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Subject: moth identification help
Location: Benicia, California
April 10, 2014 10:18 pm
My kids and I love bugs. We found an egg sac in our yard that we have not seen before. We have been keeping an eye on it for a about a month (although I don’t know for sure how long it had been there before we found it). It hatched this morning and we found a beautiful moth (which we also have not seen before). I’m hoping you can give us some more info about what kind of moth it is exactly. Thanks so much.
Signature: Christie

Tiger Moth

Tiger Moth:  Grammia ornata

Hi Christie,
This is a beautiful moth.  It is a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, and it looks like a member of the genus
Grammia, however we are having difficulty finding a visual match on BugGuide because of the black base on the underwings and the intricate pattern on the forewings. We also find the cocoon to be unusual in that no caterpillar hairs have been incorporated in its construction.  We have decided to contact our friend and Arctiid expert Julian Donahue for his opinion.

Tiger Moth

Tiger Moth:  Grammia ornata

Hi again Christie,
We emailed Julian and then telephoned, but he is running errands.  We now believe this is
Grammia ornata, and you can see a selection of images on BugGuide including this image on BugGuide which shows the black base to the underwings.  The species is found in California.  We are awaiting confirmation from Julian.  We could not locate an online image of the cocoon of Grammia ornata for comparison. 

Cocoon

Unidentified “Cocoon”

Julian Donahue Confirms Identification:  Grammia ornata
You’re right on, Daniel. Grammia ornata is a western North America species, occuring from Ventura Co., California north through the Pacific Northwest to southern British Columbia, Canada, east to northern Utah, and western Wyoming and Montana. (South of Ventura Co., California, it is replaced by the similar G. hewletti, described from San Diego Co., California).
Attached is a copy of Chris Schmidt’s revision of Grammia, which has color plates illustrating all the species. Both species are illustrated on p. 578, figs. 36 & 37.  Schmidt_2009_Grammia
Julian

Thank you so much for your reply. I was wondering about the cocoon/egg sac as well. It looked like thousands of tiny oval eggs inside a silk web, but in the shape of a caterpillar. This one was on our deck under a planter, but we found two more on the underside of leaves  on a  nearby plant with the web curling the leaf around it. We have not seen any actual caterpillars in the garden, so now I’m wondering the sac and the moth were coincidental occurrences?? I would love to know more about the cocoon/sac if possible.
Thanks again!
Christie

Hi Christie,
In your original email, you implied that you were certain the moth emerged from the cocoon.  Now you don’t seem certain.  In our opinion, the moth and the cocoon are not related. 

Julian Donahue confirms our suspicions about the “Cocoon”
The “cocoon” doesn’t look like anything I’ve ever seen; almost 100% positive it’s not arctiid in origin (sorta looks like a sawfly larva to me, but that’s a wild guess and I have nothing to back it up).
Julian

 

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Subject: Ant?
Location: Pasadena CA
April 6, 2014 10:07 pm
Hello, About a few hours ago I found what looks like an ant in my kitchen. I am writing to you because this possible ant is the biggest one I have ever seen around these parts. Normally We see the tiny black ants & out in lots we see red ants, but like I said, this one is much larger than any I have seen before.
It is about half an inch long, and about a quarter of an inch tall. It is a dark brown, almost black ant with Honey (lighter) colored legs. It has a light rectangle patch on its back (Thorax?). Elbowed antennae. At first I thought maybe termite? but from searching online it did not look like one. As far as location, this insect was found in Pasadena CA in an apartment. Weather is spring (though warm enough to feel like summer). We have only seen the one so far & I have it contained in a specimen box. Please let me know if you need anything else & thanks!
Signature: Jeeb

Ant

Ant

Hi Jeeb,
We don’t recognize your Ant, and since it was found indoors in the spring, we would not eliminate the possibility that this is a queen ant attempting to establish a new colony after loosing her wings subsequent to her nuptial flight.  Because of its large size, we suspect this might be a Carpenter Ant in the genus
Camponotus and you can see some examples on BugGuide.  We hope someone with more knowledge on Ants can provide a definitive identification.

Possibly Carpenter Ant

Possibly Carpenter Ant

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Subject: Unidentified reed insect
Location: Gifberg, South Africa (S 31.77 E 18.76)
April 1, 2014 2:41 pm
Dear bugman
I found this insect North of the Cederberg, in South Africa. It jumped into the open 4×4 truck window from some tall grasses/reeds we were driving through. It seemed capable of jumping, although its legs seem incapable of this feat. Any idea what it may be? I am from South Africa but never saw something like this before. Length was approx 20mm.
Signature: Francois

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What’s That Bug???

Dear Francois,
This has to be one of the most unusual creatures we have ever been asked to identify, and we really don’t know where to begin regarding its classification, except that it is a Hexapod.  We haven’t the time to research this at this moment, so we are posting your photos and we will attempt the identification later today.  Perhaps our readership will take a stab at this while we are away from the office.

What's That Bug???

What’s That Bug???

Karl Identifies Leafhopper
Hi Daniel and Francois:
Given the submission date Daniel, it crossed my mind that you were perhaps being pranked with this one. However, it turns out to be a Restio Leafhopper (Family Cicadellidae: Subfamily Ulopinae: Tribe Cephalelini). These leafhoppers are native to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and the common name derives from the fact that all South African members of the Cephalelini are associated exclusively with the Restionaceae plant family. South Africa has 23 species of Restio Leafhoppers in four genera, 18 of which belong to the genus Cephalelus (so odds are that this is one). All the photos I was able to find showed winged individuals so I expect that this one is a juvenile. If you want to know how such a short-legged beast was able to jump into your truck you could check out this site (stop-action photos and description of Cephalelus in action). Regards. Karl

Eric Eaton Identifies Fulgorid Planthopper
Daniel:
Some kind of fulgoroid.  Will have to get back to you later with a more specific answer as I’ll have to look it up and/or query a colleague.
Eric

Update:  Restio Leafhopper
Ariella wrote today in a comment that this is a Restio Leafhopper,
Cephalelus uncinatus, a species pictured on ISpot.

Update from Chris Dietrich
It’s a nymph of the leafhopper (Cicadellidae) genus Cephalelus, which belongs to a tribe that is disjunct in South Africa and Australia.  They feed only on Restionaceae.
-Chris

 

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Subject: Unidentified Caterpillar
Location: Bloemfontein region, Free State, South Africa
March 31, 2014 10:24 am
Hi, I found this caterpillar on our Private Game Farm in the region of Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa and am hoping you may be able to assist in it’s identification?
It’s an active night feeder, resting during the day .
Feeding on Quilted Bluebush (Diospyros lycioides).
Numerous groups have been contacted in regards to it’s identification, but as yet, no such luck.
Signature: Toby Esplin – About Nature, Wildlife and Birding Tours

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Dear Toby,
We don’t think we will have time to research this request this morning, but we are posting all of your images and perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a response.  Our initial guess is that this is probably the caterpillar of a large moth in the family Erebidae because it reminds us of the Underwing Caterpillars from North America.

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

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Subject: Singapore Katydid
Location: Singapore
March 22, 2014 10:20 pm
Hi Daniel.
I’ve seen this Katydid on Flickr from a few different photographers but no one has a name for it. I was able to photograph it for the first time this week and I’d love to be able to put a full name on it. Maybe Piotr would have some idea? It seems pretty distinctive so it might be ‘easy’ for him to ID.
Hope you’re well,
Signature: David

Immature Katydid

Immature Katydid

Dear David,
This Katydid is an immature nymph, and many times nymphs greatly differ from adults in coloration and markings.  We found a matching individual on DeviantArt, but as you indicated, it is not identified.  It is also unidentified on Singapore Nature.  As you requested, we will contact Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can identify this colorful little guy.

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Subject: larva from Peru
Location: Peru; near Iquitos
March 13, 2014 5:49 pm
Hello, this one is really a quest. I have no idea what is on the photo. I think its some larva from some incest. However which one.. I dont know. Any help ll be appreciated :)
Signature: Jiri Hodecek

Possibly Leaf Beetle Larva

Possibly Leaf Beetle Larva

Hi Jiri,
We really haven’t had time to research this request, but we believe it may the the larva of a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.  The somewhat similar looking Spotted Tortoise Beetle larvae pictured on the South African Photographs website support our speculation.

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