NOT A QUESTION; I noticed that you don’t have a picture of a mormon cricket so I am sending you one (if you want it)
I was up from Austin visiting my dad in Idaho Falls, Idaho, while we were driving the quad I noticed this big shiney black bulb looking thing so I went and got him and my daughter and we drove to the spot and stopped to see what it was, we saw that it was an ugly bug with it’s butt in the ground (I am guess it was laying eggs). He told me it was a mormon cricket ( I know that probably isn’t the real name), I didn’t see one on your sight so I took a picture. On our way back to camp we saw one with it’s horn sticking out about to lay eggs so I took a picture of that one too. I hope this is something you can use! USA Northwest (southeast Idaho)
Jen

Mormon Cricket

Mormon Cricket

Hi Jen,
It is amusing that you sent your letter right after we posted a letter with a lengthy response about the Mormon Cricket. Did you try using our search engine? We also have several submissions buried in the archives.

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yellow and turquoise bug
Saw this bug while taking a walk. About an inch long for body.
Never saw such beautiful bright colors.
Looks like it’s been painted with metallic auto paint.
Kennett Square PA
Cathy &Carlos

Elderberry Borer

Elderberry Borer

Hi Cathy and Carlos,
This beauty is an Elderberry Borer, Desmocerus palliatus, also known as a Cloaked Knotty-Horn.   The larvae burrow into the  stems and roots of elderberry shrubs and the adults feed on pollen.

Is this related to a Squash Bug?
I’ve seen this bug in large numbers around my vegetable garden near Dallas Texas. They often congregate in the sunflowers and are proficient fliers. They look similar to and I thought related to a squash bug. Thinking that I figured they were harmful to my veggies, so I would mash one whenever I got the chance. Until I saw this one. Seems to be quite helpful as he’s eating one of the worms on this ear of corn. But what is it?
Near Dallas, TX
Jerry D. Coombs, Wylie, TX

Wheel Bug eats Caterpillar

Wheel Bug eats Caterpillar

Hi Jerry,
Your predator is a Wheel Bug, and its resemblance to a Squash Bug is because the two are in the same insect order, but they are not closely related as they are in different families.  The Wheel Bug is in the Assassin Bug family.  We are pleased to add you photo to our food page section.

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Sun on Web in Trees
Don’t need the bug identified…just wanted to give you the gift of this beautiful production. Thanks for all you do. Enjoyed by many.
Seattle,WA
Dave Wave

Orb Weaver's Web

Orb Weaver

Hi Dave,
Your photo of an Orb Weaver’s Web is sure beautiful.  It is a nice addition to our archives.

???eggs on bur oak leaf?????
HI,
I just took a photo of these bug eggs???? on the leaves of our bur oak tree today (Sept 22, 2008) . The eggs are hard (so my husband say’s I couldn’t get up the nerve to touch them). So it’s the beginning of fall here in Iowa. I was wondering if you could identify the egg for us. Our son who’s 4 spotted them on the tree. There are only a few leaves with the clusters. After trying to identify these in a few books and the help of your web site our 4 year old said why don’t you ask that cool web site we go to….so here I am asking for help.
Thanks so much for your time.
The Sims Family
Des Moines, Iowa

Oak Leaf Gall

Oak Leaf Gall

Dear Sims Family,
Though they might look like eggs, they are actually Galls.  Galls are growths on plants caused by insects, mites or other creatures.  We believe your Galls are Amphibolips coelebs and they are caused by a tiny Gall Wasp.  We identified them thanks to a wonderful old research book written by Frank E. Lutz, but we couldn’t find an image online.  Galls don’t generally cause the plants any harm.  In the case of the Gall Wasps, the growth creates a food source for the developing larva.

Large, yellow, very impressive jungle beetle
The beast was huge – like a small cell phone. Brilliant yellow with prominent eye spots on the thorax. See picture. It landed on a friend and he now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress. Hope you can help and thanks if you do.
P.S. The specimen shed coloration from its wings when touched.
The Amazon (Ecuador)
N.R. ochs

Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer

Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer

Hi N.R.,
This is a most stunning photograph of a Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer, Euchroma gigantea, a species that is found in Central and South America.