From the monthly archives: "July 2006"

Mystery bugs
Hi. I just found your site… fascinating! When I lived in north Texas, I took pics of two bugs that I never was able to identify. Maybe you can? The big green bug (katydid or grasshopper?) was spotted in late February when the bugs are just waking up, so I suspect it’s pretty young.

It is difficult to be certain due to the angle, but this looks like a Cone-Head, a group of Katydids in the genus Neoconocephalus. The other photo is of an immature Hemipteran.

katydid far from home?
Last summer two male katydids courted a female above my front door for a couple of weeks, which was really exciting because I live in Vancouver, Canada – not exactly prime katydid territory. I spent hours trying to identify their species, researching them online, using taxonomic keys, and comparing ovipositors, but I kept getting stumped when it came down to species’ range maps. Based on anatomy alone, I was 99% sure that our visitors were drumming katydids (Meconema thalassinum), despite the fact that all the information I’d found on the species puts their range about 3500km east of here. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a clear enough photo to submit to you (unless you can id blurry green blobs) and so the best I could do was to reassure myself that I’d identified them correctly. Well, lo and behold, a lone male has appeared in the same spot again this year and I have a brand new zoom lens for my camera. I’d be really grateful if you could confirm that this IS a drumming katydid and if so, how rare the species is out here. I mean, should I be calling up the local entomology department to have them document the find? Or is the info I’ve found totally out of date & these guys are really common in BC? Thanks so much! You guys rock!

Dear C.S.,
We also believe your identification of the Drumming Katydid is correct. There is a near identical match on BugGuide and the range is listed as Southern New England. Why is it in Vancouver? Global Warming? Possible accidental introduction? We think you should check with local experts and we will inquire with Eric Eaton if he has an opinion on the matter. Thanks for sending in your photo and story. Eric Eaton has verified the identification: “Yes, it is a drumming katydid (male), and its occurence should probably be reported to provincial agriculture authorities, eh? Seriously, it may be of interest to BC entomologists.”

Update: (07/03/2008) Katydid IDs from Piotr Naskrecki
I have been looking at the page with unidentified katydids (Katydids 2), and thought I could help with some ID’s. From top to bottom they are: Meconema thalssinum

Large Caterpillar on our grapevine
Hello Bugman.
My daughter found this large Caterpillar, munching the leaves on our grapevine, at the side of the house. We live in Southern California. We believe it is a species of Hawk Moth; however we are struggling to find the correct ID within our insect book. It has a ‘false’ eye on it’s tail end. Please help us with our mystery. Thanks.
Stuart Manser
Trabuco Canyon, CA

Hi Stuart,
The Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar does feed on grape leaves.

stag beetle?
I’ve been told this is a Stag Beetle. He (she?) flew onto the screen on our porch and then started harassing my wife! Then he beat up the dime (not really). Western PA.
Matty Mo’
p.s. – I have "bug love" for What’s That Bug?

Hi Matty Mo’,
You are correct. This is a Reddish Brown Stag Beetle.

Ivory-marked beetle?
Hello – My wife found what I think is an Ivory-marked beetle on our rosemary plant. Thought you might like to add the photo to your collection. If you get a chance, please let me know if I got the ID correct. Thanks.

Hi Dave,
You are correct. This is an Ivory Marked Beetle, Eburia quadrigeminata.