Subject: Weird bug
Location: Wyoming
January 20, 2017 9:01 pm
I found this weird bug in my house and can’t figure out what it is.
Signature: Amber

Velvet Ant

Dear Amber,
Though your insect is a member of a group commonly called Velvet Ants, it is actually a flightless female wasp in the family Mutillidae.  Velvet Ants are not aggressive but they should be handled with caution as they are reported to deliver a very painful sting.

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Subject: Weird insect in NC Linville Gorge
Location: 3050 ft, Shortoff Mountain, Linville Gorge Wilderness, North Carolina.
January 21, 2017 12:19 am
My name is Tyler Goulet. I am in “The Linville Gorge Facebook Group”. One of the members posted a picture and video of what I believe to be some sort of nymph. My friend is a fly fisherman who has taught me a little. Yet even he can’t identify it. We believe it may have been carried in by a bird. The insect was found in the pond on Shortoff Mountain in the Linville Gorge Wilderness. Which is 3050 ft in elevation.
Attached are two pictures of the insect. One in someones hands, it located closer to the edge of water near his thumb and index finger on the left hand. Also a screenshot of the gps coordinates.
Thank you in advance for your services
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Damselfly Naiad

Dear Tyler,
This appears to be the aquatic nymph or naiad of a Damselfly.  Adults Damselflies are winged and they will frequently lay eggs in temporary ponds.

Subject: Identification Request
Location: Arusha, Tanzania
January 19, 2017 7:26 pm
Hi there,
Here are a few interesting ‘bugs’ I photographed while living in Tanzania between 2008 and 2011. Hoping you can help me (finally) identify exactly what they are 🙂
Many thanks
Signature: Tom Broughton

Elegant Grasshopper

Subject: Identification Request
Location: East Africa
January 19, 2017 7:28 pm
Hi there,
Here are a few interesting ‘bugs’ I photographed while living in Tanzania between 2008 and 2011. Hoping you can help me (finally) identify exactly what they are 🙂
Many thanks
IMG 1159 in Rwanda
IMG 1515b in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
IMG 8969 in Longido, Northern Tanzania (found dead)

Elegant Grasshopper (IMG 1159)

Dear Tom,
Two of your images, one from Tanzania and IMG 1159 from Rwanda are Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae.  The individual from Tanzania appears to be an Elegant Grasshopper,
Zonocerus elegans, based on a previous identification on our site.  Based on this BioLib image, we are pretty confident IMG 1159 is the same species.  We are not certain if only the males have usable wings or if both sexes come in winged and flightless forms.  We will address the other four images you sent in distinct postings.  

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Subject: Identify bug please
Location: Sydney, Australia
January 19, 2017 9:41 pm
We saw this unusal bug that sometimes walked like a crab with the antennae pointing up and we also saw it with them down on the surface. They seemed to be at the rear too.
It was about 10mm long and a bit hairy.
See attached photo. Not that crisp a shot as it kept moving!
Many thanks!
Signature: Mark B

Board-frons Planthopper Nymph

Dear Mark,
We knew this was an immature Hemipteran, and we quickly located this matching image of two Board-frons Planthoppers from the family Eurybrachyidae on the Brisbane Insect website where it states:  “The Australian Eurybrachyidae are  quite distinctive from the world fauna. All Australian species belong to the subfamily Platybrachyinae. Members in this group are small to medium in size with broad body. They have mottled forewings and coloured abdomen, usually brown, red, yellow or orange in colour. All of them have broad frons (front part of head). Like other members in the Hemiptera order, Planthoppers have their sucking mouth-parts to feed on host plants by sucking up the sap.  They can be found resting on the main tree trunk or stems of their host plants, usually Eucalyptus or Acacia. They are not easily noticed because of their camouflaged colours. When come closer to them, they will walk to other spots, either up, down or sideway, then stop moving. If come even closer and try to touch them, they will jump with a ‘tick’ sound and fly away. ”  The site also states:  “Planthopper nymphs can be found on leaves, stems and tree trunks. They are usually dark brown in colour, becomes lighter-brown colour when grown. Most planthopper nymphs look very similar. The two long upwards pointing “tails” are the characteristic.”  There is not enough detail in your image for us to attempt a species identification.

Subject: Blue Wing Bug
Location: Hong Kong
January 19, 2017 2:41 am
Would you please help to identify this bug?
It’s around 30-40mm long, blue wings, orange head and legs, dark blue body.
Thanks a lot!
Signature: Alex L

Spider Wasp

Hi Alex,
This is a Spider Wasp in the family Pompillidae.  We will attempt a species identification when we have more time.

Spider Wasp

Subject: moth
Location: Merced, Ca 95340
January 18, 2017 2:57 pm
While cleaning out my shop, I found this long dead beauty.
Signature: Tom Tanioka

Possibly One Eyed Sphinx or Salicet Sphinx

Dear Tom,
This beautiful Sphinx Moth is in the genus
Smerinthus, and Sphingidae of the Americas California page lists three possible species that look very similar.  Though based on images posted to Sphingidae of the Americas, it looks most to us like a Salicet Sphinx, the range is listed as “valleys and along streamsides from Mexico City north to west Texas, New Mexico, southern Arizona, and extreme southern California” and since Merced is in the middle of the state, we suspect it is more likely the wider ranging One Eyed Sphinx which is also pictured on Sphingidae of the Americas.  We will contact Bill Oehlke to get his opinion.