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Subject: A walking cocklebur only uglier
Location: Pinellas County, Florida
September 27, 2016 9:13 am
Hello,
Several days ago I released some ladybugs on my milkweed plants. They have all disappeared, which is befuddling as the plants are in an enclosed pool cage and there is a generous supply of aphids to munch on. Today (September 27, approximate temperature 87° ) I noticed these beauties. I can’t imagine this is any part of the ladybug lifecycle. I was wondering if you might know what they are? They appear to be about the size of a pencil eraser and seem to get around quite well. I can’t tell if they are eating the aphids or not, although that would be great.
Signature: Melanie W.

Lacewing Larva

Lacewing Larva

Dear Melanie,
While you might be distressed at the disappearance of your Ladybugs, you should be aware that Lady Beetles can fly and they can also be adept at squeezing through small openings in your enclosure.  On a positive note, this is a camouflaged Lacewing larva, sometimes called an Aphid Wolf, and many gardeners believe Lacewings, both adults and larvae, are more effective at eating Aphids than Lady Beetles are.

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Subject: What kind of bug is this
Location: LA California
September 17, 2016 7:23 pm
What kind of bug is this. Me and my friends keep disputing whether it is a dragonfly or not my mother passed away on Sunday Monday at 1 AM and there was this insect flying around at my window pain and I’m just curious what kind
Signature: The truth

Antlion

Antlion

Dear The truth,
This is an Antlion, and it is more closely related to Neuropterans like Lacewings and Owlflies than it is to Dragonflies, which belong to a distinctly different insect order.  Many Antlion Larvae, which are commonly called Doodlebugs, live with only their mandibles exposed at the bottom of a small pit they excavate, awaiting Ants and other insects to fall into their waiting jaws.  We just posted several images of Bee Flies from Los Angeles that parasitize the pupae of Antlions.  We don’t see many Antlions, but we do see Bee Flies, leading us to believe our Antlion population is being kept in check by the Bee Flies.  Your Antlion may be
Vella fallax based on this and other BugGuide images.

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Subject: ID this!
Location: Johns River, Australia
September 12, 2016 2:11 am
Found on the Mid North Coast, Australia. Just came into Spring on a sink with water.
Sorry for the low quality pics
I look forward to your reply!
Regards,
Signature: Tom Galati

Antlion Larva

Antlion Larva

Dear Tom,
This is the larva of a Neuropteran, probably an Antlion, which you can verify by comparing your individual to this image on The Brisbane Insect website.  In North America, Antlion larvae are known as Doodlebugs.

Oh thank you so much for the reply!
Couldn’t ID it myself yay
Regards,
Tom

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Subject: Underground bug
Location: Long island bahamas
September 3, 2016 12:28 pm
This bug was crawling under not on top of soil. What is this?
Signature: Doesn’t matter

Doodlebug

Doodlebug

This is an immature Antlion, commonly called a Doodlebug.  The Doodlebug waits buried at the bottom of a pit with only its mandibles visible for insects to fall into its hungry mouth.

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Subject: Unknown insect
Location: Burpengary
September 1, 2016 1:48 am
Saw this insect yesterday and have never seen or heard of one like it so pretty interested to know a bit more and if anyone knows the name of this bug.
Signature: William Anderson

Mantispid

Mantispid

Dear William,
We had never heard of Burpengary, and upon researching your location first, we learned it is in Queensland, Australia.  This is a Mantispid or Mantid Lacewing, and by comparing your individual to the images posted to the Brisbane Insect website, we believe your individual may belong to the species
Ditaxis biseriata.

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Subject: Identification
Location: Elanora, QLD, Australia
August 23, 2016 10:24 pm
Found this little guy sitting on a mate’s garage door, I have seen anything like him.
Signature: Liam Jackson

Mantispid

Mantispid

Dear Liam,
This is a Mantispid or Mantis Lacewing in the family Mantispidae.  All of those names make reference to the resemblance of members of the family to the predatory Preying Mantids, but despite the resemblance, they are not closely related.  Predatory Mantispids are classified along with Antlions, Lacewings and Owlflies in the order Neuroptera.  Of all the Mantispids depicted on the Brisbane Insect site, your individual looks most like
Austromantispa imbecilla, or perhaps Ditaxis biseriata which is also pictured on the Brisbane Insect site.

Mantispid

Mantispid

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