Can u tell me what bug this is?
Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 8:21 AM
I found this bug in my terrace today and i just want to know what kind of bug this is can you please help me
Gerard
Philippines

Katydid

Katydid

Hi Gerard,
This is some species of Katydid, but we need to try to research exactly what species. That swordlike ovipositor, despite looking like a stinger, is actually used by the female to lay eggs. Your specimen is obviously a female Katydid. We have never seen a Katydid that looked like this and we are very curious to find out more information about it.

yea i have never did also thats whi i sent you the pic it even has a white patch near the front. to tell u the truth the swordlike ovipositor on the bug as i was approaching it she kind of puts her head own and sticks that tail up in the air like some sort of defense.

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Small, pea-soup green, hairy critter
Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 2:27 PM
See the photos
Curious
Gulf south (USA)

Asp

Asp

Dear Curious,
This is a Southern Flannel Moth Caterpillar, Megalopyge opercularis.  It is sometimes called an Asp and it stings.

Asp

Asp

what´s this?
Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 12:18 PM
is this a spyder?, what is it. Dangerous???, found under a pyle of stuff
gabriel
mexico

Tailless Whipscorpion

Tailless Whipscorpion

Hola Gabriel,
We never tire of posting images of the harmless, shy, nocturnal, predatory Tailless Whipscorpion.  They are Arachnids, but not spiders.

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Xmas present included a @&*#$ bug!
Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 8:11 AM
I got a box for Xmas and did find this bug inside (dead). The box came from a US warehouse which got it from China. So the Question we are all asking to you: is the Cockroach from China or the US? We need an answer if possible as we have a bet situation here. The bug was flushed and I cannot give you more images sorry. More Info: the bug routed from China near HK then Illinois then Minnesota then to Ohio. Thanks.
Donation is the way to an answer!
China or North American Bug

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach

Dear Donater
A donation is not truly the way to an answer.  That is more the luck of the draw when it comes to us opening emails, which happens at random or because a subject line catches our attention.  In your case, it was our vivid imagination regarding the implied foul language of your heading.  Sadly, we don’t know if your cockroach originated in China or the U.S., but we are fairly certain it is the Oriental Cockroach, Blatta orientalis, sometimes called a Water Bug.  The reason we are uncertain where your specimen originated is due in part to the misty origin of the species.  According to a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) website:  “The origin of the oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis Linnaeus, is uncertain, but it is thought to be from Africa or south Russia. It is a major household pest in parts of the northwest, mid-west, and southern United States.”  Since the species now has such a wide distribution, it is impossible to surmise where your specimen crawled into the box.

Huge unknown insect from Brazil
Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 1:58 PM
I am living in Florianopolis, Brazil. I was recently walking at night and saw this insect on the sidewalk. It was very large about 8 inches from leg to leg with a body about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. I have never seen anything like it before. It was very slow but quite aggressive. Its two front legs were each about 3 inches long and its antenna were about the same. it looked like a hard shell and was red and black pattern. The picture is not great quality as it was an iphone at night. I set my audi key next to it for size reference (which is about 2 inches X 1 inch). I have spent some time trying to figure out what it was but have not had any luck on the internet. I hope you are able to help me out. You will be glad to know that I moved it to safety off of the sidewalk so nobody would step on it. When I tri ed to nudge it . it actually wrapped its legs around the bottom of my shoe and I had to shake it off just to give some size reference to its legs. If you identify it for me I will send you the pic of the tarantula found in our garage which is bigger than the blackberry I set next to it.
Dave
Florianopolis Brazil

Harlequin Beetle

Harlequin Beetle

Hi Dave,
This is a Harlequin Beetle, Acrocinus longimanus, one of the Longhorned Borer Beetles or Longicorn Beetles in the family Cerambycidae.  We have received several letters in the past with photos of this stunning beetle.

Hispellinus australicus
Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 7:56 PM
Hi guys,
I came across a couple of these elusive leaf beetles in my yard. To the naked eye they are just a very tiny plain black beetle. They are only about 2mm long. I did a google search on them and only found a few entries and no photos so thought you might like to be the first site with a picture. I love their spiky wing case.
aussietrev
Queensland, Australia

Leaf Beetle:  Hispellinus australicus

Leaf Beetle: Hispellinus australicus

Hi Trevor,
Thanks so much for giving us the honor of posting your landmark photo of Hispellinus australicus, a Leaf Beetle.  It surely is a distinctive looking specimen.