From the yearly archives: "2006"

Curious about this "beast" 🙂
I would appreciate if you could tell me what is this bug. I took the pictures next to a hill, close to the river Danube’s delta, in Romania (Europe).
Best regards,

Hi Natalia,
This is some species species of Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae.

Stump Borer?
My son unearthed a big pile of these large beetles and their extra-large larvae near our woodpile. The closest I can come is the hardwood stump beetle. Is that what these are? They are about 1.5″ long. The larvae is probably 2 inches or more. Forgot to mention in my stump borer email that I am in Maryland.
Laura Brader

Hi Laura,
We are so excited to get your photos. These are Bess Bugs, beetles in the family Passalidae. They are also known as Bess Beetles, Betsy Beetles and Patent Leather Beetles. The only species in the U.S. is also called the Horned Passalid, Odontotaenius disjunctus. Adults eat decaying wood and they care for the grubs by feeding them pre-chewed wood. Both the adults and grubs are capable of making squeeking noises. These are social beetles, and they live in colonies with the adults caring for the young.

what is this bug?
We found this colourful bug on our Hibiscus plant a while ago. A few weeks after seeing the one there were a whole group of them (but mainly blue rather than orange). They are quite impressive, it would be good to know what they are.

Hi Andrew,
It is a great big world out there and what lives in your backyard does not live in our backyard. Identification is often very difficult when you know where you are looking. We hope you live in Australia. This is a Cotton Harlequin Bug, Tectocoris diophthalmus, also called the Hibiscus Harlequin Bug. Nymphs are more blue and adults more orange.

Can you help me ID this turtle-backed bug from Houston TX? I love his red feet and antenna.
Aerlice C. LeBlanc

Hi Aerlice,
The bug on the windshield is an immature Coreid Bug, also known as a Leaf-Footed or Big-Legged Bug. Sorry, we can’t give a species. The red bug in a later email is an immature Assassin Bug in the genus Zelus.

what’s this strange bug?
I accedently stumbled onto this site while trying to identify this bug I recently found on my dog’s blanket. I’ve looked through some books and all through google images and I’m stumped. So I’m hoping you can shed some light on what type of bug this and whether or not I should be worried. When I found it yesterday, nothing was coming out of it’s mouth. Today, there are a bunch of egg like bubbles.

Hi Sinh,
This very engorged Tick just had a nice meal of your dog’s blood.

Howdy there!
Just discovered your excellent site and really enjoyed all the hard work you have done putting the wonderful site together. I wish there was an identical site for flowers and plants. There are a few close ones but nothing as easy and extensive as yours. I have always enjoyed learning about insects and the rest of the critters around us every since I was able to talk I think. Should have done it for a living but here I am doing what I can to share the knowledge of such things. It is with great appreciation to have a site like yours to search and share alike. Thank YOU! As a graphic designer and web designer I am with an understanding of what it takes to pull off the task you guys are managing. I also have a freelance blog with the local paper here in Redding, California which today I included a link to your wonderful site.
Thanks again and feel free to use the attached images if you like.
Best regards,
Duane Langshaw

Hi Duane,
Thank you for your glowing compliments and also your wonderful photo of a Snakefly.