From the monthly archives: "June 2007"

Beneficial or Pest?
Hi,
I live in Round Rock, TX. Could you please tell me what this bug is? I love beneficials and just cannot seem to find a picture of it on the internet. I thought it might be some kind of Milkbug at first but, it is on everything in my garden from tomato to cucumber to melon to basil plants. It does not seem to be chewing or sucking on the leaves so I am thinking maybe it is a beneficial. Help! Thanks,
Jeffrey Bryant

Hi Jefffrey,
This is a Two Lined Spittlebug, Prosapia bicincta. The immature insects form a mass of foamy spittle that serves as a protection while the insect feeds by sucking the juices from plants. Your photo shows the winged adult. According to BugGuide: “In the immature (nymph) stage (surrounded by the “spittle” foam which protects them, and which they produce from juices they suck from the plant) they feed on centipedegrass, bermudagrass and other grasses, including occasionally corn. Adults feed on hollies – they feed on the underside of leaves, and damage shows up as pale mottling not usually visible from above.”

green-eyed wasp
Any idea what this beauty is called? Found on a fern in Orlando Florida, sorry for the poor photo it was raining and I was trying to get enough DOF hence the slow shutter speed. It was very alert, I assume it has excellent vision.
Jim Thompson

Hi Jim,
We like this for one of the wasps in the family Crabronidae, possibly a Sand Wasp in the genus Bembix. There are many images that look similar on BugGuide.

Harlequin bugs?
I think that these may be Harlequin bugs? By the way, the photos on your site are marvelous – what lovely bugs! I snapped these on an unknown plant in the field behind our house; possibly a mustard plant of some kind. Have been practicing taking pictures of small things like flowers, and am proud of this bug photo.
Liana

Hi Liana,
Our site does have many marvelous photos, all of which have been contributed by mostly amateur photographers like you. Not only should you be proud of your photo, you should also be commended for taking the time to properly identify your Harlequin Bugs, Murgantia histrionica.

Texas Brown Tarantula
My wife saw this Texas Brown Tarantula crossing the road by our house and stopped to show our children. We later placed it in our garden and took these photos.
Jeffrey Cox
Dallas, Texas

Hi Jeffrey,
Thanks for sending us your wonderful image of a Texas Brown Tarantula, Aphonopelma hentzi. Also thanks for rescuing the hapless creature from becoming road kill.

moth
Hi Bugman,
Can you tell me the name of this moth? It came flying at night attracted to the light. The lens cap is for size comparison. I think that cap is 55 mm. The moth looked to be about 3 inches across the wingspan. I’m sure it’s fairly common. thanks,
Rich

Hi Rich,
This is a Cecropia Moth. We just posted a photo of another individual from this species that was submitted from Ottawa in Canada.

Long hindwings!
Hello,
This is an amazing insect with very long hindwings (not used in flight). At fist I thought they might be long halters, making it a fly or a mosquito. Then I noticed the net-forewings, and the resemblance to insects in the Neuroptera order. Any idea what it is? This photo was taken in Jordan.
Thank you.
Jarir

Hi Jarir,
Ribbon Winged Lacewings, also known as Thread Winged Lacewings, Spoon Winged Lacewings, or Thread Winged Antlions, are in the order Neuroptera. They are old world insects in the family Nemopteridae. Here is a nice link to some images of Lacewings on Stamps.