Mating bugs?
May 3, 2010
Sorry for the lack of knowledge. I’m not exactly sure what kind of bugs these are! I thought they were lightning bugs, but I’m not sure.
Anyway, I thought you might like these mating buggies, and hopefully you could shed some light as to what these cuties are!

Mating Winter Fireflies

Hi Terra,
We agree with you that these are Fireflies, more specifically Diurnal Fireflies, and most probably Ellychnia currusca, the Winter Firefly, which we identified on Bugguide.

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Identify shiny blue bug in photo
May 4, 2010
I think this is a jewel bug. It was found at a height of about 1.5 m over the ground, on the leaf of a creeper. The area had lots of trees.
The bug was spotted on April 10th 2010, The winter had ended and hot summer was begining.
Evan John Philip, NISER
Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India.

Unknown True Bug

HI Evan,
We really don’t have time to track down the species, but this appears to be a Shield Bug and some species are called Jewel Bugs.  Your photo is so gorgeous that we want to post it.  Perhaps one of our readers will have time to post a comment with a correct identification before we return.

Big, bad Bulgarian bug.
May 5, 2010
Dear Bugman,
My friend found this wasp-like creature at her house in Bulgaria. I have been considering visiting her, but I’m just not so sure anymore. The beast is around 4 inches long. I have Googled manically, but with no luck. What is it?
Zmeevo, Bulgaria

Mole Cricket

HI Anna,
If avoiding Mole Crickets like the one in the photo is your only reason for not visiting Bulgaria, or staying any place for that matter, then you may want to consider relocating to Antarctica.  Mole Crickets are found throughout the world, and they are harmless creatures that spend most of their lives underground.  Many species can fly and they are attracted to lights.

Hi Daniel,
Oh, I was really just joking – I’m not freaked out by bugs, I just wondered what it was – mole crickets are incredibly rare in Sweden (where I spend most of my garden quality time) and it would be an enormous treat to see one. I remember it from my insect book, but the picture is from a different angle. Very excited and grateful to receive such a helpful and quick reply!
All the best from Rome,

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Is this Merodon equestris var. equestris?
May 4, 2010
I am pretty sure that this is Merodon equestris and I WAS pretty sure that it is variation equestris, but I read somewhere that this species ALWAYS has black legs.
Mine has whitish blots on it’s legs (and the wing veins seem lighter than those on specimens I found images of on the internet).
Can you help me out?
Thanks in advance :)
The Netherlands

Narcissus Bulb Fly

Dear Enmos,
WE were not familiar with this species, so we checked BugGuide.  Merodon equestris, the Narcissus Bulb Fly, is listed on BugGuide, but its origin is not listed.  Wikipedia indicates it is European.  BugGuide indicates a vein pattern that resembles a sock, but alas, none of your excellent images shows this feature.

Narcissus Bulb Fly

Sadly, we haven’t the time at the moment to research the subspecies.  YOur excellent images are a wonderful addition to our site.

Narcissus Bulb Fly

Longhorn Beatle
May 4, 2010
This fellow (or gal) was on our front screen this morning. I’ve looked through the Longhorn picture database, and can’t find one just like it, so I thought I would drop a line. Thanks
Balfate, Honduras (North Coast)

Neoptychodes trilineatus

Hi Brad,
Amazingly, we quickly identified your Longhorn as Neoptychodes trilineatus on BugGuide.  BugGuide notes:  “Primarily Caribbean and Neotropical in distribution, but gets into southwestern and extreme southeastern U.S.”  and “Although Ficus is the primary host, larvae also develop in Alnus, Morus, Salix, Celtis.”

Neoptychodes trilineatus

Thanks very much.  You guys are great.  I’ve got to get better at using the Bug Guide.

Yellow moth with a face
May 4, 2010
Hi Bugman!
I have a new moth/caterpillar from Jakarta, Indonesia.


My housekeeper found the caterpillar munching on guava leaves. After two days it made the silk bag and pupated – from April 15 till this am. I have not seen this moth before. I found lots of silk bags on the trees but, they have a little role and the pupa is dried up inside.
Kemang, South Jakarta, Indonesia

Moth Caterpillar

Hi Miriam,
WE have not had any luck quickly trying to locate your moth on Bill Oehlke’s comprehensive website, nor on the Wild Silkmoths of Indonesia website.  The closest match is the genus Cricula, but that does not look correct to us.  Hopefully, we will be able to provide you with an answer, either by contacting Bill Oehlke, or by having one of our readers supply a response.

Bill Oehlke just wrote to us that this is NOT a Giant Silkmoth.  HMMMM.  What could it be?

Ryan and Mr. Goodwraith provide identifications
Not a saturniid, but a member of  Lasiocampoidea. This is a female Trabala pallida.

I’m sure ryan’s right. Compare with the specimen shown at The placement of the markings seems distinctive for T. pallida.
Mr. Goodwraith

Ed. Note: The Lasiocampoidea are known as Tent Caterpillars and Lappet Moths. Read Full Post →