Is this related to a Squash Bug?
I’ve seen this bug in large numbers around my vegetable garden near Dallas Texas. They often congregate in the sunflowers and are proficient fliers. They look similar to and I thought related to a squash bug. Thinking that I figured they were harmful to my veggies, so I would mash one whenever I got the chance. Until I saw this one. Seems to be quite helpful as he’s eating one of the worms on this ear of corn. But what is it?
Near Dallas, TX
Jerry D. Coombs, Wylie, TX

Wheel Bug eats Caterpillar

Wheel Bug eats Caterpillar

Hi Jerry,
Your predator is a Wheel Bug, and its resemblance to a Squash Bug is because the two are in the same insect order, but they are not closely related as they are in different families.  The Wheel Bug is in the Assassin Bug family.  We are pleased to add you photo to our food page section.

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Sun on Web in Trees
Don’t need the bug identified…just wanted to give you the gift of this beautiful production. Thanks for all you do. Enjoyed by many.
Seattle,WA
Dave Wave

Orb Weaver's Web

Orb Weaver

Hi Dave,
Your photo of an Orb Weaver’s Web is sure beautiful.  It is a nice addition to our archives.

???eggs on bur oak leaf?????
HI,
I just took a photo of these bug eggs???? on the leaves of our bur oak tree today (Sept 22, 2008) . The eggs are hard (so my husband say’s I couldn’t get up the nerve to touch them). So it’s the beginning of fall here in Iowa. I was wondering if you could identify the egg for us. Our son who’s 4 spotted them on the tree. There are only a few leaves with the clusters. After trying to identify these in a few books and the help of your web site our 4 year old said why don’t you ask that cool web site we go to….so here I am asking for help.
Thanks so much for your time.
The Sims Family
Des Moines, Iowa

Oak Leaf Gall

Oak Leaf Gall

Dear Sims Family,
Though they might look like eggs, they are actually Galls.  Galls are growths on plants caused by insects, mites or other creatures.  We believe your Galls are Amphibolips coelebs and they are caused by a tiny Gall Wasp.  We identified them thanks to a wonderful old research book written by Frank E. Lutz, but we couldn’t find an image online.  Galls don’t generally cause the plants any harm.  In the case of the Gall Wasps, the growth creates a food source for the developing larva.

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Large, yellow, very impressive jungle beetle
The beast was huge – like a small cell phone. Brilliant yellow with prominent eye spots on the thorax. See picture. It landed on a friend and he now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress. Hope you can help and thanks if you do.
P.S. The specimen shed coloration from its wings when touched.
The Amazon (Ecuador)
N.R. ochs

Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer

Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer

Hi N.R.,
This is a most stunning photograph of a Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer, Euchroma gigantea, a species that is found in Central and South America.

sexual dimorphism, Mantid sexual congresS?
daniel & lisa,
find attached .jpeg for your review. the male was somewhat larger than the female. and
attacked the camera last week. i can resend video if interested. took these two along time to finish they’re business. great sight. thanks,
thomas
west michigan

Mating Preying Mantids

Mating Preying Mantids

Hi Thomas,
Thanks for sending us your photo of mating Preying Mantids.  It is actually the female that is the larger of the two.  Thanks for your offer of video, but at the moment, we are not introducing this option to our website.

Update/Correction
September 11, 2009
I am surprised no one commented to explain what is really happening here. What you see here is not an example of sexual dimorphism, but something I never saw before – and really worth noting – 2 different species of mantises trying to mate! The male on top is actually a male Chinese Mantis, Tenodera aridifolia sinensis, while the one on the bottom is a female European mantis, Mantis religiosa. It is very obvious to those of us who live in the Northeastern US and know a bit about mantises, that these are 2 different species. The picture is very clear – the Chinese has those vertical stripes on its face, the European does not. The European also has the eye spot on it’s inner ‘upper arm’ (coxa) that is easily visible. And the stripe along the wing is brown in the brown European, while the brown Chinese always has a green stripe. The only time I saw something similar was during the late 1970s, when a male Chinese TRIED to mate with a female Narrow Winged mantis (Tenodera angusti pennis) in my garden, and she promptly ate him before he had a chance. I wonder what sort of hybrid would come out of a Chinese and European….It does not look in the picture that he can get his abdomen onto hers, that she is too short, so I wonder what actually happened here…….
Mantis observer

Indian Meal Moth
I am having difficulty sending this. We just got power back after a week from the effects of Tropical storm (previously hurricane) Ike. I am writing today to hopefully help others with this nuisance. I searched your site (which I love) for information on the Carolina Praying Mantis we found and thought I’d look up this little booger too. Since you don’t have any photos, I thought I would include some for you. The eggs are almost impossible to see as they are camouflaged to look like the food they are laid in. The white caterpillar, AKA ‘worm’ is about 1/2″ in length.

Indian Meal Moth Caterpillar

Indian Meal Moth Caterpillar

The adult moth is much shorter at approx. 1/4 ” in length.

Indian Meal Moth

Indian Meal Moth

After the first infestation, in which my kids almost ate some of the ‘worms’ in their Cheerios UGH!! , I threw away all infested food and thoroughly washed out all cabinets and canned goods before putt ing them back. It seems that they are able to chew holes through plastic bags also, so I bought see-through canisters to put my dry goods in the last time. This worked for about a year or so. Imagine my mortification when I came across this last sight…… I bought Raisin Bran and after coming home from the store, it was placed in it’s canister. It sat for a while in the canister on the bottom of the cabinet and recently found at least 50 or more ‘worms with their silken threads all in the cereal!!! :oP I always check my bags for holes especially if I find, for example, a small amount of brownie mix finding it’s way out of the bag before I open it. I’ve heard these are quite common and most people, disgustingly enough, inadvertently eat the eggs in their food without realizing it!! I know y’all don’t endorse extermination, but I draw the line when they are in my food! :o) Hopefully the files are small enough not to block your e-mail and big enough for everyone to see. Pl ease let me know if you have any problems. Thanks! I’m off for a good scrubbing again!
Disgusted in OH

Indian Meal Moth Infestation

Indian Meal Moth Infestation

Dear Disgusted,
First off, we sympathize with your loss of power. Mom, in a suburb of Yourngstown’s east side, was without power for twenty hours. Thanks for this wonderful letter and documentation. We do have images of Indian Meal Moths on our Pantry Pest page, but we need to check to see if they got lost in our site migration. Keeping grain products in tightly sealed cannisters is not always a solution, as food may be infested at the factory, at the warehouse, or on the shelf in the market. Spring cleaning of items in the pantry on a yearly basis will help reduce the risk of infestations. Also be mindful that nuts and spices are not exempt from beetle and moth infestation.