From the monthly archives: "November 2010"

Please help identify green bug
Location: Sierra Nevada foothills, ca 2500’ elevation
November 1, 2010 7:31 am
Observed these mating on a thistle, late June, 2010. I believe his neighbor is a yellow-faced bumble bee.
Signature: Captain Telemark

Mating Stink Bugs

Dear Captain Telemark,
Other than being able to identify this amorous pair as mating Stink Bugs, we cannot provide a species identification because the lateral view is not ideal for identification purposes, and there are numerous green Stink Bugs in the family Pentatomidae.

What’s my Australian bug please?
Location: Queensland
October 31, 2010 2:42 pm
I thought at first that they were really large lady bugs but they look a little more robust that that. Found on a hibiscus leaf in Queensland, Australia
Signature: Australian bugs are just bigger

Cotton Harlequin Bug Nymphs

You have submitted a photograph of Cotton Harlequin Bug Nymphs, Tectocoris diophthalmus, and you can find matching images on the Brisbane Insect Website.  They feed on hibiscus and related plants.

larve or worm
Location: iran/tehran
October 30, 2010 9:30 am
Hi I’m Maryam. My family and I are living in Iran.
During the last month my parents suffered from some kind of rash or bite…!
Who did not understand what causes allergies.
Until we find a large number of very small worms under their bed.
Their length is about 4 mm… We do not know exactly where they live..!?
Do they live in textiles, mattress or in soils and between the tiles..?
Because they also existed under the carpets
Is it possible they eat blood?
Because some of them had a reddish color…
How we destroy them?
Thanks for your help
Signature: allergen worms

Carpet Beetle Larvae

Hi Maryam,
The insects in your photo are Carpet Beetle Larvae, probably in the genus
Attagenus based on comparison with some photos on BugGuide.  Carpet Beetles have a cosmopolitan distribution and they are responsible for doing considerable damage to museum collections that contain animal specimens including insect collections, taxidermy specimens, and human textiles made of wool and other organic materials, but they are not responsible for the bites in the second photo you have submitted.  The Carpet Beetle Larvae will also feed on pet hair and human hair, but they may be damaging your wool rugs.  The bites are another matter entirely, and we are not sure what might be causing them.

Unknown Bites