Subject: Glow worm?
Location: Rimrock, AZ
April 25, 2017 8:27 pm
Found this on the floor of my apartment tonight. What is it?
Signature: Laura

Bioluminescent Larva

Dear Laura,
This does not look like a typical Glowworm to us.  Glowworms or Railroad Worms are the larvae of beetles in the family Phengodidae.  This doesn’t look like a Firefly Larva from the family Lampyridae either.  It does look like a Wireworm, the larva of a Click Beetle.  There are bioluminescent Glowing Click Beetles in the genus Deilelater, but we have not been able to locate an image of the larva.  BugGuide only lists North American sightings in Texas and Florida, however, BugGuide does indicate “
D. physoderus GA-FL-AZ, Mexico.”  Though that is circumstantial, our best guess right now is that this might be the larva of a Glowing Click Beetle.

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Subject: It is not what we tought! 😮
Location: Guatemala. San Martín Jilotepeque
April 26, 2017 1:55 am
Dear Mr. Bugman:
Some weeks ago, I wrote a letter to you because my brother, linving in Guatemala (San Martín Jilotepeque) decided to adopt a caterpillar he found in his garden, and we didn’t know what kind of was. Kindly, you told us you thought it was a Woolly bear caterpillar, but now we can see its chrysalis and it seems that is something different. Could it be a Leopard Moth caterpillar? What do you think it is?
We also would like to know how much time could this process last (I mean pupation) because it depends on the caterpillar kind. My brother is even worry because he thinks the pupation is not good, that it could have had a problem because it seems to be unconcluded. ¿What do you think?
Thank you so much! 🙂
The Caterpillar lovers
Signature: Belén

Unknown Pupa

Dear Belen,
We agree that this pupa (chrysalis is the pupal state of a butterfly) is probably not from the subfamily Arctiinae as Woolly Bears generally incorporate larval hairs into a cocoon.  We would love an image of the adult when it emerges.  Without knowing the species, it is difficult to predict when eclosion will occur.  The pupa does not look abnormal to us.  Please keep us updated.  What did the caterpillar eat between the time you sent the first image and now?  Food plant might help identify the species.

Unknown Caterpillar

Subject: What’s this gorgeous spider?
Location: Central Ohio
April 25, 2017 12:59 pm
Hello! Recently converted arachnophobe here – made friends with an argiope aurantia last year…now I’m fascinated with our spider buddies, and have educated myself on the various species in my area (Central Ohio). I walk my property every day looking for new friends, and I came across this absolutely beautiful spider. She was hanging out in a very fuzzy, messy web (not an orbweaver-like web), and did me the courtesy of posing for photos taken with my phone. Very docile, green legs, white and yellow underbelly…but no idea what she is. Any idea? Thank you!
Signature: Jaime

Unknown Spider

Dear Jaime,
At first glance we thought this resembled an Orchard Spider, but closer inspection caused us to change our minds, plus it is early in the year for an Orchard Spider in Ohio, and the web you described does not fit.  We searched through the genera of the Comb Footed Spiders in the family Theridiidae on BugGuide and we could not find a match.  Perhaps one of our readers will recognize this spider.

Unknown Spider

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Subject: Spider ID please
Location: Cochise County, Arizona
April 25, 2017 4:55 pm
Hello Bugman,
I found this spider in a space between a door and the screen. It is shiny and I first thought of black widow but it doesn’t have the red hourglass on the abdomen. What it can be? I appreciate your help so that I can open that door again.
Signature: Kana

Immature Western Black Widow

Dear Kana,
This is definitely an immature Widow, probably a Western Black Widow.  Here is a matching image from BugGuide.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for your quick reply. I have never seen a black widow spider and wanted to know where they live (to avoid them). Never imagined they live so close!

Subject: Grasshopper
Location: Bakersfield, Ca
April 24, 2017 4:14 pm
What type of grasshopper is this??
Signature: with your name

Gray Bird Grasshopper Nymph

We believe this is the nymph of a Gray Bird Grasshopper, Schitocerca nitens.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

Subject:  Eucalyptus Leaf Beetles found in Mount Washington
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
April 25, 2017
About two weeks ago, we were walking down the street and we noticed that something was chewing the leaves of a big eucalyptus tree growing on the side of the road.  Sure enough, we found Eucalyptus Leaf Beetles,
Paropsisterna m-fuscum, including one larva.  When we returned to take some images, we could not locate the larva.  According to BugGuide:  “native to Australia, introduced into so. CA (ca. 2003).”  According to iNaturalist:  “This insect can become very prolific and is a serious pest species in the forestry industry. This particular species is a problem on Blue Gum in California, USA.  The beetles are pale, with variable brown markings on the elytra and pronotum and sometimes with bright flaring at the base of the elytra. The larvae are larviform and pale green like the leaves they eat.”

Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle

Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle