Hi,
Many thanks for your help with the identifying of our seed bugs but once more I am seeking your help. As ‘trainee crop growers, we live in Southern Spain and found this wandering along the ground nibbling at most things green. Can you identify it for us please. Best regards
Maggie

Hi
Just want to say that I am sorry and should have checked ALL of your site before asking the question.
I now know that it is a spanish blister beetle, but does it do any harm to plants or humans?
Maggie

Hi Maggie,
We are happy to hear you identified your Spanish Blister Beetle using our site without our assistance, since we are starting to get more and more letters again as summer approaches. Adult Blister Beetles eat plants, and can get very numerous at times. They can do significant damage. Larval Blister Beetles often feed on Grasshopper Eggs, which is beneficial to farmers. We feel the Blister Beetles are important contributors to the balance of nature. Many Blister Beetles exude an irritating chemical compound that will cause blisters in humans. We have never taken the time to correctly identify this Spanish species, but it looks nearly identical to the genus Megetra found in North America.

Update:  April 4, 2010
We have just identified this species as the Red Striped Oil Beetle, Berberomeloe majalis, based on information on the Wildside Holidays website.

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moth or butterfly, Northern Wisconsin
The enclosure is a pic. of a lep I’ve never seen before,– going back to 1934 ! Location: 1 1/2 miles N. of Mountain Wisc.( zip 54149), near the Oconto River. (About halfway between Green Bay and Wausau.) Date: July 28, 2007. The impression I got was very much that of a butterfly, but the antennae taper perfectly smoothly to a point without any clubbing or curling. Also, the thoracic exoskeleton seemed not as strong as I would expect in a butterfly this size, say a Blue or a Checkerspot. Nor did the flight seem as powerful as one expects of a butterfly. It holds its wings up together over its back butterfly style, dipping them ocasionally, as in the photo. In my experience, it is unique! I hope you can tell me what it is. Thanks.
John A.L.Osborn
Hey! You must like bugs, so you’ll enjoy many of my Escher-like tilings of leps, hemips and coleops on my art website www.ozbird.net Lotsa pages maybe 200 + tilings, Enjoy

Hi John,
We can narrow this down to being a moth, but we cannot tell you the species. The Moth Photographers Group has an excellent site, but that might take us hours to locate your specimen and that would cut into time we don’t have to try to post just a few letters. If one of our readers knows this species or identifies this species, perhaps we will get a response.

Update: (04/09/2008)
Hi, Daniel:
I wanted to give a little help on two identifications. The moth in question is the white-striped black moth, Trichodezia albovittata, a common day-flying moth at this time of year in the understory of hardwood forests. Hope that helps.
Eric

Boxer Beetle?
Hi there—here in California (Bay Area) I’ve always called this beetle a “boxer beetle” but can’t find anything under that name when I do an online search of your site or anywhere else. It has an orange body and black wings, and will spit out a bit of black “ink” when threatened. It also has a voracious appetite for aphids, and I would love to order a bunch for my roses and vegetable gardens. Can you give me the correct name, let me know if it causes any “pesky” problems, and if I can order them from anywhere? Thanks!!
Sonia Till

Hi Sonia,
This is a Soldier Beetle, possibly Podabrus pruinosus. To the best of our knowledge, they are not available commercially despite their excellent carvivorous behavior.

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Beetles
Hello Bugman. I found this weird looking beetle in my dog’s water bowl and I promptly brought it into the house so that I could Google it. After not finding it, I remembered your site (which I’ve been to a couple times before) and searched through the pages of beetles but I haven’t found it yet. Its about the same size as a quarter (as the picture shows) and is a metallic green color with metallic copper color on the carapace (?). It sports a single curved horn on its head. Sorry about the quality of the pictures, its been gloomy and wet all day.
Clay Bridges
Henderson, Texas

hi Clay,
Your beetle is type of Dung Beetle commonly called a Rainbow Scarab, Phanaeus difformis. it is related to the similar looking, more common Rainbow Scarab, Phaneas vindex. BugGuide has a nice graphic that shows how to distinguish the two species based on the shape of pronotum.

A few pics for you guys.
With this year being a mass hatching year for the lubbers in Florida I decided to send a few of the color forms that I am seeing this year by the thousands. The spider is what makes the webs that span about 6 inches in the grass seen in the morning dew. There are many more photos on my flickr site if you would like to use them just let me know.
Jim Smullins

Hi Jim,
We are really excited to get your photos, both for the timeliness of the Grasshoppers, and the fact that this is the first image we have received of a Blacktailed Red Sheetweaver, Florinda coccinea. We are posting your images separately as having different, unrelated creatures posted together creates archiving problems for us.

Another Boxelder Question
I’m shocked to find you advocating the extermination (via a mild solution of detergent and water) of Boxelders without explaining WHY they should be killed. This is even more surprising after reading your reactions to all the carnage photos sent to you. For some reason, the poor little (seemingly) harmless Boxelder just isn’t a worthy creature. I think I’ve read through all the postings regarding Boxelders and I haven’t found (unless I missed it) a good reason for killing them. Please enlighten me. Though I don’t think another photo is needed, I’ve attached one. (Sorry I couldn’t get him to smile…)
Dan

Hi Dan,
Your letter has given us pause to think about this. Here is what BugGuide has to say: “Adults take plant juices from maples, fruit trees, sometimes nectar. Nymphs feed on seeds, also dead insects, sometimes cannibalize other nymphs as they molt. ” and “Considered a nuisance when it invades houses. Not an economically important pest, as its main food source (Boxelder) has little or no commercial value.” So, Boxelder Bugs are a nuisance, but are not a particular threat. We should perhaps revisit our advise on how to control them. We have never endorsed wholesale extermination of the species. People whose lives are impacted by population explosions of Boxelder Bugs, especially when they invade the home, might want a environmentally safe means of control. Though we tolerate insects in our home, we would not want to be invaded by 1000′s of Boxelder Bugs, and if that happened, we might resort to some means of control. Once again, for clarification, we have never endorsed wholesale extermination, but perhaps our advice to use soapy water should be reserved for otherwise uncontrollable numbers.