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Subject: Blue Bug
Location: Not sure
January 30, 2014 1:13 am
Hi there,
We import a dry dog food from Midwest US and with the last few containers we had a blue bug in the container. The container is transported via the Panama Canal from Pennsylvania – we wonder if it could have some from there.
I am sorry but my photos are not that good.. but here we go..
Image 1: dead, but you can see the legs
Image 2: dead, but you can get an idea of the size
Image 3: there are about 5-6 live ones in the bag with the dog food
Your help will be much appreciated
Signature: Not sure

Red Legged Ham Beetle

Red Legged Ham Beetle

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Red Legged Ham Beetle

Red Legged Ham Beetle

Hi there,
How will I know if you don’t have time to reply?
Thanks,
Malene

Red Legged Ham Beetles in Dog Food!!!

Red Legged Ham Beetles in Dog Food!!!

Dear Malene,
Thank you for your patience.  It appears you have an infestation of Red Legged Ham Beetles,
Necrobius rufipes.  Even though the photo is blurry, the red legs are very obvious in your second image.  According to Forensics Topics, a high profile occupation thanks to all the crime scene investigation shows on television:  “This beetle is small in size with a bluish/green metallic body. Notice the red leggs-hence [sic] the name. This beetle shows up during dryer stages of decomposition.”  We suspect that there are also larvae in the dog food.  According to BugGuide:  “found on dried fish, skins and bones of dead animals, and other carrion; also found on museum specimens” and “Eggs are laid on the food material; larvae pass through three or four instars; the last instar spins a cocoon in which pupation occurs; life-cycle takes 6 weeks or longer depending on food type and physical conditions. Under optimum conditions, the rate of population increase is about 25 times per month. The adults fly actively and can thus easily disperse to new sources of food.”

Thank you so much Daniel. Much appreciated.

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Subject: Ant Beetle ?
Location: Balung River Eco Resort, Tawau, Sabah, Borneo.
November 18, 2013 6:27 am
Dear Mr. Bugman, I am glad to be able to return to this site again.
This time I have found a tiny ant-like beetle which I could not identify.
It’s length is smaller than 15mm. Could it be a Cleridae species?
Signature: C. X. Wong

Possibly Checkered Beetle

Possibly Checkered Beetle

Dear C. X. Wong,
Your beetle does resemble a Checkered Beetle in the family Cleridae, but we cannot say for certain that is a correct family identification.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to confirm the family and provide some more specific information.

Possibly Checkered Beetle

Possibly Checkered Beetle

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Subject: Red Beetle with black spots
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
June 30, 2013 6:57 pm
First thing that came to mind was lady bug, but it’s not similar in shape. Found in Cincinnati in mid-spring.
I live in Cincinnati, OH, and never saw so many different types of insects before, I moved here from cold Minneapolis, MN.
Signature: Emily Rose

Four Spotted Checkered Beetle

Four Spotted Checkered Beetle

Dear Emily Rose,
We quickly dismissed that this might be a Leaf Beetle and we then identified it as a Four Spotted Checkered Beetle,
Pelonides quadripunctatus, thanks to images posted to BugGuide, which indicates the beetles are active:  “March-May.”

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Subject: Wondering if this is a spider
Location: Dordogne,France
April 25, 2013 6:18 am
Dear WTB,
I took this picture in my kitchen before putting it in the garden- it looks like it could nip. It was probably staying out of the sun. I cant say I’ve seen one here ever -France. It is about 1-1.5 cm in length. It looks like venom from spiderman , maybe the inspiration. Thanks
Signature: Alan Harvey

Checkered Beetle

Checkered Beetle

Dear Alan,
This is a Checkered Beetle in the family Cleridae, not a spider.  According to BugGuide, Checkered Beetles are:  “predaceous on other insects, larvae mostly on wood- and cone-borers; some adults feed on pollen; a few species are scavengers.”  Your Checkered Beetle looks somewhat similar to this image of
Thanasimus formicarius from FlickR.

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Subject: Orange Bug on Tulip Poplar
Location: Great Falls, VA
November 13, 2012 3:48 pm
I noticed recently that some of the large branches on a 150+ year old tulip poplar have been debarked. This is in northern virginia.
Yesterday, i found a number of ant-like insects on the tree. They have 6 legs and seem to have two defined body segments.
If you look at the insect from tail to head, it has a bright orange behind, a black horizontal stripe, and an orange top to the main body. The head is reddish orange. The legs are black.
I’d like to find out what kind of insect this is. I’ve never seen anything like it. The closest thing i can find is a cow killer, but those are furry. This is smoothe with no real fur.
Thanks for your help.
Signature: john marciano

Checkered Beetle

Hi John,
This little beauty is a Checkered Beetle, possibly
Enoclerus ichneumoneus Checkered Beetles are not damaging your tree, and they are most likely feeding on insects that might be negatively impacting the health of the tree.  According to BugGuide:  “predaceous on other insects, larvae mostly on wood- and cone-borers; some adults feed on pollen; a few species are scavengers.” 

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Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, CA
July 21, 2012
As a prelude to National Moth Week, the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance partnered with What’s That Bug? by hosting a Moth Night in Elyria Canyon Park on the weekend before the official start of National Moth Week in order to accommodate the busy schedules of hosts Julian Donahue and Daniel Marlos.  Since National Moth Week is about moths and diversity, we took this opportunity to educate those in attendance about the wealth of nocturnal life in Elyria Canyon Park.  Julian, Kathy, Lauri and Daniel arrived just before 7 PM and opened the gate so that visitors could take advantage of the event by driving into an area that is normally closed to motor vehicles.  Setting up for the event involved getting power to thre
e distinct sites for attracting moths with different light sources:  black or ultraviolet bulbs, incandescent bulbs and mercury vapor bulbs, and these preparations were made before sunset.

Anise Swallowtail Caterpillar displaying osmeterium

Just as Julian finished setting up the black light he was running off his vehicle battery, the first guest walked up.  Darlene from Torrance had arrived before us and while checking out the life in the park, she discovered the Caterpillar of an Anise Swallowtail as well as three eggs on the wild fennel.  Darlene, an avid fan of insects, continued to capture creatures in her viewing box and her most notable finds of the day and night included a Flower Fly larva, a female Bush Katydid, a mating pair of invasive exotic African Painted Bugs, a Checkered Beetle and a winged male Sand Cockroach.  Young Julian captured a specimen of Arboreal Click Beetle with unusual feathered antennae.

The early arrivals for Moth Night approximately 8 PM

The earliest folks to arrive got a quick tour of the beginnings of the butterfly garden that the beautification committee is planting thanks to a generous grant from the North American Butterfly Association (NABA).  Gathering folks together for a group photo is kind of like trying to herd cats, but we did manage to get a few organized group shots of most of the people who arrived just before sunset.  Julian began by giving an overview of moths, their place in the ecosystem, how to attract them and then took questions from the eager crowd.  People continued to explore the park on their own while there was still light and the youngsters started catching insects in the bottles that were provided so that they could be identified.  Refreshments were provided by MWHA Hospitality VP Susanne Brody.

Folks begin to hunt for insects and other small creatures

A skunk wandered from the nursery behind the red barn into the meadow just as darkness began to fall and this generated quite a bit of excitement.  Then the moths and other insects began to arrive to the various light sources that were designed to attract them.

Black Light and Incandescent Light area

Julian explained earlier that the best nights for mothing with lights are warm, humid, calm and moonless.  Alas, the only desirable condition we had was the fact that there was a new moon.  A slight breeze and cooler conditions prevailed, but we were still graced with a variety of geometrids, pyralids, noctuids, tortricids, acrolophids, and tineids as well as some interesting beetles, mayflies and lacewings.  Fun was had by all of the approximately 35 people who attended Moth Night in Elyria Canyon Park.

Collecting around the mercury vapor bulb

 

 

 

 

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