Luna Moth Spotted
Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 9:14 AM
I’ve already determined what it is but I got a great shot of it I wanted to share with your readers. I do have it in much higher res if you want. I spotted it on the wall when coming into my shop the other morning and it was so interesting I had to grab my camera and get a shot of it. Enjoy the photo.
Rich
West Columbia, SC

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear Rich,
We always love posting the first Luna Moth of the new year.  Thanks ever so much for your gorgeous photograph.

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Tenebrionidae from Argentina
Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 4:24 AM
HI!
I´m sending a couple of pictures from Scotobius milliaris, Family Tenebrionidae. I´ve taken them in San Antonio Oeste, Río Negro, Patagonia.
This is a common species living in central Argentina, but expandig its distribution to cities in Patagonia, where you can find it only in garden´s houses. It is easy to see adult – larva under fallen leaves and walking on the grass. Some call them “catanguitas”.
I believe there aren´t any picture of this species on the web yet.
Hugs
Mirta

Darkling Beetle

Darkling Beetle

Hi again Mirta,
Thanks for allowing What’s That Bug? to be the first site to picture this lovely Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae.  It resembles our Southern California Ironclad Beetle.  We have been so busy with work and our new aquarium that we have been a bit lax in posting new submissions, only about one or two a day at the moment.

Darkling Beetle

Darkling Beetle

Black with orange spot… not a centipede
Sun, Mar 22, 2009 at 6:11 PM
Hi I found this interesting specimen in George Washington national park located in Staunton Virginia. I have never seen anything like it and have been camping there for about ten years. I was hoping you would be able to ID it for me as it’s a very interesting and colorful insect. I thank you for your time and effort… I love your site and have used it extensively to satisfy my curiosity about bugs…
Thanks!!
David Barton
Staunton Virginia

Glowworm

Glowworm

Dear David,
What a positively magnificent Glowworm Larva you have photographed. it is in the family Phengodidae. There is an identical specimen posted on BugGuide that was photographed in North Carolina. It is unfortunate that you didn’t have the opportunity to see it glowing a luminescent green in the dark.  Glowworms are also known as Railroad Worms.

Glowworm

Glowworm

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Small Bug with 2 long arms like lobster pinchers
Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 5:07 AM
I found this bug twice in our bathroom and this morning in our kitchen. I was reading the paper and it might have crawled off my t shirt. Unable to identify it.
Doug
Flushing, MI

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

Dear Doug,
This is a harmless Pseudoscorpion, a minute predator often found indoors. We get countless identification requests from around the world on Pseudoscorpions, and we should probably include it in the Top Ten Tag. Though your photo is not the most detailed we have ever received, we love the inclusion of the ruler in the photo so our readership can see just how tiny this amazing predators really are.

Longhorn Beetle?
Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 5:59 AM
I came upon this sunbathing beetle on March 2 while walking along the beach just west of Colonia, Uruguay. The beach was along the River Plate, just across from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was wondering if it was indigenous or perhaps had washed ashore from a passing freighter.
Patrick J.McNamara
Real de San Carlos, Uruguay

Longhorned Borer Beetle

Longhorned Borer Beetle

Dear Patrick,
You are correct. This is a Longhorn Borer Beetle or Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae. We doubt it fell off of a freighter and suspect it is native. We don’t recognize the species, but perhaps one of our readers will write in with a correct identification.

Update: from Eric Eaton
Sun, 22 Mar 2009
Daniel:
Oh, and I’m fairly confident the Uroguayan longhorned beetle is a species of Trachyderes. Sure looks like it anyway.
Eric

Update:
Sun, Mar 22, 2009 at 7:05 AM
Hi Bugman:
Good call Eric. It looks like Retrachydes (=Trachyderes) thoracicus. The Argentinean link has an excellent photo about ¾ of the way down. Regards.
Karl
http://www.cerambycoidea.com/foto.asp?Id=197
http://www.argentinean-insects.com/cerambycidae.htm

Thanks Eric,
We will link to the Texas Beetle Information page since there is one member of the genus found in the U.S., Trachyderes mandibularis
, the Long Jawed Longhorn Beetle, though it is not the same species.

Rain Beetle Photo?
Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM
My son and I came across this large beetle on a tree in our yard. We live in Southwest Minnesota. I tried to send it to you last fall when we found it but received no reply. I believe it is a rain beetle.
Vonda Talsma
Minnesota

Hermit Flower Beetle

Hermit Flower Beetle

Hi Vonda,
While we are sorry we didn’t answer you in the fall, the reality of the situation is that we are unable to answer all of our mail.  We believe this is a Hermit Flower Beetle, Osmoderma eremicola.  According to BugGuide, it is also called the Odor of Leather Beetle because of the resemblance to the smell of Russian Leather.  BugGuide indicates:  “Adults take fruit juices and sugary liquids in captivity” and “Found in rotten logs, so presumably larvae are decomposers. Adults nocturnal, found in woodlands and orchards. Adults come to lights.”

Hermit Flower Beetle

Hermit Flower Beetle