Subject: Maybe a Cassidinae from Costa Rica?
Location: -83:12:28; 8:41:45
March 28, 2014 1:02 pm
Hello bugman,
right now i’m in costa rica for studying orchid bees and their behavior.
Another thing that i have to do is to create a photo book with determinated animals.
Today i found this little bug, but since i’m really not an expert in this kind of stuff, i would really apreciate if you guys could help me with this.
my first guess is a cassinidae, but maybe i’m totally wrong.
best wishes,
Signature: René

What's That Beetle???

What’s That Beetle???:  A Firefly

Hi René,
We do not believe this is a Tortoise Beetle in the subfamily Cassidinae.  The antennae are wrong.  We believe this is in the superfamily Elateroidea, which includes Click Beetles, Fireflies and other families with similar body shape and potentially feathered antennae, and you can see some similar looking beetles on BugGuide.  We are posting your images and we will continue to research your request.

What's That Beetle???

Firefly from Costa Rica

Update:  March 30, 2014
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash who runs Insetologia in Brazil, we now know that this is a Firefly, Lamprocera picta which can be viewed on Bold Systems Taxonomy Browser.

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Subject: Corythucha species in so cal?
Location: Deukmejian Wilderness Park, La Crescenta, California 91214
March 28, 2014 10:49 pm
Hello,
I have been recently photographing a species of Lace Bug (Corythucha) for a biology project that I cannot identify. I have found these solely on the Thick-leaf Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon crassifolium) and observed clusters of the nymphs as well (which I have included in the photos). The adults seemed to be exhibiting some maternal care and am very curious to find out what species I have been observing as this is the only population I have been able to find in this area. I have collected these photos from Deukmejian Wilderness Park in La Crescenta, CA 91214 in the Alluvial community at an elevation of 2500 ft. I will greatly appreciate any information you can lend to me, thank you for your time.
Signature: Travis Farwell

Lace Bug

Lace Bug

Hi Travis,
You might want to try posting these images to BugGuide as well because we are a bit leery of providing an exact species identification on Lace Bugs which are quite similar in appearance.  For now, we are posting your excellent images in the hope that one of our readers can provide additional information.

Lace Bug Nymphs

Lace Bug Nymphs

Thank you for your help Daniel, I will be posting to BugGuide shortly.

Let us know if you get a definitive identification.

Lace Bug

Lace Bug

 

Subject: What. Is. This.
Location: San Diego
March 26, 2014 8:19 am
Help, there is a large moth on my ceiling. I called maintenance to save me but they just laughed. What is it?!!
Signature: Mallary

Whitelined Sphinx

Whitelined Sphinx

Hi Mallary,
This Whitelined Sphinx is perfectly harmless.  Whitelined Sphinxes are currently flying in Southern California.

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Subject: Bug ID
Location: Bedroom floor under the bed
March 27, 2014 11:50 am
Sorry I used wrong form. I found this bug in my bedroom. I have a live one in a box. He is about 1/4 inch long with little hairs on his back. 3 legs each side, to the front of his body. very dark and pale cream stripes. Lots of dicarded shell casings but he does not look like a bedbug. his body is quite rounded. Moves quite slowly in a concertina like movement.
I am being bitten and was looking for bedbugs. I have cleaned and smoked the room. Would be gratefull for your advise as I cannot find this little darling anywhere on the internet.
I should mention that we have just replaced our roof andall the stuff out of the loft came downstairs and we have been overseas in the last 6 months
Signature: Ann

Carpet Beetle Larva Sketch

Carpet Beetle Larva Sketch

Dear Ann,
Your sketch of this Carpet Beetle Larva is much better than your photograph.  Carpet Beetles are common household pests, but we do not believe it is responsible for the bites you are getting.

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Daniel,
Many thanks for your help. Have fumed and cleaned the room and will keep a vigilant watch for more offspring. Seen the doc and he says they are definately bites. I think they are scabies but he is not convinced as they are not between my fingers and are generally in groups of three. No other family member is affected. They are quite nasty and it has taken antibiotics in addition to lyclear cream to calm them down. Still the mystery remains. I will try to make a donation to your organisation via paypal  Many Thanks Ann

Thank you for your generosity.

 

 

Subject: Spiny caterpillar
Location: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
March 27, 2014 3:26 pm
We came across this large spiny/fleshy caterpillar (being eaten by ants) in the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica at the end of the dry season (middle of March). It was about 3 inches long. Do you know what it would have become?
Signature: Alison

Ants eat Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar

Ants eat Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar

Hi Alison,
Alas, this caterpillar appears to have already become all that it will become, food for Ants.  Were it not attacked, it should have transformed into one of the Giant Silkmoths in the family Saturniidae and the subfamily Hemileucinae, though we have not had any luck verifying the actual species.  We will contact Bill Oehlke to get his opinion.

Daniel,
Only a guess. Automeris postalbida. Color might be off due to near death.
Please always ask for more precise location before sending images. Saves me
time in looking things up. Different species, often very similar, can often
come from different locations. If I know location I might only have to
search through five files instead of fifty as I have species checklists for
most of South and Central America down to one level below national level..
Thanks for thinking of me.
Bill

Subject: Fuzzy/furry moth seen in Austin, Texas
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
March 27, 2014 6:59 pm
Hi there -
A friend saw this moth today in Austin, Texas outside a coffee shop, and I was hoping you could help me identify what sort of moth it was.
Thank you!
Signature: Mark Miller

Cecropia Moth

Cecropia Moth

Hi Mark,
This impressive Cecropia Moth is a male as evidenced by his very feathery antennae.  We thought a Texas sighting was a bit unusual as we think of the Cecropia as being an eastern species, but BugGuide indicates that Texas is the western end of the range.

Awesome!!  Thank you for the feedback Daniel  :)