From the monthly archives: "May 2012"

Mosquito Project
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
May 1, 2012
Hey Daniel,  You guys were so interested by it last year, I figured I’d just drop u a quick email letting you know that I’m doing my mosquito project again this year. Just started it last week. I’m actually going to be buying a few small fish soon so I’m hoping to be able to raise them for fish food as well. Just wanted to share with someone who shares my passion for bugs!!!
I knew what it was last yr when I did my mosquito project but I forgot what it is. I also didn’t know it goes thru a process much like that of a mosquito until I saw this lil guy with the white beard. 🙂
Later! -Amanda Gorman


Hi Amanda,
The aquatic creatures in your photos are Bloodworms: a larva and a pupa.  Bloodworms are the immature phases of Midges in the genus Chironomus.  Here is a matching photo from BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae are usually found in sediments, and can occur in highly polluted conditions or in relatively clean water. Larvae of the Ch. decorus group, Ch. riparius and Ch. stigmaterus are most often associated with high nutrient/low oxygen conditions.”  Fish will relish Bloodworms as much as they do Mosquito Larvae.

Bloodworm Pupa


Bug of the month – Japanese Beetle
Location: Red Lick, Kentucky
May 1, 2012 7:02 pm
Hey Daniel,
As someone who recently moved from the city (DC) to the country (Berea, Kentucky) I use your site constantly. I’ve been able to identify the critters I’ve been taking photo’s of since we moved here because of you so Thank You!
I am learning to live with my new neighbors though the adaptation is slow and difficult. This year I’m learning that some of the plants in KY are more vicious than the bugs.
Anyway I decided to donate to your site and also figured I’d throw in a photo of one of those nasty but beautiful Japanese Beetles I took last year since they’re your bug of the month this year.
I know it’s May 1st and I’m a bit late.
I have a quick question too, after finding out that we have loads of Forest Tent Caterpillars I was wondering what types of moths these little guys turn into? Sorry I dont have a photo… yet.
Signature: Micheal Mathews

Japanese Beetle

Hi Micheal,
We are happy to learn you find our site so helpful.  Though we ran a tip on an organic method of controlling Japanese Beetles, we don’t expect to begin getting photos of them until mid June.  We did feature them as the Bug of the Month in July 2010.  You can find photos of the Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth on BugGuide.

Rescued this little guy trapped in my office
Location: Toronto, Canada
April 30, 2012 11:10 pm
This little guy found his way into my office today, some 200 feet from the nearest entrance. No idea how he did it, but I was able to coax him into a plastic cup and I took him outside. What species is it? He had a pretty bold orange dot on the front of his wings, and a white stripe towards the tip. He was about an inch long. I can’t tell if he’s a moth or butterfly.
Signature: Mothman

Red Admiral

Dear Mothman,
This photo is not ideal for identification purposes, however, we are nearly certain that you rescued a Red Admiral,
Vanessa atalanta.  We would not discount another member of the genus known as the Painted Ladies.  For your valiant rescue, we are tagging this submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

That’s it! Thanks a bunch! Wikipedia has a much better image of his wings (

Location: Key West, Florida
April 30, 2012 9:19 pm
Tonight I saw a one inch long dark colored beetle that had two bioluminescent spots on the top of the carapace (not underneath like a regular firely). It emitted a bright green glow from each of these spots. I saw it flying and then it landed. I ran to get a camera, but it flew away. I have never seen a firefly in Key West.
Signature: Alison

Drawing of a Glowing Click Beetle

Hi Alison,
We suspect you encountered a Glowing Click Beetle in the genus
Deilelater.  Here is the BugGuide information page for your reference.

Sweet, yes it was!!!
I have never seen one before, it was very cool.
THANKS for your reply.