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Subject: Unknown damselfly or dragonfly
Location: NE San Diego county
July 17, 2016 2:25 pm
Hi! Saw this beauty hanging out on the sunny side of my house for several hours. When it flew away, it was flying like a damselfly or dragonfly. It is about 2″ long, and at first I thought it might be a female dobsonfly but it didn’t appear to have mandibles or a wide body.
Signature: -LP

Antlion

Antlion

Dear LP,
This is neither a Dragonfly, a Damselfly, nor a Dobsonfly.  It is an Antlion, one of the Neuropterans that are related to Lacewings and Owlflies.

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Subject: What bug is this?
Location: CT
July 17, 2016 5:05 pm
Hey! I live in Stamford, CT and found this bug crawling around. Do you know what kind it is?
Signature: AJ

Mantidfly Pupa

Mantidfly Pupa

Dear AJ,
This is the ambulatory pupa of a Mantidfly.  Here is a matching image and additional metamorphosis images from BugGuide of the pupa of the Mantidfly
Dicromantispa sayi.  According to BugGuide, the larva:  “spins a cocoon, and changes to a pupa within the skin of the larva. Later the larval skin is cast; and, finally, after being in the cocoon about a month, the pupa becomes active, pierces the cocoon and the egg-sac, and crawls about for a time; later it changes to the adult form.”

Mantidfly Pupa

Mantidfly Pupa

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Subject: What on earth?
Location: Atlantic county NJ
July 15, 2016 6:37 am
Hello, I saw this and thought it was some dirt or something until I saw it crawling. Then I saw it’s little legs and pincers. I live in egg harbor Township in southern new Jersey about 10 minutes away from the ocean. It’s mid July and morning time. I tried to blow it off of my daughters bowl but it had quite a grip! So I knocked it off with a strawberry runner lol.
What on earth is it??
Thanks for your awesome website, I’ve been a fan for years!
Signature: Sonja E. Keiser

Camouflaged Lacewing Larva

Camouflaged Lacewing Larva

Dear Sonja,
This is a camouflaged Lacewing Larva.  According to BugGuide:  “It seems that the trash carried by these larvae confers some protection against predatory lady beetles.”

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Subject: Bug identification
Location: 15 miles west of Chicago, IL
June 29, 2016 8:54 pm
I live about 15miles outside of Chicago, IL. & just took this picture on June 29th.
The bug was less than an inch long, there are 4 legs in the back, obviously 2 on each side, then looks like a long neck and two “arm-like” legs in the front near the head. The arms look like pinchers but I don’t think they are because they seemed to kind of assist him climb up the brick. Plus I think bugs need at least 6 legs… I didn’t kill him… I was hoping I discovered a new species lol… Jk 🙂
Thank you!!
Signature: Julie

Mantispid Pupa, we presume

Mantidfly Pupa, we presume

Dear Julie,
This is a predatory Mantispid or Mantidfly in the family Mantispidae, and we thought that perhaps we were looking at an individual that somehow lost its wings.  We turned to BugGuide and we found this very similar looking image identified as
Dicromantispa sayi, and it appears as though it is part of a metamorphosis series of images.  That makes us wonder if it is a pupa.  Did it move about or was it stationary?  We are going to contact Eric Eaton to try to get some clarification on this.  We continued to research and we found this image on pBase where it states:  “This mobile pupa of a mantisfly, having recently left its cocoon, is wandering in the rain on a mossy log.”  That would imply that your individual is preparing to molt one final time before emerging as a winged adult Mantidfly.  Mantidflies are related to Lacewings and Antlions.

Thanks for replying!! What an interesting looking creature.
As for moving, he was up at eye level on the brick wall of my house and it seemed the “arms” were assisting him in moving but he wasn’t quick and maybe moved a few centimeters when I saw him. But how did he get up so high? Interesting…

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Subject: Bug o mania
Location: South West Missouri
June 24, 2016 4:18 pm
I found this bug in my garage it’s about the size of my index finger but it’s weird looking and I can’t find it anywhere so I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of bug this is it looks like some kind of moth or something
Signature: JACK BONE

Antlion

Antlion

Dear Jack,
This species,
Glenurus gratus, it one of the loveliest of the Antlions in the family Myrmeleontidae.  Antlions are closely related to Lacewings and Owlflies in the order Neuroptera.

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Subject: AK tiny 6legged bug with pincers
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
June 7, 2016 4:34 am
hello! I sure would love your help in identifying this bug I found this crawling on my night stand. it appears to have 6 legs, a small set of pincers, ivory and grayish or perhaps yellowish 😕 in color w a body that could roll up a bit when poked. hopefully the pictures help and hopefully you can help me ! Oh yes and I live in Anchorage , Alaska. Thank you very much.
Signature: Sarah Quirk

Aphid Wolf

Aphid Wolf

Dear Sarah,
While we have received numerous reports from folks who have been bitten by Lacewing Larvae, including from our own editorial staff, these fierce predators that are sometimes called Aphid Wolves are nonetheless beneficial predators.  The bite may cause local irritation, but it is not considered dangerous.

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