Butterfly ID, please
Location:  Alleghany county NC
September 3, 2010 12:57 pm
Greetings! I took this picture the end of August 2010 near a river in a wild, wooded, mountainous section of Alleghany county NC. I can’t seem to find another image like it and wondered what it was. Love your site, take care.
Signature:  Linda

Red Spotted Purple

Hi Linda,
Your beautiful butterfly is a Red Spotted Purple.

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The Mercedes Logo Mystery Bug!
Location:  Santa Fe, NM
September 2, 2010 11:53 am
Hello Bugman. I found this bug on the window of our fire station and none of us had ever seen anything like it! It was shaped like the Mercedes logo! The body appeared hard like a stick bug, and it looked like it was made to look like just another small dry twig. I didnt see it fly but I’m certain it had wings under the two front hard parts coming off its sides. The pictures I took are not very good because it was taken with a cell phone. The third picture is of a drawing I did of it from the underside view. Please tell me you know what this is! I hope this helps. Thanks again!
Signature:  Mr. Mares

Plume Moth

Dear Mr. Mares,
We love your drawing of a Plume Moth.  You could have illustrated our book.  Often people write requesting an identification of the T-Bug and it is a Plume Moth.

Unknown very tiny incest in kitchen cuboard
Location:  Winnipeg Manitoba
September 2, 2010 2:11 pm
My wife found these tiny incests in the kitchen cuboard mostly where she keeps crackers,grains,cereals,but not limited to there. Size is less than .5mm,width much less. Very hard to see because of size unless they move, very hard to get a picture even at my macro setting. Look like tiny wood fibres till they move. They move around individually.What are they and what will remove them from the cuboards and keep them out?
Signature:  Freddio


Hi Freddio,
Since you used it twice, we figured your anagrammital play in the subject line was designed to get our attention and it worked.  This appears to be a Booklouse,
Liposcelis bostrychophila, considered by BugGuide to be a “Common domestic species.”   Booklice get their name because they are often found eating starch in book bindings, though they will also feed on starchy food products in the pantry.  BugGuide has a nice photo of Booklice feeding on oatmeal. AskTheExterminator offers some good advice on Booklice control without pesticides, beginning with reducing the humidity in the cupboard area and not storing any foods longer than six months.  Kiwicare offers similar advice.  We posted a letter last autumn that has many great citations.  We will be tagging this as a household pest, though in our opinion, in small numbers they are probably benign and even inevitable in even the cleanest of pantries.

Thanks for your “Quick” response, perhaps I need a better spellcheck or spelling lessons. LOL

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Location:  Ventana Canyon, Sonoran Desert, Tucson Arizona
September 2, 2010 8:42 pm
I’m stumped. Some people think it’s a beetle larvae, some a caterpillar with only six legs. Whatever they are they are one of the weirdest things I’ve seen in the Sonoran Desert and that’s saying something. About an inch long maximum, and like being on the underside of the leaves rather than the tops.
Signature:  Sonoran Inquiry

Tortoise Beetle Larva

Hi Sonoran Inquiry,
Was there only one of these things?  What species of plant was it on?  We cannot imagine this being anything but the Larva of a Leaf Beetle.

Tortoise Beetle Larva

While we were at work today, we got numerous identification submissions

How ironic.  I got a couple images of one of these myself the other day, in Pima Canyon, in the same mountain range.  You can thank Margarethe Brummermann for telling me what it was.  Here’s a link with images of more larvae and adults:
Pretty cool, eh?  They are quite large by tortoise beetle standards….

I looked on your website and there was a leaf larva from Thailand? that looked
similar which was a tortoise beetle. I did some googling and think I found it.
It’s the larva for the Arizona Tortoise Beetle (Physonota arizonae). I remember
seeing these beetles in Sabino Canyon, very pretty! Thanks for your help.

Hi Daniel and Sonoran Inquiry:
It does look like a Leaf Beetle larva and I think it is probably a Tortoise Beetle (Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae). I think it might be an Arizona Tortoise Beetle (Physonota arizonae), also known as the Arizona Gold beetle. The Bugguide has a fairly good match, and the site ‘Arizona: Beetles Bugs Birds and more’ has a picture of larvae that look even closer (scroll down a little). The host plant is given as various Asteraceae, but particularly Canyon Ragweed (Ambrosia ambrosioides). If that looks like the right plant (it looks similar from what I can tell) then perhaps this is an Arizona Tortoise Beetle. In any case, I think it something very close to that. Regards.  K

We assume it’s a beetle?
Location:  Ellicott City, Maryland
September 2, 2010 3:24 pm
Hi Bugman,
We found this awesome looking creature right outside of our school in Howard County Maryland on Sept. 1st, 2010. It has a greenish-yellow body with black spots and two horns; one over the other. Can you tell us what species it is??
Signature:  Students at Bonnie Branch Middle School

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dear Middle School Students,
Your beautiful male Eastern Male Hercules Beetle
, Dynastes tityus, is the heaviest beetle native to North America. He is also known as a Rhinoceros Beetle.  The female has no horns.

September 3, 2010 @ 1:04 AM
A male Green Lynx Spider, my favorite Los Angeles spider, was hunting a male Katydid while his ladyKaty watched on horrified from the door jamb.  I tried to save the Katydid and removed him and his mate jumped away.  Too late I thought I might have caught them and refrigerated them, perhaps allowing them to warm up and eat every few days in a feeble attempt to keep them alive for live television.  {They all want bugs.  I don’t travel with bugs he thought as he suddenly remembered the dead Fig Eater he had picked up on the sidewalk on the way for Armenian food.}  By the time I got the idea to photograph them, the LadyKaty was gone.  By the time I thought to capture them and chill them, both Katydids were gone.  I could always capture and chill that trophy Green Lynx, but I can’t bear to remove him from my yard.  I know he will have lots of spiderlings.

Green Lynx fails to notice the Katydid behind it

Though moments earlier the spider had been stalking the Orthopteran.

Male Green Lynx Spider

In our garden, the female Green Lynx Spiders are usually found on foliage.  This beautiful male was a bit out of focus in the previously posted image, so we found a sharper one where his pedipalps really show.  We hope he stays on the porch light.  We are going to talk to Julian Donahue about refrigerating insects to see how long we can keep specimens in the refrigerator before our tentative October interview on local news.