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red and black bug
Location: Central Victoria, Australia
March 11, 2012 10:06 pm
I found hundreds of these on an unknown plant in the garden. I have searched google images without luck. can you help.?
there was also this one mainly black one – possibly the same family.?
Signature: tricia

Unknown True Bug Nymphs

Dear Tricia,
Both of your photos are of immature Hemipterans, an order of insects that includes the True Bugs.  We suspect your True Bugs are either Stink Bugs in the family Pentatomidae or Shield Bugs in the family Scutelleridae, but we have not had any luck identifying the species.  They may both be the same species since they are feeding on the same unidentified plant.

Unknown True Bug Nymph

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looks like a louse, but the legs are all wrong…
Location: Los Angeles, CA
March 8, 2012 12:39 am
Hi Bugman,
I found a bug while bathing my kids. Singly in the water.
I have looked and looked online. The closest thing is lice. But it is soooo different looking…
* Color and opaqueness
* size
* visible dark eyes
* visible internal ’organs?’
* Antenna similar length smooth and seem segmented looking
* smooth
* tubular body
* legs tucked under
* legs are set of 3 flat ovals with tiny simple foot kicking out at about 45degree angle, all pressed against underside of body not visible from top view. with two additional very small front legs that are leg like (not flat disc like the other 6) ending with a single point foot (not claw like like a louse).
* the upper torso is segmented (like a crawdads tail) and tapers down the abdomen ending with two points at the back.
* the torso is slightly larger than the abdomen – more oval to accommodate the tucked legs.
* each leg comes from one of the segments.
The mouth parts are hard to see, but seems to have a little bit of a two part mustache (palp). The way the light hit they eyes it seemed like they might be compound because there were a lot of light dots reflecting back.
It is a soft exoskeleton which yields to the tip of the pin as I push.
It is about 7.5 mm long (9mm to the tip of antenna).
Other info:
The cat jumps into the tub when it is empty and drinks water that pools under the faucet.
I always rinse the tub before bathing, but sometimes more than others. I was tired this evening, put about 70% into it.
So it could be from the outdoor cat, or from the kids. It was a hair washing night… or…
I sure hope I was able to give enough information, clearly enough for you. I used a 30x – 25mm illuminated loupe to ID this little guy. I don’t have anything that would be able to photograph him though…
Thank you,
Signature: Lesley Sue

What's That Bug???

Dear Lesley Sue,
We do not believe this is a Louse, but we are uncertain of its true identity.  It most closely resembles one of the plant sucking insects in the order Hemiptera, most likely an immature nymph.  We suspect it might be something the cat brought in.  The photo doesn’t have much detail.  You can try browsing through the photos on BugGuide from the suborder Auchenorrhyncha to see if you can find a match, or perhaps one of our readers will write in with a comment.

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Location: N. California, Sutter County, Sutter Buttes, valley oak woodland
March 5, 2012 2:27 pm
What is the story behind this photo? Taken Feb 2012 in a small valley in the Sutter Buttes, Sutter County, Northern California. I was thinking solitary bee or trapdoor spider?
Signature: JD

Mud Ball Mystery

Dear JD,
While we are not certain what created this Mud Ball Mystery, we are relatively confident it is neither a Trapdoor Spider nor a Solitary Bee.  Could you tell us a bit more about the terrain?  Was this an area that floods in the spring?  It reminds us a bit of a Crayfish burrow.

Some Comments
I cannot imagine that this is a crayfish burrow.  As I remember both of the burrows we saw are in a veg area classified as California Prairie or Blue Oak in rather stony (about 30% up to fist sized cobble sub angular to angular) areas that I do not think flood in the spring.  Would you agree with me Michael and Zack?  Thanks for following up on this Jim.  Leslie

Definately not crayfish, I saw two more at about 1000 feet elevation the other day.

Hi Daniel,
I concur with comments below (Ed. Note:  comments above) that this is far too dry environment for a crayfish.  I will be in the field soon to get more photos with a ruler for scale, some capture tools.  What additional information is needed and how do I go about obtaining it – e.g. pour water into the hole to encourage the critter up to show itself?  I would rather not be too destructive in the investigation, so I am a bit reluctant to excavate the hole unless you think the animal will be OK to dig another.
Jim Dempsey
Environmental Scientist
California Department of Parks and Recreation, Northern Buttes District

Hi Jim,
We didn’t really think it was a crayfish, but that was a thought.  We do not believe it is a Bee or a Spider. 

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Beetle With Humpy Back
Location: Singapore
March 4, 2012 5:27 pm
Hi again, but what is this curious looking beetle with strange bumps at its back. We sometimes see this during our outdoor trekking in one forest trail here. Thanks.
Signature: Antonio

Unknown Beetle

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Thank you for submitting your identification request.
Please understand that we have a very small staff that does this as a labor of love. We cannot answer all submissions (not by a long shot). But we’ll do the best we can!

Thanks. I understand. But can you possibly reply back if ever the bug is identified and is posted in your site, at least I would be notified. Thanks again. :)

Hi Antonio,
We do not recognize your Beetle, but we have posted the photo.  Leave a comment on the posting and you should be notified in the future if we receive a comment that identifies your fascinating creature.  It somewhat resembles a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, but we don’t believe that is correct.  Eric Eaton once wrote that if we are unsure of the family, a good bet to check is the Darkling Beetle family Tenebrionidae.  We are linking to both the BugGuide Leaf Beetle page and the BugGuide Darkling Beetle page even though Bugguide is a North American insect site.

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What kind of moth walks around in snow?
Location: Andover, MA
March 2, 2012 5:08 pm
Dear bugman,
I was hiking in the Charles Ward Reservation in Andover, MA and came across this insect (that I believe is some kind of moth).
I would be interested in finding out what kind of moth it is. I would also like to know if it makes a habit of walking around in the snow? :)
Thanks for your help!
Signature: HikingMom

Winter Moth, maybe

Dear HikingMom,
In many ways this moth resembles a Winter Moth,
Operophtera brumata, but the antennae don’t look like the individuals that are pictured on BugGuide.  We will continue to research if this is the introduced Winter Moth.  The female has vestigial wings and is flightless.  The Nature PHoto website has a nice photo of a winter moth by Pavel Krasensky, but the antennae look different from your moth.  You can also find information on the winter moth on the UK Moths website.  The Winter Moth can be found in Massachusetts.  Perhaps one of our readers can assist with this identification.

Hi Daniel,
I don’t know much about moths, but  could it be a tussock moth?  I’ve have read that there are flightless females with antennae similar to the ones in my photo.

Hi Roberta,
The images we have seen of flightless Tussock Moths have even more underdeveloped wings.  We have still not found a conclusive identification for this posting.

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Metallic rainbow beetle larvae in GA, USA wetland.
Location: Augusta, GA, USA
February 17, 2012 7:04 pm
Hi, I found these larvae in large nests (clumps of dried leaves held together with webs) in a common shrub in an Augusta, GA wetland on February 11, 2012. I don’t know the name of the shrub, but I know it’s very widespread in wetlands in the southeastern USA. At any rate, these nests were very common throughout the shrubs, with several nests per shrub, and each nest seems to contain several larvae in various instars. The largest larvae I saw were ~1 cm long.
Signature: Sarah


Hi Sarah,
WE are posting your photos as unidentified because we haven’t the time to research this at the moment.  Perhaps one of our readers will supply an answer in our absence.  The nest is quite a curiosity.  We wish you could supply the name of the plant.

Larval Nest

Comment from
That is the larva of Trirhabda bacharidis (Weber), a leaf beetle which is host specific to salt bush, Baccharis halimifolia. Don’t think it has anything to do with the “nests.”

It is interesting that the species name of the Leaf Beetle is derived from the generic name for the host plant.  We located this Coleopterists Bulletin article entitled “The Host Specificity and Biology of Trirhabda bacharidis“.  BugGuide calls it the Groundselbush Beetle.

Update from Sarah
March 31, 2011
I apologize for my tardy reply, but I believe the mystery is mostly solved.  I took the plant to a botanist and the bug to an entomologist at Georgia Southern University.  The botanist said the plant is Baccharis halimifolia, eastern baccharis.  The entomologist said he thinks the larvaea are Chrysomelid beetles, but he can’t identify them to species unless they’re grown out to adults.


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