From the monthly archives: "November 2011"
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Bug found in Cathedrale Gorge Nevada
Location: Cathedrale Gorge Nevada
November 1, 2011 11:44 pm
We found the attached bug or insect in the sand of Cathedrale Gorge Nevada. What is it?
Signature: Sue Dangelo

Potato Bug

Hi Sue,
This distinctive insect is commonly called a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, and it is one of our most common insect requests from the western states.

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Giant Swallowtail caterpillar in Louisiana
Location: Louisiana
October 31, 2011 1:13 pm
Hello WTB! Love your site. Attached is a couple pictures of what I believe to be a Giant Swallowtail caterpillar. I hope you can find use for it.
Signature: Simon Mahan

Orange Dog

Hi Simon,
The larvae of Giant Swallowtails are commonly called Orange Dogs because they feed on the leaves of citrus trees, including orange trees.  Your caterpillar is an early instar, meaning is still will undergo several molts before transforming into a chrysalis.  Giant Swallowtail Caterpillars are easily overlooked by predators because they resemble bird droppings.

Thank you! And yes, it was on an orange tree =-)

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Mysterious insect!
Location: Slovenia
October 31, 2011 10:57 pm
These photos were submitted by a friend. The only info I have is that it’s from Slovenia.
I am thinking it is a beetle with the elytra missing due to a cruel individual pulling them off or due to a genetic mutation. Maybe Chrysomelidae?
What do you think?
Signature: Joseph_P_Brenner

possible Barklouse

Dear Joseph,
We agree that this insect is quite beetle-like, but we haven’t a clue as to its identity.  We are posting your photos in the hope that we will be able to provide you with an identification.

Barklouse, perhaps

We are also planning on contacting Eric Eaton for assistance.  The closeup of the head should be very helpful.

potentially Head of Barklouse

Eric Eaton has a suggestion
Hi, Daniel:
My gut reaction is that this is some kind of barklouse, order Psocodea.  Beyond that I have no idea.

Thanks, Daniel.
My buddy got in touch with Dr. Vassili Belov and Dr. Belov thinks it’s Malthodes or Malthinus with the elytra amputated.  I think he is correct.  Definitely looks like one of those 2 soldier beetle genera.
Thanks again!



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