Geometrid moth from Australia
Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 10:38 PM
Hi Daniel,
I thought you might be interested in the photo I took this week of a moth that had flattened itself so well against a tree trunk, that at first I thought it was a strange pattern on the bark. I have identified it as Cypsiphona ocultaria. I wish I could have seen its underside, which apparently white, marked with black and crimson. See:
http://www-staff.socs.uts.edu.au/~don/larvae/geom/ocult.html

http://www.ento.csiro.au/aicn/name_s/b_1187.htm

Grev
East Coast Australia

Spanworm Moth from Australia

Spanworm Moth from Australia

Hi Grev,
Thanks for sending your lovely Spanworm Moth or Inchworm Moth from the family Geometridae.  We were unable to get the csiro link to work.

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Mating unknown Longicorns
Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 6:02 PM
Hi guys.
Hope the book is progressing well. I found this pair today while photographing a moth. I have not seen such brightly coloured longicorns before and hopefully someone can ID these for me. Hope you like this buglove shot
aussietrev
Queensland, Australia

Mating Soldier Beetles

Mating Soldier Beetles

Hi Trevor,
We are still courting the editor and publisher and the book is still in the concept phase. These are not Longicorns, but Soldier Beetles in the family Cantharidae. On the Brisbane Insect site, they resemble the Tricolor Soldier Beetles, Chauliognathus tricolor.

unknown longhorns not on wtb!
Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 7:15 AM
Hi,
I have two unidentified longhorn beetles that I haven’t seen on What’s That Bug before. I looked through all the beetle pages and didn’t see either of them there. The first one is a little grayish-brown longhorn that is about 1 cm long. It was found in central Oklahoma. I have found several of these this year, ranging from brown to grey, and all of them have been found under loose boards. The second is about an inch long and is orange and black. This one was found in the Arizona desert five or six years ago. I appreciate any help you can provide.
Josh Kouri

Flat Faced Longhorn

Flat Faced Longhorn

Hi Josh,
We have been scouring BugGuide to try to provide you with speculations on your identifications, and then we will consult with experts to see if our identifications are correct. We believe your Oklahoma specimen may be Flat Faced Longhorn with no common name, Ecyrus dasycerus. Images on BugGuide look quite close. BugGuide has this information: “Size 4 to 10 mm. Identification ‘Variable in size, and darker and lighter variants occur, but the combination of body shape and the dark, inverted arc-like marking at the elytral base is distinctive (though the mark is sometimes faint).'(1) Season ‘Flight: April-August in Eastern North America.'(1) Food variety of hardwoods, esp. oak. Remarks ‘Attracted to UV lights.’ ” The photo on your finger indicates the small size of the specimen which matches the description on BugGuide

Flat Faced Longhorn

Flat Faced Longhorn

We haven’t had any luck identifying your Arizona specimen, and we are now running late for the day. Hopefully Eric Eaton can provide an ID or some assistance.

 

Unknown Longhorn

Update: From Eric Eaton
Mon, 2 Mar 2009 09:32:27 -0800 (PST)
Happy birthday, Daniel!
The Arizona longhorned beetle is a specimen of Trachyderes mandibularis.  One of the larger and more colorful species down here….The specimen in the image is a female.  Males have much longer antennae, and sometimes exaggerrated jaws.
Those little flat-faced longhorns are really tough to ID, so I’m not even going to venture a guess on genus and species….
Eric

Thanks for the greeting Eric, and thanks for the identification of the Long Jawed Longhorn.

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Chilean bug with very large mandibles
Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 5:03 AM
Chilean bug with very large mandibles
A friend in Chile took this photo of a bug from his lake house. That’s pretty much all the information I have I’m sorry.
Cameron
Chile

Chilean Stag Beetle

Chilean Stag Beetle

Hi Cameron,
We are quite impressed with this spectacular Stag Beetle. We tried a websearch and believe this is a Chilean Sag Beetle, Chiasignathus granti . You may see a mounted specimen on the God of Insects web site where male specimens like the one in your photo fetch $50 to $75. Another website identifies this species as Darwin’s Beetle. All of the images we were able to locate online were mounted specimens, so we are very proud to perhaps have the only image of a living specimen of a male Chilean Stag Beetle available on the internet.

Love Bug
Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 6:22 PM
While visiting Andros Island, Bahamas, I snapped a photo of what my friend called “Love Bugs”. That must be a common name. What is their true name?
BMZ
Fresh Creek, Andros Island, Bahamas

St. Andrew's Cotton Stainers

St. Andrew's Cotton Stainers

Dear BMZ,
We have never heard of the St. Andrew’s Cotton Stainer, Dysdercus andreae , referred to as a Love Bug.  While there are some mating pairs in this large aggregation, procreation is not the primary reason many True Bugs, including the St. Andrew’s Cotton Stainer, form aggregations.  According to BugGuide, the species is found in Florida and the West Indies.

Winged But with Long Neck
Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 11:43 AM
Hi! I’ve seen this guy three times in the last week and finally got him to sit still for a picture. He seems to be alone, there is no swarm. He hangs out on walls and flies only as a last resort. We’ve just had some spring rains, so maybe that has something to do with his appearance now. Thanks for your help!
STW
Santa Barbara, CA

Snakefly

Snakefly

Dear STW,
Over the years, we have had countless letters from people who want buts identified. Perhaps it is the proximity of the g to the t on a keyboard. This is a Snakefly. Snakeflies are in the order Raphidioptera and according to BugGuide: “Formerly Raphidioidea, a suborder of Neuroptera. ” That means we need to reclassify all the Snakefly postings on our site to conform to the new taxonomy. Adults and larvae are both predatory.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for the Snakefly info.  And I also appreciate your kind treatment of my lack of typing skills!
You’ve got a great site.
STW