From the monthly archives: "February 2011"

Interesting Creature
Location: Savannah GA, USA
February 25, 2011 1:15 am
Hi there!
Found this little guy hanging out. At first glance I thought it was two insects in a mating position, but a closer look reveals that it in fact is one bug. Any idea at what type of bug this may be?
Thanks Again!
Signature: Daryll

Great Purple Hairstreak

Hi Daryll,
This little beauty is a Great Purple Hairstreak.  You may compare your individual to the photos posted on BugGuide.

Unidentified black/white beetle
Location: southern california high desert
February 25, 2011 12:01 am
Hello I stepped outside for a smoke when I came across this beetle its was around 3 am and I found it to be quite striking so I snapped a few photos with my cell phone. I use the image as my phone background and when people as what kind of bug it is I would like to be able answer them so thanks in advance.
Signature: Gabe


Hi Gabe,
This is some species of Weevil.  We will attempt to provide a more specific identification for you.

Fancy bug?
Location: Koonyum Ranges NSW
February 24, 2011 7:13 am
This one comes from the hills behind Byron Bay, exotic looking but could not find it amongst all the beatles?
Signature: Bernoe

Large Stink Bug

Dear Bernoe,
We believe that this is a Large Stink Bug in the family Tessaratomidae.  The Brisbane Insect website has some photos of the adult Bronze Orange Bug,
Musgraveia sulciventris, that looks similar, but is darker.  Also, the body shape is a bit different.  We believe that your individual is in the same family.  The NSW Department of Primary Industries has a nice illustration of the life cycle of the Bronze Orange Bug.

Correction Courtesy of Karl
Hi Daniel and Bernoe:
It is indeed a Tessaratomid, probably a male Peltocopta crassiventris. The females are similar but not as colorful, and exhibit an interesting form of parental care. The Queensland Museum website has photos of both sexes as well as nymphs (click on the Introduction, Identification and Biology tabs). Regards. Karl

Thanks Karl,
There are also some images of a female and her brood on the Heteroptera website.

salt marsh caterpillar > cocoon > now a moth!
Location: Arcadia, FL
February 22, 2011
It hatched
Allyson Maiolo
2nd Grade Teacher
Nocatee Elementary

Salt Marsh Moth

Dear Allyson,
Thanks for keeping us informed regarding the metamorphosis of this Salt Marsh Moth.

Western Conifer Seed Beetle
Location: Massachusetts
February 21, 2011 2:06 pm
I purchased a house in Massachusetts, about 20 miles from Boston. Not long after moving in, I began seeing one or two beetles, identified on your web site today (thank you!) as a western conifer seed beetle. Even in the winter months, I continue to see one or two, occasionally more, bugs appear daily. Where are they coming from? What can I do to eliminate them?
Thank you.
p.s. I tried to register on your web site, but that process failed each time.
Signature: Thank you

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Dean,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug,
Leptoglossus occidentalis, was originally native to the Pacific Northwest, but its range expanded drastically in the late 1960s and early 1970s to include the Eastern portions of the US and Canada, where it is apparently quite happy.  Reports of Western Conifer Seed Bugs from Northern Europe began to appear in the early 21st Century.  After seeing your photo, we realize that the US Postal Service may be used to increase the range of the Western Conifer Seed Bug as well as probably other species.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs enter homes as the weather begins to cool.  They hibernate but will not cause any damage.  We are copying our ace webmaster to see if he can assist with the registration problem you are having.