From the monthly archives: "February 2007"

Another Katydid egg photo
You’re site is fantastic! I was able to identify these eggs that I found on a hanger in my basement. We live on a farm in an old farmhouse (in Iowa). Our basement plays host to numeours treefrogs, toads, & salamanders so there was no telling what these things were. Any additional information you have on hatching them would be appreciated. There is no better learning tool than to experience real life science. I’m very fortunate in that my daughter (7 years) loves bugs, snakes and nature as much as I do! We’ve used your site to identify several caterpillars and moths that share our corner of the world. Thanks so much for all your efforts!
Sandy & Miya McAntire

Hi Sandy and Miya,
Keep the eggs cool or they will hatch too early. They will hatch on their own. The young Katydids will eat most green leaves, but tender spring foilage will be best.

Man-Faced Bug?
Hello bugman,
Found a couple of shield bugs near my place,but was the only one I was able to catch. I’ve seen them before and known them as man-faced beetles, so it’s time for a proper identification. Wondering whether they have a specific food plant or not. I think they’re relatively rare here and about 2.5 to 3 cm long. Singapore Thanks

Hi Jon,
We got a photo of a mating pair of these Stink Bugs, also from Singapore, earlier in the month. At that time, Eric Eaton provided the following two possible families: “I’d guess either Pentatomidae or Acanthosomatidae.” Soon after posting, a reader sent this information: ” The man faced-bug is a pentatomidae probably Canthacantus nigripens !”

Thanks to you…
We think that we have identified this little guy as Buprestis decora. He showed up in our attic, here in Portland Oregon tonight. Thanks,

Hi Gregor,
We believe you have the correct genus but the wrong species. We believe this to be the Golden Buprestid or Jewell Beetle, Buprestis aurulenta. This beauty is relatively common in the Pacific Northwest.

spider in my shoe
Hi guys,
Here’s a spider that jumped out of my sandal when I put my foot into it. This was in January 2005 at the Serena park station in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica. Thanks for your help!
Reisa Latorra

Hi Reisa,
Back in February 2006, we received two letters with images of spiders from Costa Rica and Ecuador. At that time, we identified them as Wandering Spiders. Eric Eaton wrote: “either in the family Ctenidae or Sparassidae. They tend to be more common, and even larger than, wolf spiders in the tropics. At least one species, Phoneutria fera, is extremely aggressive, with potentially deadly venom. Do not mess with large spiders in Central and South America! The venomous types are very difficult to distinguish from harmless species, and in any event, a bite is going to be really painful. These spiders sometimes stow away in bananas, houseplants, and other exported goods, so they can show up in odd places. Be careful where you put your hands.” We found a site with an image of Phoneutria fera, and the coloration is different, but the body shape is very similar.

Australian Eurybrachyidae (18th Feb)
Dear Bugman,
I noticed Colette’s photo of some wort of wattle or gum hopper. I can sympathise with her being flummoxed! I took a photo of a similar strange little bug last year and was very puzzled. Recently, nearby, I found an adult green-faced gum hopper, and worked backward to what I assume was its nymph form. The gum hopper is very small and its beautiful colours only become apparent when the photo is enlarged somewhat. I quite like the nymph – a person with Attitude!
Kind Regards,

Hi again Grev,
As always, we can count on you to send us awesome photographs.

Not sure what this is
Hi – could you please assist me with what kind of moth this is? Thanks

Gloeta, Could you show this to your science colleagues who might be able to tell me what it is ? I came across this beautiful "thing" the other day and tried to get a clear picture. Thanks for your input.
Susan Williams, Principal
Lompoc Adult Education
Lompoc, CA

Hi Susan and Gloeta,
This beauty is a Ceanothus Silk Moth, Hyalophora euryalus.