From the yearly archives: "2008"

What’s this bug?
Hi Bugman!!
We love your website!! Anytime we want to know what creepy crawly is crawling around, we seem to find it on your site. We are having a hard time finding out what this is…. I thought it might be a Hellgrammite, but our bug doesn’t have enough legs and we don’t live anywhere near water. It crawls kind of like a catapeiler, but has pinchers. It’s like a morph of some kind of millipede or something. Anyway, we live in the high desert in California and we have had a bit more rain than normal this season. We have butterflies galore and with the butterflies came these bugs. I have never seen them before. They are only out in the day. I looked everywhere to take a picture at 8:30 pm and was amazed to find only one straggler in our garage. They are everywhere in the day, especially climbing up the walls outside. I will try and send a better picture of one from the daylight. This one seems small compared to the others I have seen. Anyway, I’m sure you know what this is and we are curious to know. Thanks for all your help and for putting together a great and informative website!!!!
The Kibbe’s

Dear Kibbe Family,
You might not think to try to identify this Caterpillar Hunter on our beetle pages, but it is a beetle larva. Caterpillar Hunters in the genus Calosoma undergo complete metamorphosis, and the larva look nothing like the adult, but unlike many insects that undergo complete metamorphosis, the larva and adult both have the same diet. They eagerly consume any caterpillars they encounter, which makes them a valuable natural control to caterpillar overpopulation.

Bug identification
I am curious about a small brown insect that lived on our garage wall for a brief time. He is very tolerant of photographers. Two friends have identified him from your website as a sphinx moth or a Spotted Apatelodes Moth. You may use the photos on your website if any of them would be useful. He was in Chadds Ford, PA on May 2-3, 2008. He stayed about 36 hours. What do you think he is? Thanks for the help –
Judy Cz

hi Judy,
We are ecstatic to have received your images of a Lettered Sphinx, Deidamia inscriptum. In his excellent website, Bill Oehlke describes the male as resting with a stongly curved abdomen, just like your specimen.

Water Scorpion
I had a chain of toad eggs in my "cement pond" and there were a family of these bugs congregated around them. (It seemed some had eggs in their pinchers!) I looked at your sight and found them to be water scorpions. One was about 4 inches long so I put it aside for a photo session. My question is, "Do these guys eat toad eggs?"

Hi Katherine,
This is the second image of a Water Scorpion in the genus Ranatra we received today. The first was from Georgia and yours is from parts unknown. We believe that Water Scorpions might prefer moving prey, but your observation indicates that they may eat toad eggs.

Assassin Bug Species?
Found this little cutie in the North Georgia Mountains 5/4/08 at about 3000 feet. If I remember correctly the body was about 1-1.5 inches long, with the legs and oviposter maybe three inches. Looks similar to the Thread-legged Assassin Bug on your pages. Am I close? Any info on the natural history of it? Thx…
Greg in Dahlonega, Georgia

Hi Greg,
It is easy to confuse the Water Scorpion in your photo with a Thread Legged Bug. Your Water Scorpion is in the genus Ranatra, and BugGuide has many wonderful images, but none as nice as yours.

weird water bug
Hi Bugman,
I love your site! I took this photo last July 15 in southeast Michigan. I was trying to get a shot of those damselflies when I noticed that weird thing under the lily pad that appeared to be eating one of them. It was in a small man-made pond at a botanical garden. I’m not even sure where to look for it in your archives, so I’m going straight to you. Any idea what it is?
Martha H.
Ann Arbor, M

hi Martha,
Wow, what an awesome image of a Water Scorpion in the genus Ranatra eating a Damselfly while other Damselflies sit unaware. Interestingly, this is the third photo of a Water Scorpion submitted to our site today.