From the monthly archives: "November 2005"
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Possible Prionus californicus
Got a good one for ya…I have found many photo references to the adult California Prionus and not many pics of the larvae. My husband and father in law were removing the last bits of a long since dead oak tree and found 2 gargantuan grubs in the midst of the rubble. The larger of the two measured 4 inches (it was not fully extended either!) and the smaller was just over 3 1/2 inches. They have some nasty looking choppers and a reddish pink "tongue" looking thing that would come out and retract on the top of it’s black head. I’m certain this should be turned over to Spielberg or Wes Craven for their next horror movie!
Thanks for any help.

Hi Sara,
We are in agreement with your identification, and we are happy to post your photos and letter.

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Baby Lynx Spiders
Hi guys,
I saw the photo with the supposed baby Lynx Spiders. Here is a photo of some that were in the field at my lake house. Keep up the awesome work with the site.
Adam Hartmann
Jacksonville, FL

Thanks Adam.
Your photo shows the orange color of the Green Lynx Spider spiderlings.

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Caterpillar Found In Nassau, Bahamas
Would love to know what kind of butterfly/moth this is and how long it will take to metamorph. It is 4 and a half inches in length.
P.S. Great Site!

Hi Jill,
This is a Ficus Sphinx, Pachylia ficus. It is one of several color variations of this caterpillar. The adult is a lovely brown Sphinx Moth. We are not sure exactly how long the transformation process requires, but probably approximately a month. Too bad you chopped the big guy’s head off.

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beetle ID
Please let me know the species of this beetle. I think it is a wood boring species. Thanks,
Mel Boreham, Cottonwood, AZ

Hi Mel,
We needed to check with Eric Eaton and here is his response: “The images are of an ironclad beetle in the family Zopheridae (once part of the Tenebrionidae). Genus is most likely Phloeodes or Zopherus. Can’t seem to keep ’em straight. Eric” Ironclad Beetles do not bore into wood. According to our sources, they eat fungus. They get their common name because of their tough exoskeleton.

Expert Update:(11/29/2005)
The imaged Zopherid from thanksgiving in AZ belongs to the genus Zopherus. It is probably Zopherus uteanus (Casey). Larvae of the Zopherini do bore into wood where they eat sheet fungi between the wood layers. As adults they probably feed on fungi, and are often collected under bark and rocks.
Ian Foley

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icky beetle!
I came across your website and see that you are good at identifying bugs! Attached are some beetle pictures that my boyfriend found inside a box at his retail store. The bug itself is gone and all he found was the intact shell. We live in Southern California (Temecula) but the box came from somewhere else… from where we don’t know. I am sure this creature is some sort of rhino beetle…but we were hoping you knew the exact name and just where this fellow came from!! Thanks for your time and enjoy the pictures!!
Lisa and Adam

Hi Lisa and Adam,
We were uncertain as to the identity of your beetle, so we checked with Eric Eaton. Here is his response: “I doubt it is a Strategus. Reminds me more of some of the dung beetles from Africa, actually. I’d have the person take it to an entomologist at a museum or university (or agriculture department) for proper ID in case it IS something exotic. Actually, I KNOW it is not Strategus. Males of that genus have all horns sprouting from the thorax. This one has at least one horn (looks like a pair) coming out of its head. Eric “

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dying beetle
We found this odd little guy on one of our bedroom floors. We’re not sure where he came from, but he seemed to be in the throes of death, occasionally kicking a leg to prove he was still alive. Any ideas? I haven’t seen anything that resembles him on-line as yet. We live in the western part of the San Fernando Valley in Southern California.
Mark L.Scott

Hi Mark,
This is a Predatory Stinkbug known as a Brochymena.

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