Subject: what’s this bug?
Location: southern california
April 20, 2014 6:25 pm
i’ve seen this bug 3 or 4 times while hiking dirt trails in the san gabriel mountains in southern california, in this month of april it’s a fast mover, approximately one-half inch long, and doesn’t seem to be hostile…seemed more intent on running away from anything put in it’s path. the actual red is very deep but i lightened the picture to help bring out detail…..
Signature: john roush

Red Haired Velvet Ant

Red Haired Velvet Ant

Dear John,
We posted another image of a Red Haired Velvet Ant,
Dasymutilla aureola, earlier today, but the critter was rather small in the digital file, and though we requested a higher resolution image, it was not available.  This makes your submission even more desirable today.  Velvet Ants are actually flightless female wasps.  Do not try to handle a Velvet Ant as you will most likely be surprised by a very painful sting.  We have heard that Velvet Ants are capable of stinging through garden gloves.

Thank you for the information on the Red Haired Velvet Ant!!       Feel free to use the photo i submitted…..    john roush

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Subject: Stink Bug??
Location: Belize
April 19, 2014 7:02 am
I am thinking this may be a stink bug! What do you think?
The colors are striking!! Light blue, vivid orange and black abdomen. (About 1/2″x1/4″x1/4″). Thank You!
Signature: Reggie

Stink Bug

Stink Bug

Do you have larger files?

Yes! I’ve sent you the originals. I’ve just sharpened them without cropping or size change. ( FYI, The bugs may be a little larger than I quoted. Maybe 3/4″ long instead of 1/2″.) Thanks!

Thanks for resending the images Reggie.  Unfortunately, all you did was crop the originals and the Stink Bug is not any larger in the resent files.  We identified you Stink Bug as Edessa rufomarginata on Flickr, and we verified that on an Asian version of National Geographic.  We also located an image of Edessa rufomarginata in our own archives.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for going to all that trouble!! It’s wonderful to know what the critter is finally! None of my friends here had any idea what it might be! Sincerely, thank you!
Reggie

Subject: Do you know what this is?
Location: SW FL
April 17, 2014 6:36 pm
I live in South West Florida and on the morning of 4/17/14 this creature was on my door when I exited my house. There is no direct sun at my door. There is a flowering bush about 10 meters away. I’ve never seen anything like this. Can you help me find out what it is? Thank you.
Signature: Tamara

Banded Sphinx

Banded Sphinx

Hi Tamara,
This beautiful moth is known as a Banded Sphinx,
Eumorpha fasciatus, and you may read more about the species on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

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Alligator Lizard hiding in the hydrangeas
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Abel and Temple wanted to take some photos today, and they were inspecting the garden.  Abel spotted this impressive Alligator Lizard and I had trouble getting a photo while it was hiding in the hydrangeas.

Alligator Lizard

Alligator Lizard

Subject:  Red Haired Velvet Ant
Location: Peachy Canyon, Paso Robles, California
April 18, 2014
hello, what’s that bug? !
i know what this is called and saw it in Peachy Canyon, Paso Robles, CA.
in “California Insects”, (Powell and Hogue) it is described as, “It is one of our commonest species, ranging widely in the Coastal Ranges”. however, i have only seen two before. do you think they are less common now?
thank you,
clare

Red Haired Velvet Ant

Red Haired Velvet Ant

Thanks for the image Clare.  Do you have a larger file?  According to BugGuide, the Red Haired Velvet Ant is Dasymutilla aureola, and it is reported from California and Oregon.

Red Haired Velvet Ant:  Larger file

Red Haired Velvet Ant: Larger file

Subject:  Very Handsome Paso Robles Alligator Lizard
Location:  Paso Robles, California
April 18, 2014
we estimated 9-10”. and much lighter in colour than the southern california cousins.
c.

Alligator Lizard

Alligator Lizard

The editorial staff at What’s That Bug? encountered a nice Alligator Lizard last week while moving wood around in the wood pile.  Alas there was no camera handy.