From the yearly archives: "2005"

we love your website
Dear Bugman,
First let me say I love your site. It has been the most informative that I have found. My son and I looked everywhere trying to identify an insect and we finally found it here, thanks . We also found out alot about insects that we thought we already knew about. For example, the camel cricket is known as the" blister cricket" here in Tennessee, and the saddle back caterpillar is known as the "packsaddle". They’re just local names I’m sure so it was very interesting to find out their real names. Now I have a question. What ,if anything, does the hickory horned devil turn into? We have them evrywhere here and I’ve always assumed they were just a worm.
East Tennessee

Hi Paula,
The Hickory Horned Devil turns into the lovely Royal Walnut Moth.

Giant Swallowtail caterpillar and unknown caterpillar
I live in central Mexico in Guanajuato state and found this Giant Swallowtail caterpillar crawling across our porch. I ID’d him from the web and found that he belonged on our lime tree that’s many feet from where he was seen crawling. Today he’s happily munching away, though another one I spotted on the tree when I replaced him is no where in sight. I see that you do have a picture of a Giant Swallowtail caterpillar but I thought you might like one without the horns up. He sported his twice when I went to place him back on the lime tree leaves. Kinda cool to see. Otherwise, he looks like bird droppings (which I know is his clever camouflage), especially when he’s still. The other critters I also found on the same lime tree. It seems to be home to several insect species, including a variety of ants, jumping spiders and the itinerant bee or wasp. I spotted these little fuzzy white guys on the underneath side of some of the leaves toward the base of the tree. They’re about 1/4″ in diameter as far as I could tell. They were in kind of a precarious place so I couldn’t get really close. I don’t see anything on your site that resembles them. They’re too small for an asp, I think, and don’t really look like that. Any clues?

Hi Stephanie,
We are happy to post your Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar, commonly called an Orange Dog. Your other image came through as garbage and we can’t view it.

Weird caterpillar in BC
Hi there:
I just found this guy today (Sep 5/05) crawling up the side of my house in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Any ideas? He’s got several rows of 4 blue dots each and what look like false eyes on his back, and is about 1.5 inches long. I live next to an apple orchard and asked the owner who said he’d never seen anything like it. Let me know, please!

Hi Bill,
This is a Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar. Most specimens are green, but we have been getting images of these purplish brown ones this year. They feed on leaves from cherry, birch, poplar, ash and tulip trees. Perhaps they eat apple as well.

Ed. Note: Eric Eaton just provided this addendum: “From what I understand, the swallowtail caterpillars turn brown just before they pupate, which makes sense since they usually pupate on brown surfaces (tree branches, fence rails, and the like). That is a really nice specimen the person photographed. Keep up the great work. Eric ”

Another glowing bug (not a firefly larvae to my knowledge)
To whom it may concern, I am enclosing two pictures of the same larvae; one with lights on and one with lights off. I am clueless and every search I come up with leads me to fireflies. If the pictures do not come through for you I will post them in cyberspace and send yo the links. Sorry, I cropped a photo down.
Bob Dodd
It turns into a beetle and the male has huge antennae.

Good Going Bob. We are happy to post your image of a Glowworm.

had a good look at your site…
…and searched under things mentioning scorpions but could find nothing like the bug shown in the attached pictures. This tiny little fellow had fallen into the pool and climbed up onto the skimmer paddle to dry. The tail is raised like a scorpion but that’s the only similarity. The tail also sat flat but it seemed to prefer having it raised like this most of the time. I scooped it out and let it wander away on the lawn.
Best wishes,

You are a kind man Ian.
You will be rewarded by having this species of Rove Beetle, originally a European immigrant, eat the snails and slugs in your yard. This beetle is commonly known as a Devil’s Coach Horse, Staphylinus olens, and though it appears threatening, it is harmless.

German Bugs?
Hello, we found these little critters in some holes we dug for a fence. Every night we check the holes for varmints, we find about 6 or 7 of these little guys. So, what are they? I have never seen anything like them. We live in Germany , on the Luxembourg border. Thanks.
Die Deutsche Mannschaft ( The German Crew )

Hi Charles,
How nice of you to include an American quarter so we would have a better idea of scale. These are Devil’s Coach Horses, a type of Rove Beetle originally from Europe. They have become quite naturalized in Southern California and other areas of the U.S. We love them in our garden since they eat slugs and snails.