From the monthly archives: "January 2011"

What the Bugg
Location: South western Ontario, Canada
January 4, 2011 8:28 pm
I have been seeing this bug in may apartment lately and he is very fast.This time i managed to catch one and get these pictures. i tend to see them in the bathroom more often then other rooms. I am hoping you guys can help me figure out what he is. I live in southern Ontario if that helps! If you have any questions or want further pictures i have tons. Hoping you can help!
thanks in advance.
Signature: Ashley


Hi Ashley,
This common household intruder is a Silverfish, a nocturnal, omnivorous forager that is generally found in dark damp places like under the sink.  It will feed on a wide variety of household items including the starch on wallpaper and book bindings.  Once they are established, they can be very difficult to eradicate.

I think its a hawkmoth
Location: rice, texas
January 4, 2011 2:08 pm
All the hawkmoths i’ve seen dont appear to have wings like this though; so i’m not completely sure what it is. Please get back to me.
Signature: Sarah

Gaudy Sphinx

Hi Sarah,
The individual in your photograph is indeed a Hawkmoth known as the Gaudy Sphinx.  It is unlikely to confuse this beauty with any other North American species since the green coloration is so vivid.  The underwings are also beautifully colored and marked.

Our office is flooded with the following bug
Location: Penrith, Australia
January 4, 2011 2:02 am
Could you please tell me what kind of bug is this and is it dangerous? We got to our office after Christmas and this is what we found.
Signature: Thank you very much! Regards, Jake

Unknown Bug Infestation

Dear Jake,
Thanks for sending us a closeup as well as the overall shot of your infestation, but even in the closeup, it is difficult to make out the kind of details that would aid in a proper identification.  It appears in the closeup that there are different sizes or instars of this mystery insect, which leads us to believe they are probably True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera.  Might they have been transported to your office on a live Christmas tree?  If that is the case, they probably left the tree as it began to dry out and they will not be able to survive or reproduce.  We will try to do some additional research in an effort to provide a more conclusive identification.

Unknown Bug
Location: Los Angeles, California
January 4, 2011 2:21 am
I’ve found about 4 of these across my apartment through the last 2 months and I have no idea what it is.
Signature: Nicely

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Nicely,
We are not terribly excited to learn from your email that the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug has made its way to Los Angeles where our offices are held.  It is already quite plentiful in Maryland and surrounding states.  BugGuide indicates that it has been reported from the west coast as well.

No idea what kind of Bug this is
Location: South Africa – Limpopo province – Vaalwater region
January 3, 2011 3:11 pm
I took this photo in South Africa. I found it a very curious insect. But I have no idea what it is. I looked in the insect book ive got (field guide to insects of south africa by Picker-Weaving-Griffiths) and searched around the internet and i think it is somekind of Shieldbug, but do not know what kind. I hope you can help
Signature: Martijn

Stink Bug

Dear Martijn,
Shield Bugs in the family Scutelleridae and Stink Bugs in the family Pentatomidae are closely related and share many similarities. We believe this is a Stink Bug, we we were unable to find a species name for you in a quick attempt.  Perhaps one of our readers will have more luck.

Salt Marsh Moth
Location: Pflugerville, Texas
January 2, 2011 5:17 pm
I found a salt marsh moth in my bag of microbes that I use for my compost. It just hatched from its cocoon inside this moist, warm environment. They are not supposed to hatch until spring from what I understand. What should I do with it? Think it is a male. Put it outside last night. Found it this morning, hadn’t moved, thought it was dead. I brought it in, after an hour it started to walk around. Put it back outside and it did the same thing. It is now inside in a box. What should I do with it? Can it live in a cage until warmer months? Is it too cold to release it? Thank you very much. I do not have an image as of now, but it is white with black spots and a bit of yellow underneath leading me to believe it is a male.
Signature: Nicole

Salt Marsh Moth

Dear Nicole,
Despite years of study, we cannot claim to know more about what insects need to survive than they know about themselves.  Our climate is changing and there is only so much we humans are able to do regarding our own contributions in the global changes that are already set into motion.  If there is a freeze this moth may not survive, but since it was in a “moist, warm environment” it may have been able to survive, but since the Salt Marsh Moth does not eat as an adult, once it begins to fly, it expends its stored energy (fat accumulated as a caterpillar) and its life battery will dwindle.  Built into their own instincts to survive, individuals of various insect species reach maturity at different times, and those that mature when the conditions are correct may find a mate and procreate.  Adult Tiger Moths, though they fly, are not terribly active moths.  Individuals of a related species, the Painted Tiger Moth, are attracted to our porch light each year and often remain without moving for a week or even more.  Alas, we are unable to predict what the future holds for your Salt Marsh Moth.