From the monthly archives: "February 2005"
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We found this cocoon attached to the underside of a small branch on a miniature Japanese maple in our yard. The photos were taken on February 3, 2005 in Clackamas County, Oregon near the city of Milwaukie at 45 25′ 45"N 122 36′ 26"W, elev. 125′. The cocoon is 35mm long and 18mm at the widest.
It seems that these might be fairly common in our area. About two months ago I saw a bird carry one of them into the yard and break it up looking for some morsel inside. I have not opened the cocoon so I can’t report what is inside, if anything. I intend to do some macro studies of the attachment point in the next few days. Any help identifying the insect will be appreciated.
Michael A. Perry

Hi Michael,
If you leave the Preying Mantis Eggcase where it is, it will hatch in the spring releasing about 200 baby mantids who will begin to rid your garden of unwanted pests.

Outstanding! We have a pesticide-free garden and rely exclusively on natural predators to control unwanted pests. This egg case is a very valuable find and will be carefully preserved until the mantids hatch. Thanks!

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Identify this Fly?
Hi! Found your website while trying to ID this tiny fly that is in the attached photos; we live in Miami, Florida, closer to the Everglades than the ocean, and have noticed an increase in the number of these guys (gals?) in our home. They are completely black, very little shiny to them; they are rather slow flying when compared to common house flies, and are typically found on the bathroom walls, which we guess is because they like humidity. Any ideas, and, should we be concerned? Thank you for such an interesting website.
PS: Macro fotography of insects is harder than I thought!!!

Hi Louis,
Your macro-photos of the Bathroom Fly, Clogmia albipunctata, one of the Family of Moth Flies, Psychodidae, are quite good. As you indicated, they like damp areas, and are often found in bathrooms indoors and near stagnant water and cesspools. The larva live in the much found in drains and dead-flow areas of household plumbing.

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whats this bug HELP
We have 5 of these bugs within 2 days.. what are they please ! thanks

The Western Conifer Seed Bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis, often seeks shelter indoors to hibernate during cold winter months.

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identify a bug?
hi, i’m just wondering if you could identify this insect from since i was a kid i just called it a stink bug and im wondering if it is or not i have been trying all kinds of searches and i cant seem to find it your welcome to use the picture if you find an interest the seed pods it is photographed on are from a wattle tree or an acacia in south australia along a creek line
thank you

Hi Sandie,
First I must appologize for taking so long to reply. Somehow your letter got lost in the black hole that is our incoming mailbox. You have two bugs, and that is a correct term, in your photo. At the top, partially obscured is a Coreid, or Leaf Footed Bug, called Tip Wilters in Australia. I located a picture on this page that looks like your specimen, identified as a Crusader Bug, Mictis profana. This bug is dark brown in colour and with a diagonal white cross on its back like the Crusader’s shield. Its hind legs are thick and strong. At the bottom is an immature Shield Bug, Family Pentatomidae which we call Stink Bugs in the states. Sorry, we are not familiar with your species for an exact identification. We did locate this great Australian Stink Bug page.

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what is this? plz help

We weren’t sure exactly what type of Pantry Beetle, so we asked Eric Eaton who responded: “Ah, well, these are Anobiidae beetles of some kind, most likely the drugstore beetle or the cigarette beetle. Was it smoking? Just kidding:-) In any event, it is a stored product pest in that family. Thanks for sharing.

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I hope you like identifying bugs!
What I’ve got is a fascinating flying dude. It’s totally black and about 1 inch in length with buggy eyes and a triangle head. New to me is that it actually looks at me (rather in my direction) when I move. I’m too used to houseflies that fly straight back into 8-week old spiderwebs after I (yes, I have an unexplainable fettish) untangle them from the web. Anyways, my concern is that it is dangerous in some way? At first I was convinced it had some diabolical reason for being in my house (mostly since it was so black and big!) but now I’m not so sure. However, appearances CAN be deceiving. I would love an I.D. for my lil’ buddy here, and perhaps some peace of mind.
Rachel B.

Hi Rachel,
You have a solitary wasp from the Sphecine Family. They are not aggressive.

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