From the monthly archives: "October 2005"
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3 AM bug
I had a late night visitor in my apartment located in Burbank, California. I captured the bug in a drinking glass and photographed it before I put it outside. The drinking glass is about 3.5 inches in diameter (it is shown in the photos). I have never seen an insect that large in this area. Thanks for your help!

Hi Amie,
Certain insects always appear on our homepage since we get so many identification requests for them. The Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket is one. There was a photo at the bottom of the homepage.

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Please help!
This awesome looking wasp-like insect was discovered on the window outside my house. I have searched your website, other websites, and several insect guides and cannot find anything like it. It somewhat resembles a mayfly and has three long whip-like tails protruding from its back section, but I’m pretty sure it’s not one. Can you help me identify this fascinating insect?

Hi Andrea,
Nice collection. This is a Giant Ichneumon in the genus Megarhyssa.

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What the…
I live on the Oregon coast in Coos Bay. We are beginning to find these little bugs all over our house. What are they and what can we do about them? Here it sits on tape next to a dime.
Richard Hinkel

Hi Richard,
We needed to turn to Eric Eaton for help and here is his response: “This is actually a booklouse, order Psocoptera, family Liposcelidae most likely. Neato. Just keep it away from my insect collection:-) Eric ” According to Audubon: “Book lice are wingless and sometimes infest houses, where they feed on the sizing, paste, and glue of book bindings.”

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There are many of these infiltrating our house just recently.

And we have been innundated with questions wanting them identified. Seems no matter how many photos of Boxelder Bugs we post, no one ever bothers to scroll down the page.

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unidentified ctenuchinae moth????
Hi …LOVE YOUR SITE!!!…. anyways , I am an ex-northerner , now living in the mountains of Costa Rica. I have started a bug/moth/butterfly collection. Your site has been invaluable to me because even though I am living in the tropics and many of the insects are different , the families and classification remains the same and for some of the insects /butterflies even narrowing that down has been a help. But now I am stumped!!! …. I found these two moths within a day of each other in the early morning sitting in the sun..not that far from each other. I have spent weeks and weeks on the internet trying to make a positive ID…(that’s how I came across your site) the best I could do was Arctiidae (Ctenuchinae) or family sphingidae.. and I am not even sure this is right . I have enclosed a photo of both … I am assuming the smaller one on the left is a male (the abdomen has shrivelled somewhat but there are claspers on the bottom)and the larger one on the right is female . Any help would be appreciated…. thank you in advance!
Barva, Costa Rica

Hi Theresia,
We agree that this is a Ctenuchine Tiger Moth and not a Sphingid. Sorry we can’t help with the species. We seem to recall having looked at a tropical Ctenuchine site last year but we were unable to locate it.

Identification Courtesy of Julian Donahue
These appear to be a male (left) and female of the large (in both size and number of species) Neotropical tiger-moth genus Amastus, most likely A. episcotosia, described by Dognin from Panama in 1901. These arctiines are much larger than most ctenuchids; these individuals have a forewing length of nearly two inches (5 cm)–but then there’s nothing to indicate scale in the photo.

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Masked Hunter with Prey?
Dear Bugman,
I sure am having fun identifying bugs using your site. Thanks for all your hard work!! I took these photos in early September here in Barrie, Ontario , and am having some problems identifying the insect. My best guess is a Masked Hunter, but the head seems too large compared to what I found on your site. This particular critter seemed to be carrying around an earwig… I couldn’t tell for sure though. Any thoughts as to what this is?

Hi Yvonne,
Your photo shows a wasp. Eric Eaton helped us with the I.D. According to him: “Ok, found out the cricket hunter in the image is a Liris sp., family Sphecidae, subfamily Larrinae” She will dig a burrow, drag the prey inside and lay an egg on the still living but paralyzed cricket.

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