From the monthly archives: "September 2011"

Is this a kissing bug?
Location: Katy, TX
September 26, 2011 10:36 pm
Hi, I was bitten by this bug while I was trying to pick it up in my bathroom. The bite is very painful and the skin around the wound swells. After searching around the internet, I am worrying if it is the kissing bug which carrys Chagas disease. What is the difference between this two species? Thank you!
Signature: Hao


Dear Hao,
This is a Corsair,
Rasahus biguttatus, not a Kissing Bug.  Corsairs are in the same family, Reduviidae, as the Kissing Bugs, but Corsairs do not spread Chagas Disease.  We based our identification on BugGuide.  The bite of the Corsair is reported to be quite painful.

Coleoptera on Asclepias subverticillata
Location: Socorro County, NM
September 26, 2011 2:56 pm
Just discovered this site; very awesome. Here’s a picture of some beetles on a Horsetail Milkweed (Asclepias subverticillata). This was in Socorro County, New Mexico, on September 16th. Just wondering what they were…
Signature: JB

Bordered Plant Bug Nymphs

Dear JB,
These are not beetles.  They are Bordered Plant Bug nymphs in the genus
Largus based on this photo posted to BugGuide.  We were not aware that Bordered Plant Bugs fed on milkweed.

Unknown Hiding bug
Location: San Diego Ca
September 26, 2011 8:48 pm
I see this bug on my citrus & fruit trees. It’s hard to get a photo because it moves to the opposite side of the branch whenever you get close to it.
The bug expels fluid from the rear in tiny droplets. The head is shovel shaped. Is it damaging my trees?
Signature: Dennis in San Diego

Glassy Winged Sharpshooter

Dear Dennis,
This is a Leafhopper, and we believe we have correctly identified it as a Glassy Winged Sharpshooter,
Homalodisca vitripennis, thanks to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, it is native to North America “but introduced (and an invasive pest) elsewhere, including CA.”

Hitched arches moth caterpillar
Location: Shenandoah National Park, Front Royal, Va
September 26, 2011 9:07 pm
Hello, bugman:
My husband and I wanted to share this picture of a very beautiful caterpillar that we found feeding on goldenrod yesterday in Shenandoah National Park. We were able to identify it as the hitched arches moth caterpillar through the BugGuide. We have never seen anything like it.
Signature: Peggy

Hitched Arches Caterpillar

Hi Peggy,
With the onset of autumn, our mailbox is filling with caterpillar identification requests and spider identification requests.  Thanks so much for taking the time to self identify your Hitched Arches Caterpillar,
Melanchra adjuncta, and also for taking the time to email the photo to our website.  BugGuide is an awesome source for insect identifications.

A Bug I Photographed With Outstanding Coloring!
Location: Southern New Jersey
September 26, 2011 9:24 am
Hey bugman,
First time on your site. I actually have a bit of a bug phobia, but I got over my fears to shot this little guy, specifically because his coloring was so amazing! FYI I did not enhance his colors in any way. Wit htat said, I’d love to know what he is since I’ve never seen anything like this before! He was tiny… probably half the size of my pinky fingernail.
Signature: Jeff D.

Cuckoo Wasp

Hi Jeff,
This is a Cuckoo Wasp in the family Chrysididae.  We agree the colors are magnificent.  Cuckoo Wasps have the ability to curl up into a ball to defend themselves.  Here is some information from BugGuide:  “Most species are external parasites of wasp and bee larvae … Some species are parasitoids and others cleptoparasites. Either way the host larva dies. … Parasitoids feed on the larva of the host and cleptoparasites ‘steal’ the host’s food. The food-stealing behavior of cleptoparasite species resembles that of the cuckoo bird and gave rise to the cuckoo wasp’s name. Hosts of parasitoid species include bees, sphecid wasps, potter wasps, sawflies, silk moths, and the eggs of stick insects. Cleptoparasitic species feed on provisions of sphecid wasp nests, which may include dead spiders, true bugs, aphids, or thrips. … The female sting has been modified into an egg-laying tube with highly reduced valvulae and poison gland. As a result, unlike most other aculeates, chrysidids cannot sting and can be easily handled.” 

HUGE Dragonfly
Location: Aspen Hill, Maryland
September 26, 2011 12:37 am
Just curious what this fella is. I’m sure there is lineage here, but this is a very first for me seeing this giant dragonfly. This picture was taken last night (9/24) at about midnight, and he or she was bouncing all over the arbor where I was sitting. Very noisy (sounded like tissue paper being crumpled) and erratic.
Signature: Patti of Maryland

Green Darner

Hi Patti,
Your Dragonfly is a Green Darner,
Anax junius.  We believe that based on the description posted to BugGuide, it is a male.  Green Darners are known to migrate south in the fall.

Mr. Marlos:
Thank you so much for your identification.  I did some brief photo research last night and found plenty of close matches, but none exactly right.  Searching now with “anax junius” I see plenty of matches for my backyard boy.  I’ve lived on this little quarter acre lot all my life, but this is my first sighting of this particular dragon fly.
I think I was taken aback by the eye marking between the eyes.  After looking closely at it, I quickly realized that the marking was simply that – a marking and not an eye, but the primitive mind strikes first and I found myself hissing like a superstitious old woman from the Massachusetts Colony, “ahh, ’tis a cyclops, he is!”
Honestly, I try to approach insects and other buggy animals as truly amazing and alien creatures who arose from the same primordial soup as I, but when a spider rappels down onto me while I’m in the shower, it will always end with unnecessary carnage.
Anyway, thanks again!