Subject: Unknown Insect! :D
Location: Binnaguri,West Bengal
April 15, 2014 3:42 am
It was attracted to the lights……though i dn’t knw if it’s a beetle or something else!
Signature: Martin

Mango Stem Borer

Mango Stem Borer

Hi Martin,
This appears to be a Mango Stem Borer,
Batocera rufomaculata, a species that is considered a serious agricultural pest of mangos, figs and several other commercially grown trees.  According to Carnivora, the hosts include:  “edible fig, mango, guava, jackfruit, pomegranate, apple, rubber, and walnut. In India recorded for more than 30 different host plants.”  When crops are grown commercially, there is not much diversity in the field, and when food supplies are plentiful, species that feed on those plants also proliferate.  In a forest where trees are rarely homogenous and where natural predators are also present, the balance of nature keeps things under control.  Modern agricultural methods, with large swathes of land devoted to growing a single crop, create an ecosystem that is out of balance.  This individual may have been attracted to the lights in your home.

Mango Stem Borer

Mango Stem Borer

 

 

Subject: Cute little thing
Location: Hudson, Florida
April 14, 2014 7:24 pm
Hello! We found this cute little guy just today and it really took a liking to us. We were wondering if you might know what it is?
Signature: Madde and Michaela

Webspinner

Webspinner

Hi again Madde and Michaela,
While we are confident that this is a Webspinner in the order Embiidina, we have not been able to locate an individual with matching antennae and wings on BugGuide.  This unidentified species from Florida on BugGuide has similar antennae, but no wings.  Sometimes only males are winged.

Webspinner

Webspinner

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Subject: A fuzzy scarab?
Location: Hudson, Florida
April 14, 2014 7:28 pm
This one was interesting! It was very sleepy when we found it and not very interested in going back outside. Haha. We tried to research what it could be and narrowed it to some kind of scarab but we were lost after that point. Any ideas?
Signature: Madde and Michaela

Scarab Beetle

Scarab Beetle

Hi Madde and Michaela,
WE agree that this fuzzy little guy is a Scarab Beetle, but we have not had any luck identifying the species on BugGuide either.  We will try to get some assistance in this identification.

Scarab

Scarab

Update:  We just approved a comment suggesting this might be a Bumble Bee Scarab in the family Glaphyridae, and we had considered that possibility, but we thought it didn’t look exactly like the individuals posted on BugGuide. We wrote to Eric Eaton to see if he can provide an identification.  At this time, we have not yet heard back from Eric.

Scarab

Scarab

Eric Eaton provides an broad identification
Daniel:
At least you correctly identified it as a scarab!  I was confounded by a similar beetle here in Colorado a couple years ago.
I’m pretty certain this is a May Beetle of some kind, genus Phyllophaga, but I can’t find a match in Bugguide or anywhere else, either.  I’ll see if I can get something more specific if I have permission to post the images to a Facebook group or two?
Still no word on the Dolerus sawfly swarm mystery, sorry.
Eric

 

 

Subject: red bug, white spots, black legs
Location: Houston, TX
April 14, 2014 8:57 pm
just sent a note – have to correct it. This was found on Jan 11, 2014 in Houston. And I didn’t upload all the shots
Signature: Tom Lawson

Immature Milkweed Assassin Bug

Immature Milkweed Assassin Bug

Hi Tom,
This is a beneficial, predatory Milkweed Assassin Bug nymph,
Zelus longipes, and it should be handled with caution as they are known to bite.  The bite is not considered dangerous, but it can be painful.

Milkweed Assassin Bug Nymph

Milkweed Assassin Bug Nymph

Thanks so much – I’ll be caredul!

Subject: Ask What’s This Bug?
Location: Lake Balboa in Van Nuys, in the San Fernando Valley part of Los Angeles, California
April 14, 2014 8:40 am
Hi, my friends and I were at Lake Balboa in Van Nuys, in the San Fernando Valley part of Los Angeles, California. We thought we were taking photos of an orange ladybug. But when I enlarged my shot, I started thinking that this is like no ladybug I’ve seen. Can you tell me what kind of bug it is?
Signature: Helaine

Lady Beetle Pupa

Lady Beetle Pupa

Hi Helaine,
Your first impression was actually correct.  This is the pupa of a Lady Beetle.  We are not certain which species, but we are relatively confident it is not the pupa of the invasive Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle.