From the monthly archives: "December 2006"

I am an American in Japan and thought you’d be interested in seeing what the tiger beetles here look like. They’re called hanmyou here.

I also included photos of a bagworm called a minomushi which means “straw raincoat”. They are a favorite of children here.
Melody McFarland
Yokosuka, Japan

Hi Melody,
Thank you for sending us your wonderful images as well as the language lesson. The jaws on that Hanmyou Tiger Beetle are quite formidable.

At least 24″ long Horsehair Worm???
Found this worm in the driveway. Looking at your site, we thought maybe this is a horsehair worm but didn’t see any nearly this long. In the photo, the ruler is 12″ and the worm is more than twice that length. Otherwise, matches descriptions from others: smooth, no sections, very thin, slightly stiff – not floppy like an earthworm.
Michelle & Pete
Redding, CA

Hi Michelle and Pete,
Thanks for sending us your amazing photo of an enormous Horsehair Worm, an internal parasite of the Potato Bug.

Please tell me!!!!!!!
Is it a deformed tick with claws? Is it some far off type of mite? Is it a miniature scorpion without a tail? What is it?!?!?!?!? I saw this creepy thing on my arm when I was outside! It is about 2 millimeters! I have no clue if this bug is harmful or harmless! Just tell me what this thing is!!!!!!!
Frances Yager

Hi Frances,
Fear not the harmless Pseudoscorpion.

Albino Carpenter Female??
I was relaxing on my back patio in San Jose CA when this 1in+ bee fell, landing on it’s back I put the oak leaf on it so that it could turn itself over then ran inside to get my camera. I was very thankful that it didn’t fly away when I got back. I was able to get 3 decent pictures before it decided to leave. Any help identifying this green eyed beauty would be appriciated.
Michael Blair

Hi Michael,
This beauty is a normally colored Male Valley Carpenter Bee. The species exhibits sexual dimorphism, with the females being blue-black and the males golden with green eyes. The males are generally short lived, nervous active creatures. We usually see them in the spring here in Los Angeles.

Mexican Hemiptera
I’m an Entomology undergrad at Sacramento State University, and have long been a fan of your site and the amazing images and advice you hot here… Bravo! Anyway, I need to get this specimen’s ID narrowed down to at least family before my classes big collection inspection next Friday. It was collected last week, on a vacation to Mazatlan Mexico, dead under an exterior lamp, on a second story balcony, no more than 100 meters from the beach. I believe it may be in the Berytidae due to the following characteristics: Ocelli present, three tarsal segments, 4 segmented beak (as far as I can tell). The antenna are shorter than I expect on a stilt bug, but any number of segments could have been broken off before it’s demise. Anyway, if you could please take a look, and even send it along to anyone you might know who can give me a definitive ID to at least family, or even Genus or species if possible, it would be much appreciated. Gratefully,
Jared Morris

Hi Jared,
Judging from your analysis, you would be far more qualified with the identification than the couple of artists that run this site. We will post your image and see if Eric Eaton can supply any information, but he is rumored to be heading east on holiday. Here is Eric’s much awaited answer: “The heteropteran (Hemipteran) in question is a very atypical broad-headed bug, perhaps in the genus Stenocoris, in the family Alydidae for certain.”

Herewith I’m sending you something like Embioptera, but the first 2 legs are not similar as it is shown in your picture. The creature was found on the attitude of 900 m. Yeah, I’m writing you from EU – Slovenia. Thanks in advance for your kind assistance.
Janez Kamin
Nova Gorica

Hi Janez,
Believe it or not, this is a beetle. The Devil’s Coach Horse is a type of Rove Beetle. These native Europeans are now well established in Southern California.