Huge Beetle
Location:  Oregon, USA
August 17, 2010 12:29 am
Could you please Identify this monster for me?
Thank you

California Root Borer

Hi Chris,
What a stunningly beautiful specimen of a male California Root Borer,
Prionus californicus.  Your photo is the third we have received in the past week.

California Root Borer

Hello Daniel,
Thank you so much for the identification. Amazing! We carefully put it in a cup and released it so it wouldn’t get hurt.
Thanks again

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Ladybug – Black with 2 yellow eye spots
Location:  (Southern CA) Newhall California 91321
August 17, 2010 12:42 am
Hey There Bugman
I have a background in Entomology but I cant identify this ladybug. Can you help? I have never found one quite like this. It definately has that ”Mimic” sort of eye spots going for it check it out. Found Summer 2010 on Blackberry
Chris Irons

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

Hi Chris,
Sadly, some of the important characteristics, like the markings on the thorax, are missing from your photos because of the camera angle and the leaf in the foreground, but we believe we have found a close match with a photo of a Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle,
Harmonia axyridis, that is posted on BugGuide.  The BugGuide information page for the species does indicate a C Spot pattern, but your pattern is reversed from the one illustrated.

Lady Beetle

Correction: November 23, 2010
We just received the following comment correcting our previous identification:  “This is Olla v-nigrum. Harmonia has more wide white parts on thorax and, as mentioned above, reversed C-shaped spot.

Re: SUBMISSION: What insects are on this caterpillar? – – 04/29/10
August 16, 2010
All I know about “insects” is that they annoy me, BUT I have an insatiable sense of curiosity and respect for Nature (and a Nikon Micro lens), SO thought I’d run this one past ya.  Is this a species of fly that is naturally hypomelanistic OR is it some albino variant?  SEE  2 images ATTACHED
Tore out my entire front porch the other day trying to capture a centipede from Mars.  I’m here in the Hill Country of Texas, so we see all manner of stinging inverts, but this one was the mother of all mothers.  She was HUGE.  I had 12″ dressing forceps on her twice, but was afraid of hurting her – to the point of losing her.  Better for her to be lose and intact than smishes, eh?  I’ve captured dozens of them around here, but this was 50% larger than any before.  I got eggs from some Central American centipedes twice, and this one reminded me of one of those (smaller, of course).
Don Soderberg
South Mountain Reptiles

Tachinid fly

Hi again Don,
The circuitous way you sent in this email, by responding to an older correspondence rather than by using our standard form, sent us off on a mission while working on your post.  First, we believed this fly looked like a Tachinid Fly (see BugGuide), a group of parasitoid flies that prey upon caterpillars among other insects.  We found a fly on BugGuide in the genus
Ornia that seems to bear an uncanny resemblance to your fly, but alas, BugGuide has no information on the genus, though there is data that it has been reported from across the continental U.S.  Now we wonder if perhaps this is the adult of the unidentified fly larvae that had parasitized the Underwing Caterpillar you submitted back in April and you subsequently used to submit this identification request.  You may have unwittingly provided an answer to your previous request. We will check with Eric Eaton to get his opinion on both this identification and our supposition on the previous identification request.

Tachinid Fly

Eric Eaton responds
August 18, 2010
I don’t know.  Ormia are parasites of crickets, though, not caterpillars.  I can’t draw any conclusions on this entire thing.  Tachinids are certainly not my specialty.  Sorry.

August 17, 2010
I’m sorry I didn’t submit per the usual channel.  It was late last night (this am), and my son brought it to me.  He’s not into animals per say, but has been around me enough to “wonder” when he sees something odd.  Since 100% of all the flies the average person sees in his/her life are black, seeing this one made him bring it to me.  Unfortunately, while I was resizing the pix, he turned it loose.  Like me, unless it’s one of our unwanted neighbors (L. reclusa), he prefers to see the animal released where they were found.  I’m proud of him for that, but wish I’d caught him before releasing that one.  Somebody may have wanted it for closer examination.  IF we see another, I’ll do something to make it ship-worthy in a hurry.  I’m a certified reptile shipper with Fed Ex, so I can get one from point A to point B in a hurry without raising eyebrows (in the event it’s a potential bio-polutant).
Thank you for your response,
Don Soderberg
South Mountain Reptiles

August 20, 2010
Thank you SO much for inquiring.  It’s wonderful to know that there are so many inverts on our special planet that it’s can still be difficult to find experts for each of them.

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Desert Bug
Location:  San Diego, CA
August 16, 2010 10:26 pm
i saw this bug on a night hike in southern california. A desert climate. Along side scorpions.
please help,
Jason RItter

Sun Spider

Hi Jason,
This harmless Arachnid is commonly called a Sun Spider or Wind Scorpion, though it is in its own order Solifugae.  We are going to try to begin to break ourselves of the habit of calling it a Solpugid, an obsolete term, and begin using the more taxonomically correct name Solifugid.  They are formidable predators and larger specimen might be capable of producing a painful bite that draws blood, but they lack venom.  See BugGuide for additional information.

Random BugLocation:  Northwest – Washington State – Western side
August 16, 2010 7:45 pm
Me and my family have been trying to figure out what this guy is. He seems to have poped out of no where. He seems to have beetle features but is black and white with a horizontal line pattern up his back. Also just below his head is a giant black circle.

Banded Alder Borer

Hi Kiriku,
We just finished posting another photo of a Banded Alder Borer, also known as a California Laurel Borer,
Rosalia funebris, just a few minutes ago.

Hitch-hiking Horse Fly
Location:  North Middle Tennessee
August 16, 2010 8:22 pm
While driving down a country road looking for insects to photograph this one found me. It landed by the passenger side window. My wife saw it first and said, ”I don’t know what the heck that is.” I knew it was a horse fly but that was about all. I just now looked at the website to try and ID it. The very first horse fly (from yesterday) looks like a match. It appears this is a ”Tabanus sackeni” I wonder if they have a habit of hitching rides. Randall from Mi said his landed on the car as well. Thanks and have a great day.

Horse Fly

Hi Richard,
Our first thought upon looking at your images was that Randall sent more photos because your images are so similar to his.  We agree that this is another female
Tabanus sackeni, though we always allow for expert corrections to our amateur attempts.  You pose an interesting question.  We doubt that Horse Flies have evolved to the point that they are using Phoresy to get around.  Phoresy is the act of one creature hitching a ride on another creature.  We suspect it is more a matter of being attracted to the color of the car, or the reflectance, or something that we just don’t understand, but whatever the reason, it might make a nice study for a research paper.

Horse Fly

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