From the monthly archives: "October 2007"

Can you help with this one? Thanks,
Frank Trimborn
Houston, TX

Hi Frank,
What a wonderful photo of an immature Milkweed Assassin Bug, Zelus longipes. The nymph will eventually grow wings. Assassin Bugs are tireless predators that can also bite painfully if mishandled.

i searched on your site for this and couldn’t find anything close. This insect was maybe an inch long and seemed to be a wasp to me. I never messed with the color at all, and his legs were real furry like he was wearing chaps. If you could tell me what this is, we would deeply appreciate it. I’m located in Dundas, Ontario, Canada. thanks!!

Hi Valerie,
This is a Clearwing Moth in the Family Sesiidae. We are quite busy right now and do not have the time to identify the exact species, but BugGuide has numerous images. We are already running late for work this morning but we feel obligated to post at least one new letter. Good luck with an exact identification.

We just approved a comment that identified this as a Squash Vine Borer.

Cool Bug
If you know anything about bugs in Australia we would love to learn what type of critter we have here. At first I thought it was a dead leaf which had blown off of a clump of eucalyptus branches I had just cut for my possums…. until I saw it crawling up the spare possum box on the front verandah! NO idea what it is but I kept a safe distance as the scorpion-style tail looked somewhat threatening! Thanks

Hi Tom,
This is some species of Phasmid, commonly called Walkingsticks, Stick Insects, or in the case of your specimen, probably a Leaf Insect. We have not had any luck identifying the species. Perhaps our loyal reader Grev, who often comes to our rescue with unknown Australian specimens, will have better luck scouring the internet than we have had. Leaf Insects do not have stingers, and the posture of the tail end is display only.

Update: (04/28/2008) Unknown stick insect from Australia
Hi Daniel,
Extatosoma tiaratum, Spiny Leaf Insect, is a member of the Phasmid family. See: … Kind regards,

Update: (04/28/2008) That Unknown Australian Leaf Insect
Hi Guys,
most likely your stick/leaf insect is Macleays Spectre, Extatosoma tiaratum Here is a reference link with pic regards,
Trevor Jinks

Edibility Update: (04/29/2008) Australian phasmid: edible!
Hi Daniel,
Hope your semester is wrapping up well. Extatosoma tiaratum is among the walkingsticks and leaf-insects consumed in Papua New Guinea. They’re also a popular display species in the Insectarium world, and among amateur invertebrate-keepers. Best,

I have a picture of a large green moth that I made. The location is in Black Hammock, an area just north of Oviedo, Florida on the south shore of Lake Jessup. It is a damp, wet hammock.
Michael Thompson

Hi Michael,
We are happy your wonderful photo shows the brightly colored hind wings of the Gaudy Sphinx.

whats this bug?
Hi, me and my dad were hunting in northern nevada and we were walking along the trail and came across this bug. We have never seen anything like it before in our life, so we were just wondering what it was?
Do you know? Thanks.

Hi Jessica,
We always have a photo of a Potato Bug on our homepage, and your image will replace the one that has been posted since early September. Potato Bugs are also called Jerusalem Crickets.

underwater bug
I’ve tried to identify this bug through your archives and keep coming up empty. This species was found in my pond this morning and didn’t shy away like most of the waterbugs do. I live in West Tennessee. I’ve seen some strange things in my pond but this was a first.

Hi Kim,
This is a Dragonfly Naiad, the aquatic nymph that will metamorphose into a winged adult.