Wheel Bug Pics
Hi there,
My husband discovered this Wheel Bug on our front porch railing. I snapped some pics & was able to identify it thanks to your site. We wondered why our cat wouldn’t go after it since he LOVES to play with bugs before he eats them. I learned about the scent they give off, so I’m guessing that’s why the cat left him alone. I’m including several pics. Use any or all of them, if you want. Thanks for the site. I’m a former science teacher & plan to return to the classroom soon. Your site will be a great asset!
Darla Hailey
McMinnville, TN

Hi Darla,
The current photo of a Wheel Bug on our homepage is in need of replacement, and your photo will do nicely.

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Hello, my friend found this strange looking bug in her lawn. She jingled her car keys next to it and it proceeded to do what it is doing in the picture. Arms and wings out, with what looks to be teeth bared. To me it looks like some kind of praying mantis but we just can’t figure it out. Can you help? It looks like something out of a movie!

Hi Bethany,
What a marvelous image of a Preying Mantis assuming its “Threat Posture”.

Paraguay bugs
Ive attached a pair of photos of Paraguayan bugs. The Mbaracayu one I am not even convinced is a heteropteran at all, but do you know what it is and what family it belongs to? If you have time could you please quickly check out our page www.faunaparaguay.com/heteroptera.html and make sure that our images are correctly classified! I am a bit unsure especially about the Pyrrhocorids! By the way we have tonnes of unclassified Coleopteran images too if you fancy turning your hand to them www.faunaparaguay.com/coleoptera.html and orthopterans www.faunaparaguay.com/orthoptera.html Great site by the way and please feel free to use any of the photos from the website for yours! Best wishes

Hi Paul,
We are linking back to the pages you indicated as well as the Fauna of Paraguay home page. What a marvelous website. Of the two images you sent to us, only one is a True Bug, and it is not distinctive enough for us to even attempt a proper identification. The Mbaracayu image is a beetle. It is our best guess that it is a Metallic Wood Boring Beetle in the family Buprestidae, though it may be a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae.

Update: (11/05/2007)
Congrats on the outcome of the journalism conferences! Nice to hear good news. The beetle from Paraguay is a click beetle (Elateridae), though I’m not sure which genus. Keep up the great work.

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Madagascar grasshopper and a cocoon
We recently went to Madagascar on a mission trip where we spent a great deal of time hiking/backpacking in the bush. We went to 2 parts of the island and while in the southern part, we found a couple of these grasshoppers. I was on your website and I think that it is the same as this one: Phymateus saxosus. The grasshopper had beautiful red wings and was about 4 inches… another one we saw was bigger than 6 inches or so. Our translators called them Valalan-dolo which translates (according to them) Ghost Grasshopper. And while I’m sending pics… we found this cocoon at a national forest in the north west part of the island. It was huge… at least 8 inches tall… do you know what it is? Thanks,
Nicole Bachman

Hi Nicole,
Thanks for sending your photo of Phymateus saxosus as well as the valuable information on the local name. The cocoon is probably one of the Giant Silk Moths.

Dear Bugman
I looked under your carnage section as I was looking for a bug I just found in my apartment. I think it is the camel cricket. I was sitting at my desk fiddling with my iphone when my girlfriend squeeled and pointed up our 15 ft wall. Near the top was this funky looking critter. I thought it was a Junebug that had sipped some Philly style waste and went JuneHulk but I caught it with a paper and cup and threw it in the street. Anyway, Is my conclusion that it is a camel cricket correct?

You are correct. This is a Camel Cricket.

What is this bug
A friend sent this to me and ask what it was. Have any ideas? Thanks

Hi Wayne,
This is a Marbled Araneus Orb Weaver Spider, Araneus marmoreus.