From the monthly archives: "February 2012"
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Stumped by a backyard find!
Location: Wake Forest, NC
February 3, 2012 5:34 pm
My dog found this insect in our backyard yesterday 2/2/12. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m hoping you can help tell me what it is!
Thank you!
Signature: Megan

Eastern Carpenter Bee

Hi Megan,
This sure appears to be an Eastern Carpenter Bee,
Xylocopa virginica.  You can view higher resolution images on BugGuide for comparison.

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Location: in my living room ( Maine)
January 30, 2012 10:19 am
This is a colony of false death head roaches. I have had them for a year. They turn out a good product. Im used to the hard case of eggs that they deposit….but now i see this crazy thing…What is it? its soft like
Signature: Happy Haunting 😉

False Death’s Head Cockroach in captivity

Dear Happy Haunting,
We learned on the Worm Man website that False Death’s Head Cockroaches,
Blaberus discoidalis, are native to Mexico and Central America and they are raised as live food for other exotic pets.  In our opinion, this is a freshly laid ootheca or egg case that has still not hardened.

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Brilliant Blue Bugger
Location: North San Francisco Bay Area, Inland
January 27, 2012 9:48 pm
I’ve searched your site, and the net in general, but haven’t found a good match for the subject of my attached image, recorded May 7, 2011 in mid-afternoon. Taken in macro mode, when viewing ”actual pixels” the effective magnification is about 4.5X. Body length, excluding legs, is 13/32” ±1/32, or about O.40”.
Our photogenic friend’s carapace has an irridescent metallic sheen that can range from royal blue to teal to green. Here it appears to be royal blue with light blue speckles on the top, while it’s lower hemisphere is teal. At other angles the body appeared green and the tail blue.
Might this be a wasp of some sort?
Signature: zzwerzy

Cuckoo Wasp

Dear zzwerzy,
While it is an easy enough matter for us to identify your lovely insect as a Cuckoo Wasp in the family Chrysididae, it is quite another matter for us to be able to provide you with a species identification.  According to BugGuide:  “they are most diverse in the west: 166 spp. are found in CA alone (10% of all our spp. are CA endemics)” and we haven’t the necessary skills to differentiate between the species. 
BugGuide also states:  “The name ‘cuckoo wasp’ refers to the fact that these wasps lay eggs in the nests of unsuspecting hosts”  and clarifies that with this information:  “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.” BugGuide describes Cuckoo Wasps as having a “Body metallic blue or green, usually with coarse sculpturing (many pits in surface).” 

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What Moth Is This?
Location: Jinotega, Jinotega, Nicaragua (12°55′N 85°55′W)
February 2, 2012 3:13 pm
Dear Bugman,
Could you try to identify this moth so I can try to find better image of it?
This is in Jinotega, Nicaragua, during the rainy season in the last week of July 2010.
Signature: Cheers! SRW

Pool Player with Giant Silkmoth

Dear SRW,
The photo you submitted does not provide much detail in the moth, but we decided to attempt an identification.  We first found a moth that looks like a good match on the Evolutionary Biology webpage, but it is not identified and the caption reads “Nightlife at Lake Apoyo.”  You need to scroll down the page a bit to see the image.  We continued to search and we believe this image of
Arsenura armida on FlickRis a good match.   Over the years we have posted several aggregations of Central American caterpillars that have been identified as the larvae of Arsenura armida.

Possibly Arsenura armida


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ladybug’ish with stripes
Location: Houma, Louisiana, USA
February 1, 2012 1:57 pm
I found this bug on my back door and I have never seen one like it before. We have warmer weather than usual so I thought maybe that is the reason for the unusual bug. It looked like a ladybug in shape and size, but its color was kind of reddish brown with gold stripes. Any ideas?
Signature: Karla

Leaf Beetle

Hi Karla,
We thought this resembled a Leaf Beetle in the genus
Calligrapha, and our suspicions proved correct when we matched your individual to images posted to BugGuide of Calligrapha (subgenus Bidensomela) bidenticola.

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Caterpillar in January?
Location: New Jersey Shore
February 2, 2012 12:56 pm
Found this Caterpillar crawling along by porch in New Jersey. What type is he and why is he out at this time of year?
Signature: Mr. Green

Winter Cutworm

Dear Mr. Green,
Your caterpillar is a Winter Cutworm,
Noctua pronuba, the larva of the introduced Large Yellow Underwing according to BugGuide.  The Winter Cutworm is native to Eurasia, but it is now found in much of North America.

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