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Subject: Big Bug
Location: Las Vegas NV
July 29, 2012 7:11 pm
Found this thing by my back door. Its 1 1/2 inch.
Signature: VegasSmitty

Female Turkestan Cockroach

Dear VegasSmitty,
This is a female Turkestan Cockroach, and we first posted images of this introduced species last year.  Males have wings and look more like typical Cockroaches.  According to BugGuide, the Turkestan Cockroaches were:  “introduced to the US in the late 1970s, presumably by military personnel returning from the Middle East” and they are found in “semi-arid to arid desert areas, in water meter boxes, cracks between blocks of poured concrete, compost piles, leaf litter, potted plants, and sewer systems.”

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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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Subject: Las Vegas Bug
Location: North Las Vegas
June 17, 2012 8:17 pm
I found this in my backyard. My dogs mistook it for a wood chip. What is it?
Signature: Hope

Cockroach Sculpture

Dear Hope,
This is surely an unusual looking beetle, and we are not even certain how to classify it.  It has many characteristics of a Long Horned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, but the body more closely resembles that of a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  We are going to post this as unidentified and continue to search for its identity though we suspect the dog might be right.  We wish your photo had more details.

Eric Eaton responds with a correction
LOL!  That is most definitely a cockroach :-)
Wood or ceramic?

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Tiny bug nest made of my drywall!!!
Location: Louisiana, USA
March 11, 2012 1:49 pm
I found these tiny bugs on the corner near the ceiling of my bathroom. They are about 3-4 mm long each. They are black, slightly shiny, flat-ish, and have a couple lighter colored stripes (these may be sutures between their segments?). They are slow moving and have built a tiny nest from the uppermost layer of paint and drywall. The nest is about .5 to 1 inch in diameter. I haven’t found any similar nests or damage, but am wondering what these are and whether I should call an exterminator. Mostly, I’m worried by their removal of a thin layer of paint/drywall! I’ve sent the picture to a bunch of people, but haven’t gotten any id yet. Please help!
Signature: Beabria

Smoky Brown Cockroach Nymphs

Dear Beabria,
These are newly hatched Smoky Brown Cockroaches,
Periplaneta fuliginosa.  The female produces an egg case or ootheca that she carries around until she finds a suitable place to deposit it.  We have gotten increasingly more reports of Smoky Brown Cockroach nymphs, especially from Southern States, and we believe they can be rightfully tagged as Household Pests.

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Location: in my living room ( Maine)
January 30, 2012 10:19 am
This is a colony of false death head roaches. I have had them for a year. They turn out a good product. Im used to the hard case of eggs that they deposit….but now i see this crazy thing…What is it? its soft like
Signature: Happy Haunting ;)

False Death's Head Cockroach in captivity

Dear Happy Haunting,
We learned on the Worm Man website that False Death’s Head Cockroaches,
Blaberus discoidalis, are native to Mexico and Central America and they are raised as live food for other exotic pets.  In our opinion, this is a freshly laid ootheca or egg case that has still not hardened.

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Bug Art
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
January 26, 2012 7:35 am
Here is my last creation. I let it hangin’ on my bed. Isn’t it adorable?
Signature: Cesar Crash

Cockroach Sculpture by Cesar Crash

Hi Cesar,
Thanks for reminding us that you have submitted other insect sculptures.  We will need to search the archive and categorize them as Bug Art.  Does this Cockroach Sculpture scare away the real roaches which we are guessing are much smaller than this in Brazil?

It have only scared humans till now! Thank God I have no problems with cockroaches at home. The only ones that appear are those burrowing crusty ones. And some wild roaches that have no fear for humans.
Perhaps it will attract a giant Ampulex compressa!

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