From the monthly archives: "April 2007"
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Bug from Japan
Dear bug guys,
I simply adore the site, nice work! I am an English teacher in Fukushima, Japan (a few hours north of Tokyo) and have been fond of insects since infancy. I have made quite a hobby of photographing them over the years. Although colorful and interesting bugs are few and far between here on the island of Honshu, I was lucky enough to spot this little guy on the fringes of a fruit tree orchard on my walk to work last September. It took some detective work to find its official name on the Internet, but I’m pretty sure it’s a Chrysochroa fulgidissima. The Japanese call it a “Tamamushi” and I’m told they are hard to find. My fellow teachers were impressed I got a photo of one. Since you’re having trouble with attachments, here are links to the two pictures I took, as well as a link to the Japanese article about the bug. Enjoy, and keep up the good work!
(the) Brian Adler

Hi Brian,
Thank you for thinking to send your gorgeous image of this Japanese Buprestid, one the the Metallic Wood Boring Beetles, as a link and not an attachment. Tamamushi is a beatiful specimen.

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spider help
Found this crawling on my arm in Tucson, AZ. Any ideas on what it is?? Thanks!

We have had ever so many letters containing paranoid questions wondering if just about every size and color spider that lives in the U.S. might be a Brown Recluse. You have the real McCoy here, Loxosceles reclusa.

The brown recluse is a male (very gangly compared to females). Keep up the great work!

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katydid Species
I found this specimen in a pile of Cardboard boxes under the porch at the fossil site that I work last year in late July. The site is in republic, Ferry County Washington, which is in the northeast portion of the state about 30 miles from the Canadian border and at about 2000′ in elevation. I believe that it was about 2 inches long. Do you know anything about what species it may be?

Hi Karl,
This is some species of Shieldback Katydid. It would take a true expert to get you an exact species, but in searching for your answer, we were led to an awesome website devoted to the Singing Insects of North America and if you examine her genitalia, and use the maps provided, you might be able to key out to the species your lovely female amputee beyone the Subfamily Tettigoniinae.

The green shield-backed katydid is quite possibly a green form of the mormon cricket, Anabrus simplex, or at least a species in the genus Anabrus, and a female (sword-like ovipositor). Keep up the great work!

Update: (07/03/2008) Katydid IDs from Piotr Naskrecki
I have been looking at the page with unidentified katydids (Katydids 2), and thought I could help with some ID’s. From top to bottom they are: Anabrus cerciata (not A. simplex)

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eggs in a lake?
Fantastic site guys…Thanks for the hard work. OK Here’s the scene: We live in Nothern NJ on a freshwater lake. In late September, I pulled this mystery cluster out of the water. It was attached to a rope that had been hanging off our dock, about 18" deep. I was with a friend who is an avid outdoorsman, and he’d never seen anything like it. .It was gelatinous and semi translucent inside with a coarser exterior. I’ve seen these clusters before on drfitwood, but remain baffled. Any ideas?

Hi Jim,
Both Amphibians and Snails lay eggs in a gelatinous mass, but we dont believe this to be either. We think it is a Bryozoan Colony of the animal phylum Ectoprocta. This marks a brand new page for our site.

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Please identify the beetle in the image
Hi, first off, great site! I appreciate your efforts. Three of us hiking near Hamilton Pool, outside of Austin, Texas found this beetle. It was rather big and had distinctive black and white colors. I have tried searching on the internet and your site but could not identify the beetle. Please help out and tell us what we saw? Was it rare? We’d never seen anything like it before. Thanks!

Hi Matt,
Nice photo of an Ironclad Beetle, Zopherus nodulosus.

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help with bees
I took these pictures of some kind of bees that ruined several of my plants last summer. I think one must be the queen, judging from the relative sizes. They burrow large caverns under clumps of plants (especially thyme) and the plant above dies. Do you know of any way to discourage them this year? By the way, we live in NE Pennsylvania.

These are Bumble Bees and they do make underground chambers. We are surprised to hear that their little hive has killed your plants. we have no suggestions.

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