Subject: strange larvae of something or other
Location: Missouri, United States
May 22, 2015 10:21 pm
my friend found one of these awhile back and I submitted it but I understand you’re all busy. turns out I’ve found one now too and I’m very curious so I’m submitting this one too in hopes of finding out what it is!
also it DID seem to emit a foul smelling odor when I touched it if that helps to identify it any.
Signature: Michael

Carrion Beetle Larva

Carrion Beetle Larva

Dear Michael,
This is the larva of a Carrion Beetle in the family Silphidae and you may verify our identification on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults consume fly larvae (maggots) at carrion, as well as some carrion; larvae eat carrion, maggots, and beetle larvae, may prefer dried skin, bits of flesh after maggots have departed”
which may explain the odor you detected.

Carrion Beetle Larva

Carrion Beetle Larva

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Subject: Ldybird Spider
Location: Vamos, Crete
May 23, 2015 8:05 am
This was taken in my garden on the island of Crete. Can you tell me if it is poisonous? Fascinating to find many different spiders here. Last one we found was a wolf spider.
Signature: LindaJ

Male Ladybird Spider

Male Ladybird Spider

Dear LindaJ,
Your endangered male Ladybird Spider in the genus
Eresus, most likely Eresus sandaliatus based on information included on the Spiders of NorthWest Europe site which has images from Crete indicating that the species can be identified by the black and white hind legs.  Most spiders have venom, but very few species of spiders are considered dangerous to humans.  To the best of our knowledge, the Ladybird Spiders are considered harmless, and the fact that they are endangered through much of their range indicates that no methods should be used to threaten them if they are found in your garden.

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Subject: ID help
Location: Stamford, CT
May 22, 2015 7:47 am
Walking along a small river with a thin line of trees/shrubs on both sides in Stamford, CT on May 22, 2014, I saw this insect repeatedly on various tree and shrub leaves. There was no sign of leaf damage in the area of the insect. I was amazed by the length of the antennae – almost 2 times the body length.
Your help on ID would be appreciated!!
Signature: Patty

Black Winged Flying Insect

Black Dancer Caddisfly

Dear Patty,
We do not recognize your insect, but it looks to us like it might have an aquatic nymph.  We have contacted Eric Eaton for input and we will begun researching this after we finish cooking.

What's That Bug?  Caddisfly perhaps???

Black Dancer Caddisfly

Hi, Daniel:
This is a caddisfly called the “Black Dancer,” Mystacides sepulchralis.  The thick, leg-like things in front are actually the palps, part of its mouthparts.  They do not bite or anything, though.
Eric
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
http://bugeric.blogspot.com/

Thanks Eric,
We thought it was probably a Caddisfly, but didn’t have the time to research it before requesting assistance.  According to BugGuide:  “Only two species of
Mystacides occur in the east and the other one has brownish wings. … Males have red eyes.”

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Subject: insect ID
Location: Willits, Mendocino County, CA
May 21, 2015 2:33 pm
I found this in the vegetable garden. I use no pesticides and wonder if this is a good guy or bad guy?
Signature: Donna

Timema

Timema

Dear Donna,
This Timema is related to Walkingsticks, and though they feed on leaves, they are not considered agricultural pests, so you should not be concerned.  Timema are rarely seen.
  You can read more about the Timema on BugGuide.

Thank you so much! I have never seen this kind of insect. I released him back into my garden but unfortunately, he immediately became a meal for a lizard!

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Subject: Found in SW Ohio
Location: Ohio, USA
May 21, 2015 5:21 pm
this bug was found on a friends’s farm in SW Ohio on May 21, near Dayton. We have No idea what it is.
Thank you.
Signature: Puzzled

Carolina Sphinx Metamorphosis

Carolina Sphinx Metamorphosis

Dear Puzzled,
This is a newly metamorphosed Carolina Sphinx,
Manduca sexta, and soon its wing will expand and it will be able to fly.  Though the adult Carolina Sphinx might not be familiar to your friends, if they grow tomatoes, they are probably familiar with the large caterpillars of the Carolina Sphinx, the Tobacco Hornworm, that feeds on the leaves of tomatoes and related plants.

Thank you!
I appreciate the answer. It was found in a greenhouse where they grow tomatoes.
I will let them know, as we were all fascinated by it.
Jennifer

 

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Subject: Wasp or Beatle?
Location: Covina California
May 21, 2015 6:35 pm
Found this in the backyard crawling into a hole, never seen one before. It’s quite interesting. It really looks like a beetle mixed with a wasp. 05-21-2015
Signature: Joshua

Tarantula Hawk Carnage

Tarantula Hawk Carnage

Dear Joshua,
We are afraid to ask why this Tarantula Hawk is no longer crawling into a hole.  Tarantula Hawks are Spider Wasps in the family Pompilidae.  We will be tagging this posting as Unnecessary Carnage.

Tarantula Hawk Carnage

Tarantula Hawk Carnage

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