Caterpillars feeding on speckled alder
Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 1:14 PM
Hi!
I really like your website – it’s been very helpful in identifying many of the insects that I’ve found. These caterpillars I’m having a hard time with though. I saw them during the summer, munching on speckled alder leaves on an island in Georgian Bay. As you can see in the photograph, they are yellow, black and white striped, with reddish orange heads and a big reddish bump a little ways behind the head as well. They have several hairs and stiff black spikes along them. Do you know what they are?
Kristin
Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada

Red Humped Caterpillars

Red Humped Caterpillars

Hi Kristin,
It took us a bit of searching before we were able to identify your Red Humped Caterpillars, Schizura concinna, but we eventually located it on BugGuide where it is described as:  ” has bright red head and red hump over segment A3.  Striping is variable but includes black, yellow and white pinstripes.  Takes up a defensive posture raising the rear end when disturbed. ” This is a Prominent Caterpillar in the family Notodontidae.

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Unknown bug, Like large squash bug.
Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 12:51 PM
Can you help identify this bug? It is like a very large squash bug and he he is gray on the top, has a white belly with a few greenish, blueish speckles on the bottom. It is about an inch and a half from head to tail.
Thanks.
An intellegent kid with his mom
N.C.

Leaf Footed Bug

Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Intelligent Kid,
Your insect is a Leaf Footed Bug or Big Legged Bug in the family Coreidae.  The species is Acanthocephala declivis and it does not have a common name.  You can verify the identification based on photos posted to BugGuide.

Leaf Footed Bug

Leaf Footed Bug

Blue, red and white bug, with orange and black legs Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 5:57 PM
We found this bug while doing some sightseeing in Oaxaca, Mexico. My friend noticed it first, I almost walked right into it! We just had to take a picture of it, though neither of us could tell what it was. The colors are just stunning, and you can see the patterns continue underneath the body too. We thought it almost looks like a beetle or stink bug, but we have no idea. Any help in figuring out what this bug is would be appreciated!
Sightseeing in Mexico
Oaxaca, Mexico

Giant Mesquite Bug from Oaxaca

Giant Mesquite Bug from Oaxaca

Dear Sightseer,
This is either a Giant Mesquite Bug, Thasus acutangulus, or a closely related species. Your specimen is an immature nymph. Interestingly, we just posted an image of another nymph from Peru that reminds us of this species.

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unrecognized beetle
Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 1:06 AM
Hello! I came across this beetle a few years ago in Machu Picchu, Peru on the way up to Huayna Picchu (a summit next to Machu Picchu) at an altitude of about 2500 m. Can you please tell me what it is? Thank you!
Etai
Peru

Leaf Footed Bug

Leaf Footed Bug

Hi Etai,
This is a Coreid Bug or Leaf Footed Bug or Big Legged Bug.  It reminds us of the Giant Mesquite Bug,
Thasus acutangulus, and we suspect it may be closely related.

Please ID this spider!
Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 3:19 PM
We found this spider in our garage in Cincinnati, OH about a week ago. (late Oct. early Nov.). I dont think it had rained or anything but it is not a spider that I have ever seen in the area before. Its body w/o the legs is a little smaller than 1/2 inch. If you need any other info or pics just email me. Thanks for any help!
Mikey
Cincinnati, OH

Marbled Orb Weaver

Marbled Orb Weaver

Hi Mikey,
What a positively gorgeous Marbled Orb Weaver, Araneus marmoreus, a highly variable species whose many variations can be viewed on BugGuide.

Big nasty wasp
Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 3:29 PM
Hi Bugman!
This is a giant crazy wasp that I found in a mist net while banding birds. It was in some coastal scrub habitat in Marin County, California on November 5, 2008. I have no idea what kind of wasp it is.
Walker Pett
Marin County, CA

Wood Wasp

Wood Wasp

Hi Walker,
This is a Wood Wasp or Horntail, and despite its “nasty” appearance, it is perfectly harmless and cannot sting.  We believe this is Urocerus californicus based on images posted to BugGuide.