Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Jamul, CA
August 22, 2015 1:04 pm
I am located in Jamul, Ca just about 40 minutes east of San Diego. I was watering some plants and these bugs came out of the ground and are now all over the fence and this plant which is similar to tumbleweed bit produces yellow flowers in the rainy season. Was wondering what it is?
Signature: Teri

African Painted Bugs

African Painted Bugs

Dear Teri,
You have an infestation of recently introduced, Invasive Exotic African Painted Bugs,
Bagrada hilaris, a species we first noticed in our own garden in 2009, a year after they were first reported in California.  It sounds like they are feeding on mustard, a common plant in the cabbage family that has naturalized in Southern California.  Our original prediction is that they will become a significant pest to the agriculture industry as they reproduce so rapidly.

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Subject: beautiful tiny jewel bug
Location: north texas
August 22, 2015 12:13 pm
This little guy landed in our car today and let me take a few photos before flying away. I have never seen his kind before. Would love to put a name to his fabulousness
Signature: randi odom

Tortoise Beetle

Mottled Tortoise Beetle

Dear Randi,
We believe we have correctly identified your Tortoise Beetle as a Mottled Tortoise Beetle,
Deloyala guttata, based on images posted to BugGuide where it is described as:  “broadly oval; margins of pronotum and elytra clear or golden, elytra usually mottled black and yellow but can vary from completely orangish-yellow to completely black.”  Like other Tortoise Beetles, both adults and larvae feed on the leaves of morning glories and other plants in the family Convolvulaceae.

Subject: Light green bug eating my garden
Location: Denver colorado
August 21, 2015 10:23 pm
Hello i live in Denver Colorado and have had an infestation of these bugs recently. I have been unable to identitify it on my one. Please help.
Signature: Thank you, Andrew H

Tree Cricket

Tree Cricket

Dear Andrew,
We are surprised to find out that this Tree Cricket and its relatives are so numerous that they are creating a problem with your garden.  Tree Crickets are one of the night time musicians of the insect world, and they along with Katydids are always welcome in our own garden.  We feel that the few leaves and flowers that are lost to their diet is a small price to pay for the many melodious nights they provide.

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Subject: Mustachio
Location: Downingtown PA
August 21, 2015 8:00 pm
We saw this bug today, August 21, in Downingtown Pennsylvania. It was creeping along a leaf like it had lots of tiny centipede-like legs on the underside.
Signature: Amanda

Monkey Slug

Monkey Slug

Hi Amanda,
Believe it or not, this is actually a caterpillar commonly called a Monkey Slug.  Handle with caution, or not at all, as the Monkey Slug can sting.

Subject: Large Green Caterpillar
Location: Gatineau, Qc (just north of Ottawa)
August 21, 2015 6:35 pm
Hello. I observed and photographed this amazing specimen on August 7th at our cottage. It was 4-5 inches long. I searched and I searched the web to try to ID what type of moth this is, but without any success (but I did learned about many other beautiful large green caterpillars!!). I’ll be able to sleep better and smarter once I know what this is :-)
Signature: Daniel C.

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

Dear Daniel,
This is an Imperial Moth Caterpillar, and you are correct that it will eventually metamorphose into a large and beautiful Imperial Moth.

Subject: Hola from Buenos Aires!
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
August 22, 2015 2:30 am
My son sent me this picture of a beetle he found on his way home from work lat night. He lives in Olivos, which is a suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He couldn’t identify it, but we offered a guess that it was some type of cicada. Do you guys agree with our assessment?
Thanks!
Signature: Rich Williams

Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug

Dear Rich,
This is NOT a beetle or a Cicada.  It is a Giant Water Bug, an aquatic True Bug that is also capable of flying.  They are frequently attracted to lights and in North America they are sometimes called Electric Light Bugs, but more commonly they are called Toe-Biters because waders are sometimes surprised by a painful bite if they step on them in shallow water.  Giant Water Bugs are aquatic predators with mouths designed to pierce the prey and suck the fluids from the body.  Though painful to humans, the bite is not considered dangerous.