From the monthly archives: "January 2008"

identify beatles
Please help us identify these beatles. They landed on our grape vine this summer and consumed it rapidly. We never saw them again. They were very large – an inch or so. This is the best photo we have of them. We live in Teaneck, NJ. Thank you,

Hi Ivy,
Believe it or not, these are called Grapevine Beetles, Pelidnota punctata. The pair in the lower right is mating.

mystery bug in New York
I found this feller lying dead near my oven this evening. It was about 1.25″ inches long, maybe. I am not sure what it is. It looks like a cockroach in “layout”, yet the markings seem very unusual for a roach. Do you know what it is? If so, should I call an exterminator, or is it probably just a bug that came in and didn’t bring his whole family? Thanks very much!
Bradley in NYC

Hi Bradley,
This is one of two species in the genus Megacyllene. It is either the Locust Borer, Megacyllene robiniae, or the Hickory Borer, Megacyllene caryae. The Locust Borer is generally found in the fall when the goldenrod blooms, while the Hickory Borer is most common in the spring. It is possible that this specimen has been dead in your house for some time, or it is possible that it was hibernating in the pupal form inside some cut firewood, and emerged in the warm house.

Thanks so much for your response. I wondered how such a bug could have gotten in here, but we do have a lot of cut firewood in our basement, which is right below my kitchen. Now it makes sense. My only other question is: can these things infest my place, or should I not really worry? There might be a few more, but there won’t be thousands, right? Thanks again for your kind help!
Bradley Price

Hi again Bradley,
Individuals may continue to emerge from the firewood, but they will not infest your home.

cobweb spider with egg sack
We have these in our basement shower all the time but this is the first time I’ve seen one with an egg sack. I didn’t see a picture of a cobweb spider with an egg sack as good as this one on your web site and thought you might like it. Hope you enjoy it.

Hi Becky,
We will happily post your image of a Cobweb Spider, Pholcus phalangioides, and her Egg Sac. We use the common name Cobweb Spider after Hogue in his wonderful book “Insects of the Los Angeles Basin, but BugGuide calls this the Long Bodied Cellar Spider.

whats that bug
I was rudely awoken one night by this crawling across my face…. i have no idea what it is can you identify it for me please

This is a harmless Tailless Whipscorpion. In the U.S. these shy predators can be found in Arizona, Texas and Florida, but most of our reports come from tropical countries. Sadly, you did not provide a location.

Gorgeous Beetle from Rio de Janeiro
We spotted this gorgeous shiny green beetle walking along the stone walls around the base of the statue of Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro in November 2005. When I saw his twin in the British mini-series “Wives and Daughters” this evening (preserved as a specimen being viewed by one of the characters), I found your site, but I didn’t see any beetles who looked like him. He was about 1.5 inches long. Can you identify him? (photo of beetle is about 3/4 way down page) Best regards,
Debbie Schilling

Hi Debbie,
This is some species of Weevil, a beetle in the family Curculionidae. We found an unidentified specimen photo on the BugManiac online store that looks very similar.

Update: Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 9:18 AM
Re: Unknown Brazilian Weevil – January 25th, 2008
Hi Daniel:
The blue/green striped weevil posted by Debbie Schilling, and referred to in the recent blue Brazilian weevil posting, is probably in the genus Entimus (Curculionidae : Entiminae). It’s a relatively small neotropical genus with fewer than a dozen species, but all are notable for there incredible luster and brilliance. The largest of the group, E. imperialis, is sometimes called the Diamond Beetle and has long been used as an item of jewelry by regional native peoples. I can’t be certain about the species but from what I can tell E. nobilis seems to be the closest match. As a group, these weevils are apparently quite common in Brazil and they are popular among collectors, so it is a little surprising that good online photos are difficult to find. Regards.

what is this bug?
Hey bugman,
My wife freaked and called me to the bedroom and told me to kill this bug. Insyead I picked it up and put it in a jar, it looks like a tick of some sort, but the size of it makes me worried, I have a young daughter and a bite from a tick that big would hurt..I took the picture beside a penny so you could see the size, it also has some powder like substance on its body and legs. Could you please let me know what we have walking around in our apartment? Thanks

Hi Barry,
You have encountered an immature Masked Hunter, a species of Assassin Bug. The Masked Hunter is covered with sticky hairs that attract dust and debris, masking it. This is a beneficial species that preys upon Bed Bugs, but like many Assassin Bugs, it will bite if mishandled.