From the monthly archives: "September 2006"

What on earth is this?
Thank you,

Hi Eric,
We really don’t want to do anything to encourage identification requests like yours, devoid of helpful information, so we will request that you return to the site to get your answer. These are mating Wheel Bugs, a species of Assassin Bug, and they are highly beneficial insects that devour quantities of harmful garden insects. We absolutely love the photograph.

Sorry. Additional info: These were located on my deck railing in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. We live in development that used to be an old orchard. Many of the orchard trees still exist and these photos were taken directly under a black walnut tree which catapillars recently ravaged. So, hopefully these little ‘assassin’ gems are getting their fill !!! Thank you for you help.

This is Weird
Nothing about it in insect book and a lot bug experts dont have clue about it i hope you can tell what is it Kind regards

Hi Awais,
You are correct. It is weird, and not knowing where it is from is sure not going to help any identification. It is an immature Hopper, one of the Homopterans. After that, we are clueless.

Thanks It was found in my garage walking on bricks. I live in Islamabad capital of Pakistan . i never saw it before.

grasshopper pictures from a fan
Hi Bugman!
I’ve found your site very helpful in many of my bug-naming quests. Bugs generally give me the willies, but there are a couple that I can get close enough to take a picture of. I found a very pretty grasshopper on my patio and grabbed my camera without scaring it away. I didn’t see pictures of this particular one on your site, so I thought I might share it. It was found in Raleigh, NC. Interestingly, he (she?) kept turning it’s head to look at me. I love how you can see it’s pupils (or whatever the bug equivalent may be) in the flash. It reminded me of a mantis, the way I held it’s attention so clearly. Keep up the bug posting!

Hi Joy,
This is actually a Greater Meadow Katydid in the genus Orchelimum. Your specimen is a female, evidenced by the large curved ovipositor. BugGuide has many images of different species and the Audubon Field Guide states: “Each species in this genus has its own sound and range. Identification of the different species is based on a comparative study of male genitalia, of the projecting conical midpart of the head in both sexes, and of the ovipositor.”

hey, found an interesting looking wasp
i’m a high schooler with a biology project to photograph and identify 50 life forms total, and as i was going to get my lunch one day, i saw this clump moving along a pole, looking closer, i realized it was a wasp carrying away its trophy, a spider from a web about 6 feet further up. I pulled out my camera, amazed by the site, and took a couple photos, looking back at the photos, i realized i didn’t remember ever seeing a wasp like this one. I live in south louisiana, it was a hot and humid day about 2 or 3 weeks ago. i look forward to knowing what species this is.

We are not sure of the species, but this is a Paper Wasp in the genus Polistes. There is a degree of variability that makes exact identification difficult from a photo. Paper Wasps are nectar feeders, but they capture insects and spiders to feed to the young.

Third Grade Students Request Assistance
Hello wonderful bug people,
My third grade students rescued a moth that was dying. It laid eggs just before it died, and those eggs have now hatched! It’s been very exciting here in our classroom at Clayton Elementary in Austin, Texas. We’ve done some internet research and believe our moth is a Polyphemus moth… we would like verification of that, and also request assistance in knowing what type of leaves to feed the little larvae that are now crawling around. Thanks for the help.
Patricia Detrich
Third Grade Teacher

Hi Patricia,
Polyphemus Caterpillars will eat leaves from a wide variety of deciduous trees, including alder, basswood, birch, chestnut, elm, hickory, maple, poplar and sycamore. We would recommend keeping about ten young caterpillars for classroom observation and placing the rest on host trees in vaarious locations.

Red Velvet Ant
I took these pics of a red velvet ant on 09/25/2006 in Kentucky. That is one of the most beautiful *bugs* in our back yard. Have a great day!

Hi Caroline,
We are so happy to hear that you appreciate the beauty of this fascinating flightless female wasp that is commonly called a Cow Killer because of her painful sting.

Update: (04/02/2008) ID for insects
Hey, my name is Will, this is a list of the ID’s for the velvet ant page. image 17. Dasymutilla sp. hope this helps a bit.