Subject: Fascinating Winged Creature
Location: Fall Canyon Trail, Death Valley, Calif.
April 4, 2016 3:41 pm
Yesterday, while hiking the Fall Canyon Trail in Death Valley, my eyes bugged out when I crossed paths with this incredible creature that looked like a giant winged ant scrambling over the gravel in front of me.
A cursory search of “strange insects of Death Valley” and a dive through my usually trusty Laws Field Guide proved fruitless so that is why I am compelled to bother you in hopes you can solve the mystery. For what it’s worth the insect appeared to be approximately two inches long.
Signature: W. Campbell

Master Blister Beetles

Master Blister Beetles

Dear W. Campbell,
Each spring, nature lovers who flock to the deserts of the southwest to see desert wildflowers in bloom send us magnificent images of Master Blister Beetles to identify.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Insect identification
Location: Iasi, Romania
April 5, 2016 1:50 am
Hi,
please help me identify this insect. It’s been in my bathroom since quite a few years, and lately in my kitchen too. I live in a block of apartments. It’s about everywhere, and doesn’t fly very well or for a long time. It’s small, about 3-4 mm long/wide.
Thank you very much!
Signature: Alex

Bathroom Fly

Bathroom Fly

Dear Alex,
The Bathroom Fly or Drain Fly is a common household pest that breeds in the sludge that accumulates in household plumbing.

Dear Daniel,
thank you very much! Now I can look forward to removing this pest.
I really appreciate your input!
All the best,
Alex

Subject: What’s this insect??
Location: Indonesia
April 5, 2016 2:38 am
Hi Bugman,
We came home today to find this insect stuck to our door. We have lived here for the past 8 years and have never seen this.
I’ve lived in tropical Indonesia for the past 36 years and have never seen it…
To me it looks like a moth which looks like a piece of bark… Help…
Signature: Preeti, who has a son (8) who NEEDS to know,

Katydid

Katydid

Dear Preeti,
We believe this is a Katydid in the family Tettigoniidae, and either its hind, jumping legs are missing, or they are hidden under the wings.  We will attempt to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can verify our identification and possibly provide a species name.  Your individual resembles this image on Media Storehouse.

Katydid

Katydid

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for the responding so quickly.
It’s 3rd set of legs are hidden under his wings… I just couldn’t take a picture of them.
A Katydid…thanks for letting me know what it is so that I can investigate it on the net and tell my son.
Thanks again.
Regards,
Preeti

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: WTB?
Location: Hollywood, FL
April 5, 2016 4:19 am
Just saw this very odd bug on the front of my house. It looked like a fly with a stick on it at first. I’m 54 years old and have never seen anything like this one. Do you know what it is? My neighbor’s 6 year old grandson wants to know as well! Many thanks!
Signature: Bambi Davidson

Mantisfly

Mantisfly

Dear Bambi,
Though it is commonly called a Mantisfly, this unusual insect is neither a Mantis nor a Fly.  Though they are not related, the Mantis Fly and the Preying Mantis have both evolved raptorial front legs for capturing prey, and grasping the prey while feeding.  Mantisflies or Mantidflies are classified in the family Mantispidae, and they are most closely related to Lacewings and Antlions which are all in the order Neuroptera.

Dear Mr. Marlos-
Thank you so much for identifying that insect. I told the 6 year old that it looked like a cross between a fly and a preying mantis.
You’re the best!!!

Subject: Insect i.d
Location: Ontario
April 5, 2016 5:09 am
Hello!
This is the third bug of this kind I’ve seen in our house in a few weeks. They’re about the size of a cricket, do not move much or quickly when disturbed. They seem to appear in the spring.
Any insight would be appreciated!
Thanks.
Signature: Anne

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Anne,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug is a common household intruder that seeks shelter indoors when the weather cools and then becomes active and attracts attention when the weather warms and it seeks egress.

It certainly looks like that species, and did emit a loud buzz. We also have two large pine trees directly outside the house (touching the house), which would correlate. A pest control company here in Toronto identified it as a “Stink Bug”, is that the same insect under a different name?

Stink Bugs are in the family Pentatomidae and Western Conifer Seed Bugs are Leaf Footed Bugs in the family Coreidae.  Both are in the suborder Heteroptera, meaning they share physical traits.

Subject: So pretty!! But whta is he?
Location: Tennessee
April 4, 2016 4:12 pm
I have a beetle that is rainbow Black underside, and is wet. I couldn’t find what he is is is color that he is a beetle and he is very very very very pretty. So could you help me bug man, be a lot of help.:-)
Thanks!
Signature: Bellaboo

Dogbane Leaf Beetle

Dogbane Leaf Beetle

Dear Bellaboo,
There appears to be some very poorly executed digital retouching in the background of your image which may cause people to speculate on the possibility of color enhancement as well.  This is a Dogbane Leaf Beetle,
Chrysochus auratus, and there is an excellent image on FlickR.