What's That Bug? http://www.whatsthatbug.com Are we experts yet? Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:58:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Louse Fly http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/10/22/louse-fly-11/ http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/10/22/louse-fly-11/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:58:39 +0000 http://www.whatsthatbug.com/?p=77160 Subject: Need help identifying this bug Location: Vermont October 22, 2014 3:44 am We are trying to figure out what type of bug this is. My son felt something on the back of his neck yesterday and took this bug off the back of his neck. He first thought it was a tick but looking [...]

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Subject: Need help identifying this bug
Location: Vermont
October 22, 2014 3:44 am
We are trying to figure out what type of bug this is. My son felt something on the back of his neck yesterday and took this bug off the back of his neck. He first thought it was a tick but looking at it, it does not appear to be a tick. It has six legs, with hair that you can see on them. It is kind of flat. It was walking sideways (like a crab) on the napkin after taking it of his neck. Any help identifying this would be appreciated.
Signature: Megan

Louse Fly

Louse Fly

Dear Megan,
This is a blood sucking Louse Fly, and we just posted another image of a Louse Fly from Vermont a few days ago.

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Diaprepes Root Weevil http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/10/22/77157/ http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/10/22/77157/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:39:40 +0000 http://www.whatsthatbug.com/?p=77157 Subject: Biking Bug Location: Tallahassee, FL October 20, 2014 1:12 pm Dear Bugman, I found this bug sitting on my bike, right beside the back wheel. I had turned the bike over a few times to secure the chain on the wheel, without seeing this little guy fall off. I even tried to slightly move [...]

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Subject: Biking Bug
Location: Tallahassee, FL
October 20, 2014 1:12 pm
Dear Bugman,
I found this bug sitting on my bike, right beside the back wheel. I had turned the bike over a few times to secure the chain on the wheel, without seeing this little guy fall off. I even tried to slightly move him over with a leaf, but this guy would NOT budge!
I continued to ride, downhill, and uphill until I reached my destination. When I locked up the bike, he (or she) had moved, but was still attached to my bicycle.
This bug had black and yellow patterns. It looks like a beetle, but I’m not entirely sure. It has a “bigger” antenna, as well as legs and feet that tend to stick and hold on to wherever they are.
Signature: Biking with a Bug

Diaprepes Root Weevil

Diaprepes Root Weevil

Dear Biking with a Bug,
This looks like a Diaprepes Root Weevil, and according to Featured Creatures: “It was first reported in Florida in 1964 from a nursery near Apopka. It was presumably introduced in an ornamental plant shipment from Puerto Rico. Since 1964, Diaprepes abbreviatus has spread over a large area of central and southern Florida where it is damaging to citrus, ornamental plants, and some other crops.”

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Ichneumon from UK http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/10/22/ichneumon-uk/ http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/10/22/ichneumon-uk/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:33:00 +0000 http://www.whatsthatbug.com/?p=77155 Subject: Insect Identification Location: South East UK October 20, 2014 10:54 am Afternoon, Found the attached against my curtains this evening I literally have no idea what it is or what it could be and have been searching images for the last hour trying to find out Wondering if you could let me know what [...]

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Subject: Insect Identification
Location: South East UK
October 20, 2014 10:54 am
Afternoon,
Found the attached against my curtains this evening
I literally have no idea what it is or what it could be and have been searching images for the last hour trying to find out
Wondering if you could let me know what it is and if it is native to the uk? i have never seen anything like this and i have lived here all my life (some 27 years)
Signature: Thank you in advance

Ichneumon

Ichneumon

This is some species of Ichneumon, a member of a family of parasitic wasps.  Ichneumons prey upon many agricultural pests and most Ichneumons are very host specific, preying upon a single species or genus, though some prey upon entire families of insects and arthropods.  Ichnuemons are a highly diverse family with many members, and we cannot say for certain if you have a native species.  Ichneumons are sometimes introduced to prey upon other introduced pests.

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Wheel Bug http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/10/22/wheel-bug-77/ http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/10/22/wheel-bug-77/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:26:38 +0000 http://www.whatsthatbug.com/?p=77153 Subject: What’s this bug Location: Charlottesville, Virginia October 20, 2014 11:16 am Hi, I found this bizarre looking guy dying on my back steps yesterday. His body is about 2 inches long. I live in a rural, open area. I think he is the stink bug king, because he was hanging out with a lot [...]

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Subject: What’s this bug
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
October 20, 2014 11:16 am
Hi, I found this bizarre looking guy dying on my back steps yesterday. His body is about 2 inches long. I live in a rural, open area. I think he is the stink bug king, because he was hanging out with a lot of dying stink bugs. Thanks for your help!
Signature: Melissa

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Melissa,
We would love to learn that the Wheel Bug in your image is feeding on invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, but we don’t think that the native predators could ever eliminate the impact of the rapidly spreading import from Asia.

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False Bombardier Beetle http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/10/21/false-bombardier-beetle-7/ http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/10/21/false-bombardier-beetle-7/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:56:57 +0000 http://www.whatsthatbug.com/?p=77151 Subject: Red and black beetle? Location: Kentucky October 20, 2014 8:24 pm I found this darling after work the other day. Eveningtime, autumn weather, in the parking lot. It was about 2 inches long, see photo of it in a plastic cup. Long legged, with covered wings like a beetle, but kind of soft to [...]

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False Bombardier Beetle

False Bombardier Beetle

Subject: Red and black beetle?
Location: Kentucky
October 20, 2014 8:24 pm
I found this darling after work the other day. Eveningtime, autumn weather, in the parking lot. It was about 2 inches long, see photo of it in a plastic cup. Long legged, with covered wings like a beetle, but kind of soft to the touch, not crunchy like a typical beetle shell. It was trapped in a puddle, so I dried it off and made sure it was ok before I let it go into the weeds. :)
Signature: Casey

Hi Casey,
You rescued a False Bombardier Beetle in the genus
Galerita, and you can read more about this predatory Ground Beetle on BugGuide.  We are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

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