From the monthly archives: "November 2005"
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What Bug is this?
What am I? Lakeview AR May 16. Thanks. Love your site.
Rose Maschek

Hi Again Rose,
We found your beetle on BugGuide, but it is just listed as a generic Leaf Beetle, Family Chrysomelidae. We checked with Eric Eaton and he was unable to provide an exact species based on the photo.

Update (08/22/2006)
Hello Lisa Anne and Daniel, I recently came across your website and I was pleased to see such a vibrant (and well-done) site. I’m an entomologist and evolutionary biologist (specializing on the systematics, taxonomy and evolution of tiger beetles and their close relatives) and I have to say that I’m impressed with your accuracy rate! It’s much, much better than other comparable sites I’ve come across over the years. The two of you must really love insects. I’ll bookmark your site and check it out when I’m having trouble sleeping again!
That is Blepharia rhois, one of the larger species of flea beetles (subfamily or tribe within the leaf beetles). This species feeds on winged sumac and although they are flea beetles, they are unusual because they aren’t very strong jumpers!
Daniel P. Duran
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

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South American cousins
Hi guys – Great site !!
Recently returned from a trip to SA and thought some of your readers might like to see what one of the SA cousins of the Rhino beetle looks like. This one was found wandering at the top of a mountain near Cali Colombia at the Cristo Rey site. Sorry I didn’t include a reference for measurement – about 3 inches in length. My thanks in advance,

Hi Burton,
Thanks for the fascinating photo.

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Green Lynx Spider?
Howdy Bugman,
Love your site. I found this really cool spider while I was trimming the bushes. She is a female, and had 1000s of young spiders in the web behind her, so I trimmed the bushes all around but left her home intact. Looks like a Green Lynx Spider, based on other pictures I’ve seen. What do you think?
Tom Bateman
Escondido, CA

Hi Tom,
Yes, this is a Green Lynx Spider, but those things behind her look like plant seeds to us.

Thanks for the reply. Those are plant seeds. You can’t see the young spiders in the picture – they are hiding deeper in the web, and out of focus. If you look closely, there is a big egg mass just below her. When I blew on the web, the young crawled everywhere, then eventually ran back in.

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Pryeria sinica
Hi there…what an interesting site! I first visited about a month ago hoping to identify these wasp-mimicking moths that were swarming around the Euonymus hedgerow in back of my townhouse in central Maryland . For the entire month of October and the first two weeks of November, I had to run to my car with a jacket over my head because the infestation was so thick! I just learned that this species is Pryeria sinica and it is native to the Far East. Apparently it is a newly-identified pest species in my area and kind of a big deal! I thought others in the Maryland/Virginia area might find this useful, as there isn’t very much information available. I read something from the Maryland Dept. of Agriculture that says it’s crucial to report these guys if you see them. I wish I’d known that a few weeks ago. The invaders all died about two weeks ago when it really started to get cold. Attached are the best images I could find…I’m sorry, I don’t have the ability to thumbnail them.
Carley C. Heelen

Pryeria sinica malePryeria sinica female

Hi Carley,
Thanks for the wealth of information and your photos. They are a welcome addition to our site.

I should add that those are not my photos, because it didn’t occur to me to take any. I found them on this site:
Carley C. Heelen

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Dear Bugman,
Hope you will be able to identify this little critter for us. sister-in-law found it on her rose bush on Tue 15 Nov. She then placed it in a large cardboard box (with food) until Sun 20 Nov, the day she returned it to the rose bush. Yesterday, Thu 24 Nov this little critter was still sitting happily on the rose bush. We live in Barcaldine – Central Western Queensland Australia. Trust you can help. Thank you.

Hi Joycelyn,
We sought expert help with your awesome specimen, but cannot come up with an exact species. We can tell you it is some type of Katydid and that it is immature. That crest is so distinctive. In Los Angeles, the Katydids love my rose bushes as well. I usually shoo them away since I don’t like them eating the rose buds, but I am well aware that they just return. Since I really like Katydids, I won’t kill them, but I would really rather have them eating shrubbery leaves.

Update (03/29/2006) We just got the following letter:
Hi Bugman, I noticed the picture of the ‘crested katydid’ you had been sent from Australia. I believe this is the Superb Katydid (Alectoria superba). Hope this is of help. Keep up the good work.
Aaron in London, UK

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Bee or Fly
good morning,
During a recent visit to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior Arizona my wife took this photo of a flying insect that was on a ‘Butterfly Bush’. Is this creature a fly or a bee.
Jim and Daniele BOLLER

Hi Jim and Daniele,
We contacted Eric Eaton for assistance on your fly identification. Here is his response: “he fly is a flower fly (family Syrphidae), in the genus Copestylum (formerly part of Volucella). They are common on desert broom (Baccharis) flowers at this time of year (well, a little late, actually, but late October, early November).”

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