Subject: Please identify
Location: Nelspruit, South Africa
May 19, 2015 3:11 am
I found this butterfly this morning but have not been able to identify it yet
Signature: Nicolette

Milkweed Butterfly

Snouted Tiger Moth

Dear Nicolette,
We believe this is a Milkweed Butterfly in the subfamily Danaiae, but we wish your image had more detail because it does not appear that your individual has clubbed antennae.  Your individual appears to be dead, so it is possible the ends of the antennae have been damaged.  We browsed unsuccessfully through iSpot, and though we did not locate any exact matches, we did observe a similarity to butterflies in the genus
Amauris, and the closest match we could find is Amauris ochlea, the Novice, which is pictured on BioDiversity Explorer.  We are not fully confident that is a correct identification, and we are still troubled by the lack of a clubbed end on the antennae on your image.  Perhaps one of our readers will steer us in another direction.

Correction:  Snouted Tiger Moth
South African entomology student Michelle sent us a comment identifying this as a moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, in the genus Nyctemera.  Following that lead, we found this image of a Snouted Tiger Moth, Nyctemera leuconoe, on iSpot.  We suspect there is some mimicry involved here as Milkweed Butterflies are distasteful, and the Snouted Tiger Moth probably derives some protections from resembling one.  The same species is called a White Bear on iNaturalist.

Dear Daniel,
Found an id at last- its a white bear moth – Family: arctiidae
Thank you for taking the time to help me in my search to id!
Regards
Nicolette

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Subject: a bug I caught :-)
Location: India,Nagaland
May 19, 2015 12:23 am
While I was curious to know the name of the bug .
Signature: Benjamin achumi

Earwig

Earwig

Dear Benjamin,
This really is a primitive looking Earwig in the order Dermaptera.  We suspect he is a male because of the well developed forceps.  Your individual is quite distinctive and we had hoped to be able to provide a genus and species, but alas, we have not been able to locate any matching individuals online.
  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck.

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Subject: Horse fly
Location: Penang Island, Malaysia
May 18, 2015 10:13 pm
I really enjoy browsing your site, so I thought I’d share these with you. I took these pictures yesterday evening. Based on what I could tell, this specimen appear to be a female horse fly though I’m not sure of the exact species.
Signature: Wei Nien

Horse Fly

Horse Fly

Good Morning Wei,
You are correct that this is a female Horse Fly.
  A quick search online did not produce any visual matches in the family Tabanidae in Malaysia.

Horse Fly

Horse Fly

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Subject: ?bug
Location: Logansport, Indiana
May 18, 2015 5:58 pm
This is on a piece of wood. Wings are about 2 inches long. Never seen one before?
Signature: Bonnie Brown

Female Spring Fishfly

Female Spring Fishfly

Hi Bonnie,
We suspect you live near a body of water.  This is a female Spring Fishfly, Chauliodes rastricornis, and according to BugGuide:  “The antennae of females are serrate (saw-like).  The comb-like, (pectinate) antennae of the males are quite obvious.”  You many compare your individual to this image posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: HELP whole ground is moving
Location: West Texas
May 17, 2015 11:17 am
I need to see if someone could identify this bug so that I can get this under control. Had an exterminator tell me it was a chich bug and then a stink bug. My well groomed yard has none. My outside yard has weeds they were green now dead. I’ve seen some in my winow seals. they give me the chill bumps. Going out of my mind.
Signature: chilledtothebone

Possibly Immature Dirt Colored Seed Bugs

Possibly Immature California False Chinch Bugs

Dear chilledtothebone,
These are immature True Bugs, and nymphs can be very difficult to identify.  Your individuals look very similar to these still unidentified nymphs from Montana we posted several years back, and we suspect you may also have Dirt Colored Seed Bugs in the family Rhyparochromidae.

Do yall happen to know anything about them? I did notice so.ething this morning I had not seen and that was several black bugs around but no nymphs. I will take pictures in the moring or evening to see if it helps any I’ve attached a video to help as well. And will send a couple more pictures on next email.  And what they are living in.  Do you know if they are harmful to anything?

Possibly Dirt Colored Seed Bugs

Possibly California False Chinch Bugs

Dear chilledtothebone,
Thanks for sending additional images that contain winged adults.  That should make identification easier.  We believe the transparent wings on the adults and the markings on the nymphs are a good match for these California False Chinch Bugs,
Xyonysius californicus, that are pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, they are:  “common on trees in Mar-Apr in Central TX.”  The Arthropods of Orange County site has some excellent images.

Possibly Dirt Colored Seed Bugs

Possibly California False Chinch Bugs

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Suffolk, Virginia
May 17, 2015 1:14 pm
These little bugs are all over my deck, and the willow tree nearby. What are they, and how can I get rid of them?
Signature: Robin Moore

Cottonwood Leaf Beetle Larva

Cottonwood Leaf Beetle Larva

Dear Robin,
You are being troubled by Cottonwood Leaf Beetle Larvae,
Chrysomela scripta, and according to BugGuide, it:  “used to be considered a pest when willows were grown commercially for baskets, now of little economic consequence.”  Featured Creatures has a very nice page on this species where it states:  “The cottonwood leaf beetle, Chrysomela scripta Fabricius, is one of the most economically-important pests of managed cottonwood, aspen and some poplar and willow species. Although it does not present a serious pest problem in forests, often it is a severe pest of urban ornamental trees. This leaf feeder has several generations each year, may cause extensive leaf loss, and can consequently reduce stem volume up to 70% (Coyle et al. 2005).”

Cottonwood Leaf Beetle Larvae

Cottonwood Leaf Beetle Larvae

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