Subject: could these be assasin bug nymphs?
Location: fort worth, texas
April 20, 2015 8:11 pm
I’m located in North texas and found these on my maple tree. They look to be assasin bug nymphs, but I can’t be sure.
Signature: K. Meredith

Wheel Bug Hatchlings

Wheel Bug Hatchlings

Dear K. Meredith,
These Wheel Bug hatchlings are indeed Assassin Bug nymphs.

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Subject: Chromatic Bug and white bugwith strange wings
Location: Ecuador, cloud forest
April 21, 2015 10:14 am
Mr. Bugman
I’m a photographer from Ecuador South America, I love taking nature pics in remote places in my country, since a couple years back I benn exploring the field of macro photography, and on a travel I found this bug that I couldn’t identify, the picture isn’t much clear, the insect was to fast to take a better pic.
I’m also sending you a pic of another bug that I never seen before, the picture quality is a little bit better.
hope you can help me out
Signature: Charly

Leafhopper

Leafhopper

Dear Charly,
The “chromatic bug” is a Leafhopper or Sharpshooter in the family Cicadellidae, and though we located a matching image on FlickR, it is not identified to the species level.  An image on American Insects is identified as being in the genus
Beirneola.  Your white winged insect is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae.

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Subject: Huge Moth
Location: Glassel Park/Mt Washington, Los Angeles 90065
April 21, 2015 6:41 pm
Hi bugman
I live in Glassell Park (90065) and I have been finding all kinds of creatures here. Last summer two of these (moths?) were in the garden, I havent spotted another one until today. I took a picture. It was about 2-2.5 inches long. See attached. Maybe this isnt very rare? It is to me though.
Im pretty used to the Preying Mantisses, Potato Bugs/Jerusalem Crickets and Scarabs/June Bugs when I lived 2 blocks away. Recently I found 2 legless lizards. But yesterday I saw something that Ive never seen before. It looked quite a lot like a beetle and had an all black body, but these very red wings and it flew. It was on Future Street between Isabel and Cypress. Unfortunately I didnt have a camera with me. It was pretty big and somewhat scary but incredibly beautiful. Any idea what it could be?
Thanks!
Signature: Ragga

Gray Bird Grasshopper

Gray Bird Grasshopper

Dear Ragga,
We will clarify the confusing geography in your email after we respond to your inquiries.  The insect in your attached image is not a moth, but rather a Gray Bird Grasshopper,
Schistocerca nitens, which according to BugGuide is:  “most often found among rank tall herbage, trees, or shrubbery. Not as tied to damp environments as some related species.”  BugGuide goes on to state:  “Some adults mature in late spring, many in summer and fall. Often adults are very common in late summer and well into autumn. Some adults will survive through winter into the following spring, at which time they still seem healthy and able to reproduce. So, it is possible to see adults of this species at any time of year.”

The large flying beetle-like creature you observed on Future Street might be a Tarantula Hawk, a large wasp with a lumbering flight that is reported to have a very painful sting.  Female Tarantula Hawks prey upon Tarantulas and Trapdoor Spiders, not to eat, but to feed their young, helpless larvae.  We have observed Tarantula Hawks in the nearby Los Angeles River and in Barnsdell Park, and they have been reported on the Corralitas Red Car Property above Riverside Drive.

Now to the confusing geography.  Unless the possible Tarantula Hawk sighting was not at your home, the location you provided of “Future Street between Isabel and Cypress” is not in Glassell Park which is North of Division Street.  Future Street is a small and confusing street that begins on Division as a one-way street that looks like an alley.  It then crosses Isabel Street, enters Mount Washington, curves up and around and down, crossing Isabel Street a second time before entering Cypress Park, and finally ending at San Fernando Road at an entrance to the Rio de Los Angeles State Park along the Los Angeles River.  Can you please clarify if the sighting of the Gray Bird Grasshopper was Glassell Park, Cypress Park or Mount Washington?

Hi
Thanks for your fast response! I feel quite silly about that grasshopper, I realized after I sent it that of course it wasnt a moth. I was overly excited to try to solve the mystery of two very large moths in my backyard last year (when they flew they reminded me of bats). Thats obviously a grasshopper but I would not have known which kind. Im not really a bug person.
Yes the bug I saw on Future Street looked like that Tarantula Hawk. Beautiful but scary. Does this mean we have Tarantulas?
And yes you are also right, I live in Cypress Park. Many people find the boundaries of the neighborhoods here confusing or theyve heard of Glassell but not Cypress, so Im used to telling them Im in Glassell Park to make things easier. I guess its become a habit. The location I gave you: Future Street between Isabel and Cypress in 90065 is completely correct and shouldnt be confusing..? I was walking down the block and so I dont have an exact house number for you but I pulled up a map of it for you: https://goo.gl/maps/yLVCf
And here’s the exact location of where the photo of the grasshopper was taken: https://goo.gl/maps/502c0
Again thank you for your help!
Ragga

Hi Ragga,
The reason we knew so much about the neighborhood is that our offices are in Mount Washington, right by Elyria Canyon Park.  Was the Tarantula Hawk in the same location?  We have not heard any reports of Tarantulas in the neighborhood for some time, but California Trapdoor Spiders, which are also preyed upon by Tarantula Hawks, are relatively common.
  We are also quite curious where you found the Legless Lizards.

The first google map link I sent was the location of the Tarantula Hawk, the second google map link was the location of the grasshopper and the legless lizards. I didnt have my camera close by at the time but I got a pretty good look at them. I will send you photos if I come across them again or something else noteworthy.
Thanks!

 

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Subject: Bug in garden
Location: Southern California
April 21, 2015 3:58 pm
Found this in my garden in carlsbad, ca around 2pm on 4/21/2015. What is it?
Signature: Carole

Iron Cross Blister Beetle

Iron Cross Blister Beetle

Dear Carole,
This distinctive beetle is an Iron Cross Blister Beetle.

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Subject: identification
Location: Tiverton RI
April 20, 2015 6:58 pm
I have been lining in a newly purchased house since November. This is my first spring season here. This bug was in my Living room. Mid April. In Tiverton RI. I have never seen this before. I just want to know what it is. It is a high res photo so it can be blown up to see quite clearly. Thank you for your time.
Signature: Greg

False Bombardier Beetle

False Bombardier Beetle

Dear Greg,
This predatory False Bombardier Beetle is considered a beneficial insect because it will feed on other potentially problematic insects.

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Subject: Is this a grasshopper?
Location: Lake Havasu, AZ
April 20, 2015 7:23 pm
This looks like a grasshopper but I can’t find anything green with the white stripes.
Signature: Sharon Thompson

Creosote Bush Katydid

Creosote Bush Katydid

Dear Sharon,
Though it is in the same insect order as a Grasshopper, this female Creosote Bush Katydid,
Insara covilleae, like other members of its suborder, has much longer antennae than a Grasshopper.  The Sonoran Desert Naturalist has this to say about the Creosote Bush Katydid and its host plant:  “Creosote Bush, however, offers unique challenges to herbivores, for example the high content of coating resin and other antifeeding phytochemicals. The leaves are tough and leathery while often having a very low moisture content. Also it presents a unique pattern of colors and textures. Many insects that have become adapted to feed on creosote bush have evolved color patterns to match. Even naturalists may give up searching bushes for this common insect before finding it. Like many katydids, this one often comes to lights where they are easily seen.”

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