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Subject: Strange Beetle(?) with transparent wings
Location: Southeast Michigan
September 12, 2014 8:28 pm
Can you help ID this strange bug I found today, Sept. 12, on my back porch? I found it on its’ back, somewhat tangled in a bit of spider web, and I thought it might be dead. When I picked it up,
however, it moved.
I carefully removed the web, and it began flapping its’ wings but seemed happy to crawl around my
hand. In the 2nd photo you can see exposed what appears to be a proboscis of some kind. Quite an interesting little critter! Thank you!
Signature: Kathy

Cicada

Cicada

Dear Kathy,
This is an Annual Cicada in the genus
Tibicen, not a beetle, and you are probably quite familiar with the din caused by Cicadas that emanates from the tops of trees in mid to late summer.  These Annual Cicadas are also known as Dog Day Harvestflies.  For your kindness to this Cicada, we are honoring you with the Bug Humanitarian Award, and we are also tagging this posting as a Buggy Accessory as that Cicada looks quite fetching on your hand.

Dog Day Harvestfly

Dog Day Harvestfly

Dear Daniel,
Thank you for your prompt reply and for the lovely honor!  You made my day!
Go bugs!
Respectfully,
Kathy Genaw

You are welcome Kathy.  We should also warn you that we have received one report of a bite from a Cicada.  Many years ago, Vince who works at a Nature Center sent in an extensive comment beginning with:  “A few years ago, while working in a state park nature center in Indiana, a young (6 years old) entomologist brought his latest aquisition, a cicada, to show me. I picked it up and let it crawl on my thumb. When I was ready to give it back, the thing wouldn’t let go, and decided to press that sucking mouth part into my thumb. It was pretty painful. They can DEFINATELY bite (or perhaps STAB is a more appropriate term).”

Daniel,
You have gone above and beyond with your thoughtful warning!  Thank you!
I must share with you that, once you had identified by bug, I was compelled to follow up
with a bit more research.  I was particularly interested in that mouth part to which you referred.
As you can see in one of my photos, the cicada had just begun to insert its’ proboscis into my
flesh…it was at that point that I set it down on the ground!  From what I have read, this behavior
was not adversarial or defensive but rather a food absorbing action.  I did feel a bit of a sting,
but I have no hard feelings nor any skin effect!  All in all, my cicada experience was very
interesting, and your input much appreciated!
Have a great day…
Kathy Genaw

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Buggy Accessory:  Walnut Underwing
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
September 1, 2013
This Walnut Underwing was on the front door in the morning.  We spotted it before the sun rose.  We waited for better light to photograph it.  It makes a lovely accessory on Jennifer’s scarf.

Buggy Accessory:  Walnut Underwing

Buggy Accessory: Walnut Underwing

As moths go, Underwings are rather long lived, like many Noctuoids.  A Walnut Underwing visits our office certain summers.  We are confident it is subsequent generations, but we are also confident that Walnut Underwings are reproducing in Elyria Canyon Park.  When Underwings fly, they reveal their gaily colored underwings, a survival adaptation that attracts the attention of insectivorous birds that lose the moth when it alights camouflaged on a tree trunk.

Walnut Underwing

Walnut Underwing

 

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Subject: Beautiful Australian Hawk moth!
Location: Herberton, Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, AU
September 4, 2013 7:23 pm
Hi, I was recently studying abroad in Australia and came across this beautiful hawk moth! I was staying outside of Herberton in Queensland, AU (which is a dry sclerophyll forest), and going on a night spotlighting trip when we spotted this beautiful moth in the beam of our spotlight. It climbed up onto me, and fluttered around my face, and was an all-around magical experience, but I haven’t been able to identify it down to the species! The closest I have found are Gnathothlibus erotus and Hippotion scrofa, but neither have the correct wing shape or the dark line down the thorax that my moth had. Any help in identifying him would be greatly appreciated!
Signature: Kristin

Coequosa australasiae

Coequosa australasiae

Hi Kristin,
In a matter of minutes, we found your moth identified as Coequosa australasiae on Csiro
where the physical traits you mentioned are obvious in the image of a mounted specimen.  The images on Butterfly House are not as close, but there is still a strong resemblance.  The Australian Museum also has a nice image.  The uncropped version of your photograph has to be one of the finest Buggy Accessories photos we have ever received.

Buggy Accessory:  Coequosa australasiae

Buggy Accessory: Coequosa australasiae

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Subject: Mantis??
Location: Southern Manatee county Florida
August 29, 2013 2:27 pm
Found this on the hood of my car yesterday and can’t find any thing like it online. I was wondering if anyone could identify it. Looks to me like a Mantis of some kind but I can get no closer than that. It was upside down and having trouble righting itself so I let it grab my fingers to get up. I was on my way to get my daughter from school so I was in a hurry and did not have time to take any more pix. It was sunny out and had not rained in a few days, found at 3pm.
Signature: R. Marmaro

Water Scorpion

Water Scorpion

Hi R. Marmaro,
Your mistaking this Water Scorpion is perfectly understandable.  Though unrelated, both have raptorial front legs for capturing prey.  Handle this Water Scorpion with care.  The common name refers to the painful bite they can deliver if accidentally encountered or carelessly handled, though it does make an attractive Buggy Accessory.  Though they are aquatic predators, Water Scorpions are capable of flying from one pond to another, which is especially helpful if their home dries out.

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Subject: Big huge bug!!
Location: Outside @ Walgreens
May 17, 2013 4:01 pm
I saw this big ol’ bug outside of Walgreens in Minnesota. I’ve never seen one before! It was huge! Probably a little more than an inch long, and moving pretty slowly. I took a picture with my foot for size comparison but I didn’t want to get too close in case it decided to crawl on me…
Signature: Leslie

Sexton Beetle

Sexton Beetle

Hi Leslie,
This is a Burying Beetle or Sexton Beetle in the genus Nicrophorus, but we cannot say for certain which species it is.  Perhaps one of our readers can provide some suggestions.  Sexton Beetles often work in pairs to bury small, dead animals.  Eggs are laid on the putrifying flesh and the adults help to guard the growing brood.  More information on Sexton Beetles as well as photos of many North American species are posted on BugGuide.  We actually think this Sexton Beetle would look lovely crawling on your stylish footwear.  Because we occasionally get images of insects that contribute to fashion statements, we created a Buggy Accessories tag that we hope our readers find amusing.  Though we would have to imagine this Sexton Beetle accessorizing your fashionable running shoes, it isn’t too difficult as our staff has such vivid imaginations, so we are taking the liberty of tagging your post as a Buggy Accessory.

Sexton Beetle

Sexton Beetle

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Hello Friends and Insect Enthusiasts,
After much hemming and hawing and per the requests of many of you, I’ve finally put together the beginnings of an insect blog. Wooohoo! It’s not much yet, but I hope to grow it over the years.
It’s called BugonthumB and can be found here: bugonthumb.tumblr.com
The name: I was going through my insect photos one day and realized that a lot of them are of insects perched on my thumb, the nail of which is often painted a bright shade of pink or blue or yellow. Nothing, I think, accessories like a frog-legged beetle.
Anyway, I’m poking you guys first because I know you have an interest in science and nature, are as obsessed with spiders and their kin as I am, OR are terrified of spiders and their kin (you know who you are)–in which case, I want this blog to help change your mind.
I’m also kicking the blog off with a “Big Bug Week” in Taiwan, during which time I will travel around Taiwan trying to find and photograph as many insects as I can in seven days. There is more information about this trip, including a list of rules, on the blog. Please check it out as I leave for Formosa tomorrow and will start posting tomorrow night!
When it comes to personal blogging, I am a beginner, and so I would love your feedback and advice.
And please continue to send me interesting arthropod-related stories, links, photos, etc. so I can post them.
I hope everyone is well and is starting to see the beginnings of spring, which of course means bugs.
Your humble bug wrangler,
Marian Lyman Kirst

Bug on Marian's Thumb

Bug on Marian’s Thumb

How exciting Marian.  What’s That Bug? is happy to promote your new blog.  We are accompanying this posting with a photo of a Shield Bug on your Thumb that you submitted to us last year.  We still get comments and positive feedback on the article you wrote about Daniel in High Country News.

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