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Subject: bug ID
Location: Uganda
February 12, 2016 9:42 am
Hi,
I found these two on a carcass of a zebra in Ugnada, Africa. Time of year was August. Any ideas what these might be?
Thanks,
Signature: Gideon

Unknown Stink or Shield Bugs

Unknown Stink or Shield Bugs

Dear Gideon,
We are having a difficult time finding any matching images of your True Bugs which are in the superfamily Pentatomoidea, which includes Stink Bugs and Shield Bugs.  They are not pictured on Some Kenyan Hemiptera and Homoptera, and we could not find them on iSpot.

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Subject: Caterpillar identification.
Location: El Paso county colorado manitou spring 80829
January 27, 2016 11:26 am
I have posted this picture to many websites and know one can Identify it here is the information on it. I am in El Paso county colorado manitou spring at 8000 feet. I found it crawling on the rocks I do not know the host. It was August 16 2015.
Signature: Zack vogel

Woolly Bear

Woolly Bear

Dear Zack,
This is a Woolly Bear, the caterpillar of a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, but we are having a problem with its species identity.  We scoured BugGuide and we found an image of
Hypocrisias minima posted to BugGuide that is the closest match, but we are not satisfied that is a correct ID.  The Caterpillar of the Virginia Ctenucha pictured on BugGuide also looks similar, and it is reported from Colorado, but again, it does not look like an ideal match.  This Tiger Moth Caterpillar from Colorado posted to the Life of Your Time blog is also somewhat similar.  We are going to contact Julian Donahue, a Lepidopterist specializing in Arctiids in the hope he can provide some information.

Julian Donahue Responds
 The caterpillar may just be a color form of Pyrrharctia isabella, the “standard” woolly bear.
I suggest you contact the caterpillar guy, David Wagner at Univ. of Conn., who is publishing books on the subject.
Julian

David Wagner Responds
I am not sure I have seen it before and am very, very intrigued.
I am writing a book on caterpillars of western North America and I don’t think I have seen this one before.  It is possible it is the very rare Alexicles aspersa.  If not something in the genus Hypercompe.
Was the individual saved?  I would be quite interested in learning more about the elevation and location, and especially altitude of the capture.
Thanks for sharing.
David L. Wagner Professor
University of Connecticut

Thanks for the information Dave.
I run the pop culture website What’s That Bug? and the photo was sent to my site.
I will write back and request additional information and get back to you.
Daniel Marlos

Zack Responds
Unfortunately I did not save it because I did not want it to starve. I am around 7500 in Crystal park Manitou Springs Colorado In a mountain community. The mountain Is covered in pine, fer and blue spruce with large spots of Scrub Oak. It get up to the 90 degree weather in the summer time and get down to the 4 degrees and lower in the winter. Thank you if you need more in formation please let me know and can I have David Wagner email in case he whats to talk to me.

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Subject: Bug ID
Location: NC
January 26, 2016 8:46 pm
I have only found one of these. He has to be the strangest insect I’ve ever seen. I didn’t kill it ! I found him this way . It was on our living room floor near the propane fireplace.
Signature: Lost in the woods

What's That Bug???

What’s That Bug???

Dear Lost in the woods,
Though you have provided several images, we have no idea what they depict.  You mentioned finding it near the propane fireplace.  Do you burn wood in the fireplace?  Was there a stack of firewood nearby?  Many insects infest wood, including the larvae of beetles in the families Cerambycidae and Buprestidae, but this doesn’t look like either a Round Headed Borer which is pictured on BugGuide or a Flat Headed Borer which is also pictured on BugGuide.

What's That Bug???

What’s That Bug???

No sir , WE do not use wood . Actually have only turn it on one or two time. Funny looking little guy ! It look like it has a possum tail.
Lost in the woods

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Subject: Dragonfly
Location: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
January 21, 2016 7:56 am
Hi there
Please can you tell me what dragonfly this is. It was at Arenal Volcano National Park near Lago Los Patos.
Thanks
Signature: Steph

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Dear Steph,
Thanks for sending a higher resolution image.  The more detail in the image, the easier it is to make an ID.  We searched the database of Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Costa Rica and the closest match we could locate there is
Erythrodiplax berenice.  We crosschecked that on The Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Jersey, where we learned it is called a Seaside Dragonlet, and on BugGuide, and though we see a similarity, we do not believe the species is correct.  We are posting your image and we hope one of our readers will write in with a more conclusive identification.

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Subject: Bug
Location: Ecuador
January 20, 2016 2:26 am
Hi,
I found this bug in Ecuador a few years ago, and I just can’t seem to identify it! I’d really appreciate the help.
Thanks!
Signature: Aimee

Leafhopper

Leafhopper in the genus Aetalion

Dear Aimee,
This is some free-living Hemipteran, probably a Leafhopper, but we have not had any success finding a matching image online.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Karl provides and ID:  genus
Re: Leafhopper from Ecuador – January 20, 2016
Hi Daniel and Aimee:
It’s a wonderful photo of an Aetalionid Treehopper. The species is probably Aetalion reticulatum (Aetalionidae: Aetalioninae: Aetalionini).
Regards.  Karl
https://myrockytop.smugmug.com/FaunaandFlora

Thanks Karl,
We received a similar ID in a comment.

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Subject: Caterpillar in Brazil
Location: Holambra – São Paulo – Brazil
January 6, 2016 6:25 pm
Hello,
I found this caterpillar in Holambra – São Paulo State – Brazil in orchid. It eats the flower, when flowers are starting to grow.
Could you help me to identify this caterpillar?
Thank you so much.
Regards,
Valeria
Signature: VFM

Woolly Bear we believe

Woolly Bear we believe

Dear Valeria,
We have not had any luck identifying your Caterpillar, but we suspect it is a Woolly Bear, the caterpillar of a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck identifying this orchid eating caterpillar.  You can also try writing to Cesar Crash who runs Insetologia, our sister site from Brazil.  Should Cesar provide you with a species name, please write back to us so we can update your posting.

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