From the monthly archives: "May 2011"

bug indentification
Location: North East Ohio by a pond
May 30, 2011 9:06 pm
Do you know the name of this bug?
I found it on Memorial Day on this Siberian Iris.
Signature: Spencer Anderson

Assassin Bug

Hi Spencer,
This is a beneficial, predatory Assassin Bug in the genus
Zelus.  They are reported to bite if carelessly handled, and the bite is allegedly somewhat painful, though there is no lasting effect.

I’ve never seen anything like this!
Location: Lake Mary, FL
May 30, 2011 2:46 pm
I live in Central Florida near Orlando. A couple of nights ago I found this bug (which I believe is some type of roach) sitting right in front of my pantry. I apologize in advance, but im kind of terrified of bugs so I sprayed it with poison… However, 36 hours later it’s still alive which is confusing. Nobody I know has ANY idea what this is. Its body is 1 1/2 inches long but the antanae are at least twice the length of the body and it has 4 silver spots on its back. Please help me identify this if possible.
Thanks, Dustin
Signature: Dustin N.

Ivory Marked Beetle

Dear Dustin,
This is an Ivory Marked Beetle,
Eburia quadrigeminata, and though it is still alive 36 hours after being doused with poison, we fear it has not long for this world as the inside of a plastic bag is not its typical habitat.  We are tagging this as an example of Unnecessary Carnage.  The larvae bore into the heartwood of a variety of hardwood trees including ash, oak, hickory, locust, chestnut, maple, elm, beech and cherry.  According to BugGuide:  “Notorious for emerging from furniture after as many as 10-40 yrs” and “Delayed emergence of E. quadrigeminata was discovered from a birch bookcase 40 years old.”

A word of appreciation
May 30, 2011 2:48 pm
I just wanted to tell you that I love your site.  I often spend hours on here, just randomly clicking on whatever catches my eye. I tell myself it’s not wasting time as it is educational!  Last weekend I went to the Victoria Bug Zoo in Victoria, BC, Canada.  In one of the tanks they had a Velvet Ant.  I (apparantly out loud) exlaimed that they had a cow killer.  The girl leading the tour was quite impressed, so thank you for making me look smart!
Signature: Lydia B Green

Thanks for your kind email Lydia.

Butterfly ?
Location: Perge nr Antalya Turkey
May 30, 2011 2:07 pm
Saw this ”Butterfly” on a trip to the ancient ruins of Perge in Turkey, near Antalya. Was spotted in late may around mid day. Have tried to look it up on various site but have had no luck!
Signature: Matt

Thread-Winged Lacewing

Hi Matt,
We have, in the past, identified creatures like this as Spoon-Winged Lacewings, but a new web search has turned up the common name Thread-Winged Lacewing,
Nemoptera sinuata, on a photo taken in Turkey on the TrekNature Website.

a strange bug
Location: Nord Italy
May 30, 2011 5:43 am
This small bug try to bit my neck.
The bug lenght is about 1.0cm
Signature: Giovanni Pegorer

Lady Beetle Larva

Hello Giovanni,
We don’t receive many identification requests from Italy.  This is the larva of a Lady Beetle or Ladybug.  Both adults and larvae are considered beneficial insects because of the large quantities of Aphids that they consume.

small larve
Location: Randleman,NC
May 30, 2011 7:56 am
ifound this crawling accross my sidewalk one morning and it was unusual i have never seen anything like these before not knowing what they were i sprayed them with ant spray since we have a common problem around here with termites. the next morning same scenario in the pics you would see the dead ones from the day before. please help me identify the bugs in these pics. Thank You
Signature: IZZY

Fungus Gnat Larvae

This is an aggregation of Fungus Gnat Larvae from the family Sciaridae.  We have profiled this phenomenon numerous times in the past on our website.  BugGuide provides this information:  “Sometimes abundant enough to form a crawling mass of several inches across and several feet long, similar to armyworm migrations. (2).  They feed on fungi in decaying plant matter (they often show up in potted plants that have been overwatered). [comment by Chris Borkent]  They can be pests in green houses.”