From the monthly archives: "June 2007"

American Burying Beetle
We found this beetle in our house the other evening, after looking at your site, could it be an American Burying Beetle. We live 45 miles west of Chicago Illinois. Thank you.
Jim Volkening

Hi Jim,
Is it a Burying Beetle? Yes. Was it found in America? Yes. Is it an American Burying Beetle, Nicrophorus americanus? No. Is it another beetle in the same genus? Yes. According to BugGuide: “Like other carrion beetles in genus Nicrophorus ,N. americanus has shiny black wing covers that are each marked with two bright orange/red bands, but it can be readily distinguished from the other nearctic species by the large and distinctive orange/red marking at the center of the pronotum.” Rather, we like this for the Tomentose Burying Beetle, Nicrophorus tomentosus, because of what appears to be distinctive yellow fur on the pronotum. Burying Beetles are also known as Sexton Beetles.

Hello, Mr Bugman!
My name is Antonio. I am from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I took this picture on my backyard. It seems that these colored fellows are enjoying the passionfruits a lot. There are many of these bugs feeding on the fruits. Sometimes they fight against each other for a better place. I would appreciate if you can provide me any information about these insects. Thanks a lot!

Hi Antonio,
This is an immature Leaf Footed Bug or Big Legged Bug in the family Coreidae. Sorry we do not know the species. They have sucking mouthparts that they use to feed. In your case, they are feeding on the juice of the Passionfruit. They release an enzyme that is leaving the brown marks evident on the fruit in one of your images.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for the information. Based on what you said, it was easy to identify the insect in question. This bug is one of the chief plagues of the passionfruit culture in Brazil. It is the Diactor bilineatus. Although they are considered a plague, I think they are funny and so I keep them as pets on my backyard. Best wishes,

Sorry – couldn’t find this anywhere… Maybe you’ll know. We are in southeastern PA (Chester County). Thanks for your help!

Hi Anne,
This is a Giant Leopard Moth, Hypercompe scribonia. It is also known as the Eyed Tiger Moth and Great Leopard Moth and is one of the Tiger Moths in the family Arctiidae.

bug love…
just wanted to send you guys some pics for your site. thanks again.. and keep up the good work.

Hi Adam,
Thanks so much for sending us your mating insect images. We have choses to post a lovely image of mating Cabbage White Butterflies, Pieris rapae. This species was accidentally introduced from Europe to the Montreal area in the 1860s and it has spread throughout North America.