From the yearly archives: "2010"

Chiricahua National Monument Bug
Location: Bonita Campground, Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona
December 26, 2010 5:49 pm
This flying insect was in the Chiricahua National Monument (Arizona) December 24, 2010. Specifically in campsite #5 at the Bonita Canyon Campground. It is about 3-4 mm. The is the best I could do with the photograph.
Thank You.
Signature: Debra


Hi Debra,
This is a Treehopper in the family Membracidae.  The closest match we found on BugGuide is the genus

Location: Croatia
December 26, 2010 6:11 pm
hey bugman,
we went to croatia this summer and took some lovely photos of mating bugs and now were wondering: what are they?
Signature: Evelyne

Mating Olive Bee Hawkmoths

Hi Evelyne,
We quickly identified your mating Olive Bee Hawkmoths,
Hemaris croatica, on the Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic website.

White Fuzzy Bug
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
December 28, 2010 12:05 am
I found several of these bugs crawling around a Ponga tree (fern-like tree native to New Zealand). They are between 2-4mm long. Any help identifying them would be greatly appreciated.
Signature: Karen

Mealy Bug Destroyer

Dear Karen,
We believe you have photographed the larva of a species of Lady Beetle known as the Mealy Bug Destroyer, a beneficial species native to Australia that has been imported to other locations, including Florida and California where it helps to control Mealy Bugs on citrus trees.  This presents an interesting case of mimicry because the larva of the Mealy Bug Destroyer looks very similar to its prey, the Mealy Bug.  The Mealy Bug Destroyer,
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, is profiled on the Insects of Brisbane website and you may view an excellent photo of the larva on BugGuide.  The Mealy Bug Destroyer is also found in New Zealand, and according to an internet source:  “In New Zealand, the natural distribution of C. montrouzieri is currently restricted to the warmer areas of the country in the north of the North Island, as far south as Gisborne.

Mealy Bug Destroyer

Client Thinks this is a large flea
Location: San Jose, California, USA
December 29, 2010 4:36 pm
HI and thanks for your help. I work at a veterinary clinic and a client e-mailed us this picture thinking it might be a giant flea. We know it is not a flea, however can you help us identify what it is? We are in San Jose, California. This was found in the house half dead on 12/28/2010.
Signature: Samantha, Front-office manager

Lawn Shrimp

Hi Samantha,
This is a Lawn Shrimp or House Hopper, an Australian terrestrial Amphipod that has been introduced to California.  They thrive in cultivated gardens that are well watered, however, when there are flooding rains, which California has experienced in recent weeks, they often seek shelter indoors where they promptly die of dessication.  They will not harm pets or furnishings, but when the die indoors in large numbers, they are a real nuisance.

Think they came in with the Christmas Tree!
Location: VIRGINIA
December 29, 2010 7:28 pm
Dear Bugman,
We had a live Christmas tree in our house for about three weeks before I noticed a single one of these bugs. Then all of a sudden, one day I saw them all over the floor surrounding the tree. I kept finding more and more spreading out from around the tree into other rooms. FInally we saw they were all over the trunk and branches of the tree. I can’t seem to identify what they are from looking at any pictures of bugs commonly found on Christmas trees.
They are very small and almost look like woodticks except they have only six legs.
What are these little guys and how can I avoid bringing in bugs on the Christmas tree in the future?
Thank you!
Signature: Hoping they’re benign

Giant Conifer Aphid

Dear Hoping,
This is a Giant Conifer Aphid in the genus
Cinara.  BugGuide notes that “They are, however, a problem for Christmas tree growers: customers don’t like large, conspicuous aphids in their homes, especially since they tend to abandon the tree as it starts to dry out. Benign is not really a word we would use to describe Aphids.  BugGuide has this to say about members of the genus Cinara:  “Tends to form colonies on individual trees. They secrete honeydew, which is eaten by ants and wasps and provides the substrate for sooty mold fungus. May cause some stunting or even death on small or already-stressed hosts, but generally not a serious threat.”  Any threat they might have posed to the tree upon which they had been feeding is irrelevant because the tree died when it was cut.  Other than being a nuisance in your home, they Giant Conifer Aphids that fled your Christmas tree as it began to dry out will not cause any further damage, unless there is a potential host tree living nearby that they can infest.

Giant Ichneumon wasp and mates
December 29, 2010 1:32 pm
I wish I would have discovered your web site earlier in the year.  I had the unusual pleasure of discovering the Giant Ichneumon along with her small males in my garage.  It was an awesome experience to see her and two of the smaller blue black males.  They were flying around the garage and attracted to the fluorescent light. At the time I did not know what they were.  My husbands first reaction was to grab the bug spray….needless to say I did not allow that to happen!  Why is it that so many people want to destroy what they do not understand? Anyway, I love your site!
Signature: Kristi Bird

Giant Ichneumon Mating Activity

Dear Kristi,
Thanks for sending in an awesome letter.  WE wish you had enclosed a photograph.  We found a photo in our archives that illustrates male Giant Ichneumons congregating around females to accompany your letter in our posting.  It was originally submitted in 2007.