From the monthly archives: "May 2010"

Barton Creek Bug
May 28, 2010
We saw this bug on the side of Barton Creek in Austin, Texas. Five minutes after we took the photograph he was eaten alive by a great tailed grackle.
Austin, Texas

Giant Walkingstick

Hi Gary,
Congratulations on your sighting of a Giant Walkingstick, which is the “Longest North American insect, females to 180 mm (7 inches)
” according to BugGuide.

Black-Red-Yellow Cricket?
May 28, 2010
Black-Red-Yellow Cricket with long legs
San Antonio, Texas

Central Texas Leaf Katydid Nymph

Hi Mark,
This is an immature Katydid, and we are going to seek professional assistance from Piotr Naskrecki in the identification.

Central Texas Leaf Katydid Nymph

Hi Daniel,
This looks like a nymph of the Central Texas Leaf Katydid (Paracyrtophyllus

Thanks Piotr.  There are matching images on BugGuide which indicates:  “True katydids have leaf-like wings that form cups enclosing the abdomen. (The cupped wings probably serve to amplify their sounds.) Antennae longer and stiffer than in other katydids.

Huge amount of bugs on rose bush.
May 27, 2010
There are hundreds of these appeared on one of my rose bushes. Can you tell me what it is and what I should do ? Is it harmful to my bush ?
Barbara W
Greenville, Texas 75401

Boxelder Bugs

Dear Barbara,
These are Boxelder Bugs, and other than them being numerous and an annoyance at times, they are harmless to your plants.  We have never heard of them aggregating on rose bushes, since they feed on the seeds of maple trees.  Perhaps they are just being opportunistic.

male long-jawed orbweaver
May 28, 2010
I searched WTB for “long-jawed” and found only the long-jawed beetle; I thought perhaps you might like these images of a male long-jawed orbweaver. These were taken in my backyard in northwestern New Jersey on this coolish late-spring morning (5/28/10). I love spiders and was thrilled to find this guy out walking about.
newton, new jersey

Long Jawed Orbweaver

Hi Jeannie,
Your photos of a Long Jawed Orbweaver in the genus Tetragnatha are gorgeous.  BugGuide does not provide any information on the info page, and browsing reveals 9 different species, but we aren’t certain which species is represented in your photos.

Long Jawed Orbweaver

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black bug reminds me of a lightening bug with no light
May 27, 2010
I have recently seen these black bugs in my home. it only started after it warmed up, which was later than expected here in michigan. i have 2 small children and am concerned if they were to get bitten.
Michigan, Mid

Soldier Beetle

Dear email,
This is some species of Soldier Beetle in the family Cantharidae, but we have not had much luck determining the exact species based on the images posted to BugGuide.    According to BugGuide:  “Adults eat nectar, pollen and in some cases other insects, particularly aphids.  Larvae are generally carnivorous and feed on small soft-bodied insects.
They will not harm your children.

Crazy mystery scorpion/worm thing?
May 27, 2010
I vacuumed this out of the bottom of our pool in the piedmont of North Carolina. Its got a hard jointed shell, 6 legs, and what looks like a pincher or feeler on the end of its tail. Curled when found dead but would probably measure 3.5″ long when flat. What is this!?
Sarah in NC
Iredell County, North Carolina


Hi Sarah,
If it was alive, and if you observed it at night, you would find that this Glowworm was bioluminescent.

Its a real live glow worm??

Sorry my first email was so pointed but I grew up with the stuffed play glow worms and never thought they were real. We’re lovers of nature and life of all kinds but we’d never seen anything like this!

Hi Again Sarah,
We are not trying to yank your chain.  This is a Glowworm in the genus Phengodes.  You may verify this on BugGuide.  It is a larva.  Unlike Fireflies which glow as adults, with the Glowworms, it is the larvae and the larviform females that are bioluminescent and emit light.  According to BugGuide:  “Phengodid adult females and larvae feed on millipedes
” and this poor Glowworm must have fallen into the pool during its nocturnal hunting. Glowworms are also known as Railroad Worms, and we once received an awesome photo of a glowing Glowworm.