From the monthly archives: "April 2012"
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traviling with insects
April 27, 2012 8:31 am
Hey my name is Jani and im a very big fan, im in the process of reading the curiouse world of bugs and i love it! But i have a question, I collect insects as a hobby and while on holiday i colected a few, but i wish to take them home, but i have to travel by plane. I was wondering if you might know what the rules and regulations are when it comes to traveling with the insects (they are dead, and pinned!)
Looking forward to your reply!
Signature: jani Bester

Hi Jani,
Traveling with any valuables makes us nervous.  We would strongly suggest shipping your collection.

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Leaf-Footed Bug?
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
April 25, 2012 5:22 pm
Shouldn’t it be leaf-legged? Anyhow, I found these two on a Cow’s Tongue Prickly Pear while taking flower pictures. How can I identify the species?
Signature: Ranger Dan

Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Ranger Dan,
According to BugGuide, Leaf-Footed Bugs is the accepted common name, but we have also seen the common names Big Legged Bug and Flag Footed Bug applied to the family Coreidae.  To avoid any confusion, you can stick to the family name Coreid Bugs.  We wish you had supplied a dorsal view of the individuals you found.  We suspect these are members of the genus
Narnia based on BugGuide, and there are a few species reported from Arizona.

Thanks Daniel,  After looking around a bit, I did come up with Narnia, also.  Funny, I never even thought to take a shot from a different view.  Now I know better!!
I put the picture of the Narnia on my blog as well as another leaf-footed bug, Chelinidea vittiger.  Next time I come across that prickly pear, I will see if I can spot the Narnias again and get some better shots.

Leaf Footed Bug: Narnia femorata

Hi Again Ranger Dan,
Based on this photo on BugGuide, we are inclined to agree that this is most likely
Narnia femorata.

Leaf Footed Bug

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Bugs on my Male Cotttonwood???
Location: Denver, CO
April 25, 2012 8:32 pm
I noticed these bugs in groups on my Male Cottonwood and have no clue what they are, perhaps you can help. If i need to apply pesticide before they kill my tree, i’ll need to act quick.
Thanks!! 🙂
Signature: Cottonwood guy

Possibly Reddish Brown Willow Bark Aphids

Dear Cottonwood guy,
These are Aphids and we believe they might be in the genus
Pterocomma based on some of the photos posted to BugGuide.  There are only two species and the photos on the species pages do not resemble your Aphids.  Only the photos on the more generic page look like your Aphids, however, one of the species, Pterocomma bicolor, is commonly called the Reddish Brown Willow Bark Aphid on bugGuide.  Willow and Cottonwood are related and many insects that feed on one will accept the other as food as well.  Also though the one photo identified on BugGuide as Pterocomma bicolor does not look like your Aphids, the binomial name indicates two colors and that is consistent with the black and orange coloration of your specimens.  The winged Aphids are sexually reproductive adults that will mate.  Aphids are capable of parthenogenic reproduction and a female can create genetic clones of herself without a mate, which is why Aphids are able to reproduce so quickly.  We do not offer extermination advice, but in an effort to prevent you from spraying harmful pesticides that may kill beneficial insects as well as the Aphids, we would urge you to spray the colony with soapy water, an effective means of eradication that does not harm the environment as much as pesticides will.

Possibly Reddish Brown Willow Bark Aphids

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Mexican Tiger Moth attracted to porch light
Location:  Mt Washington, Los Angeles, CA
April 23,2012
This lovely Mexican Tiger Moth,
Notarctia proxima, was a very cooperative poser.  According to Hogue:  “The wooly-bear larva is a general feeder on low-growing herbaceous plants.”

Mexican Tiger Moth

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Strangest Bug I’ve EVER Seen!
Location: Superior, Wisconsin
April 22, 2012 2:38 pm
I was camping up by Superior Wisconsin, and saw this bug sitting on a wood railing. It was huge! Probably from my knuckle to my wrist in length. It had really LONG antennae, and looked like some science experiment gone wrong. For the last year I’ve been trying to identify it, but have yet to. Hoping you can fill me in on what this fascinating and yet strangely odd bug is!
Signature: ~Melissa~

Longhorned Borer Beetle

Hi Melissa,
This beetle is one of the Longicorns or Longhorned Borer Beetles in the family Cerambycidae.  We believe it is a Flat Faced Longhorn in the subfamily Lamiinae and you may reference BugGuide to see some examples.  It might even be in the genus
Monochamus, however, the detail and angle of your photo makes positive identification difficult for us.

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What Is Going On Here?
Location: San Antonio, TX
April 23, 2012 12:36 pm
Hey Bugman! I live in San Antonio, TX and over the last few weeks we have had TONS of butterflies flying around our yard. The other day I noticed a bunch of them hanging out on a certain tree. Today (4/22/12) I went outside and took a picture of them gathered around the same spot. Once I loaded the pictures to my computer I was surprised to see the beetles that I didn’t even realize were there when I took the picture. Why are they all hanging out together. I attached two pictures. One where you can see the butterflies pattern and the other is of 5 butterflies and 4 beetles.
Signature: Daisy

Red Admirals feeding on Sap

Dear Daisy,
This is such a marvelous documentation.  The tree is oozing sap and the butterflies and beetles are feeding on the sap.  Many butterflies take sustenance from places other than blossoms, and sap is a common food for many species of butterflies including these Red Admirals.  The beetles appear to be Green June Beetles or Figeaters, or a closely related species.  We wish your photos had a higher resolution, but they are still quite wonderful.  Here is a similar documentation from our archives, though the butterfly is a Mourning Cloak.

Red Admirals and Green June Beetles

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