From the monthly archives: "March 2006"

Some kind of larvae?
Hi Bugman,
I love bugs. I found this larvae in my garden last fall. I had to get my camera, sheet of paper to put him on and photograph it. I have tried to find out what it is, with no avail. That is why I’m turning to you to help ID it. I try to find out what bugs are good for the garden and which are not so good and have to be relocated. I love your site. Since I have found it, I check it everyday to see what other cool bugs are on it. I never realized how many people are into bugs. By the way I live in the Chicago area. Thanks

Hi Glenn,
This is a Firefly Larva in the Family Lampyridae, but we are not sure of the species. We will see if Eric Eaton can shed any additional light on this.

CA Prionus
Dear Bugman,
Thanks for such a fun and educational site – now that I’ve found it (a friend forwarded the link) I’m adding it to my Favorites list. Thought you might like a couple of photos of one of the California prionus beetles that visited our carport last year. We’re in northern CA, in the Auburn area and they’re fairly frequent visitors in the summer. I love the screeching sound they make – creepy and cool at the same time. I can’t recall exactly, but that sound is either made by them rubbing wing against wing or hind leg against wing – I’ll have to gently harass one this year to find out 🙂
Ann Ranlett
Nature Illustrations & Pet Portraits

Wow Ann,
Your photos are beautiful. He sure is a handsome male specimen. We have been trying to find information on the stridulation of Prionus Beetles, but have been unable to locate any information quickly. We eagerly await your assessment. Also, we linked to your awesome site.

A Golden Huntsman, I presume? It was haunting the Ladies Room of our campground in Arches National Park, UT. Anyway, I think I got great contrast with the white painted wall & thought you may be able to use it. Let me know if was not correct in my ID.
Robert M.

Hi Robert,
You are correct. This is a Golden Huntsman Spider. We understand that Huntsman Spiders often haunt dark damp places, but why were you haunting the woman’s restroom, and with a camera no less?

What is it?
A co-worker of mine took this photo at her home. Can you tell us what this is? It looks somewhat like a bird that resembles a leaf. Is it a bird or an insect? We would appreciate it if you could find out for us. Our curiosity is getting the best of us. We look forward to hearing from you
My name is Judy.

Hi Judy,
This is an insect. It is a Sphinx Moth but we are uncertain of the species. Before we do any additional research, we need to know where this photo was taken to help narrow down the possibilities.

Thanks for writing back. My co-worker took this photo at her home in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. She lives next to Lake Peigneor. This was take just before the hurricanes that arrived in September of 2005. Does this help?

Once you provided us with a location, we quickly located the Mournful Sphinx, Enyo lugubris lugubris, on Bill Oehlke’s site.

toe biter
Thanks to your site I was able to identify this bug as a toe biter. I’ve lived in northeastern CT for nearly 40 years and have never seen one of these big guys before. My kids were afraid to go to bed! LOL Thanks!

Hi Rob,
Thanks for your photos. We hope you don’t use this Toe-Biter as an April Fool’s joke today.

whip scorpion with young
Just in case you might like to see one with her young riding on back.

We would love to post it, but if you didn’t take the photo, we cannot.

Yes, I took the photo.
Photo credit, if you do such a thing…
Photographer: Robert Stephan
Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Taken: March 26, 2006 at 6.39pm EST

Thank you so much Robert,
We are thrilled to have your photo on our site. It will stay on the homepage several days and remain on the scorpion/whipscorpion page as long as we have a site.