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Subject: Chrysalis?
Location: Rachel, NV
January 8, 2013 4:40 pm
I know it’s not a bug, but it might be bug related! We found this in the desert in Rachel, NV on December 27, 2012. We don’t know if it is botanical in nature or some sort of chrysalis and were hoping you could help.
I emailed the Biology department of the University of Nevada and haven’t had a reply so we were hoping you (and your vast readership!) might be able to help us identify what it is.
The object is very lightweight almost papery in consistency. It is aproximately 70cm x 40cm.
Signature: Completely Baffled Kara

Desert Thing

Subject: Plant or Insect origin?
Location: Rachel, Nevada
January 9, 2013 9:00 am
I sent a request to you yesterday with a description and several photos of an object that we found in Nevada. I attached one of the same photos so you will know which submission yesterday was mine.
I made a mistake with the submission, specifically with the measurements. That should have been mm not cm so 70mm x 40mm or 7cm x 4cm. If you could please take note and correct it! Sorry!
Signature: Still Baffled Kara

Desert Thing

Hi Kara,
We haven’t a clue what this thing is, but we have some thoughts.  We do not believe it is a Chrysalis, but it might be some type of nest.  The grooved interior appears to us to have been the means by which this thing was attached to some other object, like perhaps a metal cable of some type like the cables that are part of some fences.  This does not look like any insect nest that we recognize.  Certain wasps create nests made of chewed wood that has a paperlike quality, but this doesn’t resemble any that we can think of.  Some insects like Preying Mantids attach an ootheca or egg case to twigs and possibly a fence cable, but again, this does not resemble a Mantis ootheca.  If it is an insect nest, out best guess would be some solitary bee or wasp.  Perhaps our readers will be able to offer some suggestions.  Please let us know if the University of Nevada provides a response.

Desert Thing

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Subject: Unidentified hairy caterpillar from the Sharjah Deserts
Location: Sharjah, UAE
January 9, 2013 1:31 am
Hi,
I keep finding this hairy and brilliantly colored (for a desert species) caterpillar in the Sharjah deserts feeding on Haloxylon salicornicum every Jan – Mar cycle. In fact, I’m seeing it now for the 3rd straight year in a row. Any ideas on id. Some kind of moth caterpillar perhaps as most of the butterfly caterpillars are identifiable on the Arabian peninsula???
Signature: Ajmal

Unknown Caterpillar

Hi Ajmal,
We have been trying unsuccessfully to identify your caterpillar, which we suspect is either a Tussock Moth Caterpillar in the subfamily Arctiinae (see BugGuide for North American examples) or possibly in the Tent Caterpillar family Lasiocampidae (see BugGuide for North American examples).  Many caterpillars in those groups have utricating or stinging hairs, and that might be the reason for the orange warning or aposomatic coloration.  We did find this somewhat similar photo of Ad-dud ar-rabie (literally in Arabic “the spring worm”) on the Initiating a Response to the Degradation of Al Badia website, but it is not an exact match.

Unknown Caterpillar

Interestingly, the two visual matches we did locate were inquiry postings you made on Project Noah here in January 2012 and here with your 2011 sighting.  We will continue to research this matter and perhaps one of our readers will stumble upon an answer.

Unknown Caterpillar

 

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Subject: What spider is it?
Location: Ranca Upas, Ciwidey, West Java, Indonesia
January 7, 2013 8:03 am
Hello Daniel,
Way back on 2010 I took this spider pic, but I haven’t got any clue what spider is it. Hope that you can help.
This guy have some interesting silver & black pattern abdomen.
Signature: Mohamad Idham Iskandar

Possibly Longjawed Orbweaver

Hi Mohamad,
This spider reminds us of the North American spiders in the family Tetragnathidae, commonly called the Longjawed Orbweavers.  We cannot substantiate that with any photos from Indonesia in our brief attempts at an identification.  You can compare your photo to the North American Longjawed Orbweavers on BugGuide.

Possibly Longjawed Orbweaver

Hi Daniel,
Thanks a lot for the info, after reading info from BugGuide, especially this line:
“They vary in appearance, but those most commonly found are long-legged, thin-bodied spiders. When at rest, they may cling lengthwise along a twig or blade of grass, holding on with the short third pair of legs. The long pairs of legs are extended.”,
and comparing the images to orchard spider that I found in Indonesia I’m more assured that this one is an Long-jawed Orb Weavers (Tetragnathidae).

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Subject: Fire Bug
Location: VUng Tau, VIetnam
January 6, 2013 7:10 am
Dear Bugpersonnel,
Is this a firebug, a cotton stainer or a red? It was found in Vung Tau, Vietnam feeding and mating on some rather large red seed pods with large black bean-like seeds inside of them. One strange thing is that the bugs are the exact same color as the seed pods. I’ve searched the Internet and have found similar bugs which are called fire bugs. However, there are some important differences. These bugs have completely red legs and the markings are unique. I attached 2 adult matings and 1 juvenile.
Signature: William Allen

Mating Red Bugs

Hi William,
The family Pyrrhocoridae is commonly called the Red Bug family, and the family includes the Cotton Stainers as well as the Firebugs, so Red Bugs is the more general family name that includes the other genera and species.  With that said, we are having difficulty identifying your Red Bugs to the species level.  We found some family members that are found in Viet Nam, but any with these exact markings are eluding us. 
Dindymus rubiginosus which we found on Bugs for Amateurs as well as FlickR lacks the spots.  Pyrrhopeplus posthumus which we located on BiotaTaiwanica is a close match.  The drawing of the wing pattern for Dysdercus cingulatus which we found on http://psybugs.biota.biodiv.tw/book/export/html/385 is pretty accurate, but once we found a photo of the insect on Forestry Images, the spots seem too high on the wings and the black triangular scutellum is missing on your specimens.  Project Noah did not provide us with anything conclusive.  After spending some time trying in vain to provide a species identification, we have decided to post you images and we hope one of our readers might be able to assist.  We feel confident that you can use the general term Red Bug to describe your individuals which are in the family Pyrrhocoridae.

Red Bug Nymph

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Subject: Spider in Kauai
Location: Kauai, Hawaii
December 25, 2012 9:03 am
I saw this spider hiking in Kauai. It was pretty big and had a really big spider web, any idea what it is?
Signature: Adam

Orbweaver from Hawaii

Hi Adam,
This is an Orbweaver in the family Araneidae.  We posted a photo of this member of the genus
Argiopeonce before, but we never determined a species identification.  They are not considered dangerous, though large specimens might bite if carelessly handled.

Argiope species

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Subject: Unknown flying bug
Location: Bristol, Florida
December 19, 2012 12:51 pm
I live in Bristol, FL, in a residential area of town and It’s the middle of December here.These bugs have recently shown up around my homer and I was wondering if you could help identify them.
Signature: Reba

Unknown Black Wasp

Hi Reba,
This is some species of Wasp, and we suspect it is a parasitic Hymenopteran.  Perhaps it is numerous because there is also a population increase in its host.  We are contacting Eric Eaton to see if he can assist in this identification.

Thank you for your help.  Now that I have its name, I can do some research.
Love, Reba

Eric Eaton writes back
Happy holidays to you, too, Daniel!
Nice image, but pretty dark.  It is definitely something in the Crabronidae family, perhaps related to the Larrini tribe.  I’d have to put the thing under a microscope, and might still not know what it is.  Matthias Buck at the Alberta Royal Museum might recognize it, though.
Eric

Hi again Reba,
Eric Eaton provided us with a family of Crabronidae, and the two subfamilies that seem likeliest to us are Astatinae, which BugGuide states “members of this group provision there larvae exclusively with Heteroptera. Nymphs and adults of the following families have been recorded: Pentatomidae, Scutelleridae, Lygaeidae, Reduviidae, Cydnidae, Alydidae, and Rhopalidae”
or the Aphid Wasps in the subfamily Pemphredoninae, also represented on BugGuide.  Either possibility includes beneficial species that prey upon insects considered plant pests in the garden.

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