Subject: id conifer bug
Location: northen ca, mendocino county
January 3, 2016 11:42 am
Hi, we live in Northern CA in the conifers and tanbark oak trees. For years I have seen the adult insect of the enclosed picture of a baby. The adult is probably over 1 1/2″, same color. This year I found the little ones, probably 1/4″ in size. they crawl and hop. When I touch one it curls up. I can not seem to find this critter in any of my books or online. Can you help?
Signature: thank you Kathryn

Timema

Timema

Dear Kathryn,
You are quite observant to have spotted both adult and immature Timemas, an insect that is classified with the Walkingsticks.  According to BugGuide:  “Timema is a genus of small, stout, wingless walking sticks. It is so distinctive that it is the only genus in the entire suborder Timematodea, and it is an ancient group which is phylogenetically basal to the rest of the walking stick order Phasmida.”  BugGuide also states they are found:  “On foliage, twigs, or branches of host shrubs or trees…or on the ground, where they drop to upon disturbance. Host plants mostly associated with chaparral; some with woodlands or forest (e.g. douglas fir, redwood).  Green morphs tend to rest on leaves; brown to gray morphs on stems, branches or ground.   Unstriped morphs are usually associated with broad-leaved host plants (e.g. oaks, ceanothus, manzanita, etc.). Striped morphs are usually associated with host plants having needle-like leaves (e.g. chamise, douglas fir, redwood, etc.).   Coloration, stripes, and other markings serve as camouflage, and are adaptations driven by selection pressure due to predation by visually-oriented birds and lizards.”

Dear Daniel, thank you so much for your prompt reply.  You solved the mystery,   Sincerely,  Kathryn

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Subject: HawkMoth
Location: San Sebastian, Mexico
January 4, 2016 2:54 pm
Found this moth I assume to be a Hawkmoth on 3/12/15 in San Sebastian in Mexico, West Coast. Have looked verywhere to see what it might be but have not ofund out what it is. Do you have any ideas? It opened its wings wide when startled to reveal the read underneath
Signature: Graeme

Royal Moth

Pine Moth

Dear Graeme,
This is not a Hawkmoth.  We believe it is a Royal Moth in the subfamily Ceratocampinae because it so closely resembles the Hubbard’s Silkmoth,
Sphingicampa hubbardi, which is pictured on BugGuide.  We did not have any luck finding an identification, so we are going to copy Bill Oehlke to see if he is able to provide an identification.  When he assists us with unusual identifications, Bill often requests permission to post images on his own site.  We hope you will allow that.

Royal Moth

Pine Moth

HI Daniel,
It is one of the Coloradia, probably Coloradia jaliscensis.
Please see if I have permission to post these images. Very nice!
Bill Oehlke

Hi Daniel,
Thank you very much for you response. Its great to finally know what it is that I saw. No wonder I could not find it looing at Hawk-moths.
Please tell Bill that he can use my images. Could I have a link to Bill’s site?
Many thanks

Update from Bill Oehlke
Hi Daniel,
Thanks for getting back to me.
When I placed the images provided by Graeme on my jaliscensis page, I could see that it is not a good match. It is much closer to the
Coloradia pandora subspecies group, based on hindwing markings, shape of am line and distance of pm line from the outer margin.
Three Pandora subspecies are currently recognized: nominate Coloradia pandora pandora, C. pandora lindseyi and C. Pandora davisi with davisi having the furthest southern  range into Mexico, but so far known only as far south as Durango. I will post the two images to my Coloradia pandora davisi page. I feel the moth is either subspecies davisi or an undescribed subspecies of Coloradia pandora.  So far the only Coloradia species recognized from Jalisco is jaliscensis, but it clearly is not that species. It could be something new or just representative of a range extensive further south in western Mexico.

If you have Graeme’s last name, please forward that to me so I can properly credit the images.

Once I have the two images on the davisi page I will copy and paste that page to you in an email which you can forward to Graeme. If that does not work I will make a copy of the page available to Graeme on line and will send you the link.

Thanks Bill.

PS. Please also forward this response to Graeme. If he is interested in moths, I would like to have more correspondence with him. If he just had a chance encounter with this moth, then he will probably just be happy to know what it is or at least have a best guess at what it is.

Graeme responds to Bill
Bill,
Thank you very much for the identification of this moth and the information you have pulled for it. Very glad I found it now. I will read up in detail in this particular species.
My Surname as it happens is very apt for the find as it is Davis. What are the chances?
And yes I do have an interest in Moths. I survey Moths in the UK for Butterfly Conservation. However I am pretty much always on survey mode, and have photographed a few moths in Costa Rica and Mexico. Many that I have tentatively identified, and others I do not even know where to start with. My other half is from the States and as such I get to travel there a bit too, but always try to get a trip further South.
Do you have a link for your website? I’d love to see what other finds you have.
Yours
Graeme

Subject: What is it?
Location: Brookings OR
January 3, 2016 3:16 pm
Haven’t seen this bug before.
Signature: John Boye

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Dear John,
The color and markings on this Whitecrossed Seed Bug,
Neacoryphus bicrucis, are quite distinctive.  According to BugGuide, they are found in “Fields, meadows; adults come to light.”

Dan,
Many thanks for taking the time to reply! I’ll look for more info on him via the web.
Best Regards,
John Boye

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Subject: Need to know what kind of bug we have.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
January 4, 2016 5:13 am
We live in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have been getting bites on our arms and seeing these bugs on or bed. We think they are bed bugs but just want to make sure so we can approach it the correct way?
Signature: Curtis

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Curtis,
Regretably, this is a Bed Bug, and as you have learned, they bite people and suck blood, usually while the unsuspecting victim is asleep.

Subject: a golden leaf dwelling spider from Costa Rcia
Location: Manuel Antonio Park, Costa Rica
January 4, 2016 9:43 am
Hi there,
Took this pick of a leaf nesting spider in costa rica and I am having a hard time identifying it. She was very aware of her surroundings and watched my every move as I set up the camera for the shot.
Signature: Michael K

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

Dear Michael,
Your images are quite wonderful.  This is a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.  Jumping Spiders do not build webs to snare prey, but rather hunt, often jumping on their prey from a substantial distance away.  Because they hunt instead of passively awaiting prey to wander into a web, Jumping Spiders like other hunting spiders including Wolf Spiders, need better eyesight.  As you observed, the vision of Jumping Spiders is quite good.  Though they do not build webs to snare prey, some Jumping Spiders, like your individual, do spin shelters for protection.  We will attempt to provide you with a species identification, but our initial attempt proved fruitless.

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

That is marvelous, Daniel, thank you!
M

Subject: Bug identification
Location: Clemson sc
January 4, 2016 9:58 am
Hi a friend found this bug and we can’t figure out what kind it is some people are saying mole cricket but this bug only has 4 legs and the head is different than that of a mole cricket.
Signature: Anna

Rove Beetle:  Platydracus maculosus

Rove Beetle: Platydracus maculosus

Dear Anna,
This is a Rove Beetle in the family Staphylinidae.  We believe we have correctly identified it as
 Platydracus maculosus thanks to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, it prefers:  “primarily, deciduous forests and open areas: on carrion/dung, in leaf litter, rotting fungi.”