From the monthly archives: "January 2008"

Strange Bug!!
Hey! This bug Landed on my windshield today!!! I had seen your site some time ago while I was trying to identify another bug(which just so happened to be a waterbug).. Anyway I just happened to be on my way home, and I try to always keep my camera with me, which(lucky me) has digital macro, so I got a decent shot!! I am hoping you could help me identify it, it was just TINY!!!! I would say maybe 2 millimeters Long!! NO JOKE it was tiny, but it flew away before I could get a better pic.. Its Orange and black and has 4 normal size legs that were attached to its abdomen and 2 MUCH larger ones attached to its thorax, or at least appeared to be legs, then on the front of its head directly between its eyes were two kind of like feelers or antanae I’m not sure, and then between those was something like a maxilla, or something.. Well, hope you can help, I’ve never seen this one before.. I’m in Sarasota, FL USA, so maybe they just hide, or its a traveler!! THANKS!!!

Hi Butterfly,
Knowing this was a species of Weevil, we quickly located the Cycad Weevil, Rhopalotria slossoni, on BugGuide. Once we had a name, we found that the Cycad Weevil ranges from Miami to the Everglades, and that it is a significant pollinator of the Cycad Zamia pumila.

creek-side dwelling spider
I understand you are very busy, but I thought I had correctly identified this spider (found on the banks of a creek with numerous individuals scampering about the rocks as well) found in western Pennsylvania. I had suspected that this was a fishing spider, but another individual from our organization alerted me that it was incorrectly identified. So, I did a little more research and came up with a second guess: shore spider ( Pardosa milvina ) of the wolf spider family. Is that correct? Thank you very much,

Hi Kylie,
We are impressed, and we concur that you have properly identified the Shore Spider, Pardosa milvina, based on images posted to BugGuide.

Can you identify this for me?
Please could you identify this grasshopper for me (JPEG attached). I photographed this in the Kruger, South Africa last November. Thanks

Hi Nigel,
This is a Gaudy Grasshopper in the family Pyrgomorphidae. According to a site we found online: “Pyrgomorphids are usually very colourful grasshoppers, the bright colours warning predators that they are poisonous (called aposematic colouration).” They are sometimes called Milkweed Grasshoppers. It will take someone more qualified than we to properly identify the exact species.

Can you tell me what type of caterpillar this is?
My little boy found this great caterpillar. Do you know what type he is and what he likes to eat. Thankyou

Hi Cathou,
We actually tried to identify your mystery caterpillar, but did not get very far since we have no idea where it was found. We believe it is a species of Skipper in the family Hesperidae.

Thankyou for trying. I am in QLD and think we have identified it as a Nymphalide / melanitis leda. I appreciate your reply Cheers

Thanks for the update Cathou. We will link to a site with information on the Common Evening Brown, Melanitis leda.

tetrio sphinx
Love your site. Some friends are living in Ocean Park, Puerto Rico, and took this beautiful picture. There was an unidentified caterpillar on ‘caterpillars 1’, but then i found the same one again on ‘caterpillars 4’ identified as the tetrio sphinx. i also found this site very informative thanks!
M. Phipps

Hi M.,
We generally turn to Bill Oehlke’s fabulous website when we need a Sphinx Moth identified.

Some kind of beetle?
Hi Folks,
This bug was found attracted to a light in January in Vermont! I’ve never seen one like this in the house & with very cold weather outside I’m guessing it’s been here awhile. Very interesting "bell" marking…any ideas? Take care,

Hi Jim,
This distinctively marked Hemipteran is a Two Spotted Stink Bug, Perillus bioculatus. There are also other color patterns seen in this species.