From the yearly archives: "2006"

Could you please id this insect for me. We took this picture on Christmas Day in Sydney.It was dragging away this huntsman spider(about 10cm across) and was very aggressive ,it chased away a bird that showed an interest in it’s prey,regards

Hi Jamie,
This brightly colored Spider Wasp is Cryptocheilus bicolor and the Huntsman Spider is its typical prey. The adult wasp does not eat the spider. The spider provides food for the larvae. The spider is not dead, but paralyzed by the sting of the female wasp. She buries the spider, lays an egg, and the young larval wasp has a supply of fresh meat as it devours the living, paralyzed Huntsman Spider.

unknown caterpillar
Please help me. I came across this little caterpillar in Cuernavaca, Mexico this past September. it was on the hood of a car, as you can see in the photo. Can you please tell me what kind of bud it is? Thank you!

Hi Deborah,
This is a Saddleback Caterpiller. It is a stinging species that is found in much of the U.S. as well.

Big Ugly
Bugman, I’ve seen alot of bugs but not one like this. We found it last July in New Era Michigan. We were on vacation renting a cottage on the shore of Lake Michigan. We kept it for a couple of days in a bug container so it’s a hardy specimen. We gave him the name big ugly. His body was around 3-4 inches long.
Happy Holidays, Chris Mayo

Hi Chris,
This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the genus Monochamus. They are also known as Pine Sawyers and the entire family, Cerambycidae, are known as Longicorn Beetles because of the lengthy antennae on the males of some species.

heres a challenge…
I keep finding these little buggers clinging on my white sneakers. I can’t find any refferance for them on the net and have looked all over your site and came up with a big zero as well. Its so unusual for a bug to be white, it just stands out to much. Anyway I was curious to see if anyone there knew what this bug is? It’s covered in a white powdering that gives it a bit of a fuzzy appearance, its about 1/4 of an inch long, six legs and antennas. I live in northern Utah in an urban setting and have no idea why these bugs keep apearing on my shoes! Thank you for anything you can tell me,

Hi Alex,
Now that you know that this Assassin Bug is known as a Masked Bedbug Hunter, you should be able to find plenty of information online as well as on our site. These beneficial insects are referred to as Masked since the sticky hairs on the body gather dust, masking them from potential predators. We once got an amazing blue Masked Bedbug Hunter since the contributor of the photo had a blue carpet.

Hi. Saw this wasp whilst on a field trip to Tenerife with the University. Need to identify it for a write up. Any ideas? Thanks
Dylan Davenport

Hi Dylan,
We are relatively certain this is a Paper Wasp. Eric Eaton has this to add: “The wasp is indeed a vespid of some kind, but definitely not Polistes (the specimen in the image has a stalked (“petiolate”) abdomen, whereas Polistes does not. This being a foreign insect, I can’t identify it any further than family, sorry. Eric”

Bug ID
Could you identify this bug for me? Central Florida, December, it is about an inch to inch-and-half long anf flat. Thanks
Ken Pichon

Hi Ken,
This is an immature Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae. We are curious as to the large size, so we tried to identify the species on BugGuide. We found several photos of the adult Spined Green Stink Bug, Loxa flavicollis, which is found in Florida. There is also mention of another member in the same genus, Loxa viridis, but no image. As BugGuide does not show any immature specimens, we are not sure if the spines are only present on the adults. We will try to do additional research, including contacting Eric Eaton. If this is a member of the genus Loxa, we are requesting your permission to post the image to BugGuide as well. Here is Eric’s input: “It is a stinkbug nymph, have no idea what genus or species. Florida has so many more species than the rest of the U.S., including more introduced, exotic species, that I can’t help much with many of the Florida insect IDs. Please try Julieta Brambila, though, as the Heteroptera (Hemiptera) are her specialty, and she is IN Florida. Eric”

Permission granted. Thank you for your help. I look forward to hearing of any new information.

Dear Daniel,
Happy Holidays! I have forwarded the image to the pentatomid expert Joe Eger. Let’s wait for his answer. I only have one reference specimen of an immature of Loxa, and it definitely does not reach one inch, but looks similiar to the photo, though not in color since the photograph is of a live insect. Nice photo. We’ll see what Joe says. Thanks,
Here is Joe’s answer. “Feliz Navidad a day late. I agree that this thing looks like Loxa. It looks like a pretty mature nymph so the size is not too far off. I can be pretty certain that this is Loxa sp. – May be L. flavicollis or L. viridis – I can’t separate nymphs.”