From the monthly archives: "June 2007"

Shiny Aqua Bug
Hey B-man,
This beautiful bug landed on my leg today and I have no clue what it is! It is shiny aqua-blue-green, kind of like a peacock feather with a copper stripe down its back and it is copper-red on the underside. about a centimeter long with 6 legs and WINGS! his “shell” (or wings?) is very hard he made a “plinking” noise when he fell to the bottom of the cup he is currently in! his “shell” (or wings?) also has lengthwise grooves in the blue part. i hope he shows up OK in this photo. let me know what you think! Thanks,

Hi Gina,
This gorgeous beetle is a Golden Buprestid, Buprestis aurulenta. Most of our images come from the Pacific Northwest, but you did not indicate where you are located.

female rhino beetle?
this beautiful beetle was found on the ground in Atlanta today. is it a female rhino beetle?
sarah tynes

Hi Sarah,
This is a female Dynastes tityus, the Eastern Hercules Beetle. It is in the Scarabaeidae Family of Scarab Beetles and the Subfamily Dynastinae which are commonly called Rhinoceros Beetles.

Ten-Lined June Beetle Pics
Hi Bugman,
This fellow was almost stepped on as he was making his way across the sidewalk the other night . Since he was so good-looking, we decided to pull out the camera then and there and photograph him. Thanx for your fun site…I was able to identify him while I checked out all the cool pictures. We love you!
Joy Greene,
La Canada, California

Hi Joy,
While we don’t get Ten Lined June Beetles in Mt. Washington, we do encounter them on trips to See’s Candy in Montrose where they are attracted to the lights and we also encounter them at Art Center in Pasadena because of all the pine trees.

Orange, Yellow, and black iridescent winged mystery bug
Hi Bugman,
I hope you are still identifying bugs. I came across this little guy in Chicago on June 27th, 2007 around 1:30pm and was able to get him in a jar. The pattern of colors on its wings are remarkable and I have to admit, I’ve never come across a bug quite like it before. It was probably two centimeters in length. The jar I kept it in was formerly an applesauce jar and I noticed the creature using its proboscis on some remnants of the fruit. At that point, I decided to put a small but juicy slice of nectarine in the jar with the bug and it turned into a party. That bug was on that nectarine like flies on …. Well. Any idea what it is? Attached are two photos of the insect. One from the side and one showing it’s abdomen.
Joseph Greer

Hi Joseph,
This is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth. Its host tree is the Ailanthus or Tree of Heaven, a notorious weed tree introduced from China in the 19th Century that is one of the most invasive exotics our country is currently trying to eliminate.

little spider hunting wasp in action
hi there.
after perusing some of the great photos on here i thought i’d dig out one of my fav photos; some ‘action’ shots of a 10mm long spider- hunting wasp dragging its paralysed victim back to its lair she seemed very determined and sure of her destination through what would be a mountain range of stones and leaves. i snapped this in the UK last summer. not after an ID (well ok if you want a challenge) just thought i’d share. cheers,
andy (kenilworth, england).
fantastic website!!!!

Hi Andy,
We might eventually identify your Spider Wasp, but for now, we will post it with just the general category.

I thought I might try to look this one up, but I was amazed to find out that even in just the UK alone there are 48 species in the family Pompilidae, spider-hunting wasps!