From the monthly archives: "May 2010"
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Bug with wispy secondary set of antenna
May 27, 2010
Dear WhatsThatBug,
I found this interesting little guy on the ceiling in my kitchen. It is currently Spring where I live and the outside temp is about 80 degrees. I took some pictures after I caught him in a jar and then a few outside when he was released. I found him to be especially intriguing due to the fact that he has a small pair of antenna and then large ones that I would describe as feather-like. Initially I thought they were wings coming of his head, but upon closer inspection I saw they were whispy thin antler-like antenna. So please tell me…What’s that bug?
Kari
New Jersey

Fire Colored Beetle

Hi Kari,
What gorgeous images of a Fire Colored Beetle, Dendroides concolor.  Here is what BugGuide has to say:  “Adults are active at night, and may be attracted to lights. Some species may be attracted to fermenting baits.  Male pyrochroid beetles seek out blister beetles, climb onto them and lick off the cantharidin the blister beetles exude. Not only have these beetles developed a resistance to the cantharidin, they use the blistering agent to impress a female of their own species who then mates with them, whereupon most of the cantharidin is transfered to the female in the form of a sperm packet. The eggs the female subsequently lays are coated with cantharidin to protect them from being eaten before they hatch.
… Jim McClarin

Fire Colored Beetle

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What’s this moth?
May 27, 2010
This handsome creature was hanging around our grapevines the other day (May 24, to be exact). It was maybe an inch nose to wingtip, not counting the antennae. Can you tell me what it is? Thanks.
Linda C
Accomack County, VA

Eight Spotted Forrester

Dear Linda,
Your Eight Spotted Forrester really is a beautiful moth. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of a few different vines, including grape.  You can read more about this diurnal Owlet Moth on BugGuide.

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Bark Mimicing Grasshopper
May 27, 2010
Hi guys,
Nearly stood on this guy (Coryphistes ruricola). It didn’t move when I picked it up and I thought it was dead then it gripped onto my finger. When these are on a Wattle or Ironbark tree they are virtually impossible to see.
aussietrev
Queensland. Australia

Stem Grasshopper

Hi Trevor,
Thanks so much for sending us your wonderful images of Bark Mimicking Grasshopper.

Stem Grasshopper

Update and Correction:  January 24, 2014
We just received a correction from Matthew indicating that this Stem Grasshopper, Adreppus fallax, is easily confused with the Bark Mimicking Grasshopper.  A link to the Brisbane Insect Website provided some matching photographs.

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Cottonwood Borer?
May 27, 2010
Found this guy wandering about last night at a friend’s house. He’s has one heck of a grip & a serious set of mandibles. Is it in fact a cottonwood borer?
We’re located 50 miles south of New Orleans.
Lindsay
Southeastern Louisiana

Cottonwood Borer

Dear Lindsay,
You are absolutely correct.  This is a Cottonwood Borer, Plectrodera scalator.  This is one of the most beautiful images we have received this year.  Your photograph put a bug in our head to produce a 2011 What’s That Bug? calendar.  We last produced a calendar for 2006 in 2005.  That was quite a project, but with finishing the book, we wouldn’t mind a small visual publication.  Would you mind terribly Lindsay, if we wanted to use your image in a 2011 calendar?  Your photo is exactly what we love in an insect image:  that it not ever be included in a legitimate entomological text.  So dear readers, is a 2011 calendar something that you would like to see?  Please let us know by posting a comment to this announcement.

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Long tailed bug
May 27, 2010
Yellow head and antenae, very long tail. WIngs (two) and rather clumsy. Exploring pansies in planter and will fall off.
M. Temple
New England – Medfield MA

Giant Ichneumon

Dear M. Temple,
Many people are shocked or frightened when they encounter a Giant Ichneumon, Megarhyssa atrata, for the first time.  The Giant Ichneumon is a parasitoid insect that preys upon the wood boring larvae of another non-stinging wasp relative, the Pigeon Horntail.  A female Giant Ichneumon, like the one in your photo, locates a wood boring Horntail larva and then drills into the stump or trunk with her five inch ovipositor.  Male Giant Ichneumons do not have an ovipositor.

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What is this big intensely colored moth?
May 27, 2010
My father-in-law sent me this picture today with the following note: “On the lower garage door trim this morning was this large moth. The trim is 4 5/8″ wide so you can see how large it is. Quite a sight. Jean tried to find it in her insect book but no luck.”
Any thoughts? It is a beauty.
John Argentiero
Duluth, MN

Luna Moth

Hi John,
This is a Luna Moth, arguably the loveliest North American moth.  Each year, we like to chart the progress of the Luna Moth emergances from the northern climes.  Usually our first sightings are from Florida in February, and by late March, we get reports from Maine.  We believe this is the first report we have ever received from Minnesota.

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