From the monthly archives: "July 2011"

Leafhopper and beetle identification
Location: Huejutla de Reyes, Hidalgo, México
June 30, 2011 11:55 am
Der Bugman,
Help me with the identification of the leafhopper and the beetle as I have not managed to find anything like it in the network. Regards
Signature: Axel

Darkling Beetle

Hi Axel,
We do not recognize your beetle, and our first attempt to identify it did not produce any significant leads.  though the coloration reminds us of a Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae, the form, legs and antennae remind us more of a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae.  We will check with Eric Eaton to get his opinion.

Eric Eaton provides information
Right you are, Daniel.  This is indeed a darkling beetle in the family Tenebrionidae.  I just have no idea which one!  That family is extremely diverse.  Well, our own North American Tarpela micans looks very similar to that Mexican specimen…I do wonder if they don’t mimic the big, stinky ground beetles like the caterpillar hunters….

Leafhopper and beetle identification
Location: Huejutla de Reyes, Hidalgo, México
June 30, 2011 11:55 am
Der Bugman,
Help me with the identification of the leafhopper and the beetle as I have not managed to find anything like it in the network. Regards
Signature: Axel


Hi Axel,
First we want to state that we are splitting up your request into to postings to simplify our archiving format.  We don’t recognize this gorgeous Mexican purple and orange Leafhopper, and we are going to begin researching its identity.  Meanwhile, we are posting the photo in the hope that one of our readers is able to provide any information.  We did find a very similar image on page 6 of this site that came up when we googled Costa Rican Leafhoppers.  Clicking the image takes one to FlickR and this Leafhopper identified only as

What is this?
Location: Central Indiana
July 1, 2011 5:57 am
The bug in the picture was on our Buterfly bush a few days ago. I was trying to landscape around the bush when I saw them. Do we need to be worried about them?
Signature: Pete

Snowberry Clearwing

Hi Pete,
Of the three species of diurnal Sphinx Moths in the genus
Hemaris that are listed as ranging in Indiana according to the Sphingidae of the Americas website, we believe this most resembles Hemaris diffinis, the Snowberry Clearwing or Bumblebee Moth.  They are harmless pollinators that are sometimes mistaken for hummingbirds.

Very Odd Looking Spider ?
Location: 214 Taylor Cheney Kansas 67025
July 1, 2011 8:44 am
Found this bug in my yard crawling between the cement porch and a rail road tie..I think it’s a spider but not sure since most spiders I’ve seen have two main body parts..the head and abdomen..this thing looks like just a head with legs.
Thanks for your help and this cool web site.
Signature: Chris Harris


Hi Chris,
This is a Harvestman or Daddy Long Legs in the order Opiniones.  We believe it is in the suborder Laniatores, and of all the images on BugGuide, your individual looks the most like this unidentified Harvestman from Oklahoma.  Harvestmen are often confused with spiders and your observations are very acute.  Harvestmen do not have venom and they are considered to be scavengers more than predators.

Wasp-like Insect
Location: Rural area of southern Mississippi
July 1, 2011 4:25 am
I’m not sure exactly what this is, although, I think it might be a hornet, but I’m not entirely sure. It flew in from my back porch, and it was about the length of my index finger when it is curled slightly.
Signature: Destinee

Cicada Killer Carnage

Hi Destinee,
This is not a good day for Cicada Killers which we consider to be beneficial predators that occupy a very interesting niche in the food chain.  We suspect this Cicada Killer did not die a natural death and we are tagging this as Unnecessary Carnage.

wasp found burrowing in yard
Location: oklahoma city, ok
June 30, 2011 10:42 pm
My wife and I came home yesterday to find a dime sized hole in the dirt just a foot or so from our front door. A pile of dirt was found maybe 6-8 inches from the hole with a very straight path leading to the pile from the hole. Tonight, as we were opening the front door, I mentioned to my wife that I was curious what insect was burrowing but had not yet seen anything exiting or entering. I assumed it was some sort of beetle. Not 10 seconds after I spoke those words, this wasp-looking insect crawls out! We ran inside and grabbed the insect spray, soaked it 🙂 , collected it, and have been attempting to identify for the last 2 hours. Please help!
Signature: ryan davenport

Cicada Killer Carnage

Dear Ryan,
While we understand that fear creates irrational behavior, it is not really necessary to kill things that are unfamiliar to you.  This is a (relatively) harmless female Cicada Killer and she was building an underground nest that she would have provisioned with paralyzed Cicadas to feed her brood.  The reason we stated that she is relatively harmless is that she is not an aggressive wasp and in all the years we have written this column, we have never received a verified report of a person being stung by a Cicada Killer, though that could always be a possibility.  Male Cicada Killers often act aggressively when defending territory, however, though they may dive bomb at you or your pets, they are perfectly harmless as male Cicada Killers lack stingers and they are incapable of doing any damage.