From the monthly archives: "October 2013"
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Subject: scarab?
Location: nairobi, kenya
October 27, 2013 10:22 am
Dear Bugman
What do you reckon
a scarab?
Very bright orange, lovely marking in black white and brown on the legs and undercarriage
About an inch and a half long
Signature: jasmin

Scarab Beetle:  Pachnoda species

Scarab Beetle: Pachnoda species

Hi jasmin,
You are correct that this is a Scarab, and we believe we may have identified it as a member of the genus
Pachnoda.  We found a photo that looks very close on Cetonidae – The Online Insect Museum where it is identified as Pachnoda sinuata flaviventris.  We found another photo on FlickR and finally, Wikipedia has information on the entire genus.  We are postdating your submission to go live on Halloween, the final day in October when Americans dress in costume and carve pumpkins into Jack-o-Lanterns.  The colors associated with Halloween are orange and black, like your Scarab.  

Oh Perfect I’ll look out for that on Halloween
I thanks so much for the ID. I will look them all up with the kids.
It was a beauty!
Kind regards
Jasmin

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Subject: Asian Lady Beetles
Location: West central Indiana
October 29, 2013 7:24 pm
Yesterday, October 28th, 2013, in west central Indiana, my home was overtaken, inside and out, by Asian Lady Beetles. This is an old house, and my grandparents lived here long before I did, and they had problems with the ALBs. Now, I’m living here, and I’m having the same problem. Last year wasn’t bad at all. We only had a few that got inside, which was really surprising, since we’ve had hundreds of them find their way inside each Fall. Well, yesterday we had hundreds of them, again.
I just would like to know if there is anything we can do to attract them to somewhere in the yard, as I know you’re not into killing the bugs. I know they’re beneficial to crops, but once they come inside, they’re not so helpful! They stink to high heaven. They pinch/scratch with their little legs, when they try to get a foothold on our skin. I have been vacuuming them up, when they amass on the walls, and ceiling. I can’t open the door to let them out, because there are thousands of them outside, and they’re trying to get inside!
They will stay active, and swarming, until we get a killing frost, or a serious freeze. The ones that we don’t catch that are already inside, will stay active, until we catch them, and dispose of them. Is there anything I can do to deter these things?! I’m at my wits end with them!
Signature: Gina

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle aggregation

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle aggregation

Hi Gina,
We have no suggestions to your problem, but perhaps one of our readers will provide a comment to assist you.

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Subject: What is this bug
Location: California coast. Santa Cruz
October 30, 2013 12:20 am
Hi. I recently discovered this little guy inside my home. I have very young children need to know if these are problematic.
Signature: Nessa

Snakefly Larva

Snakefly Larva

Hi Nessa,
This is a Snakefly Larva and it is harmless.  According to BugGuide:  “Both larvae and adults are predatory, though they are capable of catching and killing only small and weak prey. Snakefly larvae feed on eggs and larvae of various insects, as well as adults of minute arthropods (e.g. mites, springtails, barklice, and homopterans). Adults typically prefer aphids but may eat a wide variety of arthropods.”

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Subject: Identification of beetle
Location: Glendale, CA
October 29, 2013 8:34 pm
Hello,
I am a Biology professor at Glendale College in California, and one of my students sent me this nice photo of beetles mating. I’ve tried to identify them but can’t find anything that looks right. Thanks for your help. I believe the photograph was taken on our campus in Glendale, CA this week (October 2013).
Best,
Maria Kretzmann
Signature: Maria Kretzmann

Mating Red Shouldered Bugs

Mating Red Shouldered Bugs

Hi Maria,
These are not beetles.  They are mating Red Shouldered Bugs,
Jadera haematoloma, and they are in the Scentless Plant Bug family Rhopalidae.  See BugGuide for additional information.

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Subject: What is this big bug?
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
October 29, 2013 10:22 pm
Hi. I saw this on the ground in Dubrovnik in Croatia in September. I would estimate it to be almost 6inches long. It was dead at the time but it looks like it might have wings. Many thanks
Signature: Mark Bates

Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug

Hi Mark,
This is a predatory, aquatic insect known as a Giant Water Bug.  In North America they are called Toe-Biters and they are eaten in Thailand.

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Subject: Borneo Bug
Location: Kota Kinabalu / Sabah / malaysia
October 29, 2013 2:14 pm
Caught this on camera a coupe of years back when on holiday in Sabah / Borneo can you help
Signature: Unklejon

Carpenter Bee, we believe

Carpenter Bee

Dear Unklejon,
We believe this is a Carpenter Bee.

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