From the monthly archives: "October 2009"
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Wasp, Black and Rust with Two Yellow Spots
October 4, 2009
I photographed this beautiful wasp October 2009 in NE Oklahoma. It is similar in size to a red wasp and yellowjacket.
Bugged about Bug
Northeastern Oklahoma

Digger Wasp

Digger Wasp

Dear Bugged,
This is a Digger Wasp or Blue Winged Wasp, Scolia dubia.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults take nectar, may also feed on juices from beetle prey.
Larvae a parasite of the green June beetle and Japanese beetle.

Digger Wasp

Digger Wasp

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Catapillar or worm?
October 4, 2009
This was found in southern Wisconsin on a grape vine. It is soft to the touch, even though the spotted outside looks like a “shell” When it stretches, it extends out of the “shell” Very different from anything we have ever seen before
Cora Purdue
Southern Wisconsin

Pandora Sphinx Caterpillar

Pandora Sphinx Caterpillar

Hi Cora,
Your caterpillar is a Pandora Sphinx Caterpillar, Eumorpha pandorus, and it is commonly found on grape vines.  There are also green and brown color variations of the caterpillar.

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Unknown Caterpillar
October 4, 2009
Hello bugman,
when cutting our Chamaedorea elegans, my husband felt a burning sensation to his arm. Obviously he touched two of this caterpillars, sitting on a leaf.
I searched your database, but couldn’t find a similar picture. Looks like a stinging slug caterpillar for me.
Thanks for your help,
Best regard
Claudia
Singapore

Unknown Stinging Caterpillar

Unknown Stinging Caterpillar

Hi Claudia,
We are not certain that this is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar.  It looks more to us like one of the Stinging Caterpillars in the subfamily Hemileucinae of the Giant Silkworm Family Saturniidae.  We will try to get a second opinion.

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MUSKMARE AND MATE??
October 4, 2009
I have never seen anything like this in the 12 years I have lived in Florida. I had NO idea what it was until I came to your website and was able to identify it, so thank you. I am attaching a photo for you to enjoy.
S.Peters from Port Orange, FL
Port Orange, FL

Muskmare and Mate

Muskmare and Mate

Dear S. Peters,
Thanks for sending another image of a Muskmare and her mate, a pair of Two Lined Walkingsticks.  As we noted in our earlier posting, this species is capable of spraying a noxious substance with great accuracy over some distance, and they are good at hitting the eyes of a potential threat.  The effects wear off shortly, but will cause the eyes to water and blur as well as sting.  The latest information posted to BugGuide has the potential for harm as more serious:  “Members of this genus can deliver a chemical spray to the eyes that can cause corneal damage.”

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micro bugs living in house, stinging for 2 years!
October 3, 2009
Neighbor kid went to Florida. Kid brought back invisible stinging bugs (not bedbugs). Neighbor kid came to visit and brought her stuff and then we were both infested. They got rid of them with kerosene after a long struggle. I am afraid of using kerosene and gasoline in my house. OTC pesticides are ineffective. They only bite me and my one daughter.
No sleep in TN
Current TN came from Florida.

No-See-Um

Scuttle Fly

Dear No sleep in TN,
In our humble opinion, you should not blame the neighbor kid for this situation.  It looks to us like you have Biting Midges in the family Ceratopogonidae, which are also called Punkies or No-See-Ums because of their tiny size.  Since they are so small, they can enter homes through the mesh in window and door screens.  According to BugGuide, they are found near “salt and freshwater marshes, forests, edges of ponds and streams.” and “larvae develop in moist or wet sand, mud, and decaying vegetation of salt and freshwater marshes, ponds and streams.”  They would not be breeding inside your home, so they are entering from the outside.  BugGuide also indicates:  “Many species, mostly in Culicoides, bite humans and can be very annoying.
”  We will contact Eric Eaton to see if he concurs with our identification and our conclusions about the source of the problem.  Tennessee is part of the normal range for Biting Midges known as No-See-Ums.

No-See-Um

Scuttle Fly

UPDATE
addendum to micro bugs living in house, stinging for 2 years!
I took the shots with a 100X microscope, so the wasp looking insect is very tiny. It also has a larval form that is round and white with feelers and a pupa from which the black “wasp” hatches. All very tiny.
No sleep in TN
TN
Correction from Eric Eaton
Daniel:
Thanks to the outstanding close-up images, I can easily tell that the “no-see-ums” are actually non-biting flies in the family Phoridae (“scuttle flies“).  The larvae breed in decaying organic matter.  So, unless the neighbor kid brought spoiled food into the home, he is not to blame.  Phorids can be abundant in just about any home.  I have had them surviving on residue in the kitchen sink garbage disposal.  Since they do not readily carry diseases, and they do not bite, I don’t pay much mind to them.  Simply discarding whatever decaying matter they are infesting should end the problem immediately, or very quickly.
Eric

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Black wasp / hornet / fly (?) with red paws
October 2, 2009
I’ve found this insect on the beach of Portmahomack (Scotland). It was there on a rock near the sea. I saved it from drowning in a little amount of water between the rocks in which the sea was washing in and out.
M
Portmahomack, Scotland

Heather Fly

Heather Fly

Dear M,
About six weeks ago, we identified a very similar St. Mark’s Fly or March fly in the genus Biblio as the Heather Fly, Biblio pomonae, with the help of Karl who frequently contributes identifications to our site.

That’s him. Thanks!
I forgot to mention, but the picture was taken in august, indeed. In their peak season (as mentionned on that link you gave me).

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