From the monthly archives: "February 2012"
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insect egg case, tropical
Location: dominical, Costa Rica
February 17, 2012 3:57 pm
Dear Bugman,
My wife found this interesting object attached to a hammock outside a house at which we were staying in Costa Rica, Feb 11, 2012. The house is near Dominical, just a few Km up in the mountains.
I’m guessing it is some kind of insect egg case, but I have never seen something quite like this with the little spikes all over. The color was probably a bit whiter than the attached images as the sun was setting at the time. It was about 5 cm long.
Signature: Sincerely, Hudson Ansley

Costa Rican Thing

Dear Hudson,
We have no idea what this thing is.  It might be an insect case, or it might be a fungus, or possibly part of a plant.  We are posting your unidentified mystery in the hope that someone might be able to provide an identification in the future.

Update:  Possibly Ootheca of Lanternfly
March 3, 3012
We received a comment suggesting this might be the egg case of a Lanternfly or Peanut Headed Bug,
Fulgora lanternaria.  We did find one photo online on Bug Hatch Stock Photography, but we cannot link to the image directly. 

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I think this is a varied carpet beetle
Location: Missouri
February 20, 2012 1:01 am
We recently moved into a house and I have been finding these in my house along with larvae in the carpets. I’m pretty sure they are the ”varied carpet beetle” but am hoping there is a chance they are not so please identify. The majority of the adult beetles have been in the bathroom. I have found larvae in 3 bedrooms but only a few adults in one of the bedrooms. I suspect the previous residents were very dirty due to a few other things nasty things that I have discovered in the house. I find an average of 2-6 adults a day in the bathroom. A pest control man came out and sprayed some chemical that we had to leave the house for and said they’d be gone in 2 weeks. Well it has been over 2 weeks and they seem to be increasing. I’m going nuts vaccuming like mad, using diatomaceous earth in certain areas, bleaching the bathroom, caulking up cracks nothing is helping. I knocked old wasps nests off the house but they weren’t even anywhere n ear the area where the beetles are. Any advice?
Signature: Embarrassed anyonmous person

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Eap,
First we want to console you that having Carpet Beetles in a very clean home is not uncommon.  All you need to do is locate the source of the infestation.  With the cleaning habits you describe, we are confident that once you find the source, you will not be troubled any longer by Carpet Beetles.  You should not waste any more money on an exterminator who sprays the home randomly.  Again, we must stress the importance of finding the source of the infestation.  Carpet Beetles can live on a variety of organic fibers, including fur and feathers. 

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is this thing dangerous?
Location: Reno, NV
February 20, 2012 7:45 pm
Hi I’m finding these critters, see photo next to dime for scale, in my bathroom carpet, I’m not sure what they are?
Signature: DM

Carpet Beetle

Dear DM,
In our most imaginative and melodramatic moments, we can conceive of a scenario where this domestic pest, a Carpet Beetle, might be dangerous, like
larvae feeding off household woolen goods might do so much damage that the fibers might disintegrate when most needed for a rescue.  One of our readers posed an asthma question once, though we are not medical experts and we would hate to speculate without research.   Of all the species of Anthremus pictured on BugGuide, this looks the closest to the Buffalo Carpet Beetle which is documented as far west as Colorado on BugGuide’s Data Page.  The reddish markings are not as prominent on your specimen, so perhaps this is an isolated western population that has begun to diverge in characteristics from its eastern relatives.

Buffalo Carpet Beetle? or other???

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Pandora Sphinx??
Location: Oman, Middle East
February 20, 2012 2:13 am
Dear Mr Bugman
I am currently living in Muscat in Oman and this morning I found this moth lazing on the leg of a chair in my garden. I did some research and it led me to your site and I (think) it might be a Pandora Sphinx Moth….. Is this correct? Do they come to the Middle East (Oman)?
Thank you
Signature: Alex

Oleander Hawkmoth

Dear Alex,
While your moth does superficially resemble a Pandora Sphinx, that North American species would not be found in the middle east.  The Oleander Hawkmoth, however, can be found in your area and that is the correct identification for this beautiful moth.

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Any Idea
Location: Miami, FL
February 19, 2012 2:31 pm
Ran into this butterfly looking thing. Anyone knows what it is?
Signature: Ruben C.

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Dear Ruben,
This wasp mimicking Tiger Moth is
Empyreuma affinis, commonly called the Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth, and according to BugGuide, it is a Caribbean species that was introduced to Florida.

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Giant Moth
Location: Galston, NSW, Australia
February 18, 2012 6:34 pm
Hi Bugman,
I found this guy today & thought you may be able to confirm what he is? He is approx 6cm in length & actually has a little orange on the inside of his wings when they are fully expanded. My husband thinks it may be a Vine Hawk Moth, but would be very curious to know for sure.
Thanks an advance
Signature: Sally

Hawkmoth: Coequosa australasiae

Hi Sally,
We believe your Hawkmoth is an Australian species without a specific common name,
Coequosa australasiae, based on a few photos posted online, including one on  Most of the online photos of Coequosa australasiae show more patterns in the wings, including the photos on Butterfly House, but we still believe we have arrived at a correct identification.


Would it be possible to contact the contributor of the C. australasiae submission last week and ask them to contact me directly at We are seeking a sample of C. australasiae to phylogenetically compare its DNA sequence with C. triangularis in our book on the Australian Sphingidae (it will be much like my NA book) but are having difficulty locating a specimen. Currently the manuscript is 432 pages and growing. Many thanks, Jim
Signature: Jim Tuttle

Hi Jim,
We will forward your contact information to Sally.


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