A type of beetle?
Location:  Ludington, Michigan
September 5, 2010 10:13 pm
Saw a group of these on milkweed. But, not prolific spotting only one plant with the bug.
Signature:  John

Large Milkweed Bug Nymphs

Hi John,
These are not beetles, but rather Seed Bugs, more specifically, the immature nymphs of the Large Milkweed Bug,
Oncopeltus fasciatus.

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Red caterpillar?
Location:  Payson, Arizona
September 5, 2010 11:20 pm
We found this bug Payson Arizona, mogollon rim area. It is very interesting with the red color, black spots and black collar. We would like to know more about this bug.
Signature:  LHastings

Unknown Leaf Beetle Larva

Dear LHastings,
This is the larva of a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae (See BugGuide) and we are nearly certain it is in the subfamily Chrysomelinae (See BugGuide), but after that we draw a bit of a blank.  There is a strong resemblance to the larva of the Colorado Potato Beetle, but photos we have seen show a black head on the larva of the Colorado Potato Beetle unlike the red head in your photo.  Additionally, like many leaf beetles, the Colorado Potato Beetle is quite selective about its food plant, and it feeds on the leaves of plants in the potato family including nightshade.  Your larva appears to be feeding on grass.  There is a closer resemblance to the larva of the Swamp Milkweed Beetle, but again there are inconsistencies with both the food plant and the range of the Swamp Milkweed Beetles which according to BugGuide are found east of the Rocky Mountains.  An additional problem is that it is generally far easier to identify an adult insect than a larva.  We will contact Eric Eaton who is familiar with the insects of Arizona to see if he can provide any additional information.

Eric Eaton Responds
Hi, Daniel:
I’d say that more than likely it is in the genus Leptinotarsa, which includes the infamous “Colorado Potato Beetle,” but also several other species here in Arizona.  Always helps to know what plant it was feeding on.

Thank you for looking into this for me.  The bug is not on the grass.  It has pretty much finished eating a plant, and the stalk is behind the grass.  I am attaching a photo of what it is feeding on.  This may help.
Thank you for taking the time to look into this.

Probably Leptinotarsa Larva

Thanks for providing a better photo of the food plant Laura.  It appears to be feeding on a member of the nightshade family.  Your new photo and Eric Eaton’s comment have convinced us that this is a Potato Beetle in the genus Leptinotarsa, but not the Colorado Potato Beetle whose larva has two rows of black dots on each side (see BugGuide). As Eric Eaton has indicated, there are other members of the genus found in Arizona, and BugGuide has images of two species of adults, but alas, there are no photos of the larvae.  The first is Leptinotarsa haldemani, Haldeman’s Green Potato Beetle (see BugGuide) and the second is Leptinotarsa rubiginosa, the Reddish Potato Beetle (see BugGuide).  We have also had no luck in finding any photos online of the larvae of those species.  We hope you are content with a genus identification.

what is this catterpillar
Location:  leicester england
September 6, 2010 5:33 am
my mum has found two of these in her garden can u tell us what they are?
Signature:  lizziep

Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Hi lizziep,
We have received several requests to identify the Caterpillar of the Elephant Hawkmoth,
Deilephila elpenor, in the past few weeks.  According to the UK Moths website:  “The English name of this moth is derived from the caterpillar’s fanciful resemblance to an elephant’s trunk” and “It is a common species in most of Britain, including Scotland, where it has increased its range in recent years.

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Odd Wasp
Location:  Maine USA
September 5, 2010 2:06 pm
Caught a picture of this odd looking wasp in the spring. I’ve been unable to identify it so I thought I would send it your way.
Signature:  D Ramsey Ballard III

Metallic Green Bee

Dear D Ramsey Ballard III,
The reason you have been experiencing difficulty in identifying your insect is that it is a bee, not a wasp, more specifically a Metallic Sweat Bee in the family Halictidae (see BugGuide).  It appears to be a Metallic
Green Bee in the genus Agapostemon which has numerous members that look very similar and which is found “coast to coast throughout United States and southern Canada also occurs in Central and South America” according to BugGuide.  We believe it may be Agapostemon virescens based on the striping pattern of the abdomen, the range of the species, and an image posted to BugGuide.

What is this bug?
Location:  New Jersey shore bordering pine barrens
September 5, 2010 9:23 pm
I found this beetle (?) fascinating. The curving, segmented antennae are longer than its body, and the area above its eyes looks like it’s got painted-on eyebrows. I can’t believe I have combed the internet and still can’t identify it! I found it on my patio at the NJ shore, in an area that borders the pine barrens. I hope you will find my ”bug” fascinating, too, and will tell me what it is. Thank you!
Signature:  Mary Palmer

Spined Oak Borer, we think

Hi Mary,
We believe this is a Spined Oak Borer,
Elaphidion mucrunatum, based on images posted to BugGuide.  We wish you background was less camouflage and that it showed the details of the femora because according to Bugguide:  “Note very long femoral spines.

Hi, Daniel.
You guys are amazing. I can’t believe you answered my question at all, let alone so quickly. I see exactly what you mean about the lack of detail of the femora in my photo. I’d never seen an insect before with those intriguing “eyebrows” and forgot that to identify any kind of wildlife you need more than color or one interesting characteristic. In future if I find an insect I want to identify with an online “bug” guide, I will attempt to get it into a glass container of some kind so I can view it from every angle.
In any case, armed with information from you, I have searched around online some more. I am thinking that the beetle I saw was a little bigger than a spined oak borer (next time I am photographing any mystery bug, I will photograph it next to a ruler!) and that it might actually be something else, like Parelaphidion aspersum. In any case, this was a good learning experience for me, a reminder that neither I nor anyone else can identify an insect without enough information about it, visual as well as length, etc.
I really can’t thank you enough!
Mary Palmer
P.S. It would not surprise me if “my” insect likes to eat oak trees. I don’t know where you are located, so you may or may not know much about the pine barrens of New Jersey, but the two main trees of the pinelands are pines (no surprise) and oak, with a few other varieties.

Hi again Mary,
Parelaphidion aspersum does look like a very good match and the two species are in the same tribe.

September 5, 2010
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