Subject:  Queen
Location:  Riverside County, California
July 25, 2014 5:48 PM
dear what’s that bug?
i believe this to be a queen butterfly on a desert willow flower.
is this correct?
this was taken in riverside county, california.
thanks, clare.

Queen

Queen

Dear Clare,
Your butterfly is certainly a Queen, but we are not so sure about the desert willow.  In our memory, willow has flowers that are catkins, like pussy willows.  Unless desert willow is not a true willow, we do not believe the Queen is nectaring from a desert willow.  That stated, we decided to research and we learned at Las Pilitas Nursery website that Desert Willow,
Chilopsis linearis, is a native plant, but it does not provide the family name.  According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center:  “Named for its resemblance to willows, this popular ornamental tree is actually related to catalpa trees, Yellowbells (Tecoma stans), and Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans).”  The flower does remind us of catalpa flowers, which we grew up calling “Cigar Trees.”  According to the US Forest Service site:  “It is a member of the Bignoniaceae family, and is most closely related to the genus Catalpha Scop.”

thanks, daniel.
this is one of the problems with common names.
this tree was observed in its natural environment, some miles up the mountains at whitewater.
it is a chilopsis linearis and, yes, it is a member of the bignoniaceae family. it could be ssp arcuata.
the “chitalpa” is a cross between desert willow (chilopsis linearis) and the southern catalpa, which is the ornamental people call “desert willow”, which we see on the streets of los angeles.
c.

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Subject: What is this bug? North-Central Minnesota
Location: Duluth, MN
July 26, 2014 5:00 pm
Good evening,
We are trying to figure out what this bug is and we really have no idea. I would say it is between 2-4 inches long with antennae. Any help would be great!!
Signature: Stephen R

Giant Crane Fly

Giant Crane Fly

Dear Stephen,
This is a Giant Crane Fly,
Tipula abdominalis, and you can compare your image to this series from BugguideAccording to BugGuide:  “adults often attracted to light.”

Subject: What bug is this?
Location: Maple Grove, MN
July 26, 2014 4:57 pm
Found in our flower garden today. What is this bug?
Signature: William Huybrecht

Bot Fly

Bot Fly

Hi William,
This is a Rodent Bot Fly in the genus
Cuterebra, and they do not feed as adults.  The larvae are subcutaneous parasites on rodents and rabbits.

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Subject: Bug identification please
Location: San Francisco, CA
July 26, 2014 3:04 pm
I live in San Francisco in the near the corner of Tennessee and 18th street and found this bug. Can you please help me identify it? There does not seem to be an active infestation, but I wanted to know for future reference.
Best,
Signature: Alex

Silverfish

Silverfish

Hi Alex,
This looks like a Silverfish in the order Zygentoma to us.

Silverfish

Silverfish

Thank you for the Email.  That looks correct and is a big relief.
Best,
Alex

They are considered household pests.

Silverfish

Silverfish

Yes, I understand.  We have seen a few silverfish around, but compared to when I thought it was a bed bug it seems better to me.

Yes, much better than Bed Bugs.

 

Subject: june beetle specie
Location: near Mannford, OK
July 26, 2014 1:31 pm
Found in my garage, July 3, west of Tulsa Oklahoma. Have seen only this one, have never seen one like it before. I released it into the woods hoping it would find a mate and make more. Will I regret that?
Signature: nthestx

LIned June beetle

LIned June beetle

Dear nthestx,
This is a Lined June Beetle in the genus
Polyphylla, but it is not the most common species we are asked to identify, the Ten Lined June Beetle. See BugGuide for images and reported sightings of many of the members of this genus.  The well-developed antennae indicates that this is a male.  We believe releasing your individual was a fine decision.

Thank you very much, Daniel! From your website photos I had begun to believe it was the Lined JB but your confirmation is good to have. I hope he is out there with a mate!
Thanks for all your work in identifying “bugs” and your website is informative & beautiful.
Jan

Subject: red footed
Location: alabama
July 26, 2014 2:49 pm
Does this thing bite or sting humans?
Signature: freaked out

Redfooted Cannibalfly eats Paper Wasp

Red-Footed Cannibalfly eats Paper Wasp

Dear freaked out,
Though the Red-Footed Cannibalfly,
Promachus rufipes, is a very adept hunter capable of taking stinging wasps like this Paper Wasp on the wing, they are not aggressive towards humans.  With that said, if a human ever tried to capture a Red-Footed Cannibalfly or other large Robber Fly with bare hands, a bite may result.