From the monthly archives: "November 2006"

Orangebar Sulphur – Phoebis Philea Larvae
Hello Bugman,
Didn’t see this in your database as I was trying to identify it. I found it on another site and I thought you might want to add it to your site. I took this photo on a bush in my yard today. Almost didn’t see the caterpillars. I have a few shots of these so let me know if this suffices. Thanks,
Chris Sizemore

Hi Chris,
Two weeks ago we received a letter from Donna in Florida with images of two caterpillars she found on her Cassia, the flower in your photo. We identified them as color variations of the Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillar, but someone wrote in that one was possilby the Orange-Barred Sulphur. It seems one color variation of the Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillar resembles the the caterpillar of the Orange Barred Sulphur. Thanks for sending in your photo.

Bug found at the beach
Found this guy today laying on his back at Crane Beach in Massachusetts. We turned him the right way, but the tide kept coming in and turning him on his back. Sorry I couldn’t get a better picture. It looked strange to me seeing this bug in the ocean, but maybe it isn’t so strange? Thanks!

This isn’t the first report we have gotten of Toe Biters or Giant Water Bugs being found in the ocean. They are aquatic, and might be at home in salt water, or perhaps they accidentally found themselves in the sea. At any rate, Giant Water Bugs are found throughout the world and will bite painfully if mishandled.


Hi Ron,
Your Giant Robber Fly is sure impressive, and justifiably earns the name Predator Fly. We believe this is Promachus hinei.

Help !!
Dear Bugman,
Here are a few pics of the bugs I would like to have identified, We live in NJ and have no basement. The bugs started to appear about a day or two after we opened a carton with a new bed frame in it. ( Maybe just coincidence )So far there have been about 10 of the critters, none for a few days now. I would like to know if possible what it is and where it came from. My closest guess it is some sort of cricket although it did not make any sounds as crickets usually do. Thanks for you anticipated help.
Arnie G

Hi Arnie,
This is a Camel Cricket or Cave Cricket. They are frequently found in basements as they like damp dark places. As your home has no basement, and since you did just have a carton delivered, it is possible that the crickets entered the carton at the storage facility. They are benign creatures that often startle homemakers when they are found in numbers in basements, bathrooms, garages, sheds and other favorable habitats.

Strange Costa Rican Bug…
Here’s a mystery bug for you…. no one @ the lodges we visited or any of the nature guides (and we had several) that we utilized while on vacation in Costa Rica have been able to identify it, or had ever seen it before.. We encountered this bug in a small clearing in the rainforest at the tip of the Osa Peninsula, aprox 500ft above sea level. When I saw what I thought was a feather, I noticed this bug on the side of a tree. It was there with another of the same species. I figure they measured aprox 2 inches long (including plumage – for lack of a better term) and perhaps 1/3rd inch wide (including wings). Since we did not want to disturb them, we did not try to provoke them to take flight or to run away. We were able to get close enough for this picture, though. The plumage was very light in nature, as it swayed and moved a bit in a light breeze (we blew on it to see). Both bugs looked the same, and were about the same in all attributes. Although we have literally hundreds of pictures to go through, this seems to be the only picture we have of it. This was the only of this species that we saw the whole trip. Any ideas what it might be? Thanks,

Hi ~C~,
This is probably some species of Homopteran, the order that contains Hoppers, Cicadas and Aphids. Perhaps someonw will write in with something more specific. Here is Eric’s response: ” Daniel: You are correct about the Costa Rican insect being a Hemipteran, probably in the family Fulgoridae. Those are wax filaments coming out of its butt:-) I suggest you ask Dr. Andy Hamilton, a frequent visitor to Bugguide, for a more specific, and correct ID. He is in Canada, but has a website, affiliated with a university up there if I recall correctly. … Your’re doing great. Eric”

Chicharra Quetzal
(11/28/2006) Costa Rican Homopteran
Regarding the home page photos titled Costa Rican Homopteran from 11/24/2006, I can’t add much except that it is known in southwestern Costa Rica as “Chicharra Quetzal,” and is certainly recognized by the locals there, if you ask the right ones. Also, my source agrees with Eric that it is indeed in the family Fulgoridae, as is the famous Peanut-head Bug or Lantern Bug. I’ve attached a photo of one from Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Brazil. At Cristalino we saw several fulgorids in the same group as the Costa Rican bug as well, but they were about 4 times bigger than the ones I’ve seen in Costa Rica. Somehow, I never managed to get a photo of one. Regards,
Richard C. Hoyer
Tucson, AZ

Hi Rich,
Thanks so much for the additional information and the wonderful image of a Lanternfly.

bug love
I just came across your “bug love” page, and thought you might be interested to see this picture. I live in NorthWest Washington, and I have rarely ever seen a moth this size! (That’s why the hand is there, to show how big they are!) This was taken on the 4th of July, 06. I took the picture because they were so big, and it wasn’t till later that I realized what they must be doing!

Hi Melody,
Your moths are Mating One Eyed Sphinxes, Smerinthus cerisyi. They get the common name due to the hind wings which have “eye spots” that are hidden from view in your photograph.