From the monthly archives: "February 2012"
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Location: Kissimmee Florida
February 3, 2012 3:11 pm
curious about this insect. It almost looks like a stump stabber wasp that I saw on you site, but this insect packs quite a sting. I decided not to include the picture of my swollen hand. Any info you could provide would be great. Location: Kissimmee, florida, total length of body is approx.: 1 inch. Two spotted in my apartment January 2012
Signature: Jason

Crane Fly

Dear Jason,
Your swollen hand must be a result of some other trauma.  This Crane Fly is a perfectly harmless creature that does not sting nor bite.  Perhaps No-See-Ums which are small biting gnats are getting into your apartment.  See BugGuide for a photo of No-See-Ums.

No, the sting was definitely from this insect. I was able to pick it up with tweezers and it was attempting to sting the tweezers. It felt like a bee sting.

What’s That Bug Requests a professional opinion from Dr. Chen Young at Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Hi Daniel,
Here is the link and in the Introduction there is statement in the first paragraph that indicates crane flies are harmless. “They are often mistaken for mosquitoes, but they belong to a group of harmless flies.”

Just in case the person wants to know, this is a female crane fly in the genus Nephrotoma

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Whats this bug called
Location: Trinidad & Tobago, Caribbean
February 3, 2012 7:25 am
My friend found this bug flying around in her kitchen, what is it?
Signature: Betty


Dear Betty,
This is actually a beetle known as a Glowworm.  Adult males fly and have branched or plumose antennae while females are larviform.  Larvae and sometimes females are bioluminescent.  You can compare your photo, which sadly is of a very low resolution, to those posted on BugGuide.

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Found in my carpet…
Location: Toronto, Canada
February 2, 2012 3:13 pm
I am having a heck of a time identifying these critters I found in my carpet. Can you help? I have uploaded a couple pics, it is not very big, and dosnt look like a roach to me… I need to know what they are to get rid of them and to know if there is any health risks.
Thanks a bunch!
Signature: Want-to-get-rid-of-them 🙂

Possibly Sawtooth Grain Beetle

Dear Wtgrot,
It is difficult to be certain because the resolution on your image is so poor and when the underexposure is corrected, there is a great deal of visual noise, but this might be a Sawtooth Grain Beetle,
Oryzaephilus surinamensis, see BugGuide.  If we are correct, you might want to check stored grain in the pantry, or possibly even large quantities of bird seed or pet food.

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Bug colony in my garden
Location: Guateng South Africa
February 7, 2012 12:07 am
I live in Gauteng, South Africa. I recently stumbled upon this bug in my garden and was amazed to see that there is a whole colony of these in my garden.
I found them in a set of trees in my garden grouped together by their hundreds. I was surprised that I haven’t seen them before because of the shear amount of them in my garden.
There seems to be a male and a female bug or maybe two different species of bugs together. They seem to be just too happy to share the same tree.
Please tell me what these are, I would like to do some research on them seeing as they occupy my garden quite happily.
Thank you
Signature: Adriaan Olivier

Twig Wilters

Dear Adriaan,
Both of your insects are True Bugs in the family Coreidae, commonly called Big Legged Bugs or Leaf Footed Bugs in North America.  Many species in South Africa and Australia are known as Twig Wilters.  We cannot determine at this moment if they are the same species, but the wingless individual is a nymph.  Here is a link to a different species of Twig Wilter from South Africa.

Twig Wilter Nymph

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NE Flordia Stumper
Location: Fleming Island, FL
February 6, 2012 7:27 am
I’ve lived in Florida (Insect Mecca) for many years…but this is a new one. I live in Fleming Island, FL about a mile west of the St. Johns River. I started noticing these on my two collies after they would play out back. I have a small fenced in yard that backs up to a field of an elementary school.
The insect has six legs, and very in size from 1/2” to 1” in body length.
The best I could guess was some sort of Wheel Bug Arilus cristatus Nymph.
Hopefully you can give some assistance.
Signature: Joe Summanen

Milkweed Assassin Bug Nymph

Hi Joe,
You are on the right track, but not exactly correct.  This is the nymph of a Milkweed Assassin Bug,
Zelus longipes, and like the Wheel Bug, they are both in the Assassin Bug family.  Milkweed Assassin Bugs are important beneficial predators, but if they are carelessly handled, they can deliver a painful bite.

Thanks Daniel!
Unfortunately, I was bitten once. Ouch. That’s what caught my attention.
Much appreciated.

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”pine cone” pod
Location: Southern MO (central), just north of AR
February 4, 2012 2:29 pm
Dear Mr. Bugman,
I have just moved into a new home and hanging from the shrubs outside are little pods about 2” long and 1” wide. They look just like a seed pod and I didn’t notice them at first until I found one hanging from my deck, attached with a type of silk.
Upon further inspection, I found tons of these little pods hanging from every shrub in the yard. I have attached a picture and am immensely curious as to what they are. If you could let me know, I would be quite grateful!
Signature: Alden


Hi Alden,
These are the cocoons of Bagworms, a species of moth in the family Psychidae.  The caterpillars of the Bagworms begin life constructing a small bag which increases in size as the caterpillar grows.  The caterpillar eventually pupates and overwinters in the bag.  Female Bagworm moths are flightless and never leave their bags.  See BugGuide for additional information.

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