From the monthly archives: "December 2007"

I love this website
Thanks for past & future ID’s. This insect no bigger than 3rd of an inch on the side of my car at my farm in Brown Co, OH 06-17=07. No person or book has been able to tell me yet.
Mary Jo White

Hi Mary Jo,
We believe this is some species of Psillid or some other Hemipteran. We have contacted Eric Eaton and have confidence he will be able to assist in the identification.

Hi, Daniel:
Happy holidays to you, too! The insect in the image is a plant bug in the family Derbidae, and the genus Anotia. Might be the species Anotia bonnetii, with images on the Bugguide website, but I’m certainly no expert in that obscure family:-) I can’t even tell you anything about their biology, sorry. Very nice image submitted to you, though.

Black bodied, blue winged wasp like bug
Hey bug people,
I’ve found lots of bugs on your site but this one has got me so far. Lots of these fly around our tomatoes here in Australia. I’ve had tomatoes before but never saw these before. They seemed too big to be a black flower wasp (that and they leave our regular flowers alone). They have bright blue wings and eyes with black bodies. They constantly move so this was a clear a shot as I could get. Thanks

Hi Peter,
We suspect these are Blue Flower Wasps or Hairy Flower Wasps, Discolia soror, based on images posted to the Geocities Website. They are in the family SCOLIIDAE Scoliidae. Adult Blue Flower Wasps are nectar feeders and the larvae feed on Scarab Beetle Grubs. The female wasp locates the beetle grubs in the soil, digs down and lays an egg on the grub. The Csiro Website (which refers to this species as the Black Flower Wasp) indicates: “Black flower wasps are solitary and do not make communal nests. However, in mid to late summer, they often form small swarms flying low over an area of turf, a compost heap or around a shrub. The adults can also be seen taking nectar from flowers.”

Sphinx Moths?
We found these two on our garage in San Pablo CA. My guess was either some species of Sphinx moth or Hawk moth. What do you guys think?

(12/22/2007) What species is this?
We found this Caterpillar in Our driveway. We live in San Pablo California which is part of the San Francisco Bay Area. Can You tell me what species it is?

Your mating adult moths and the caterpillar are the same species, Cerisy’s Sphinx, Smerinthus cerisyi, which is pictured on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.

Bug Love
Hi Bugman,
I again viewed your Bug Love postings and did not see these guys whom I believe to be Large Wood Nymph butterflies. Photo from central WI. May 2008 bring you unimaginable riches,

Hi Dwaine,
Until now, Wood Nymphs, mating or otherwise, have been sadly under-represented on our site. Wood Nymphs, which are also known as Satyrs, are in the subfamily Satyrinae. They are feeble flyer that are found in wooded areas and they rarely visit flowers. Your image is probably of the Common Wood Nymph, Cercyonis pegala. Jeffrey Glassberg in his book Butterflies Through Binoculars: The West, writes that the Common Wood Nymph “comes in two basic color forms, each with many variations.”

>Can you help identify Small fly like bugs/insects
Hi Lisa Anne and Daniel,
Noted on the site you’ve had some internet issues and resubmitting wasn’t a bad idea. Realy incredible that you get circa 100 requests a day, WOW! Keep up the good work, I realy like this site it’s already helped me identify quite a few bugs :o) Pity you get the "Nasty readers" but the award is good idea, should put them to shame. Kind regards,

(12/04/2007) Can you help identify Small fly like bugs/insects
Hi Bugman,
I was wondering if you could help me with identifying these little fly like bugs or insects. You ‘ll find top, botom and side views attached. Though they have wings they don’t fly. When you approach them they jump around, about 5 cm high, and only about 3 times max, they seem to get exausted quite quickley. They are about 1 to 1.5 mm in length. They are about everywhere in my appartment though not in great numbers, one or two tend to show up here and there (though they are difficult to see). Any idea what they are living of? location: Brussels, Belgium. Love the site! Its well made and accessible 🙂 Thanks in advance, Kind regards,

Hi Willem,
These sure look like Book Lice to us. Book Lice are in the order Psocoptera and they feed on sizing, paste and glue in book bindings. They may infest homes. We believe your specimens are in the family Ectopsocidae based on images posted to BugGuide. We don’t get nearly as many letters per day in the winter as we do in the summer, but we still cannot answer every letter we receive. Thanks for being patient.

Hi Brilliant! Thanks to you I’ve now narrowed their identification down to: Dorypteryx domestica. Kind regards