From the monthly archives: "May 2011"
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What is this
Location: New Romney Kent
May 27, 2011 3:20 pm
I found this in the doorway of my car and I would love to know what it is.
Signature: Greg Hall

Diving Beetle

Hi Greg,
We believe this is a Predaceous Diving Beetle in the Family Dytiscidae and furthermore, we are fully confident that mardikavana will be providing us with confirmation and perhaps even a species identification.

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iridescent beetle
May 29, 2011 11:22:19 AM PDT
found in montano de oro state pakr, CA
may, 2010

Skeletonizing Leaf Beetle

Hi Clare,
Interestingly, when we searched BugGuide for the identity of this Skeletonizing Leaf Beetle, we discovered an image posted there that we also have on WTB?, but which has been unidentified.  The larvae of this beetle,
Trirhabda flavolimbata, feed on the leaves of Baccharis.  We were uncertain if they were Sawfly Larvae or Leaf Beetle Larvae, and now we know that they are the latter.

Update: May 29, 2011 3:22 PM PST
In a moment of clarity, we realized all we need to do is to copy the previous posting onto the chronological end of this posting.

Skeletonizing Leaf Beetle Larvae on Baccharis
caterpillars in coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis) in Carpinteria, CA
Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 9:38 PM
I’m not sure what these green caterpillars are. There were hundreds of them in the Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis) at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park this past weekend.
John Callender
Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Carpinteria, CA

Unknown Sawfly on Baccharis
Skeletonizing Leaf Beetle Larvae on Baccharis

Hi John,
We will check with Eric Eaton, but we believe these are Sawflies and not Caterpillars. Sawflies are the larval form of a non-stinging member of the order of insects that includes ant, bees and wasps, Hymenoptera.

Hard to tell from the image, but either sawfly larvae or chrysomelid leaf beetle larvae.

Update: May 29, 2011
Upon searching for the identity of a Skeletonizing Leaf Beetle on BugGuide, we discovered that these are the larvae of
Trirhabda flavolimbata.


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What is this bug
Location: Nashville, TN
May 27, 2011 2:34 pm
It’s black and white, but I have never seen it before. All the research I have done has turned up with nothing… Found around the nashville, TN area a couple days ago (May)
Signature: -Andrew

Giant Leopard Moth (right) and Periodical Cicada

Dear Andrew,
We love your photo documenting a Giant Leopard Moth or Eyed Tiger Moth,
Hypercompe scribonia. side by side with a Periodical Cicada, a member of the Brood XIX of the 13 Year Cicada.

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jesus help me idenitfy this
Location: Orlando, Florida, Downtown.
May 29, 2011 12:31 pm
what is this? I live in orlando fl. this is the second wave of insects I find in my sun room. they’re always dead, and they appear overnight all over my floor.
I’ll make a donation if you can identify this.
Signature: guillermo navarro

Lawn Shrimp

Hi Guillermo,
Our earthly staff is at your assistance without any divine intervention.  You have Lawn Shrimp or House Hoppers,
Arcitalitrus sylvaticus.  These terrestrial Amphipods are native to Australia, but they have been accidentally introduced to Southern California, and apparently Florida as well.  Lawn Shrimp are found in moist soil and organic substrate and they breed in well-watered landscaping.  They cannot tolerate flooded soil though, and when it rains, they often seek shelter indoors where they promptly dessicate in the drier conditions, causing them to die indoors in large numbers.  Reducing the amount of water you provide for you landscaping may help to reduce the population of Land Shrimp.

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Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle
Location: Toledo, OH
May 29, 2011 12:51 pm
I can’t help but ponder why the Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle has eight spots… Ah well. These guys are out in full force, and I’ve never really seen them so prevalent. I wish I had a better handle on my new macro lens so that they were a bit more sharp and less grainy. Ah well, I’ll get there! Some impressive jaws on this guy.
Signature: Katy

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

Hi Katy,
To make things even more confusing, some individuals of Six Spotted Tiger Beetles have no spots.  We feel the quality of your images is perfectly fine.

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle

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Spider? with long front legs
May 27, 2011
Dear what’s that bug?,
First of all I want to thank you for being such a knowledgable resource. You have helped me several times with some bizarre looking insects. Here is my resent encounter with what seems to look like some type of spider? I was sitting under a tree and all of a sudden this critter showed up on my canvas. I tried to get him off with trying to coax him on to a piece of paper. To my shock he must have springs in those legs. He was just hopping. It was quite humorous, because he would looking right at me while I was trying to catch him. I will admit he was creepy with the legs in the front being longer. I also noticed that he seems to stand tall with threatened and isn’t afraid to lunge at you. Every time he looked up his bottom would seem to turn sideways. He did jump producing a string, I’m not sure if all arachnids do.
Thanks again!
from coastal North Carolina

Common Hentz Jumper

Hi Jennifer,
This is certainly a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, though we have our doubts that we have properly identified the species.  Your individual greatly resembles images of
Bagheera prosper that are posted to BugGuide, however, BugGuide indicates its range as being “Texas and south into Mexico.”

Update:  November 14, 2015
In researching a newly submitted Jumping Spider, the Common Hentz Jumper, Hentzia palmarum, we were able to finally put a species name to this old submission.

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