From the monthly archives: "January 2007"

creepy little red bug
Hey Bugman-
What is this thing called? I think it’s an assassin bug nymph, but I’m not sure what kind. They love my herb garden, and I’ve read that they are beneficial. I’ve been on the receiving end of that nasty proboscis, but if they eat aphids, I guess they can stay! Thought you might like this picture- you can zoom in even closer if you want to- then he looks really creepy!! Love your website!
San Antonio, Texas

Hi Samantha,
After attempting to open your photo file five times, we succeeded. This is an immature Assassin Bug in the genus Zelus. It is probably Zelus longipes, the Milkweed Assassin Bug, that is common in Texas. While Assassin Bugs are beneficial predators in the garden, they will deliver a nasty bite to the unwary.

snout bug or beetle
These are common in grasslands around Boulder, Colorado, and I’m embarrassed that I can’t find them in any field guide. Much thanks,
Steve Jones
Boulder, Colorado

Hi Steve,
This is a Fulgorid Planthopper, commonly called a Lanternfly. A common Eastern species, Scolops sulcipes, is known as the Partridge Bug. Our Audubon Guide lists a species, also from the east, Scolops perdix, the Partridge Scolops, but we cannot locate that species name on BugGuide. BugGuide does list a species from Colorado, Scolops hesperius, bug on the page, Andy Hamilton writes: ” This species has a shorter, stouter horn on the head than other Scolops. It is a western species.” Your photo depicts a longer, narrower horn, much like the eastern species. We will contact Eric Eaton to see if he can provide the exact species.

Cool Green Moth
Hi Bugman!
(I’m not sure my first message went through so I’m sending another.) My daughter Alexa and I really love your site. We live in Kona, Hawaii where we get a lot of really cool bugs. Alexa’s grandparents, Doug and Linda, live up the hill from us and my mom Linda also shares a keen interest in bugs. When she finds dead specimens, she’ll often keep them in the freezer for us to check out later. Anyway, Linda took the attached picture of this beautiful green moth she found in her entryway. We get lots of big moths here, but we’ve never seen one quite like this one. Although she was really excited about this bug, she resisted the urge to try to capture it and all we are left with is the picture. Any ideas about what kind of moth this is?
Jeff Lanterman

Hi again Jeff and Alexa,
This is an Oleander Hawkmoth one of the Sphinx Moths. We have gotten numerous photos of this species from the Hawaiian Islands.

Indonesian Centipede
Hi Bugman!
My daughter Alexa and I live in Kona, Hawaii where we get a fair number of these giant centipedes. You’ve already got some great pictures on your site of these, (Indonesian centipede, right?) but none of them truly capture the size of these critters. We have been waiting months to try to get a good picture of one of these guys, but they never seem to cooperate. Finally, this big one came wandering into our garage. Alexa (age 6) carefully put her plastic sand bucket over him while I ran and got our camera and a tape measure. To our mutual surprise, when we took off the bucket the centipede did not move and allowed me to take his picture several times. If you really stretched him out, I think he’s pushing 7 inches from antenae to rear legs. I know these centipedes can give you one hell of a bite, (the pain is supposed to last a couple of days) but they are really non-aggressive. I’ve had one stroll accross my bare foot. Plus, don’t these things eat cockroaches? Anyway, keep up the great work!
Jeff Lanterman

Hi Jeff,
We really want to thank you and your bug wrangler Alexa for supplying us with these wonderful photos. Yes, Tropical Centipedes do eat cockroaches.

Japanese bugs
Hi – I’m happy to have found your site – I have a new site to waste time with! I live in Japan and there are tons of bugs that I’ve never seen before. I think I’ll add some neat pics to your collection as well. I haven’t been able to find any information on these insects – almost all the information i find is in Japanese, and I’m not quite proficient in the language to learn interesting things about these guys. All of these pictures are from Shikoku (the smallest of the 4 main islands in Japan) Any information would be appreciated, I haven’t seen any info on your site about any of these, so maybe you’ll have some fun researching these..
This is a huge moth we found on the wall. It was about the size of a small bat. It flies like one too. I’m wondering if that’s how it camoflauges itself from birds. The size is about 3.5 inches from from head to tail. The wingspan is impressive.

Hi Nick,
It didn’t take us too long to identify your Japanese Oak Silkmoth, Antheraea yamamai. It is a highly variable species, with wings that vary from brown, through yellow, through orange. We found a website with wonderful images of the variations.

Dear fellow,
I found that little "scorpion" in stored corn grain and take some photos for your collection.

Hi Horia,
What a detailed photograph you have sent our way. We wish you had provided a location for this interesting Pseudoscorpion specimen.

Yes ideed is a pseudoscorpion, possible Pselaphochernes anachoreta. This specimen was found in a cereal grain storage, because this is a somekind of predator of other insect or mites. The specimen is mounted with Eukitt on slide. When is possible I’ll send you other interesting images with small insects.