Subject: Unidentified beetles
Location: San Angelo, TX
May 29, 2017 8:57 am
Here are two unidentified beetles captured in an intimate moment on a fence in West Texas.
Exact location is in the photo metadata. Picture taken on 29 May 17.
Signature: Matt in San Angelo, TX

Mating Bordered Plant Bugs

Dear Matt,
These are NOT beetles.  They are mating Bordered Plant Bugs in the genus
Largus.  According to BugGuide:  “genus under revision.”

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Subject: Cave cockroach
Location: Zamboanga del Norte, Mindanao, Philippines
May 29, 2017 9:13 am
Hi 🙂
Just curious what this cockroach is. I found this inside a cave in zamboanga del norte. I sent two pictures but its just one cockroach just flipped over.
Signature: With love

Cave Cockroach

Since you found it in a cave, and it is a Cockroach, we are content calling this a Cave Cockroach, but we decided to do some research.  We found an online article entitled Cockroaches (Insects, Blattodea) from caves of Polillo Island (Philippines), with description of a new species and there is an illustration identified as Ectobiidae:  Shelfordina sp., adult female that resembles your image.

Cave Cockroach

Subject: It can’t be a gypsy moth caterpillar!
Location: Long Island, NY, USA
May 28, 2017 5:08 am
Hi. I live on Long Island, in NY. I have scrub oak trees in the front and back of my small yard. Every year we get caterpillars that come down on silk strings and then crawl up my trees and munch on the leaves and poop on the ground. Every single person here is saying that they are gypsy moth caterpillars, and that certainly fits the description, yet nobody bothers to look at them. They do not have double dots going down their backs and none of them are blue. They have single red dots going down their backs and some tiny yellow dots in pairs and on their heads and tails.
Please, can you help me to correctly identify these caterpillars? Thank you!!!
Signature: Jenny

Gypsy Moth Caterpillar

Hi Jenny,
Our first reaction was that they act like Gypsy Moth Caterpillars and they resemble Gypsy Moth Caterpillars, but they are different.  We then did a web search of Caterpillars and Long Island and found the Alternative Earth Care Tree & Lawn Systems site and the pictured Gypsy Moth Caterpillar looks exactly like the image you submitted.  This brings up several possibilities in our mind, and demands additional research.  First is that there is a Long Island variation on the Gypsy Moth Caterpillar and second is that perhaps this is an earlier instar than that typically shown.  Caterpillars molt five times and their appearance often changes startlingly, so different instars might appear to be different species.  The site states:  “The caterpillar larvae are about ¼” long and are black in color. As they grow they develop black hairs and colored spots and can eventually grow to 2 ½” long.”  Since it is just the end of May, the early instar possibility seems most valid as the caterpillars feed into mid-summer.  This BugGuide image appears to be a transitional phase between your individual and the more typically pictured Gypsy Moth Caterpillar.  This BugGuide image from mid May also has coloration similar to your individual, so we are convinced that your individual is indeed a Gypsy Moth Caterpillar.  Perhaps you will entertain the thought of sending us an additional image later in the summer when your caterpillars should be maturing and more closely resembling the red and blue spotted appearance generally pictured for Gypsy Moth Caterpillars?  BugGuide does state:  “‘The larval stage (caterpillar) is hairy, and a mature larva is 50-65 mm long with a yellow and black head. Behind the head on the thorax and abdomen are five pairs of blue spots (tubercles) followed by six pairs of brick red spots.'(from Penn State website) Please note: earlier instars (under about 12mm) do not exhibit the characteristic blue and brick red pairs of tubercles, nor the yellow and black head. Look instead for ‘first thoracic segment with prominent subdorsal warts bearing numerous long setae that makes face look “eared.” ‘(Caterpillars of Eastern Forests). ”

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Subject: Mystery eggs
Location: Alton, Illinois, USA
May 28, 2017 1:12 pm
I was wandering around my yard with my tortoise when I discovered a tiny dying leaf with tiny eggs on it. I am totally clueless and need help identifying!
Signature: Sarah D

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Eggs

Dear Sarah,
We are quite certain these are Stink Bug eggs, and after comparing them to this BugGuide image, we are fairly certain they are Brown Marmorated Stink Bug,
Halymorpha halys, eggs.  The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an Invasive Exotic Species and according to BugGuide:  “Native to E. Asia, adventive elsewhere(2); in our area, mostly e US and West Coast states.”  First collected in Pennsylvania in 1998, in just a few years, this noxious species has spread from coast to coast according to BugGuide data.  In addition to doing major agricultural damage, according to BugGuide:  “Highly polyphagous, reported on ~300 plant spp. in its native range; feeds mostly on fruit, but also on leaves, stems, petioles, flowers, and seeds. Damage typically confined to fruiting structures,” the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a source of consternation to homemakers because they frequently enter homes in large numbers to hibernate when the weather begins to cool.

Subject: What’s that bug??
Location: Coeur d alene idaho
May 28, 2017 10:33 am
My tree out front has these bug eggs all around the outside of it. The leaves are turning black and seems to be leaving the sidewalk underneath it sticky. I think they might be ladybugs? What are they and how do I save my tree?
Signature: Concerned citizen


Dear Concerned Citizen,
We are unable to provide you with a species identification, but we can tell you that these are not eggs.  They are plant feeding insects in the order Hemiptera, and all Hemipterans, a group that includes Scale Insects and Aphids, have mouths designed to pierce and suck fluids, which is why your tree is ailing.  Also, many Hemipterans secrete honeydew, which is why the sidewalk is sticky.  Are you able to identify the tree?  Knowing the plant host is often a tremendous asset when trying to identify insects.


Subject: WTB ?
Location: N.E. Alabama
May 28, 2017 10:03 am
My daughter n law was bit by what she described as a flying ant outside. Later the next day I found this in the floor of my laundry room thinking it mite have been what bit her.
Signature: Dmeado

Carpenter Ant Alate

Dear Dmeado,
Earlier today we posted an image from North Carolina of what we believe to be a male Carpenter Ant alate, the winged reproductive form that swarms when weather conditions are right.  We believe your image is that of a female Carpenter Ant alate, possibly
Camponotus castaneus, based on this BugGuide image.  We believe the best way to distinguish the males from the females is the shape of the head and the longer antennae on the males as he uses his antennae to help locate a female.  BugGuide notes:  “Alates noted May-June (Mississippi) and September (Mississippi, North Carolina)” so your swarm seems quite on schedule.