What's That Bug? http://www.whatsthatbug.com Are we experts yet? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:55:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 Metamorphosis: What’s That Bug???? http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/08/27/metamorphosis-whats-bug/ http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/08/27/metamorphosis-whats-bug/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:55:23 +0000 http://www.whatsthatbug.com/?p=76420 Subject: Mystery activity? Location: Fannie, Ark. August 26, 2014 8:03 pm Who are these actors and what activity are they engaged in? Is one a male and one a female? Is one giving birth to the other? What is that gray worm-like thing coming out of the face of the larger? Why are the antennae [...]

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Subject: Mystery activity?
Location: Fannie, Ark.
August 26, 2014 8:03 pm
Who are these actors and what activity are they engaged in? Is one a male and one a female? Is one giving birth to the other? What is that gray worm-like thing coming out of the face of the larger? Why are the antennae of the winged smaller curving back to the thorax of the larger? Etc. Is this a unique photo? Can’t find anything like it on line!
Signature: Bill Burton

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

Dear Bill,
The activity depicted in your image is metamorphosis.  The green nymph is emerging from the exoskeleton of an earlier instar so that the insect can grow.  Because of the proboscis, this insect looks like it might be a Hemipteran, possibly an Assassin Bug, but we are not certain.  We have requested assistance from Eric Eaton in the identification and classification.  It is a lovely image.

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Scarab Beetle eats tomato http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/08/27/scarab-beetle-eats-tomato/ http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/08/27/scarab-beetle-eats-tomato/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:26:48 +0000 http://www.whatsthatbug.com/?p=76418 Subject: Tomato eating June beetle? Location: Garden, Western Wisconsin August 26, 2014 9:31 pm Dear bugman, This is a new beetle I haven’t see before that ate its way through one of my tomatoes leaving behind a canyon in its wake. It’s the only one I’ve ever seen, and I can’t seem to find it [...]

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Subject: Tomato eating June beetle?
Location: Garden, Western Wisconsin
August 26, 2014 9:31 pm
Dear bugman,
This is a new beetle I haven’t see before that ate its way through one of my tomatoes leaving behind a canyon in its wake. It’s the only one I’ve ever seen, and I can’t seem to find it any where online. It seems similar to the common June beetles, but the colors are much more vibrant and it has a healthy amount of hair underneath the shell and on top of its head. It is almost as wide as it is long with misshapen spots and stripes on the shell. I have not known June beetles to eat fruits so this is rather puzzling. Maybe a type of Japanese beetle?
Signature: Derek

Scarab Beetle

Possibly Bumble Flower Beetle

Hi Derek,
June Beetles and Japanese Beetles are both Scarab Beetles in the family Scarabaeidae, and the tomato eater in your image is also a Scarab Beetle, but it is neither a June Beetle nor a Japanese Beetle.  This is not the ideal image for identification as it does not show the entire beetle.  It might be a Bumble Flower Beetle,
Euphoria inda, which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults visit flowers for pollen and/or nectar. Sometimes damage flowers. Also takes rotting fruit, corn, sap, other plant juices.” 

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Sunflower Tortoise Beetle Larva http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/08/25/sunflower-tortoise-beetle-larva/ http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/08/25/sunflower-tortoise-beetle-larva/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:39:47 +0000 http://www.whatsthatbug.com/?p=76413 Subject: larva of what? Location: Meadow in Southern MN USA August 24, 2014 7:56 pm Hello there Bugman & Staff, We work at the local Nature center here & ran across this unusual bug. We have these two shots of it. We have searched, but to no avail… now I am searching sites online. This [...]

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Subject: larva of what?
Location: Meadow in Southern MN USA
August 24, 2014 7:56 pm
Hello there Bugman & Staff,
We work at the local Nature center here & ran across this unusual bug. We have these two shots of it. We have searched, but to no avail… now I am searching sites online. This was found friday aug. 22nd, in a meadow on a grass. It did not seem to be feeding on the plant. We found it during our search for monarch caterpillars. ( We tag the adults & use some of them in a display for the public). We would appreciate any help or guidance identifying this small creature. We are located in Southern Minnesota.
Thank you kindly,
Jillian
Signature: Nature Center Staff

Sunflower Tortoise Beetle Larva

Sunflower Tortoise Beetle Larva

Dear Jillian,
We knew immediately that this creature is a Tortoise Beetle Larva, and that thing on the end of its tail is excrement.
  We felt it could not be an Arizona Tortoise Beetle, Physonota arizonae, but we also believed it was closely related.  We believe it is the Sunflower Tortoise Beetle Larva, Physonota helianthi, which we identified on BugGuide and that belongs in the same genus.  According to BugGuide:  “Food: hosts on members of the aster family, Asteraceae.”

Sunflower Tortoise Beetle Larva

Sunflower Tortoise Beetle Larva

 

 

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Snowberry Clearwing http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/08/25/snowberry-clearwing-5/ http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/08/25/snowberry-clearwing-5/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:11:49 +0000 http://www.whatsthatbug.com/?p=76411 Subject: Hummingbird Clearwing Moth Location: Evanston, IL August 25, 2014 10:47 am Here is a photo I captured in our school garden one summer about five years ago. Just a few weeks ago I saw two more of these moths in our garden but did not have my camera on me. Don’t think, however, I [...]

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Subject: Hummingbird Clearwing Moth
Location: Evanston, IL
August 25, 2014 10:47 am
Here is a photo I captured in our school garden one summer about five years ago. Just a few weeks ago I saw two more of these moths in our garden but did not have my camera on me. Don’t think, however, I could get better than this.
Signature: Lynn Hyndman

Snowberry Clearwing

Snowberry Clearwing

Hi Lynn,
We believe you have misidentified this diurnal sphinx moth, and that it is
Hemaris diffinis, the Snowberry Clearwing or Bumblebee Moth, not a Hummingbird Clearwing.  The two species look quite similar as they are in the same genus, but the Snowberry Clearwing is slightly smaller and has black legs, not light legs like the Hummingbird Clearwing.  The Sphingidae of the Americas site has an excellent image with both species for comparison.  Your image is quite nice.

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Cotton Stainers from South Africa http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/08/25/soapberry-bugs-south-africa/ http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/08/25/soapberry-bugs-south-africa/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:26:44 +0000 http://www.whatsthatbug.com/?p=76408 Subject: Soapberry bugs Location: Pretoria, South Africa August 25, 2014 10:06 am here’s the pictures of the bugs I found on the trunks of these trees. Some people have them in their gardens too, but I’ve never seen them anywhere else. This picture was taken at the start of the winter. Signature: Cindy Dear Cindy, [...]

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Subject: Soapberry bugs
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
August 25, 2014 10:06 am
here’s the pictures of the bugs I found on the trunks of these trees. Some people have them in their gardens too, but I’ve never seen them anywhere else. This picture was taken at the start of the winter.
Signature: Cindy

Cotton Stainer Aggregation

Cotton Stainer Aggregation

Dear Cindy,
We disagree with your identification.  We do not believe these are Soapberry Bugs in the subfamily Serinethinae, but rather Cotton Stainers  or Red Bugs in the family Pyrrhocoridae.  There are some similar looking images of Cotton Stainers in the genus
Dysdercus on ISpot and there is an image on FlickR identified as Dysdercus nigrofasciatus.  This note is also posted on ISpot:  “D. nigrofasciatus and D. fasciatus are not synonyms. There are four species of Dysdercus occurring in South Africa: fasciatus, nigrofasciatus, intermedius and superstitiosus. the first three looks superficially similar, but there are clear differences, for example: the head of fasciatus is significantly longer than the head of nigrofasciatus, etc.”  We are confident that the genus Dysdercus is correct, but we are uncertain of the species.

Cotton Stainer Aggregation

Cotton Stainer Aggregation

 

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