From the yearly archives: "2010"

Unknown Bug
Location:  Sonoma, CA
September 29, 2010 3:00 am
I found this bug in my bathtub tonight 09/28/10. I live in northern California and have never seen anything like this before.
Signature:  Michael

Snakefly Larva

Hi Michael,
This is a Beetle Larva, but we are not certain what family it belongs to.  We often have trouble with the identification of larval stages.  We will contact Eric Eaton for assistance.

Correction thanks to Eric Eaton
I can appreciate your hectic life.  I have much the same situation here, and not liking it much…..
Congrats on the book!  Let me know how I can help crank up those sales…..
Well, it is not a beetle larva for one thing.  At least, I’m pretty sure this is the larva of a snakefly, order Raphidioptera:
Easy mistake to make, and it took repeated encounters before I learned the difference, too.

Unknow Bug…
Location:  Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
September 29, 2010 5:24 am
Can you please identify this ”bug”? I noticed this guy on my fathers deck about a 5 weeks ago. He is about as big as your thumb, and was waving his ”head” about when first noticed.
Signature:  Dan

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

Hi Dan,
This is the Caterpillar of a Tiger Swallowtail, though we cannot say for certain if it is a Canadian Tiger Swallowtail,
Papilio canadensis, which is well documented on BugGuide, or the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus, also depicted on BugGuide, as the ranges of the two species overlap and they look quite similar.  Both species have green caterpillars that turn orange or brown and leave the trees where they have been feeding as they prepare to pupate.

Location:  Eastern part of the Philippines, particulartly Dingalan, Aurora Province
September 28, 2010 7:00 pm
Hello! Could you please identify this bug. Would be happy to know the scientific name and common name of this bug.
Signature:  anyway comfortable to you.

Root Borer from the Philippines

Dear anyway,
Your photo is quite blurry, which would have probably made any conclusive identification impossible, but luckily, we received another letter from the Philippines today with correctly focused images of what we believe to be a Prionid Root Borer
Ziglipton sanchezi, probably the same beetle you submitted.

Longhorn Beetle?

Prionid Root Borer

Longhorn Beetle?
Location:  Philippines
September 28, 2010 10:29 pm
We found this bug in our home recently. It was really big. Looking through the internet, I thinks it’s some sort of longhorn beetle. What do you guys think?
Signature:  Ross

Prionid Root Borer

Hi Ross,
That is some impressive beetle.  We believe we have correctly identified your Longhorned Borer Beetle in the subfamily Prioninae, the Root Borers, as
Ziglipton sanchezi by comparing your images to mounted images on the Salagubang Philippine Beetles website.  Sadly, we are unable to locate any photos online of living specimens.  Interestingly, we did receive another letter today with some blurry images of what appears to be the same beetle, and we will post that letter as well.

Prionid Root Borer

Correction: Anomophysis aegrota perhaps
We just received a comment that this may be Anomophysis aegrota, and we believe looks to be a closer match.  It can also be found on Salagubang Philippine Beetles website.

Boatman Pic actually Notonecta?
September 28, 2010
Hello, Friends of the Bugs,
While trying to ID a bug that had landed on our deck here in Edmonds,WA, I discovered that you have the same picture on your site under two different headings/labels.  It comes up under “Water Boatman are Edible” when “Boatman” is typed into the search box.  Your answer to that post was to say it was Corixidae.  The picture matches “my” bug exactly, and I had also come to the tentative conclusion after initially looking in Bug Guide, of Corixidae, but wasn’t convinced.  However, on BugGuide I happened to see another pic that also matched, was mislabeled as Corixidae, and someone had posted that it was Notonecta.  Looking further online, I agree 100%.
If I type Notonecta or Backswimmer into your search box, it comes up with a post titled “Backswimmer” which appears to be the exact picture, this time correctly IDd as Notonecta.  I thought you’d like to know so a note can be added (or however you want to deal with it, if at all) to the Boatman one, correcting the ID.  It might be confusing to some, such as myself, who might not accidently happen upon the correct ID and be thinking it is a Boatman.  I think many folks, like myself, might initially do a search for Boatman upon finding one of these bugs, since I was not familiar with the existence of Backswimmers.  But now I know, and I would have really wondered how a waterbug got on my 2nd story deck, except you explained they can fly well.  The 7/22/10 pic of a Backswimmer swimming (on its back, of course) highlighting the abdominal hairs is especially nice.
I did not bother to submit all the pics I took because I found the ID, as you already have several pictures, including one from 2005. I only attached one for reference.  Later, the Backswimmer had flown away.  Thanks again for such a great site.
Cheers, Dee Warnock


Hi Dee,
Thanks for bringing this to our attention.  We did not realize that Baffled in Santa Cruz submitted the exact same image as Jason, and that Baffled in Santa Cruz had taken the original photo from our site.  We have included your letter as an update on the Backswimmer that was misidentified as a Water Boatman as well as making it a unique posting since we are certain of the authorship of your photograph.  Since the postings with the same images came in several months apart, we didn’t realize that Baffled had sent in Jason’s photo.  Because we want to maintain some sense of honesty and integrity to our postings, we have recently added this statement to our form:  “Also, you swear that you either took the photo(s) yourself or have explicit permission from the photographer or copyright holder to use the image.
”  We really like the common name of Water Wasp given to Backswimmers since their stabbing bite is quite painful.

Black wasp with two orange bands on abdomen
Location:  Mission, Hidalgo Co., Texas
September 27, 2010 10:23 pm
Can you put a name on this wasp?
Signature:  Jan Dauphin

Flower Wasp

Hi Jan,
We have identified your wasp as
Campsomeris ephippium, a Flower Wasp in the family Scoliidae.  Female wasps in the genus Campsomeris provision the nest with scarab beetle grubs to feed the larvae.  All the reports of this species on BugGuide are from Texas.  We also have a previous posting of this species which we called a Scarab Hunter Wasp, and it was also found in Texas.

Thank you, thank you so very much!
Jan Dauphin
Mission, TX
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