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Subject: Moth id request
Location: Cancun Mexico
February 11, 2014 10:27 am
Spotted this cool moth near Cancun Mexico Feb 4, 2014.
Signature: John

Furry Mexican Moth

Furry Mexican Moth

Dear John,
This is truly an amazing moth, and we haven’t had any luck identifying it.  We are not dismayed, because we believe a moth this distinctive will be identified soon by one of our readers if we cannot discover its identity ourselves.

Possibly Lasiocampid or Megalopygid

Possibly Lasiocampid or Megalopygid

Based on our familiarity with other members in their respective families, we believe this resembles a Flannel Moth of the Megalopygidae or a Lappet Moth of the Lasiocampidae.  We are also going to try to contact Julian Donahue to see if he has a clue to the family.

Thanks Daniel
Some pretty good moth-ers are hitting a brick wall on this one. Surprising since you would think this beauty would of attracted some attention. I am not discouraged though. Thanks for your efforts.

What's That Moth???

What’s That Moth???

Julian Donahue Responds
It’s a lasiocampid. Don’t have time to picture-book it in Seitz.
jpd

 

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Subject: orange caterpillar
Location: Lakeland, FL
February 10, 2014 12:53 pm
We found several of these crawling around on rocks. They’re very fast movers, but curl up if you touch them. They’re about 1 to 1 1/4″ long. We didn’t see them on any plants, just the rocks. We’re in Central Florida, inland and found them on 2/10/14. I’ve never seen anything like this before and after trudging through the interweb, don’t see any pics that match. As you can see in the 2nd fuzzy pic, they have black heads. He was on the move and hard to catch.
thanks for any help.
Signature: Cindy & Jim

Orange Larvae:  Caterpillars or Sawflies???

Orange Larvae: Caterpillars or Sawflies???

Dear Cindy & Jim,
We are very rushed this morning and our initial attempts at identification did not produce any results.  We are posting your photos as unidentified and we hope to return to this later when we have more time.  Meanwhile, perhaps one of our readers wants to take up the challenge.  We are not certain if these are caterpillars or Sawfly Larvae.

Sawfly Larva or Caterpillar???

Sawfly Larva or Caterpillar???

Thanks for your quick reply. We’ve never seen anything like it.

Considering your Florida location, this could easily be a new exotic import from a faraway land.

I was afraid of that. I feel like we should go hunt them down and hold on to them until we know what they are. We have too many exotics here.
thanks

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Subject: Salt Marsh Beetle
Location: San Diego County (San Elijo Lagoon)
February 4, 2014 6:04 pm
Dear Bugman,
I was exploring a spartina dominated salt marsh in southern California and found this little guy tucked within rolled up leaves of dead spartina plants. I was hoping you could help provide me some information on these guys.
Thank you!
Sincerely,
Signature: Shelby Rinehart

Ground Beetle

Beetle

Hi Shelby,
Your photos are quite excellent.  Thanks for showing so many views.  This looks like a Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae to us.  We will check with Eric Eaton so see if he agrees before we pursue trying to identify the species.  How large was this individual?

Beetle

Beetle

I don’t have the specimen in front of me, but if I recall it was less than 5mm in length.

Eric Eaton Responds
Hi, Daniel:
This looks more like something in the Anthicidae (Antlike Flower Beetles) to me.  Nice series of images considering how small the subject is.
Eric

Ed. Note:  See BugGuide for more information on Antlike Flower Beetles.

Beetle

Beetle

 

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Subject:  I’m pretty sure it’s in the stinging slug caterpillar family
Location:  Malaysian Borneo
February 6, 2014
Spotted Jan 2014 in Malaysian Borneo.  I’m pretty sure it’s in the stinging slug caterpillar family but would love to know more
Namaste,
Jennifer

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Hi Jennifer,
We agree that this is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae.  It is different from the individuals in our archives from Malaysia, and our web search did not turn up any visual matches.  Perhaps we will be able to determine the species in the future.

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Subject: strange insect
Location: Chicago, IL
February 3, 2014 11:13 pm
Hi, I found an insect on a blanket the other day. I’ve never seen it in my house before. It’s head looks like the head of an ant and it has these two small prongs at the end of it’s body like an earwig. It also has these two distinctive black markings, on what I think is it’s thorax, that resemble lips.
It wouldn’t stay still for photos so I laid down some masking tape and it walked right onto it, which held it long enough for me to take pictures. I would say it’s about 4 or 5 mm long. From the naked eye it looks kind of like a worm. The pictures I provided are taken with 80-100x magnification. Anyway, I hope that’s enough information for identification. Thank you for your time!
Signature: Jon

Larva

Larva

Hi Jon,
Other than suspecting that this is some type of larva, we are not certain of its identity.  We do not believe it is a beetle larva, but again, we are not certain.  We will post your high quality images in the hopes that one of our readers will be able to provide us with an identification.  We are also going to contact Eric Eaton to get his opinion.

Larva

Larva

Hi, Daniel:
I strongly suspect a beetle larva, but not sure which one.  Likely some kind of “stored product pest.”  Folks on Bugguide might be more helpful…..
Eric

Larva

Larva

 

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Subject: Never seen this bug before
Location: Limpopo, hoedspruit (lowveld)
January 31, 2014 9:13 am
Hi, I saw this caterpillar in our garden and wonder if you could help to ID it.
Area: South Africa, Lowveld
near Hoedspruit, Limpopo
Season: summer 31 January 2014
Size: about 1.5 cm in length and 1 cm wide
I live in the Balule nature reserve thus it’s a wilderness area
Thank you
Signature: Laetitia

What's That Grub?

What’s That Grub?

Hi Laetitia,
This is not a Caterpillar, but we do believe it is a larval insect.  In our opinion, this is most likely a Beetle Grub, though we would not rule out that it might be a Sawfly Larva.  While your individual looks very different from the larvae in the links we provided, we wanted to show you some examples of possibly classifications.  Knowing the plant this larva was feeding upon might help with the identification.

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What’s That Grub???

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