From the monthly archives: "November 2006"

Arizona Beetle
Hi, Bugman!
I searched your site and couldn’t find a match for this guy I found in the ladies’ room at the Proctor Trailhead, Madera Canyon, Arizona, on the 24th of November. The closest match is a longhorn beetle of some sort, or a Pine Sawyer? He was quite large, about three inches long. Any ideas? Thanks!
Mary Beth Stowe
San Diego, CA

Hi Mary Beth,
This is not a beetle, but a true bug, or more specifically, the Giant Agave Bug, Acanthocephala thomasi.

Bug on East African coast
I think this looks like a scarab beetle, can you help me further… East Africa, Kenyan coast. thanks

Hi Jay,
While we are not sure exactly what species or even what family of beetle this Kenyan beauty is, we do know it is not a scarab. When we wrote to Eric Eaton, he informed us it isn’t a beetle, but a true bug. Here is his response: ” Daniel: The ‘beetles’ from Kenya are also Hemipterans:-) They are shield bugs, probably in the genus Calidea. You’re doing great! Eric”

Friends for breakfast
These are some pictures of some bugs that came in to visit for breakfast the other morning. Any idea of the correct name? I would think that it is some part of the beetle family as many of the critters over here are. It is coming up on time for the invasion of the Bombardier Beetles, or "Acid Bugs" as we call them, due to the serious burns they inflict. Happy hunting!Regards,
Kearney R. Walters
Malongo, Cabinda, Angola

Hi Kearney,
Giant Water Bugs, or Toe Biters as they are called in the U.S., are not beetles, but true bugs. They are aquatic predators that also fly quite well. They will bite if provoked, so those gloves were a smart idea.

Spiderlike creature
Good day,
Could you help me with this thing. We found it on the wall and it seemed it was stalking a gecko. One of the pairs of legs are very long and it has arms with scorpion like claws. Thanks
Louis Marais

Hi Louis,
Unless you are a gecko or other small creature, the Tailless Whipscorpion is harmless. They are shy nocturnal hunters that are usually found in warm humid locations, but they are also found in warm arid areas.

More pictures of Indian Meal Moth
I saw that you only received one picture of the Indian Meal Moth so far. Well, the little buggers are infesting my kitchen now, so I might as well make some use of that. Here are a few pictures you are free to use if you like to, I release them into the public domain. I’m sorry they’re not that great.
PS: If I’m wrong and it’s not an Indian Meal Moth at all, please let me know!

Hi Ramon,
Your are absolutely correct. We are also terribly amused that your photo was sent on Thanksgiving. Our plans for Thanksgiving dinner on more than one occasion included a last minute trip to the market to replace corn meal that was infested with Indian Meal Moths, Plodia interpunctella. This has happened so many times, not just at Thanksgiving time, that we have started storing corn meal in the refrigerator. The moth will also infest many other stored grain products, and invariably get into the oatmeal after a few months in the pantry. Thank you for you excellent photo of both the adult and larvae. The larvae are form masses of silken webbing in the food stuff.