From the yearly archives: "2008"

Leaf Beetle from Panama
Since I’ve sent you two unknown spiders and a caterpillar from Panama, I thought I’d send you one that I believe I have identified. I believe this is Platyphora boucardi, in the family Chrysomelidae, and has been featured on a Panamanian stamp.
Allen Chartier

Hi Allen,
Though the color and markings are similar, the legs and clubbed antennae of your beetle are different from the Platyphora boucardi images we located online. We aren’t even convinced your beetle is in the same family. It might be a Pleasing Fungus Beetle in the family Erotylidae. Perhaps one of our readers can supply additional information.

You are absolutely correct: the beetle is one of the pleasing fungus beetles in the family Erotylidae. Great job, I always get those two families of fungus beetles confused:-)

what’s this hymenopteran?
Can you tell me what this insect is? Missing a hindwing. I found it in Osoyoos, BC, Canada. Thanks,
Mikel Lefler

Hi Mikel,
Velvet Ants are flightless female wasps in the family Mutillidae. The males have wings. This is a male Velvet Ant. We cannot tell you the exact species, but it bears an uncanny resemblance to a mounted male Dasymutilla quadrigutta pictured on BugGuide.

Update: (04/02/2008) ID for insects
Hey, my name is Will, this is a list of the ID’s for the velvet ant page. image 2. probably dasymutilla vesta, need more specific location. hope this helps a bit.

Rove Beetle
Dear Bugman,
Just wanted to send in a picture of a Paederus Rove Beetle. We are missionaries living in Cameroon West Africa and these little critters attack us at the end of every rainy season. I also included a picture of the burn that these guys can inflict on someone, usually while they sleep. We have been so curious about them since our move here four years ago. We have done much research to find out what they are, but the only name we had for them was what the local people called them – the creechie bug. It wasn’t until we looked at your website and found pictures of the devils coachhorse that we got an idea that it was a beetle at all. We thought it was some kind of ant. The coloring is different than the devils coach horse, but the body shape was so similar we started doing a search on Cameroon Rove beetle and that is how we found our answer. We absoluely LOVE your site. It is in our favorites and we pull it up once a day to see your new postings. We thought you might be able to post this under your rove beetle section as I am sure other people out there would love to know what this insect is. Thanks for all your work!

Hi Becca,
Well, we didn’t know anything about the Paederus Rove Beetle, so we had to google it. Sure enough, we found a site with photos of both the red and black beetles and the dermatitis it causes. Thanks for sending in your fascinating letter. We love the name Creechie.

large moth in Australia
Hi there, I have had lots of large moths hiding in my shed that look like the Black Witch moth (although it looks like these do not occur in Australia), or perhaps the owlet moth. During the day they cluster in dark crevices but at night they come out and unlike other moths, they don’t go directly to light but prefer to land in dim areas near the light. They are at least 10 – 15cm wide.
New South Wales, Australia

Hi Susan,
We have been trying unsuccessfully to correctly identify your Owlet Moth in the superfamily Noctuoidea. We are posting the image in the hopes that one of our readers can provide the species.

Dear Daniel,
The moth is Granny’s Cloak, Speiredonia spectans. It is often found in shady places, including inside houses and sheds. Kind Regards,

Great, i have found some more info about their habits, at < > if you are interested. Thanks

could you identify this thing?
Could you identify this bug for me? It was found a few days ago in San Antonio, TX. Thanks.
James Nguyen

Hi James,
This is a Gaudy Sphinx Moth Caterpillar, Eumorpha labruscae. The caterpillar is a very effective snake mimic. The shape of the head and the illusion of eyespots help keep this species from becoming bird food.

Can you help me identify
I live in south Florida. I see this feeding at the flowers in our herb garden … basil

Hi Pete,
This is a Green Orchid Bee, Euglossa viridissima. This is a tropical genus but the Green Orchid Bee is established in Florida and has also been reported in Texas according to BugGuide.Your photo is quite stunning.