From the monthly archives: "November 2007"
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This beetle-like insect was found in a rotting osage orange in a riparian corridor of Brown County, OH on 11-04-07. As you can see in comparison to the fruit it is very small. My first thought was Carrion or Dung Beetle but they are much larger & almost endangered in this area. I’ve looked in all the most recent books & googled images & the only other similar looking sort of is the Pleasing Fungus Beetle. Attached are 3 images. What’s that bug?
Mary Jo White

Hi Mary Jo,
Your photo is lacking in detail, but it appears the abdomen of your specimen is protruding beyond the elytra or wing covers. This exposed abdomen signals it might be a Sap Feeding Beetle in the family Nitidulidae. There is a very close match on BugGuide, Glischrochilus fasciatus, commonly called the Picnic Beetle. According to BugGuide: “Adults found under bark of injured or dying trees, also come to sap, decaying fruit.” That is good enough for us to put our money on the ID.

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Australian Spider Wasp??
Hi, I have this ‘wasp’ nest outside one of our bedrooms. These are the best two identification photos I can find (top and side views) (If you need higher res photos I can provide). The best id I can come up with is Australian Spider wasp, but not everything matches (that I can see, but I dont really know anything) and some pictures of the spider wasp look more yellow than this one (more orange). This record also does not list South Australia, where we are located… Can you identify? How should this nest be dealt with? Thanks for any info on what exactly this is, and what we can do about it.

Hi Adam,
We agree that your wasp does not match the specimen in the link you provided. Many wasps feed on spiders You probably don’t need to do anything about the nest as very few wasps are aggressive. We don’t have the time now to properly identify this lovely wasp, but we hope Grev, a frequent contributor to our site from Australia might have an idea.

Dear Bugman,
Could Adam’s wasp be a Potter Wasp? See
Kind regards, Grev

Hi Grev,
We knew you would come through with this answer. Orange Potter Wasp, Eumenes latreilli, is a “spot on” identification. Thanks for your valuable input.

Update: (11/27/2007) ID of that unknown Australian Wasp
Hi guys, I think that wasp from Adam is most likely an Orange Potter Wasp, one of the mud wasp family. Check this link I got a pic of one of these guys last weekend landing on a puddle of water and drinking but I haven’t processed it yet. The pics on that link are pretty clear though. Keep up the good work guys.
Trevor Jinks

Hi Trevor,
Thanks so much for the information. We would love to post your detailed photo if you have an opportunity to send it our way.

Update:  February 26, 2013
In retrospect, we now believe this is a different species of Potter Wasp.  It looks more like
Abispa ephippium, which is pictured on the Brisbane Insect Website.


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This mysterious bug was seen for three days on a cinderblock outside my shop at work in chaddsford,pa.,late summer/early fall in morning when I arrived.It would disappear thru out day,but be there in morning,on the fourth day,it appeared to be just a outershell as if it moulted or had been eaten.I’m also including a pic. of I think"milkpod bugs"?,taken in ocean city,maryland.You can zoom in on pic to get more detail,I just don’t know how to edit&save pics yet,Thanks for any light ya can shed on mystery bug,sorry for crappy photos,I’m a novice w/digital cams. Have a nice day,

follow up alien?
Hello again gentleman,
I’m Tom,who sent recent mail w/pics of bug in chaddsford,which was approx 1.5″inlength, &milkpod?bugs in oceancity,maryland. I’ve been checking your site since,I think chaddsford bug may be in family of assassin bugs?lncluding those in maryland?.I look forward to a possible reply in future. Your site is addictive and has been added to my you once again for your time,
Tom from glenolden,pa

Hi Tom,
Your “alien bug” is an Assassin Bug, but the photo isn’t clear enough to be certain of the species. Our best guess is Reduvius personatus, the Masked Hunter. Your photo of the adult and immature Large Milkweed Bugs, Oncopeltus fasciatus, is quite nice and we are happy to post it in order to assist our readership in future identifications.

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What family is this butterfly?
Hi, I’ m doing one entomologic colection and i have a doubt about which is the family of this this butterfly. Can you help me ? I didn’ t found its classification. Thanks
Eduardo (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Hi Eduardo,
This is a Saturnid or Giant Silkmoth possibly in the genus Rothschildia.

Correction: (03/21/2008)
“Rothschildia” by Eduardo from Sao Paulo, Brazil is not a moth from Brazil, but one of the Attacus species. Maybe he is having fun with you. Maybe the cocoons came from southern Asia and they hatched in Brazil Kirby Wolfe site is not a pay site.It has just moved to a new location It is maintained by me, Bill Oehlke Kirby has images of I think about three hundred worldwide Saturniidae on this location. My private membership site called the World’s Largest Saturniidae Site is the one you refer to as costing $40.00 to become a member. It has images of over 1450 worldwide Saturniidae, including, with permission, all of Kirby’s images. The private membership site also has country checklists for most countries in the world and I work on it almost daily and have for many of the Central and South American countries created checklists at provincial or department level, one stage below national level. There are many worldwide species that are very similar in appearance. Geography is very useful in identifying some of them. Larvae of many species are also depicted.
Bill Oehlke

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question on a caterpillar…
Hi there,
Love the site. Can you help me identify this one? It was in our front yard about a month ago. It measures 4-5 inches long. Biggest caterpillar I’ve encountered here. We had a very wet summer and have found many interesting things this fall including a Texas Brown tarantula (which we have as a pet now!). Thanks!
Austin Texas

Hi Penley,
This is an Imperial Moth Caterpillar. There are several color variations in addition to the orange coloration in your photo. They might also be green, blue-green, golden or brown. They feed on a on the leaves of variety of deciduous and coniferous trees. Yellow and purple adults do not feed and live but a few days.

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orange bug ??
Can you tell me what the name of this bug is? They were on my Mexican firebush. They almost look like a milkwed bug but have a different head.Thanx,

Hi Scott,
You are correct that the Milkweed Assassin Bug in your photo resembles the Milkweed Bug, but while the Milkweed Bug is a vegetarian, the Milkweed Assassin Bug is a carnivore.

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