From the monthly archives: "May 2006"
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what is this bug?
Subject: what is this bug? This is by far the biggest wasp type bug I’ve seen in central Texas. What is it?

Hi Jen,
This is a Cicada Killer. The wasps sting and paralyze Cicadas and then fly with them to their burrow.

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Grotesque looking little spindly things attacking my Jalepeno Pepper plant-Please identify?
Are these black ugly things the larvae of this ugly critter? If so, is there anything I can do to kill them off besides waiting for my praying mantis’ to hatch? Are they destructive to my vegetable garden? Any help you can provide, I would be so grateful. I truly would rather depend on natural predators if possible but if I need to use pesticides, I would be alright with that option as well.
Thanks in advance.
The Kerbys

Hi Kerbys,
You have a photo of one mature and a colony of immature Keel-Backed Treehoppers. Many species look very similar. They are fond of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other solanaceous plants. We handpick them from our plants or spray with soapy water.

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Imperial Moth?? – Extreme South Georgia
Found this on my cypress fence this past week. Can’t find anything that states Imperial Moth come this far south. The eggs are still on the fence and there must be at least a dozen of them. Is it indeed an Imperial Moth???

Hi Cheryl,
Our Audubon Guide lists the range of the Imperial Moth as east of the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico. Your specimen is within that range.

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Just some pics
Hello – This is a fantastic site and has helped me identify several "unknowns" around my house. I know you enjoy getting nice shots of various creatures, so I thought I would send in some shots I took this week of a Luna Moth and a Silkworm Moth outside my house in Richmond, VA.
I hope you enjoy them.
Matt Rohler

Hi Matt,
Your Cecropia Moth image is one of the nicest we have ever received.

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I LOVE your site, bugs are fascinating
Dear wtb,
Here is a lovely winged green thingie we had on our porch in Anguilla. We called him our Leaf Bug, as we don’t know what he is. Size about 2.5 inches long. And here is a spider who just hung out by our front door. She was about 3 inches from her left to right legs. I did see on your tick page that the last picture sent in by Simon, is a female deer tick. We have them everywhere here on Cape Cod, and if there are deer around, if you get bitten, you most likely will get Lyme disease. My husband just got over Lyme disease, had to be on antibiotics for a year! Darcy’s picture above it is an immature dog or wood tick, these rarely carry Lyme disease, but do carry Rocky Mt. Fever and Tularemia, and other co-infections. If there is anything you want to know about ticks, I unfortunately know too much. Great site you have!
Thank you,
Jane Carter

Hi Jane,
Thanks for the compliments. Your Leaf Bug is a Katydid. We are wondering if the spider was also in Anguilla or in Cape Cod. We suspect Anguilla. This is a type of Huntsman Spider, also called Giant Crab Spiders. We have never seen an orange one before. Thanks for the tick info.

Hi WTB people,
Thank you! A Katydid, that is neat. He was a very cute critter. Yes, the Orange Huntsman spider was in Anguilla too, the critters loved to hang out on the porch. I think they valued the shade, and also we washed off our snorkel gear on the steps and then poured the water on the flowers, so there was always clean fresh water there for them. And the chickens couldn’t reach them up on the side. Chickens eat anything, and the bugs must know that.

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Large Black and white wasp
Can you identify this wasp for me, and tell me a little about it. Wasps are a hobby of mine, but I have never seen this one in any book. They are very common at Brazos Bend State Park in Texas, where I am a volunteer, and are frequently seen going in and out of holes in wood, or walking on open soil or sand.
Thanks very much..
H. Glen Kilgore

Hi H. Glen,
Your photo is blurry, but it sure looks to us like a Mason Wasp, Monobia quadridens. According to BugGuide, the Mason Wasp: “Usually nests in wood borings, but sometimes burrows in dirt banks. Sometimes takes over abandoned nests of carpenter bees or ground bees, also Sceliphron (mud dauber) cells. Nest is provisioned with caterpillars, and cells of nest are separated by mud partitions.”

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