From the monthly archives: "July 2011"

weird red bug
Location: Council Bluffs, Iowa
July 2, 2011 12:43 am
Found this bug in my pool just curious what kinda bug it is
Signature: Mitch Schard

Unknown Orthopteran

Hi Mitch,
We wish your photo had more detail.  This is an Orthopteran and a member of the suborder Ensifera, the Longhorned Orthopterans, but beyond that we are reluctant to draw any conclusions.   We would also add that it appears to be a male and that it might be a Camel Cricket (see BugGuide).  We will contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can provide any information, though we doubt he is working over the long holiday weekend.

New Insect-themed Graphic Novel – Salsa Invertebraxa; Introduction from artist/writer Mozchops
July 2, 2011 7:51 am
Hello Daniel,
Thanks for running a great site, there are more insect lovers out there than I imagined 🙂
I just wanted to let you know of an upcoming insect-themed illustrated book that may be of some interest to you and your members.
The name of the book is Salsa Invertebraxa, a graphic novel, and is done very much in the spirit of James Gurney’s book, Dinotopia.
It is a story wholly about insects and their environment, most of which are completely imaginary, (a bit like Avatar) though no less realistic and credible.
(Your members would have fun trying to identify most of the insects, if not the source of their inspiration.)
To give you more idea of the book, there are some hi-res images and a synopsis at the publishers website,
Please let me know if this would be of any interest to you or your forum members.
My very best regards,
Signature: Mozchops

Salsa Invertebraxa

Dear Mozchops,
Congratulations on your book.  We are happy to post your notice as we believe many of our readers may be interested in a graphic novel with an insect theme.

Dear Daniel,
A big thank you for your support and enthusiasm. I’m very happy you like it, and you being an entomologist, it’s like getting a royal seal of approval.
I’ve attached here another spread from the book, (the whole book is in full colour, with approx. 180 paintings over 100 pages). I haven’t even counted how many species are represented.
Please let your readers know that the book should be ready for shipping from Aug 20th, though they can pre-order it anytime until then.
Again, my humble thanks.

Salsa Invertebraxa

We’ve got to come clean Mozchops.  We hate to disappoint you, but there are no entomologists on the What’s That Bug? staff.

Whats that bug
Location: Arcachon, Cote d’Argent, France
July 2, 2011 5:11 am
Found on a beach at Cote d’Argent, South west of Bordeaux, France and possibly more significantly near one of Europe’s biggest pine forest
Signature: Eric cookney

Capricorn from France

Hi Eric,
This is a member of the genus
Monochamus, and in North America, they are called Pine Sawyers.  The larvae are wood borers in pine trees, generally in trees that are damaged by fire, storm or disease.  We are having trouble determining the species.  We believe it may be a male Monochamus sartor, which is pictured on Wikimedia, or perhaps Monochamus galloprovincialis which may be found on the waldwissen website.

Correction Courtesy of Mardikavana
This isn’t monochamus. This is some kind of Cerambyx. Maybe Cerambyx velutinus or cerambyx cerdo if you were really lucky.

Ed. NOte: Here is a photo of Cerambyx cerdo from NaturePHoto for comparison.

Flying Bug in Whitstable UK
Location: Whitstable UK
July 2, 2011 6:33 am
Dear Bugman
My sister pictured this in their backyard in Whistable, Kent, UK and we would like to know what it is please.
Signature: Michelle Morris

Large Red Belted Clearwing

Hi Michelle,
This is one of the Clearwing Moths in the family Sesiidae, a group which contains species that mimic wasps for protection.  We believe we have correctly identified this as a Large Red Belted Clearwing,
Synanthedon culiciformis, thanks to the UK Moths website.  The larvae of many of the Clearwing Moths are borers in woody plants, and the UK Moths site indicates:  “The species inhabits heathland and woodland, where the host tree, birch (Betula abounds, and is known from much of mainland Britain.”  The UK Moths site also states:  “Although generally larger than the similar Red-belted Clearwing, the sizes overlap and it is more easily distinguished by the orange-red suffusion at the base of the forewings.  The moth flies earlier in the year than many other clearwings, being on the wing in May and June.”  The Red Belted Clearwing is also represented on the UK Moths website.

Broad-Necked Root Borer
Location: West Milford, NJ
July 1, 2011 11:45 pm
Looks like a Broad-Necked Root Borer to me. Kudos to your site! I looked at three other sites and maybe 50 pages of beetle pics to no avail. This site made it easy or I guessed really good on the second beetle choice I made. So here’s a photo of top and bottom. About 2 inches long and scary. It was doing its ovipositor thing into the soil of my garden when I found it and figured out what it was up to. Made the wife fetch the camera for me so I could ID it later. This was third such critter I spotted and the first time since we moved here 3.5 years ago.
Signature: -Stan [Farmer Gray Beard]

Broad-Necked Root Borer

Hi Stan,
We are happy to hear our website was helpful.  We have gotten significantly more reports this year of Root Borers, so we believe we made a good decision when we chose the Broad-Necked Root Borer as the Bug of the Month for July 2011.

Kill number 4
Location: South East Michigan
July 2, 2011 3:30 am
I’ve been finding these in my base ment and they seem to have come with the warm weather..what’s this bug?!
Signature: Carl

Adult Masked Hunter

Hi Carl,
A major part of our mission is to educate the public regarding the lower beasts in order to promote knowledge and tolerance.  This is an adult Masked Hunter, a species of Assassin Bug.  They are important predators that are frequently found near dwellings.  They are also called Bed Bug Hunters, no doubt because they feed upon those thirsty bloodsuckers that prevent so many folks from getting a good night’s sleep.  Immature Masked Hunters have a sticky body surface that attracts all manner of dust and debris which effectively camouflages them or masks them in their surroundings.  Interestingly, adults are not sticky, perhaps because debris would prevent them from flying effectively.  If you have a thriving population of Masked Hunters in your basement, they must have a plentiful food source, and eliminating the predators may cause the prey to overrun your home.  Caution should be exercised in handling Masked Hunters as well as other Assassin Bugs as they are capable of producing a painful bite.