From the monthly archives: "September 2008"

Banded Netwing Beetles
Now I’m pretty sure I have identified these correct as Banded Netwing Beetles, but what I’m wondering is what’s up with the ménage à trois? At least that’s what I thought at first, but upon closer inspection, it seems as if the third one (on the right) is dead? (maybe?) The location is Lakeview, MI. It’s just north of Greenville. Thanks again! I have a few more I will be sending, ones I need help identifying 🙂
Erica Carranco

Hi Erica,
We don’t believe the “third wheel” Banded Netwing Beetle is dead, just waiting on the sidelines. Competition for a desireable mate is as fierce in the insect world as it is among humans.

Japanese Beetles
I see you have a few pictures of these guys (Japanese Beetles) already, but they were just tearing up my friends roses and I wanted to share. They are so insidious!!! This photo was taken August 24th, in Lakeview Michigan, just north of Greenville. Thanks for your cool site ( love it )!
Erica Carranco

Hi Erica,
The Japanese Beetle is an excellent example of what happens when a destructive invasive exotic species becomes established elsewhere. Japanese Beetles appear in July and eat almost everything in their path until they are killed by the frost.

locust or grasshopper?
Can you help us identify these? There were thousands of them at the City of Rocks in New Mexico this weekend. they averaged about 3 inches in length and were brightly colored a sharp contrast to the light brown grasshoppers we typically see here in the area. thanks

Hi Kristin,
We believe this is a Plains Lubber Grasshopper in the genus Brachystola. This genus has not been represented on our site until your submission. Though BugGuide doesn’t have many specifics on the genus, the Family Romaleidae is characterized as having: “Most species are large with shortened wings, often brightly marked “