Subject: Goldsmith
Location: Maine
May 28, 2016 3:19 am
I found this bug that I believe to be a goldsmith bug on my screen. It stayed there quite a while so I pulled it off. It appeared to be dead. When I was taking pictures of it, I thought I may have seen his legs move some. Do these bugs typically not move much or do you think this bug is dead or dying? Can you identify some of the parts? Does it bite or pinch at all?
Thanks
Gs
Ps: coincidentally last nights jeopardy final was re Poe’s The Gold Bug.
Signature: Gs

Goldsmith Beetle

Goldsmith Beetle

Dear Gs,
How interesting that this sighting of a Goldsmith Beetle coincided with the Jeopardy final regarding Poe’s classic The Gold Bug which was allegedly based on a Goldsmith Beetle.  It is difficult to speculate on the cause of your individual’s inactivity.  Temperature may have been a factor.  We suspect you found this Goldsmith Beetle on your screen because it was attracted to light.  According to BugGuide:  “Occasionally attracted to lights.”  It is also possible that this individual was nearing the end of its life, hence its lethargy, and we would not rule out that its life may have ended because of exposure to toxins or poisons.  Normally, Scarab Beetles are not as active as Ground Beetles, but the behavior you describe does not sound like the behavior we would expect from a healthy Goldsmith Beetle.  It is possible that a person handling a Goldsmith Beetle may experience a slight pinch because of the spiny features on the legs.

Goldsmith Beetle

Goldsmith Beetle

Goldsmith Beetle

Goldsmith Beetle

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Subject: Possible caddisfly?
Location: Lewis Center, OH
May 26, 2016 2:03 pm
Hi I found this guy today (May 26th 2016) on the screen door of my house. I thought it was a caddisfly, but those feathered antenna! He also looks like he has yellow fangs.
Signature: JRH

Male Spring Fishfly

Male Spring Fishfly

Dear JRH,
This is a male Fishfly, most likely a Spring Fishfly,
Chauliodes rastricornis, a species pictured on BugGuide where it states they are found “Near calm bodies of water with detritus.”

Subject: Bug Love – American Carrion Beetle
Location: Southwest Indiana
May 26, 2016 8:17 pm
Hello! I wanted to share some photos I took last summer of a pair of American Carrion Beetles with their mites. They were collected around some cat vomit…which might have had some mouse remains in it. (oh so pleasant!) Somehow the photo was forgotten until now – probably because I had embarrassment over taking bug love photos, ha ha!
Thank you for the awesome site. It’s my go-to place when I find a new bug, and I’ve never had to ask for identification – I always find what I’m looking for! We practice organic gardening on our little homestead, and I often find new creatures – so I visit your site often!
Thanks again!
Signature: Heather

Mating Carrion Beetles and Phoretic Mites

Mating Carrion Beetles and Phoretic Mites

Dear Heather,
We are so thrilled to find out that you find our site so helpful.  We are also thrilled to post your images of a pair of mating American Carrion Beetles and their Phoretic Mites.

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Subject: Six -legged gray bug with orangey spots
Location: Piedmont/upstate area of South Carolina – in my yard
May 25, 2016 5:59 pm
Dear Bugman,
I am trying to learn the different garden variety bugs and which ones are beneficial and which ones need to find other living (or not) arrangements.
I don’t indiscriminately destroy any bugs; but I learned my lesson to at least contain unknown ones, even if only long enough to I.D. them.
Last year I found the coolest bug ever in my garden on my tomato plant; however, by the time I could look it up and discover what this beautiful creature was, he had already camouflaged himself! So, one huge green horned tomato worm got a reprieve from instant and permanent eviction.
The attached photo was taken in my front yard while I was trying to identify some plants and came across these guys. I still do not know what the plant is, but there were several ladybugs around too. I only saw three of these gray-orangey spotted critters. The picture of the rolled up one is the bug’s reaction to being surprised. (No gray orangey spotted critter was harmed in the making of these pics)
I hope you can help.
Signature: It’s really buggin me- Dawn

Convergent Lady Beetle Larva

Convergent Lady Beetle Larva

Dear Dawn,
One of the reasons you found nearby Ladybugs is that this is the larva of a Convergent Lady Beetle,
Hippodamia convergens, a species we identified on the University of Kentucky Entomology site and then verified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, they feed upon “Aphids, also whiteflies and other soft bodied insects” that are considered agricultural pests, hence the Convergent Lady Beetle is available through “commercial sales for biological control.”

Subject: Eastern Blood Sucking Conenose?
Location: Crousetown N.S. Canada
May 25, 2016 7:08 am
I have seen a few of these around our yard and home and i was wondering what it is. It looks like a Conenose but i can’t find any information about them living in our area.
Signature: Chris

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Chris,
This harmless Western Conifer Seed Bug is frequently confused for the Eastern Blood Sucking Conenose Bug because they are both True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera.  See BugGuide to verify our identification.

Subject: ID request for bizarre looking moth
Location: Atlanta, GA
May 27, 2016 6:55 am
Hello,
While leaving work yesterday I noticed a very unusual moth on the wall. If it were on a tree it could be easily mistaken as a mushroom. Upon further inspection it had some very beautiful coloration. I’ve never seen a moth like this before and would like to request your assistance in identifying.
Thanks!
Signature: Chris

Wood Nymph Moth

Wood Nymph Moth

Dear Chris,
This is a Wood Nymph Moth in the genus Eudryas  which can be found on BugGuide.  Many of our readers call this a “Bird Poop” Moth because it seems to resemble bird droppings which may afford it some degree of camouflage protection.

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